Annitsford, BR blue period layout.
Posted 06 May 2012 - 19:50
Sequence of painting so far.
Spray sleepers with sleeper grime colour.
Paint rails with rail colour.
Brilliant and happy with it up to this point.
Spray ballast with track colour.
Not happy as it now all looks the same.
The only way I can think of keeping the excellent track colour is to leave the ballast pristine?
Any suggestions welcome.
Removed a/c_jim s-w
Posted 06 May 2012 - 20:55
the trick is to use thin paint, like an ink and fine washes of colour but through an airbrush. some things to bear in mind is
Spray in the direction that the trains travel. Dirt on real track is blown along by the trains and looks different from each direction.
The dirt inside the rails is usually darker than that outside. Thus from the side of the track the furthest rail usually looks darker.
Use a thicker mix of gunmetal and black (same as for weathering a diesel loco roof) for the areas of the track that are greased. Around pointwork and fishplates. Use a simple card mask to stop overspray.
Posted 07 May 2012 - 12:29
So. Do I gloss doors? Hmm. I don't think so :-whistle We grafted all day in the garden yesterday, so time for a bit of relaxation. Off to the loft it is then!
I have decided to go ahead and start painting the track until I find a solution with the ballast. Started off with some sidings and a couple of points. Everything has gone great, and happy with the way it looks. The work in the pics took about 2 and a half hours. Theres a lot of overspray, so it needs touching up in places. Once the ballast is down, weathering and blending will be done, oily stains, new ballast etc. Its quite taxing doing this, but its nice to see a (little) bit of colour at last.
Basic sleeper grime colour going on.
Makes quite a difference straight away.
Happy with this, looks great.
Nicely weathered, not by myself I'm afraid.
1st point painted.Looks ok?
Yard is filling up!
Thats it for now. Only downside to this morning was the fact that I cleverly sprayed airbrush cleaner in my eye :-sick Not recommended.
Posted 08 May 2012 - 21:03
Well, track painting is now well underway. The amount of time the airbrush is going to save is fantastic. Hand painted, I reckon tonights hour session would have taken 4 or 5 hours.
It's also nice to have something different to do other than point motors and wiring.
Liking the way this is coming along.
Track in the foreground finished, rest of it just the rail sides sprayed so far.
A few Scottish beasties.
Posted 09 May 2012 - 05:47
A question or two about your baseboard construction if I may: How far apart are the risers that support the trackbed, and what thickness of ply are you using for the trackbed?
I'm planning a similar construction and I'm not sure how thorough I need to be to support an elevated trackbed, including a wider area with a station on it...
Posted 09 May 2012 - 06:16
Posted 09 May 2012 - 06:23
Thanks. On the layout i have planned the fiddle yard is 18 inches deep by 12ft long and seeing how many tracks you got in your space i should be able to get a few on mine
But the track work looks fantastic with you, what mix of paint did you use to get that effect?
Posted 09 May 2012 - 06:34
These 2 basic colours look great, but will be further enhanced with additional colours once its all ballasted. The one overriding thing for me is just how quick and easy an airbrush makes this process be. It has been a bit of a struggle learning how to use it, but so worth it.
Posted 12 May 2012 - 22:03
I have taken my 1st steps towards doing a bit of loco weathering too, I had a go at some exhaust deposits on the roofs of some old bodies. Its a start I guess!
Posted 13 May 2012 - 20:59
I have one of the original release Bachmann duffs, plain banger blue, so I thought I would use it as a guinea pig. So far, all I have done is to remove the coupling from one end, add the buffer beam detail,paint the buffer shanks silver, and spray the chassis with the basecoat colour of Phoenix 'frame dirt'. I am really getting on well with this brand of paint, the colours are excellent, and they offer excellent covering power.
I also took the opportunity when I stripped the chassis down to get rid of some of the excess grease filling the gear towers, check the pickups, and clean the wheels. Waste of time that last bit after spraying
I have a whole host of colours and ideas to try with the weathering on this loco, washes, powders etc, I don't expect it to be up to much, but it should prove a valuable learning curve.
P.S...I know the body is not located properly, the paint was still drying when I took the pics!
I know its just one solid colour so far, but I feel I am now on the way to actually doing something instead of just looking at the paint tins.
Edited by blueeighties, 13 May 2012 - 21:03 .
Posted 15 May 2012 - 21:21
I mixed up the roof colour using a couple of paints as I couldn't find the right colour straight out of the tin. I should have really renumbered this too, but to be honest, I wasn't expecting it to go so well.I may still yet, as the weathering really needs to be sealed in with a coat of matt varnish when its all finished. Maybes I could even do a namer? This is still a testing techniques loco, everything I have learned will be applied to the next one.
The masking on the windows is there to create the clean patches that the windscreen wipers make,I couldn't be bothered to remove it for the photographs. I have yet to spray some grime on the cab fronts.
Quite like the fuel stains on the tanks
This is the effect I was trying to achieve with the roof.
Posted 17 May 2012 - 20:11
Ready for service
Posted 17 May 2012 - 20:57
And a little light dusting on the bottom of the yellow fronts, but I'm no expert and if your happy with it then that's what matters.
Really enjoying ready about this layout, think its because I secretly want one this size ha ha
Great job lee
Posted 17 May 2012 - 21:06
Thanks Neil. I do know what you mean, I feel that the bodysides and front panels could do with a bit of something, but I am so pleased with the overall effect I didn't want to spoil it! Once I become a bit more proficient with the old airbrush, I will no doubt re visit this one for a little bit of further work.