Since ordering the set from Isinglass Models and having been informed of how long it can take for the set to be produced I spent a bit of time collecting resources, so I thought I should briefly talk through what I found and what you'll need if your to build a similar set whether it be a; Quint, Quad or Twin. So recently these items arrived:
- Transfers - X2 LNER Coach Numbers - X2 LNER Class door numbers - 1 Pack of LNER Corporate lettering & Guard lettering - 1 Pack of White A-Z 0-9 numbers (Quint Only)
- Phoniex Paints - P995 Teak Basecoat -P997 Golden Teak - P65 LNER Roof Grey - Plus Humbrol No.32 Grey (This'll act as weathering for the teak at the end)
Interestingly before I purchased the transfers I checked how many 3rd class door transfers I'd need to apply onto the door sides the total being 66 doors, this is fine except Fox only give you 60 3rd class decals. (Just to be clear that's not a complaint but it's annoying when you're doing such a large set of coaches). So it meant I had to purchase 2 Sets of the LNER Door class numbers. Photo below:
Fox transfers are well known for producing high-quality stuff but of course, with that comes a premium. Although I do feel that it's worth it when the final product rolls out.
While looking for paints I spent a bit of time looking for how I should carry this technique out, so I came across this page on RM Web discussing at length how teak should be finished. Of course, looking at the sets of teak even on one coach all the panels have different states of finish upon them so when doing teak it's been recommended to me to spray the base coat while hand-painting the panels, before gloss varnish and transfers, followed by the satin coat & the weathering. Thanks to the people on this page I have learned quite a lot and will use this info when going forwards.
Interestingly Isinglass, produced these 3D Printed Bogies, these were sent out to modelers who were interested, so we could test them and see how they would perform. The result of that was the bogies are fine to use under Ian Kirk kits but work is required to make them fit in and operate perfectly. I had to drill out the holes for the brass bearings to go in, allowing the wheels to roll smoothly. Which proved to be fine, and put under a Hornby Teak & kitbashed coach I'm working on I had no problems at all. From what Andy / Issinglass models have said, a little bit more work is required to finalize them, but it has meant that I will no longer require spare Hornby Teak Bogies, and I'll be able to get more accurate, a closer connection between the coaches.
As for the rest of the build, at the time of writing work on the CAD files for the coaches has begun, as is such to the detail that Isinglass go to, I was asked the era and type of quint I wanted to model, as the LNER had a number of batches made and under different diagram's. Too which I have requested the latter LNER Metropolitan Cammell, built stock, of which they only built 4 sets 136A & B and 137A & B, which follows the LNER Diagram's 81,82,83 & 85 set, which makes these coaches completely unique to the original batch built in the 1920s. Which is what we expect when you go to extra-long lengths to get these things right.
Hopefully, I will be able to produce another update soon, as I'm enjoying the writeup's far too much.