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Class 22 - Part 11 (The End)

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D6309 is pretty much finished now and is ready to earn its keep on South Yard and St Ruth. It even went on holiday (with South Yard) to its native Cornwall a couple of weeks ago.

 

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The trip through the paint shop was fairly long and painful, the lowest point being when I sprayed it with Humbrol matt varnish to protect the transfers only to find that this left a horrid translucent effect over the whole loco. I rescued this with an wash of thinned Precison green applied by brush. Thankfully this worked, otherwise it would have been time for the paint stripper.

 

The lining was done with the Bob Moore pen. This went very smoothly and only needed a bit of tidying up to make the ends nice and crisp.

 

The transfers are old Woodhead ones that I have had for many years. These were resurrected using Microscale liquid decal film thanks to a tip on RMWeb.

 

Weathering was all done by brush - I am not yet confident enough to do this with the airbrush (certainly not on something that has taken so long to reach this stage). The effect I was looking for was to reproduce the very run down condition of these locos (especially the remaining green ones) circa 1969. I think I achieved what I wanted to do (they were really grotty), but after doing it I wasn't quite so sure that I wanted it any more.

 

The glazing is 10 thou clear sheet glued behind the body sides using Formula 560 Canopy glue. I would have liked to do true flush glazing for the windscreens. I tried to do it but found that I couldn't persuade 10 thou glazing to stay put in a hole in a 10 thou metal loco body.

 

The headcodes are done using some letters that I had specially produced for me by a local printing company a long time ago. They were photographed from my hand drawn artwork onto some sort of special printing film (not normal photographic film - I tried that unsuccessfully) so that when fixed into place the headcodes appear to be behind glass. I suspect that this way of doing things has probably been superseded by computerised printing so it may not be possible to do this again.

 

There are still a few bits and bobs remaining - the cab door handrails are the main exterior items. I'm also going to try to fit a bit of cab detail if this can be done without it looking silly. There are still a few places on where too much daylight is visible through the side windows and louvres so I need to add a few more bits of black plastikard to block this.

 

I'd also like to make the wheel flanges less shiny if this can be done without compromising the running, but I'm not sure how to do this.

 

One day I might reinstate the lights to illuminate the headcodes from behind. I'd also really like to get a sound system working but I think that this would need to be under the baseboard both in terms of practicality and sound quality. So far I haven't found a good under baseboard system that can be set up with sounds to represent different loco types. I think it's quite a small niche market, so maybe it's too big an ask.

 

Overall I am very happy with the end result. The loco (to me anyway) looks the part and moves very well indeed thanks to its Atlas running gear. I might even build another one... but not just yet.

 

Here are a couple more photos...

 

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That is very good indeed - really captures the look of the original. I'm sure I saw a few of these at Ranelagh Sidings in the mid/late '60s?

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It is very nice; I can understand why you're pleased. An interior shouldn'd detract at all... it should add some attractive detail. Airbrushing shouldn't worry you ... always worth a practice on an old coach or other stock. but it can give lovely subtle effects ... although you've achieved some really good effects without. Please continue to post updates as you continue with the final stages...

Jon

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I've watched this thread with great interest, your 22 is really impressive. Nice job. A little cab detailing would suit it nicely.

 

Alex.

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Very well done Andy.

 

It's been a great read this blog and have thoroughly enjoyed it. To think that this started out as a flat ww etch is incredible.

 

Nicely weathered and finished too. I share your apprehensions with using an airbrush....but as Jon says, you have pitched it just right.

 

What's the next project?...

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Hi Andy,

 

Brilliant work. The finish looks excellent and the weathering captures the prototype well.

 

As Pete says-What's the next project?

 

Cheers,

 

Mark

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Thanks folks for the comments.

 

Projects currently on the go or being thought about are (as usual...) (too) many. They include the Hawksworth full brake which is currently awaiting tidy up of some bits of its paint job. The gloat box was extensively re-stocked a few weeks back with some more Hawksworths and a couple of 2mm Association CCTs. Longer term you may have seen a thread on the forums about Hayle related freight traffic, so that might result in me actually building something one day. I have a Maunsell 'P' set on order from Chris Higgs and an option on a damaged Ivatt 2MT body that could one day find itself on a Nigel Hunt chassis in front of said 'P' set.

 

Then I am still progressing (slowly) on a biggish building for St Ruth, about which I will say more when there is something to show. I'm also in the process of re-wheeling a bunch of Farish coaches to partially alleviate the previous shortage of rolling stock at St Ruth.

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Looks really nice!

 

Nitpicking though, I would suggest that the loco ought to have foldable gangway doors once fitted with headcode boxes

 

See http://www.railphotoprints.co.uk/index/detail/1812/D6309-StBlazey-250969-RP175.jpg.html

 

Also, I fear the Woodhead loco transfers are rather on the small side.

 

Lets hope it never rains in St Ruth, or you might also need windscreen wipers!

 

Nitpicking, as I said. It's your model and you build it how you like. To most eyes it looks brilliant just as it is, as testified by all the comments above!

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Looks really nice! Nitpicking though, I would suggest that the loco ought to have foldable gangway doors once fitted with headcode boxes.

 

So you can't see the lines that I scribed to represent the extra hinges then?

 

Actually... neither can I but I did scribe them. Oh well.

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Nitpicking as I am I would love to see some of Friar Tuck's obviously faultless models :-)

 

I think you have done a fabulous job with the 22, would love to see it having a run out on Highbury one day.

 

cheers Jerry

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I think you have done a fabulous job with the 22, would love to see it having a run out on Highbury one day.

 

Thanks Jerry. We obviously missed an opportunity at the Oxford Expo to extend the quay line on St Ruth to link up with your layout. Maybe next time. Having said that, although class 22s did appear on the S&D (yet another of my pet interests), it didn't exactly take place in happy times for the line.

 

Regards, Andy

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