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Peckett W4 No. 883. Step 6.


Mick Bonwick

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The paint finish on this model as supplied is very good, but satin. The idea with the weathering to be done is to present a well looked after locomotive, so the satin finish needs to be altered to a shiny one, but not uniformly so. The cab sides and bunker have been polished with a gentle application of isopropyl alcohol (IPA) on a Tamiya cotton swab. These swabs are very tightly bound and shaped, the ones that I normally use being pointed at the tip. This shape allows me to be quite precise with the area to be covered, and by using the tip rather than the side I can deliberately create an unevenly shiny surface.

 

This photograph shows the effect when using the tip:

 

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This photograph shows the effect when using the side:

 

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  • RMweb Gold

A modeller's best friend. Used in small quantities (there we go again) it removes just a tiny amount of paint and then evaporates.

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  • RMweb Gold

Cleaning track.

Removing oil and grease.

Removing hardened paint from wheel treads and pickups.

Probably a few other things not yet discovered . . . . . . .

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  • RMweb Gold

If you've been sufficiently negligent to allow paint to harden in your airbrush  :-(  then it can be used to remove it. Much better to use the appropriate thinners while doing the spraying, and cleaning up afterwards.

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  • RMweb Gold

Quite. Just thinking about something perhaps a bit more effective than enamel type thinners but not as harsh as cellulose thinners.

 

I have used one of those aerosol cans marked 'Air Brush Cleaner' as well in the past - it seems pretty potent but do you know exactly what the substance used in them is?

 

(Sorry for going off-Peckett for a moment).

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  • RMweb Gold

Quite. Just thinking about something perhaps a bit more effective than enamel type thinners but not as harsh as cellulose thinners.

 

I have used one of those aerosol cans marked 'Air Brush Cleaner' as well in the past - it seems pretty potent but do you know exactly what the substance used in them is?

 

(Sorry for going off-Peckett for a moment).

 

For enamel paints you can use 'Liquid Reamer Airbrush Cleaner' WITH CAUTION. It's a solvent and contains something toxic, but I can't remember whether it's toluene or xylene.

 

For acrylic paints you can use 'Foaming Airbrush Cleaner' which is safer because solvents are not included. I think.

 

If you ever have to use either of these, do so inside your spray booth with the extractor fan going full pelt. Don't breathe anything in. How long can you hold your breath?

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  • RMweb Gold

How long can you hold your breath?

Don't really know. I've stopped holding my breath waiting for the Hattons 14XX mechanism to run properly!

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