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Class 22 - Part 10

D869

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A quick update photo from the paint shop of the body with all of its main paint colours applied residing in its custom Ferrero Rocher anti-dust cabinet.

 

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There is still a lot to do - the lower bodyside stripes are next followed by tidying up of all of the messy and oversprayed areas (especially where it is yellow and shouldn't be), transfers, varnish and weathering to a very work-worn 1969 condition.

 

Not everything has gone completely to plan - the worst problem being that the green finish has tiny white flecks in it. This was caused by mixing some Humbrol white with the Precision green to 'pre-fade' it. It should have worked OK but it didn't. I later found out why...

 

I started the yellow panels by masking with Tamiya tape (I lost count of how many pieces) and then loaded the airbrush up with thinned Humbrol white and found that it would not spray at all. It seems that my tin of white had degraded to the point where no amount of stirring would stop it congealing. It congealed in the airbrush cup and the lumps got picked straight up by the brush and blocked it. That tin has now been consigned to the bin. After over 1 hour of cleaning the airbrush and a brand new tin of white things were back on track.

 

I'm still hopeful of finishing this before we reach 'Class 22 - Part 22'.

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The model has really come to life with a spot (or more) of paint. The white flecks should disappear with the weathering. This is turning into a superb model - far better than I had ever imagined possible considering the very basic etches you began with!:pleasantry:

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Thanks. I'm also thinking that most of the minor painting issues will disappear under the weathering... otherwise the paint stripper would have been deployed already.

 

It would be nice to think that I could produce an ex-works paint finish if I wanted to, but this is only the third model that I've painted with an airbrush, so maybe with more practice.

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Looking very good, I have to keep reminding myself this is 2mm scale!

 

John.

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Just like "Turin 60" i browsed this part 10 and thought "hmm, somebody else who can't wait for the Dapol D63xx". Then I realised it is actually "N" !!! Excellent work D869 - very impressed, and imagine a trip to Highclere would put the "baby" right at home !!!!

Great stuff

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Thanks all.

 

Rumour has it that Dapol may produce the class 22 in 'N' too but Mr Dave declined to confirm or deny this at the RMWeb members day.

 

Hopefully my version will hit the tracks first.

 

Andy

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Thanks for creating this blog - I have one of these kits yet to build so your insights are very useful.

The nearly finished product looks very nice indeed.

 

Steve

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Thanks all.

 

Rumour has it that Dapol may produce the class 22 in 'N' too but Mr Dave declined to confirm or deny this at the RMWeb members day.

 

Hopefully my version will hit the tracks first.

 

Andy

 

 

At least yours stands a chance of being reliable - my experience with Dapol products does not fill me with confidence.

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Thanks for creating this blog - I have one of these kits yet to build so your insights are very useful.

The nearly finished product looks very nice indeed.

 

Thanks Steve. I'm thinking that you will be probably choosing a rather earlier date for your loco, so you can save yourself some pain by avoiding the headcode boxes altogether. Do avoid the prototype series locos because these had a different layout to the side panels (plus other differences), so the kit isn't right for them.

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At least yours stands a chance of being reliable - my experience with Dapol products does not fill me with confidence.

 

I hope so.

 

BTW, I have recently improved the running of my (early) Dapol class 66 by hard-wiring the bogies to some tags screwed to the chassis block. This worked for me, but I gather that Dapol stuff uses a huge variety of mechanisms, even between different batches of the same loco, so it is probably not a 'cure all' for everyone.

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