Hi again all.
In the previous blog entry WillJ commented on the weathering carried out to a couple of the engines used on Ropley during RMweb Live.
Weathering is a subject I have been pondering for sometime, since it is a totally different proposition when modelling a preserved railway to any other era. As can be seen from the top image, steam locos on heritage railways tend to be kept in top link condition, with polished boiler cladding & shiny brasswork. This goes almost totally against every known modelling convention where the subject of weathering is concerned, and if not approached carefully could totally ruin the overall look and feel of the layout.
So, where to start! Something I noticed fairly early on when visiting the MHR was the matt appearance of the smokebox in relation to the highly polished boiler cladding. To replicate this I masked off most of the loco, using Humbrol Maskol for difficult areas, and sprayed the smokebox with Tamyia Matt varnish. The same was done for the underframe on the tender. Once dry, the boiler cladding and tender body were given a coat of Kleer to up the gloss levels. A few select items of pipework were also picked out in brass, although I have a few more to do on the Black 5 seen below.
The difference from the all-over satin finish of the standard Farish paintwork really makes a difference I feel, and a dusting of black weathering powder along the top of the boiler & running boards to represent ash/dust deposits helps further. The drivers and motion need attention also, and I'm leaning towards matting down the wheels, and painting the motion in a more accurate steel colour, if one can be found.
The Black 5 proved a useful test subject, as I need to find the different style of body to better represent 45379. Hopefully the photos show the effect off sufficiently, although I should really have taken a photo before the changes were made. The model could have probably used a second coat of Kleer, particularly the tender, and I may try gloss varnish as a comparison on a different engine.
Ropley is a N Gauge Model using 2mm Finescale Easitrac modelled after the real location on the Mid Hants Railway Watercress Line.