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Time Travelling Equine Transport - Back Dating and Detailing The N Gauge Lima Horsebox - Part 4.

richbrummitt

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What might have been the last vaguely sunny evening of the year was used for getting the undercoat sprayed out in God's own paint booth. I am still working on a representation of the lake livery, which I personally think should be darker than most renditions I have seen. A mixture of a dark brown and deep red from the citadel range was used in this case.

 

I thought I had all the details added and then, upon opening the white(ish) colour for the roofs, I realised there were no rain strips on the models! These were added in micro rod. You do need to have a plastic roof to solvent weld them on but they were easier to complete, and neater, like this than any other way I have tried for this detail.

 

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A couple of days later and the vehicles had livery and weathering completed. The picture below was taken at the 2mm AGM in Bolton and is the property of Mick Simpson (reproduced here with permission).

 

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I can't remember punching the rivets out on Mansel wheel inserts previously but on this larger than life portrait they do show. Unfortunately the short cuts I took with some of the brake details do too.

 

According to the excellent articles in GWRJ on modern horse boxes 411 was delivered on the first lot of N12s during 1915 and 19 was delivered as part of the third and final lot of N12s before the end of 1918 so a workaday representation of the lake livery is appropriate for my c.1921 period and I'm reasonably happy with the final colour.

 

With these finished it must be time for a rummage for the next project...

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Richard, very nice.  They look massively improved on the Lima models that they started out as :-)  I like your impression of weathered GWR lake too.

 

Congratulations on winning a "pot" for them too!

 

Ian

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Very nice. It is achieveable little projects like this that are important in tempting us N gaugers to try something finescale....  thanks for showing what can be done in a way that is a) lovely and b ) not too terrifying!!

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Very nice. It is achieveable little projects like this that are important in tempting us N gaugers to try something finescale....  thanks for showing what can be done in a way that is a) lovely and b ) not too terrifying!!

 

Thank you. With new track systems appearing and scenic modelling such as your own Victoria Bridge on display there is obvious potential for good modelling even if you retain the 9mm gauge. There is always scope for improvements and detailing to a higher 'standard' though.

 

(This does assume that you have wheels and track that work together properly for good quality running though)

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Great work Richard.

 

Once more a double take is needed to confirm they are 2mm Scale.

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These are really good, I have at least 3 to convert for Lambourn, and I guess a barrier van with DGs at one end will be needed to couple yours into a train.

 

See you at Keen House.

 

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I guess a barrier van with DGs at one end will be needed to couple yours into a train.

 

This depends. I have an engine and coaches with compatible hooks/couplings.

 

What's your policy on running unpainted stock?

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Ah yes, those rainstrips, I keep forgetting them too!

 

I'm very impressed by this conversion, looking at the pics I would have sworn they had nothing to do with Lima! Very convincing. I like your version of lake, looks good.

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I'm very impressed by this conversion, looking at the pics I would have sworn they had nothing to do with Lima! Very convincing. I like your version of lake, looks good.

 

Thank you. There is at least one obvious tell if you know what you are looking for. and no; I won't tell you what it is.

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