This is a freelance model of a small fuel tank, to go beside a loco refuelling point.
Plastic kits are easy to modify and to build into completely new models, but there is always a chance of the end result looking much like where it came from. I am thinking in particular of the old Airfix engine shed - it is a super kit, it is easy to build into all kinds of industrial buildings ... but however hard you try, the result always looks like an Airfix engine shed.
I have tried to butcher this model tank far enough to hide its origins:
The bund is two layers of 2mm styrene, and the control box is a Faller fuel pump turned upside down with a bit of styrene to blank off its display. The tank supports and the ladder are from the Faller tank farm, and the outlet pipe is tinned copper wire.
For the paint job I settled on something reasonably jarring - red and blue. I think I can get away with this on such a small model:
The bund is supposed to be concrete and for this I brushed on a thick coat of Humbrol gloss paint (a yellowy creamy colour) and sprinkled talcum powder onto the wet paint. The gravel under the tank is a ballast from Woodland Scenics.
The ladder was a bit inadequate by modern standards so I cut this off and added a better one with an access platform and some handrails. These bits were also left over from Faller kits:
I had glued the original ladder into grooves I cut into the side of the tank. I've hidden one groove with a no-smoking sign and filled the other with paint.
With a bit of luck, only the people who remember building the Airfix range in their teens and who choose to study the model for a while will see the stablemate of the engine shed in here.
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