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Dapol O Gauge 14xx No. 1444

Mick Bonwick



Out of the box this locomotive has a rather shiny smokebox, much more so than I would have expected. Before going any further I decided to apply a layer of Testor's Dullcote to that area so that pigments could be applied at a later date and that I could be sure that they would stick.


Dullcote dries very quickly into a usable state. These photographs were taken only two minutes apart.






My masking wasn't very good, so the Dullcote has landed on part of the leading wheels. I'll need to load up the airbrush to cover that small patch with another layer of Sleeper Grime. This was a good example of the change in appearance a layer of varnish will make to a carefully planned and coloured area of rolling stock, whether it has been done with paint or pigment.



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That can looks like the more recent 'EU approved' version of Dullcote, whereas I originally bought a couple of cans with a different label and a seemingly matter finish, which my local hobby shop thought was probably the original US formula.


Either way, I've found that the older Dullcote gives a matter finish.


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I agree with that, my Captain. My use of the stuff didn't start until after the EU approved concoction arrived here, so I was surprised to see the difference when shown it. I only use Dullcote as a surface preparation, so the lack of a totally matt finish is not an issue for me. The finish of the paint or pigment is what I need to retain, rather than a finishing or protective coat of something.

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