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Gilding Victoria


MikeOxon

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blog-0592885001399822979.jpgI've been starting to get my 'painting eye' in, by working on some of my 19th-century vehicles, before I attempt any people.

 

For the Victoria carriage, described in previous posts, I first spayed the entire vehicle with red car primer. After that I painted the undergear, footboards, and folding hood with black acrylic. I chose Crimson Lake as the main body colour and painted all the relevant panels with Humbrol enamel (now RC403, though I used an ancient tinlet of HR116 - these paints seem to last for ever, providing the tin is well-sealed.) Once this was dry, I used Grass Green enamel (Humbrol 80) for the leather seats

 

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When I first put this model on the carriage-truck, I though it looked a little dull, so decided to brighten it up with some gold lining. It's easy to lose sight of how small this model is (at least in a 4mm modeller's eyes) but I found that 'extra fine point' pens, of the type intended for Birthday cards and the like, provided a fairly easy way to add the touch of brightness that was needed. I simply ran the tip of the pen, very lightly, along the edges of the mudguards and the hand-rails by the driving seats. I think it has given quite a 'lift' to the model and the photo below illustrates its small size alongside the pens that I used!

 

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It always surprises me how important a small bit of detailing can be in the appearance of a model. There's still some re-touching to do, and I must find some replacements for those rather very bent wheels :)

 

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Mike

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Ah! Something to take the Frobishers home in when they arrive at the station eh?

A gilded carriage awaits...........so, will there be a fair maiden from Newton arriving at the ball this evening ? Best move along and pay a visit to the milliners and haberdashery shop soon then Mike !

 

Enjoy, I am :)

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Thank you for commenting bgman. 

 

You create another worry for Sir John and his frisky daughters!  He's already had to warn them about shifty Charles R. Dixon from Farthing and now you raise other temptations.  Fortunately, the flesh pots of both Bath and Farthing are well-removed from the Cotswold tranquility of North Leigh - though he's pre-occupied with keeping an eye on the gamekeeper at the moment  :)

 

Mike

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Thank you for commenting bgman. 

 

You create another worry for Sir John and his frisky daughters!  He's already had to warn them about shifty Charles R. Dixon from Farthing and now you raise other temptations.  Fortunately, the flesh pots of both Bath and Farthing are well-removed from the Cotswold tranquility of North Leigh - though he's pre-occupied with keeping an eye on the gamekeeper at the moment  :)

 

Mike

 

I'll just go and get the blunderbuss out of the pantry!

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The Frobishers are fortunate to have such stately means of transportation. There is one slight problem though: They have no horse! Perhaps Charles R. Dixon can help, he is a very well connected man and always eager to please.

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Surely, Mikkel, you don't expect to find horses in the carriage builders paintshop? 

 

He can't deliver this one until some new wheels arrive, following an unfortunate incident on the shop floor, which we had better gloss over.  Perhaps Charles R. Dixon does a line in shiny new wheels?

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Oh yes, he can help with anything. And will do it at no cost too, except perhaps for a little time with Sir John's daughters at the ball this evening.

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