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Love me Tender!


Dukedog

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Sorry that I have not updated the blog for a couple of weeks or so, I have been busy getting Pen Y Bont ready for Midland Railex (more about that in a future entry)

OK so, what have I been up to? Well quite a bit actually but nothing of real substance to post here until now.

I have acquired yet another ex GWR locomotive (not saying from where or what it is yet!) all I will say is that it is a RTR job from Bachmann.

Anyway I digress (as usual!)

I have made a start on adding extra detail and weathering to the tender.

The plastic coal just HAD to go! I just hate moulded plastic coal in my tenders or bunkers it just shouts "TRAIN SET" to me!

Here the "coal" has been removed and replaced with a rough plasticard replica of what really lies beneath the coal on the prototype.

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Note also that I have replaced the brake and water scoop standards with some home made brass ones that featured in my last blog entry.

Some home made fire irons can be seen in the rack on the fireman's side.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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At the back end I have made and fitted some lamp irons, fitted the Bachmann supplied vacuum pipe and a home made steam heat pipe and shut off cock. Screw couplings have also been fitted.

the model comes with sprung buffers so these were left as they were. They are reasonable items anyway. I was tempted to change the plastic handrails and knobs for Markits knobs and brass wire, but, as they look reasonable I have left them as supplied by Bachmann.

 

 

 

 

 

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Finally, here's a side on view of the tender after some weathering but still awaiting paint to the two standards.

Once this has been done it needs some real coal in the bunker

To quote Guy Williams " Coal in the bunker can hide a lot of mistakes" (and he's right!)

 

 

 

 

 

Now my attention can be turned to the engine

More about that in a future entry

 

Cheers!

Frank

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Nice one Frank. Like the title! Detailing and weathering are superb.

 

Are you an airbrush or dry brush man? I'd like to buy an airbrush, but I'm still a bit unsure of having a go after ruining a perfectly good Bachmann Class 40 a couple of years ago. I'd like to think there was an easy way of achieving a finish like that on your tender, but know it takes practice. Any tips or advice?

 

Regards,

 

Mike

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Very nice work Frank - to me, it's the little details like this that really make a model. Probably why I never finish anything!

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Nice one Frank. Like the title! Detailing and weathering are superb.

 

Are you an airbrush or dry brush man? I'd like to buy an airbrush, but I'm still a bit unsure of having a go after ruining a perfectly good Bachmann Class 40 a couple of years ago. I'd like to think there was an easy way of achieving a finish like that on your tender, but know it takes practice. Any tips or advice?

 

Regards,

 

Mike

 

Hi Mike and thanks for your comments.

 

I do own an airbrush but, TBH I have never used it! I just can't be ased to get set up for little jobs like this so it's down to brush work.

 

I confess though that this model came with factory weathering applied, but, as you know that is just a quick flash with an air brush, they don't even turn the wheels so you end up with patches of bright metal where they were masked by the frames.

 

All I did was lightly dry brush the body with Humbrol dark grey and paint the wheel tyres.

I then dry brushed a little matt black around the axle boxes just to highlight a bit and simulate oil.

 

That's about it. I might add some more patina once the engine is finished to match it up with the loco.

 

Cheers

Frank

 

P.S. To Horsetan

Sorry mate, it's not a Manor, all will become clear soon. I do have a valid reason for not giving the identity away again, all will become clear shortly.

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Well Frank,

 

'Not a Manor' narrows it down to either a mogul or a 22xx Collett.

 

My money's on the 22xx. Unless it's a Dukedog!!

 

Regards

 

Richard

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