I've been on RMweb for getting on towards a year now, but this is my first post, so here goes!
I have always been fascinated by a brightly coloured livery only ever carried by 1 unit for a very short time, I am of course talking of 158867 which was painted and operated by Wales and West,
I never actually saw this unit whilst it carried this livery so all I have to go on is pictures on the internet, such as these:
158867 was then painted in Wessex Trains livery when the Wales and West franchise was split in two, it then passed briefly into the First Great Western hands before being dispatched to First Scotrail where it has recently been put into the new 'Dotrail' livery.
And so, the other week while at a local swapmeet I picked up a bargain Bachmann 158 in Regional Railways livery for Â£35 and immediately set about dismantling the body shells.
Oh, is now a good time to mention that I've never successfully resprayed anything before?
The donor 158 dismantled shortly after purchase, the good thing here is that the cant rail stripe part of the roof moulding so no need to repaint!
I then striped the unit using modelstrip which seemed to work OK, it didn't take the thick grey stripe at window level off but I'm not overly concerned about that as I then primed the sides using grey primmer from Halfords, I will mostly be using car paints from rattle cans for this job.
Unit after 2 coats of Halfords grey primmer and at last a good use for a Heat magazine or whichever that one is Iâ€™ve coated in primmer!
And so now that the primmer has dried I had to work out what colours to use for the silver and dark blue, I'm not 100% happy with what I've gone with so for but itâ€™s all trial and error at this stage given that there are no silver 158s left in my part of the world! Whatâ€™s more annoying is that I have a model of 158745 in the normal W&W livery with the yellow wrap round cabs, which ideally I'd like to match, but this is going to be nigh on impossible.
My W&W 158 as featured on Exford TMD
Today I masked the unit off so that I was only spraying between the doors on the body side, thought it was best to do it this way as the cab ends and inner ends are blue and the doors themselves orange
158 masked for Silver paint
And 1st coat of silver, which is actually Halfords 'Rover stone grey' in hindsight a bit on the dark side, may have to reconsider and use a lighter shade. Even managed to find a copy of the local rag to use this time!
And so that is the progress to date.
My thanks at this stage to James Makin for providing me with a few pointers and hints with colours, as he has also modelled 158867 in this livery.
Any opinions and other tips would be greatly appreciated; also if anyone has any pictures of this livery other than the ones I've found on the net these would be most helpful
Edited by dale159, 16 March 2017 - 19:00 .