Having been temporarily chucked back together for AbRail, the Hall is just back from an extended spell in the paint shop having its paint job generally finished off and some weathering applied... just in time for St Ruth to go to Macclesfield this weekend.
My plan for the 'paint job' was to wash over the Dapol GWR green (or it it US Army WW2 geep green?) with thinned Precision BR Green, doing my best to avoid the lining. It's kind of worked, but it took a few more coats than I had hoped because just a single coat looked very patchy. I managed (mostly) to avoid painting over the lining and clean up those places where I didn't quite succeed but found that it was a bit tricky because if I was too cautious with stopping short of the lining then the lining had a sort of 'halo' effect from the factory paint showing through.
I chose 'Patshull Hall' because I wanted a loco known to have been in Cornwall and also one that lacked the fireiron tunnel next to the firebox as per the Dapol model. 4950 is the subject of a nice Peter Gray photo waiting to depart from Bodmin Road with a down train on a sunny summer's day so I really couldn't resist. It looks somewhat grubby in the photo, which is at rather an oblique angle so I've used photos of slightly less dirty Halls as a guide for weathering, although mine has still come out a bit more grubby than I was aiming for.
I couldn't find any name and number plates to buy and didn't want to wait for the N Gauge Society to sort themselves out so I decided to get my own etched, using Ian Smith's artwork to give me a head start (Thanks Ian!). Even with a head start, it was still a lot of work and it's probably an expensive way to get nameplates, but at least I've now got the ones I wanted (plus plenty more for other possible projects). I'm really pleased with the way these came out.
There are still a couple of jobs remaining. Somewhere I have some fireirons which would look nice on the tender. There is also the question of a crew. I have a pack of Farish figures but they are typically in poses like mid-shovel swing which will make them tricky to fit into the very limited space available. Finally I need to decide whether to add some headlamps.
Some more photos...