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Hornby Peckett 0-6-0ST 'Westminster'. Step 9 - Upper Surfaces.

Mick Bonwick


The upper surfaces of a steam locomotive receive copious amounts of grot from the exhaust and, sometimes, the surrounding environment. This locomotive is intended for use in a quarry, so there will be some dust added to represent that. Later!


To begin with, the soot from the chimney will be represented by a predominantly black mix of Railmatch Frame Dirt and Weathered Black. Application is from my trusty Iwata Eclipse SBS, with successive light coats aimed roughly at the top of the smokebox, saddle tank and cab roof. Why roughly? Because I don't want a sharp edge to the colour, but a fading away as it gets lower down the sides.





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Mick, when you do upper surfaces like that do you point the airbrush directly over the top of the loco as soot would generally fall or do you work to any pattern?

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Steve, in this case the airbrush was angled at about 30 degrees to the horizontal, so that the edge (not the full force) of the spray pattern caught the top of the saddle tank. What I omitted to say (sorry!) was that he cabside was masked off loosely with a piece of card,

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