Before the Domestic Overlord and I went off to spend a few days deep in SR/GWR teritory, I had a little look on Evilbay. Lately I have noticed in model shops that Farish Stanier coaches have been selling for over £30 each, which as excellent as the coaches are is getting a bit dear (especially if you are as tight as me).
By luck though I managed to find two auctions on the old Evilbay for packs of two coaches each with a starting price of £30 dabs, I thought they would go for a lot more but I made a bid on each and to my surprise I won both auctions and so had four more coaches in my grubbby hands.
So the question was how long would the two 1st/3rd Composites and the two 3rd brakes stay factory fresh and untouched by my dirty paint brushes, the answer was not very long.
When weathering my stock I dont use an airbrush for my carnage, just simple old paint brushes, with me the simpler the process the better. The first area I like to work on is the roofs as from usual viewing positions this is the first area you tend to notice. What I like to do is to try and get away from the uniformed look of out of box stock, plus if you look at prototype photograps they only appear like this when first built.
The first stage of the process I use, I think is called pre-shading by our Aeroplane modelling chums, its probably not how they would do it but it works for me. Taking a black or very dark grey paint I roughly paint the panel lines on the roof of each coach and paint a few of the ventilators. It helps that you paint the lines rough and ready as for me it works better than if you try a uniformed look.
Once you have created the Zebra look its time to let the paint dry and worry if you have ruined the coaches, but it is not too late if your nerves fail to just repaint the roofs with a unformed grey colour, as for me as I always say what could possibly go wrong so I continued.
The next stage was to mix some suitable grey paints and after they have been thined down a little so they are nice and thin I start to paint over the Zebra stripes so that they very subtly show through (anyone who knows me knows I struggle with anything subtle :)).
After a little work the 1st/3rd Composites looked like this.
The Brake 3rd's looked like this hopefully all with a slightly different shade to their roofs?
If you do it right, or I should say if you do it like me the Zebra stripes should just be visible on the roofs along the panel lines giving the effect of a rood stained by a life in revenue earning service.
Once the four coaches had been completed they were put side by side to see if the variations in the roofs had been different enough between each coach (I have some on the fleet that are almost black). As I had set out to portray some stock that is relatively clean and not long out of the works the more lightly coloured roofs are okay for this project.
What I need to do now is apply some weathering to their underframes, sides and roof's but that can wait for another installment, now there is a threat ANOTHER installment
Appolgies if I am just showing old techniques that maybe shold have been left in the past (people say that about me) and if I have offended any Aeroplane modellers with my rip off of their techniques I am truly sorry.
As ever until the next time as ever Happy Modelling