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southern42 last won the day on June 29 2018

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    The Big Four, in particular Southern and GWR, steam and EMUs
    The real thing, in particular Class 66, the Pendolino and Class 377 (Southern)
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  1. Disaster! The ink ran on contact with the water! It seems a well known railway modeller's brand of varnish was not suitable! Enter "Clear Glaze" acrylic spray and there you go! It is a bit potent, but I survived! No runs and decal transferred to a piece of a well known cereal packet and cut to test it fits on the bus. Next step, do a reprint of the decals, spray, and transfer them onto the bus. Sounds simple, doesn't it?
  2. So sad. Thoughts and prayers go to Gordon and his family and friends. Polly and Ray (Tender)
  3. Phew! Well, that is how I feel after many adjustments to size and position of decal details, a last minute test print and more adjustments, a print out on a clear transfer sheet after a 'printing options' error(!),* and a final printout on the other end of the sheet. * The red lettering around 'The Prisoner' came out black - I had 'print page backgrounds' OFF! It simply came about because I had several 'grouped' items, so the red lettered 'groups' were deemed as 'page backgrounds' it seems. The 6s were images rather than type, which would explain why they stayed red. Tomorrow's job is to spray varnish the sheet ready for Monday, when I hope to start putting the decals on the bus. Feeling happier, again, but no more confident in what is still to come. Deep breath...
  4. Day two tinkering with the measurements for the magic bus decals. It sure will be magic if I get this sorted! A few things I messed up: The distance between the wheel arches was a couple of millimetres too long. I did not allow enough space above the moulding along the bottom edge. I did not take into account the petrol cap and two door handles on the right hand side. All in all, a slight revamping of the components: The "The Prisoner" logo and the Pennyfarthing have been reduced in size. The right hand side has different slogans: "Vote for number" next to the no. (6) and "free for all" (the title of that episode and part of No.6's dialogue). And not so bad as I had anticipated - the original number plate font for the front of the bus. The number plate is just a paper cut out blutacked on. More to come, then...
  5. Today was spent with ruler tweaking the size and shape of the motifs for the decal sheet. The test printed out to size, so worth the effort. I will cut out the motifs, tomorrow, and lay them on the bus to make sure they do fit! I have two versions of the number plate. One is taken from the mini moke taxi in the Prisoner font type but did not print very well. The other one I best matched with a different font. If the mini moke version is no better on the transfer sheet I will have to substitute my own. There was an expected problem re the rear number plate. I will have to make it larger if it does not print better on the transfer sheet, or forget about it, or just accept it for the size it is. The issue is that the number plate is part of the chassis and slides through the "letterbox" opening in the body to hold the rear end of the bus together. It measures a mere 5mmx1mm. If I make the number plate larger, it will have to be blutacked on so as to be removable should I need to dismantle the body if, for instance, any of the figures keel over and need reseating. (It has happened before on a layout, a figure toppled over inside a building - fortunately out of sight!) A number of years ago, I was part of a group on an art course which, among other groups, was tasked with creating a design for a local organisation's bus. Ours went miserably wrong! I just hope this one turns out better!
  6. This is coming on a treat. The problem with choices! If you are not sure, either way, your building could have been given many coats of paint over the years, thus filling up a lot of the gaps, and giving it an almost smooth surface, disguising any size issues you may have. Compare your man's head v plank to the ticket man's (oops!) lady's head v plank at Silverton depot. I think you may be pleasantly surprised. https://www.durangotrain.com/dsng-museum-silverton/ I look forward to your seeing your results. Polly
  7. And back to the magic bus. After a few hours messing around on the computer I have come up with an image for the decals I could put on the bus. Two designs - "I am not a number": 1) on the slope; 2) on the straight. I have yet to make up my mind. "I am not a number" is sold on official merchandise mainly in the same font style as "The Prisoner." In other uses, many are hand painted letters, so I went for a more graffiti looking style. Dark yellow background indicates the base colour of the bus. Pale yellow indicates the space below the wheel arches. The No.6 is over the front wheel arch, as seen on some racing VW vehicles. (I was tempted to put "I am a free bus" but thought better of it!) The Pennyfarthing is over the rear wheel arch. Overall size 40mm x 12mm. Ideally, I would like to make the lettering smaller but I think I will have trouble enough printing it out as it is and it still being readable. A test I have yet to do.
  8. While I was waiting for the gloss to arrive, I did a test piece for the other modules - a fir forest on the distant mountains using some dried out moss. I also have a different moss which I have pressed between model railway books specifically for the job, so I hope I may get a more life like appearance. We will see when it comes to it. For now, I am happy enough that the idea should work. Clump of tangled up moss First couple of strands cut and stuck on mountains made from a 4"x1"x1/4" cereal card frame and some Polyfilla. Some previously used diluted PVA glue on the base. Super glue on the moss. Further layers added. As I have yet to start either of the other two modules, I have used The Cob to see if it is going to work. The mountain forest is simply placed on top of a box behind the Cob's backdrop so actually outside the 8"x8" limit. Naturally(!), it will fit inside the 8"x8" ruling on either of the other two cakebox modules. The scale of the mountains and forest will need to be adapted when I scenic the other modules. I have some photos to guide me. This test was purely freestyle. Test on site with the 'trees' painted with colour washes to reflect a dull wet misty autumn day. Back to the bus to Portmeirion, next. Thanks for popping in and your ratings. Much appreciated. Polly
  9. Paint job done. Quite a few thin layers of paint brushed on, modifying the colour as I went along to get best match. A few extra layers of paint added after the photo was taken. Am I ever satisfied? Base colour: Windsor & Newton Cadmium yellow medium hue acrylic Toned down with Vallejo Model Colour Dark flesh acrylic Lightened with W&N Titanium white acrylic Pleased with that - for a change. Next job - give the paintwork a coat of gloss varnish.
  10. The sides of the bus are now decluttered. I, now, need to touch up the paintwork before giving it an overall new coat of paint in the same colour, and sort out some No.6 motifs. It turns out we have some transfer paper so that will save a few pennies! Out of interest, the metallic backdrop for the bus photos is the top of my laptop and white mounting board behind. It saves me having to clear a space on the workbench dining table every time I want to take a photo!
  11. Yesterday's test. Some very light sanding and polishing up on the rear end - time consuming but relaxing and, so far, it is looking good. That is my Bank Holiday sorted.
  12. I have decided to have a go at removing the 60s motifs off the sides of the bus and doing a repaint job. I need to order some paint so it may take awhile to finish. In the meantime, have a good Bank Holiday.
  13. There is some good news and some bad news. The bad news is that the black ink bled into the white 'tax1' lettering on the numberplate. I will have to see if it will print better on some photo paper. The good news... Ta-dah... Stuck on with blutack at the moment.
  14. "Right on!" as they said back in the 60s-70s, or should I say, "Ride on!"? First thing, then, make the Pennyfarthing roundel to fit over the VW, which is a decent size, and a pair of "tax1" numberplates. There were no numberplates attached to the bus when I bought it. Since the colour scheme suits the placement of the Pennyfarthing, I will leave the white and yellow in their original places and just get rid of the scribbles on the sides and see how it goes. I see a day spent on the computer coming up getting these things to a printable image of the right size and printed off!
  15. The badges. These were fairly easy to make - the usual trick of making a round ball and flattening it into a circle. The easy bit - paint them white. The tricky bit came when I wanted to put it on Madam's left lapel but Sir's right arm was in the way. Half circle, but how without pulling it out of shape? Yes, I tried the scissors. A clean cut way beyond expectation. Wonderful! But, in the end, because I lost! the half badge, Madam now has a whole one. Now the really, really tricky bit - put a number on one, a pennyfarthing logo on the other! Font size 4pt, perhaps? Number #1? #7? Might get away with one of those! Lady #2 has finally identified herself as Number 8, Nadia Rolovsky who was played by Nadia Gray in the episode 'The Chimes of Big Ben' (1967). She is noted for her black top, red trousers and red fedora, with cape of black and gold. There she is, sitting at the back of the bus. The bus looks full but the interesting thing is the figures are 1:76 but the bus is 1:64 - it says so underneath! - and I had trouble fitting in a larger 1:76 figure. As long as it looks OK, eh?. Still a few things to do: sunglasses for Top Hat; a Vote for No.6 placard for the back seat; and varnish the figures. I decided not to try and put numbers or pennyfarthing on the badges. They do not show up on photos that small, not many, anyway. If I find some small enough numbered transfers, I may think again. The ones readily to hand are too big. Now, to think about doing a re-livery of the bus. I have some ideas. Just need the confidence and mojo to do it. The simplest (and quickest!) is to put the pennyfarthing logo over the 'VW' and leave the rest as is or, at least, repaint the 60s bling into plain yellow. What I fancy doing is... paint the lower half white, and the top half with yellow and white stripes, with matching stripes on the seats, in keeping with the Mini Moke. Any thoughts on that? Polly
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