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Dirty Beattie!

Chris Nevard





Beattie Well Tank No. 30587 trundles through the open crossing at Polbrook with a freight from Wenfordbridge to Wadebridge on a sultry summer day in 1957.

111204_polbrock_IMG_2088_WEB, a photo by nevardmedia on Flickr.


"She smells a bit but has a heart of gold", as coined by John Cleese when introducing his slightly less than fresh wife at a drinks party on a well known Monty Python sketch.


Here though I'm writing about Kernow Model Rail Centre's recently released Beattie Well Tank. The model supplied is quite delightful in pristine shiny black, any weathering being left to the modeller. Locos in service were generally a little grubby and had an acrid smell of hot oil, steam and soot - this aroma being perfume to steam fanciers


My method is to brush on a sludge of water based black acrylic and weathering powders, then wipe most of it of. These locos were generally quite well kept, so to reflect much use of an oily rag to give a nice sheen, Humbrol Metalcote was drybrushed on here and there to give a metallic oily look. To complete the effect, three link couplings have also been added, though I have still to remove the socket under the buffer beam used for the supplied tension lock couplings. I have also added one of the supplied distinctive Southern Railway route disks that sits just in front of the chimney.

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I thought you were referring to a brass who used to work Plymouths Union Street!


Only thing missing? Gorse bush in the foreground, Woodlands Foliage clusters medium or light green with some yellow ground foam added.



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Definite improvement on 'out of the box' but I think a tad too much emphasis on 'rust' (or rusty colour) which was usually not present on regular working locos except , sometimes, in the vicinity of the smokebox although 30586 had one or two touches of it in other places judging by prototype colour pics. Still very nice tho'

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I thought you were referring to a brass who used to work Plymouths Union Street!


Oh dear, that's the sort of thing that I first thought about!


Looking lovely.

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Thanks chaps, it's all a work in progress. Dirty Beattie had its first weathering seen here at 11pm last night so will be looked at again. I usually build it up over 2 or 3 sessions.


Does gorse get into the leafy mid-Cornwall lowlands?


I'd quite like to model a ramshackle wooden fence on the foreground peeking up through the grass. I can see a few coffee stirrers being sliced up and stained...


This afternoon's job is making up pub signs and the 'Trains Cross Here' sign to sit on a B&W stripy post.

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