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E4 painted - and the trouble with blogs!


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One of the things about keeping a blog is that it makes you photograph your models and one of the things about photographing your models is that every time you do you just can't avoid seeing the faults in the results - things that somehow the eye only picks up when blown up on the screen when you look at the photograph.

 

So, here is the current state of the E4. I had to go back once and clean off around the dome which I didn't really pick up until I took some pictures last night. Tonight I can see boiler isn't quite fitted properly and I've not put the valve cover in place.

 

Still, it is the right colour, not covered in the dreaded 'orange peel' and it runs smoothly. I had to attack the inside of the tender side-frames with insulation tape just to make sure the wheels didn't short on the frames.

 

I think locos always look a bit weird before you get the numbers and crests in place and a bit of light weathering will make a big difference.

 

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David

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David, that really does look nice! I am a confirmed GWR modeller but everytime I see that the Gibson J15 and E4 are available I have to exercise great will power. One question though, are there balance weights fitted to the driving wheels?

 

Craig W

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"One of the things about keeping a blog is that it makes you photograph your models and one of the things about photographing your models is that every time you do you just can't avoid seeing the faults in the results - things that somehow the eye only picks up when blown up on the screen when you look at the photograph."

 

I agree completely with that quote of you I copied above. But on the other hand it keeps me sharp and helps my to improve. Because we can photograph so close to the model even the smallest mistakes are visible. Mistakes that someone who is looking at your real model doesn't see.

 

But your loco looks great.

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I'd be very pleased to get a loco looking as good as yours.  I agree about photos but, as Job said, it does help you to focus on any problem areas.

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David, that really does look nice! I am a confirmed GWR modeller but everytime I see that the Gibson J15 and E4 are available I have to exercise great will power. One question though, are there balance weights fitted to the driving wheels?

 

Craig W

Yes, that is another missing item, only appears to be on the front driving wheel though and I've just spotted I've missed the sand box fillers...

onwards and upwards!

 

David

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This picture on Flickr is impressive, but I'm not sure I should go this far with the weathering!

 

Erm, no. Not unless you're now modelling Stratford's scrap line :)

 

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