Haven't really managed to keep to date with the Blog.. too busy actually doing some weathering. One thing about using the inks is .. no airbrush! No cleaning up of airbrush..no ventilated spray booth but I do wear a good face mask using the powders!
I recently refinished a Hornby A4..
It had arrived from a customer to be sold on.. after a bit of rework on the chassis , new plates and a dose of weathering.
weathered A4s are nice.. the colour photos
Mike Edge has been busy producing a "Super 40" for use on Carlisle. It is very, very heavy and has the "Co" bits on both bogies driven. My task..fit sound and "gentle" weathering
Sound.. Easy peasy as there is enough room to ge a Legomanbiffo Loksound V5 in and a speaker as well with no hacking or bodging to get it to fit!
Then a picture of a close sister engine (D335..this one is D334) in "Diesels on the London Midland"by Michael Welch gave a good starting point
Been busy detailing, renumbering/renaming a few locomotives.
City of London.. rename, renumber, fit details weather
The photo for this one shows where they painted over the "LMS" on the tender.
and the boiler top
Next up Duchess of Buccleuch
again rename, renumber etc. Very light weathering applied
Then one of the "Saltley Ladies" 44919. New numbers, details added an a new smokebox pl
Having returned the Black Duchess I received tow more locos from the same client. Both needed to be renumbered (and renamed for the Duchess), detail packs fitting then weathered.
One of two Saltley favourites. Not too dirty.
Boiler cladding dirt - its that coal dust/soot oil mix...sets like rock in real life.
New smokebox plate. I had to make this up using some Pacific Coat Models plates. New shedplate fitted.
Been away for a while. Got back to a few items to be wetahered etc.
First up. A Hornby LMS lined Black Duchess. Renamed, renumbered (becoming a BRITISH RAILWAYS lettered loco), Hornby add ons added and then weathered..only a light weathering.
And a Hornby Coke Wagon
and a set o 3 PO wagons
I spent the Warley show helping people to have a go at weathering. They had a great time and managed to weather some of my stock to their satisfaction.I now need to finish these off but here are some examples of items weathered at the show
A couple of minerals with a bit of grime and rust
Then three with just the ink/water mix added
And a couple of Coke wagons
A Palvan Shock
In between operating stints on the Leeds Club layout (Chapel en le Frith (Central) at the weekend I was asked to "tone" down a Black 5.
This is a Korean Brass specimen, with a new Comet chassis and painted in BR lined Black by Innocentman. A quick trawl through some nice colour photographs revealed a shot of this locomotive, gently travel stained, so..
delivered straight back to is very happy owner!
Just sent this off to be collected by its owner.
An EM (regauged) Bachmann Ivatt 4MT Mogul (aka a Mucky Duck or Chinese Cracker). Renumbered and shed/smokebox door plate ( supplied by client) added. Pick ups fitted to the tender then a client supplied Zimo sound chip, stay alive and speaker were fitted into the loco at the smokebox end (I don't like steam chuffs coming from a tender). New front steps (comet) supplied by client added.
A nice colour photograph from one of the Ra
A few diesels. The owner had fitted DCC chips to them. I have reset some of the CVs on these to sort out acceleration/Deceleration and then a waft of weathering after adding the details at one end on these.
First up a Vitrains 37
and a bit of front end detail
Hornby Class 50
Heljan Class 58
and the dreaded door stickers!
Bachmann/Kernow Sir Daniel Gooch
and a close up
Tow BR Standards for a customer. Both have had Zimo 645Rs sound chips fitted with stay alive units fitted into the tender, Both have a sugar cube speaker fitted under the chimney. Whilst I fitted the sound units someone else EM gauged the locomotives. Then I weathered them using Black and White photographs supplied by the customer to meet his weathering needs.
First up.. a Black Hornby 4MT 4-6-0
a bit of fairly dilute white poster paint to highlight some dribbling on the cylinde
Been busy with other things but just finished a filthy Black 5. Basically a Hornby model with a new chassis, I fitted sound (the speaker is a sugarcube between the frames under the chimney as it is EM.) I then lined it to weather it to match a black and white photograph which shows about 8 inches of lining on the cab side! Lots of ink then lost of powder. Number and lining cleaned using a cotton wool bud and water.
And another EM Black 5.
Comet tender, sugar cube
First up a DJH Britannia Arrow- built and painted by Nicktoix
required for Chapel-en-le-Frith (Central) at the end of this month.
and something different. Mike Edge has built, painted and lined one of Judith Edge Consett A tank locomotives..in S4. Now named Dante an requiring a gentle wash..
A number of locos I have weathered or fitted sound to have appeared in the Jan 2019 Railway Modeller.
A couple of Heljan Co-Bos - regauged by Mike Edge then sound chips fitted (Digitrains), weathered and new pipework fitted
These work the "Condor" on the layout.
A DJH Clan - built by the late Alistair Rolfe (in EM) weathered by me .. and I think it has a Zimo sound chip fitted.
and a Caledonian Jumbo built by Mike Edge (in EM), weathered by me
By getting in early at Warley I managed to complete a few things for club members before the show opened... A couple of O gauge RTR BR 16T mineral wagons for the Show manager Paul Jones and two Heljan Type B Tanks for Andy the Club Secretary (only got a photo of the lightly weathered one) baz
Another EM'd loco, Zimo sound chip fitted, speaker fitted, stay alive fitted in tender, extra tender pickups fitted. Renumbered, then weathered to a photo supplied by the customer loco only and tender only Baz
As usual at a show I didn't get loads of wagons weathered. Some I had started prior to the show...
First up a Parkside ex SNCF 16T mineral wagon.All over dirt with a bit of added rust
I have been working on some ex PO wagons. One is an Oxford mineral. A bit of work with a glass fibre brush then some weathering. The other is Slaters PO. By using the glass fibre brush on some of the planks means the original brown paint shows through. Some numbers from Modelmasters and then just a was
It is always nice to do something different. A set of four ICI bogie hopper wagons for Chapel-en-le-Frith arrived from Nicktoix. Not many colour photos of these so from the one "in service" one I have found... underneath inside
and two together mix of brown and black inks as a base coat, then some brown "Underframe" mix, black and "off" white powders used to get the limestone on dirt colour scheme and a loco - DJH Std 4MT in BR lined black by Nictoix from a RCTS colour photo. Ba
So for our new club layout Chapel en le Frith we needed Jubilees.
I had a Mainline one
which has now had a new Comet chassis, High Level gearbox etc fitted
then I had a Bachmann one
Billy Ruffian - engine shed cleaned
then I bought one of Geoff Brewins estate
and finally a Ks/Hornby mix
Sakatchewan - awaiting weathering.
I believe I have another Ks one lurking somewhere but I thinks that's enough
I noticed a picture on a layout thread and thought ..that looks familiar! So, for your delectation I present: A Bachmnann Peak EMd by the customer, SWD sound chip fitted by me(as supplied by the customer)and then weathered as per some very nice photographs provided by the customer, close up of nose detail and some roof detail While doing this I had another Peak for the same customer And finally a couple of Heljan 26/27s They are fitted with Legomanbiffo sound chips in some of
Just finished some diesels for a client (they may appear elsewhere on a layout on RMWeb some time)
First up a Bachmann Class 40, regauged by Mike Edge and fitted with sound and weathered by me.. D343
and some roof dirt
A second Class 40
and again some roof dirt
Been doing lots of different things on the weathering front recently.
I was asked to number and weather 4 Heljan Mark 1 coaches in Blue Grey for client:
Starting with a BSK
and the end - note the dirt at the lower end of the door
A Corridor Second complete with number
A corridor First
and finally a TSO
and its number
Just to give some idea of the mix of weathering I get to do this week has seen
The Ivatt pair of mainline diesels - these are Bachmann owned by Nicktoix and what lovely locos they are!
Next up a Little Engines D11/2 - The Fiery Cross - in EM
and finally, for me for Grantham
and a bit of inspiration - a well cleaned loco which had gone to Carlisle and back - spot the dirty cab roof and tender top