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Peckett W4 No. 883. Step 9.

Mick Bonwick


Final step. Some Mig Productions Dark Mud has been added to the firebox sides that show through the frames under the cab to represent the rusty state of that area, but it's difficult to see in photographs. The whole locomotive has been subjected to cleaning up and running tests to make sure that all pickup surfaces are clear of paint. This is achieved by wiping the surfaces with a Tamiya cotton swab dipped into isopropyl alcohol, which will remove even hardened enamel paint. Wheels were turned with the PP9 battery, and the cotton swab gently pressed onto the affected areas.






I'll be interested to read any comments made by those of you who had the opportunity to see this locomotive (and t'other one) during the weekend spent at the Great Electric Train Show.

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I recon you know what I'd think ;-) I would run out of superlatives to describe the locos, especially the Peckett, love the way it looks used but cared for. It does look fantastic in the 'flesh' and sadly the photo's I took doesn't do it justice. 

What happened to the wagons you were using? could you do a blog weathering them using the washes and pigments you were using at the show.

Just a thought.


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Thank you, Steve. I don't think I have ever produced a photograph that portrays a model as it looks in the flesh. Maybe I should go on a photography course.


Weathering a wagon is a good idea - maybe that's what I'll do next. It won't be for a while, though, because next weekend is Missenden weekend and I've still got far too much preparation to do.

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I have loved reading this blog, plenty of inspiration for when my peckett turns up! I'm not sure I could put up with it pristine but I couldn't bear to see it filthy either so to see how you've achieved this finish is marvellous!

It's impossible to describe how good that looks, I can only hope mine comes out a fraction as well

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The main thing to bear in mind when aiming for this level of dirt is to only use small quantities of everything. It is easy to add more, but very difficult to remove excess. If you have any questions to ask when you come to do yours, just ask on this blog. I look back periodically to check for new entries.

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