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Mk1 Transit for Barton Road


alanbuttler

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The Barton Road diorama is suitable for a few time frames between 1950 and 1980 so I've been collecting vehicles to pose in the scene alongside some suitable Modelu figures.  The 1970's period interests me the most, with Bath Road 03's working the Avonside branch cement works and distillers.  First up on the list of vehicles to weather is an Oxford Diecast Mk1 Ford Transit.  This is my first attempt at weathering a vehicle and I've been following Mick Bonwick's blog notes on the process.  Any feedback is much appreciated!

 

 

First step this morning was to apply Humbrol Matt Cote and the model left for the day whilst I got with printing orders.  This evening I set about my first attempt at applying some MIG Productions neutral wash to the body work. The photo I'm working from shows some grime on the lower panels and quite a lot of rust on the bonnet just above the radiator grille and around the headlights.

 

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After leaving for 10 minutes the wash is removed using some white spirit to get the desired level of road grime.   A little AK Interactive Fuel Stains is used around the filler cap

 

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Originally rust had been added using a very fine amount of powder, then I'd remembered I bought some Gundam Real Touch paint markers some years back and had been yet to try them.  The set I have comes with Black, Brown, Green, a sort of burnt Orange, Pink and a blurring pen. These pens have two tips, a fine tip and a brush tip.   First job was to line out the windows using the fine tip black pen.

 

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With some success using the black fine tip I experimented with the brush tip of the brown pen for applying rust to the front of the vehicle, the sills and around the wheel arches.

 

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It looks a little heavy handed in close up, I think the whole front end needs toning down.  I'll apply some Dullcote in the morning and later experiment with some neutral tone powders.  Any tips, thoughts, critique much appreciated!

 

I couldn't resist seeing the transit parked up on Barton Road.  It now awaits a driver!

 

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It's a pleasure to see you modelling again, Alan. I don't know how you find time for it whilst running a business - although I realise this also has the purpose of creating some displays for the figures. 

 

The Gundam pens look interesting, must have a browse to see what they're about. Excellent close-ups too, what are you using for camera?

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It looks very good, I think all it needs to finish off is toning down with a very fine layer of what is often referred to as "traffic film" basically a fine spray of mud/dust. I use a very diluted mix of thinners/Humbrol 26 as a wash then wiped off while wet. It stays in the crevices but takes the gloss/shine off a vehicle effectively. 

 

I love the Diarama by the way, I built a 4mm layout inspired by Avon Street a few years ago (Peafore Yard) and am now building a 7mm version (Peasevern Yard) which features the Barton Road crossing gates and features the brick building which stood for years by the Barton Road crossing on the backscene.

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1 hour ago, Mikkel said:

It's a pleasure to see you modelling again, Alan. I don't know how you find time for it whilst running a business - although I realise this also has the purpose of creating some displays for the figures. 

 

The Gundam pens look interesting, must have a browse to see what they're about. Excellent close-ups too, what are you using for camera?

 

Thanks Mikkel, it does feel good and is reconnecting me with my products in a really nice way.  I'm sure these dioramas are also going to inspire many new ideas.  I realised a while back that the only way I was going to get any modelling done was if I could do it in a work setting :-D

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1 hour ago, 37114 said:

It looks very good, I think all it needs to finish off is toning down with a very fine layer of what is often referred to as "traffic film" basically a fine spray of mud/dust. I use a very diluted mix of thinners/Humbrol 26 as a wash then wiped off while wet. It stays in the crevices but takes the gloss/shine off a vehicle effectively. 

 

I love the Diarama by the way, I built a 4mm layout inspired by Avon Street a few years ago (Peafore Yard) and am now building a 7mm version (Peasevern Yard) which features the Barton Road crossing gates and features the brick building which stood for years by the Barton Road crossing on the backscene.

 

Thanks, I'll give that a try.  My airbrush compressor is on the blink at the moment so when I've worked out what is up with it I'll revisit the transit.

 

I've really enjoyed reading about your two layouts, it is such a photogenic subject area.  I found that Bristol archive site particularily inspiring and I'll be creating some new figures based on the guys in those photos.

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27 minutes ago, alanbuttler said:

 

Thanks, I'll give that a try.  My airbrush compressor is on the blink at the moment so when I've worked out what is up with it I'll revisit the transit.

 

I've really enjoyed reading about your two layouts, it is such a photogenic subject area.  I found that Bristol archive site particularily inspiring and I'll be creating some new figures based on the guys in those photos.

Look forward to seeing the figures Alan, the guy holding the red flag on Avon Street crossing while the 03 passed over was a classic shot for me and part of the inspiration that made me model the area.

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38 minutes ago, 37114 said:

Look forward to seeing the figures Alan, the guy holding the red flag on Avon Street crossing while the 03 passed over was a classic shot for me and part of the inspiration that made me model the area.

 

That is first on the list :-) Along with the driver chatting out the window to him

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Atmospheric!

 

Where I worked we had J4 vans, not as luxurious as the Transit!

 

Problem with those car models is that vans always have damage - on the sides, back doors, high up.

 

Don't forget the spillage of diesel out of the filler.

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19 minutes ago, Tim V said:

Atmospheric!

 

Where I worked we had J4 vans, not as luxurious as the Transit!

 

Problem with those car models is that vans always have damage - on the sides, back doors, high up.

 

Don't forget the spillage of diesel out of the filler.

 

Thanks Tim, I was just thinking this morning about how to add a few dents and scrapes :-) Will post up some more photos this evening after I've had a go at it

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2 hours ago, Tim V said:

 

Don't forget the spillage of diesel out of the filler.

I agree with the J4, The transit in it's day was luxury compared to some of the BMC or Commer vans. Sadly they seem to have fallen behind VW/Mercedes in quality/driver appeal.

On a minor pedantry point the van in the model is a petrol variant, the diesel van had a snout due to a longer Engine. Apparently the diesel MK1 Trasit vans are rare as hen's teeth in the Uk with only a couple of the van variant left.

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The J4s we had were both petrol and diesel - both were rubbish!

 

Change that diesel spill into a wash of petrol, petrol was a lot less than £1, even 50p a gallon in the 70s. Although when the rationing cards were sent out (but not used), we all became more aware of our petrol use. Even today I still tap the nozzle to get the last drips out - a legacy from those days.

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