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    Fan of most things steam, but mostly LMS steam, though I can be tempted by the GWR (boo hiss). Currently modelling in N gauge, though I do have a few 00 Diesels and a big passion for Hornby Dublo (3 rail)

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  1. paulprice

    Sad news

    This is Tim, the Domestic Overlord. Paul died last Wednesday. I wasn't in the right frame of mind to come on and post this before. We were together for a long time, and I know just how much he loved modelling and loved being able to get things just as he wanted them. I'd like this blog to stay up here if that's okay by the administrators.
  2. Before the Domestic Overlord and I went off to spend a few days deep in SR/GWR teritory, I had a little look on Evilbay. Lately I have noticed in model shops that Farish Stanier coaches have been selling for over £30 each, which as excellent as the coaches are is getting a bit dear (especially if you are as tight as me). By luck though I managed to find two auctions on the old Evilbay for packs of two coaches each with a starting price of £30 dabs, I thought they would go for a lot more but I made a bid on each and to my surprise I won both auctions and so had four more coaches in my grubbby hands. So the question was how long would the two 1st/3rd Composites and the two 3rd brakes stay factory fresh and untouched by my dirty paint brushes, the answer was not very long. When weathering my stock I dont use an airbrush for my carnage, just simple old paint brushes, with me the simpler the process the better. The first area I like to work on is the roofs as from usual viewing positions this is the first area you tend to notice. What I like to do is to try and get away from the uniformed look of out of box stock, plus if you look at prototype photograps they only appear like this when first built. The first stage of the process I use, I think is called pre-shading by our Aeroplane modelling chums, its probably not how they would do it but it works for me. Taking a black or very dark grey paint I roughly paint the panel lines on the roof of each coach and paint a few of the ventilators. It helps that you paint the lines rough and ready as for me it works better than if you try a uniformed look. Once you have created the Zebra look its time to let the paint dry and worry if you have ruined the coaches, but it is not too late if your nerves fail to just repaint the roofs with a unformed grey colour, as for me as I always say what could possibly go wrong so I continued. The next stage was to mix some suitable grey paints and after they have been thined down a little so they are nice and thin I start to paint over the Zebra stripes so that they very subtly show through (anyone who knows me knows I struggle with anything subtle :)). After a little work the 1st/3rd Composites looked like this. The Brake 3rd's looked like this hopefully all with a slightly different shade to their roofs? If you do it right, or I should say if you do it like me the Zebra stripes should just be visible on the roofs along the panel lines giving the effect of a rood stained by a life in revenue earning service. Once the four coaches had been completed they were put side by side to see if the variations in the roofs had been different enough between each coach (I have some on the fleet that are almost black). As I had set out to portray some stock that is relatively clean and not long out of the works the more lightly coloured roofs are okay for this project. What I need to do now is apply some weathering to their underframes, sides and roof's but that can wait for another installment, now there is a threat ANOTHER installment Appolgies if I am just showing old techniques that maybe shold have been left in the past (people say that about me) and if I have offended any Aeroplane modellers with my rip off of their techniques I am truly sorry. As ever until the next time as ever Happy Modelling
  3. Thats a very interesting point concening visibility for the guards, surely other railways must have had similar rules? I will use it when I am forming goods tains with guards vans that do not have duckets from now on.
  4. The steel minerals look good, I wonder if I could get away with a few being an LMS modeller, well I should say I wonder if I can hide a few in the collection
  5. The shelf next to my chair in the living room is begining to look like Crewe, I think when the Domestic Overlord notices my interior design improvements it will be curtains for me
  6. I remember Blue diesils in service, does this make me old? Great layout and stock by the way
  7. Oh dear I think I am getting pains in the wallet already
  8. Baz What happend, obviously your "DO" did not kill you, ho did you manage to survive? Thanks for the comment on how the Jubes look, I know once I have fininshed these I will give up on hand lining for a very long time
  9. Well a few days away last week witht he Domestic Overlord and our two dogs meant that progress on the Workbench of Doom came to a hault, but getting up to North Yorkshire is always a good thing in my view. Even better though because naturally I am always a good boy the Domestic Overlord decicded to treat me and I now have a an additional coaches to the my passenger stock. Anyway I digress, before we went away on our little trip I managed to do a little more lining to the splashers on my last two Jubilee's and add this to the other one that has been clogging up the Workbench of Doom. So impressed was I with the progress I decided to get a move on and actually give the locomotives their identities, thats where I hit a wall as I could not decide which of the many options to portray (I think this is the modelling Gods way of saying get more Jubilee's :)) This is where the Domestic Overlord stepped in, remarkably not to shout at me for having too many locomotives but to actually select the names for the actual locomotives. So now No's 5641 Sandwhich, 5702 Colossus and 5730 Ocean have or will soon be added to the fleet, all too apparent in the photograhs are a few areas that need to be touched up, its strange how they appear obvious in photo's but not to the naked eye so much. I tend as projects are progressing of taking pictures just to see of there are areas that are not so good, its a tip I was taught years ago. So whats next to do? the first job is to get the nameplates sorted and then I think they will all receive a little or even a lot of weathering to not onlly hide the ropey lining but also represent typical LMS loco's in the 30's-40's some of them appeared very very grimy, oh and they need a crew. I only have the lining for a Princess to finish then all my attention will be on future "plain black" locomotives, so it will be simple freight locomotives for me, well maybe I should consider some plain black Jubilee's. So the good news is there should not be many more posts on these Jubilee's which must be a relief for anyone who has read the previous ones. Hang on I think I have been had, if the Domestic Overlord helped me select the names for these three, when we went through the list of Jubilee names, I may have said "already got that one" for the nine examples in the fleet. DOES THIS MEAN THE DOMESTIC OVERLORD HAS WORKED OUT HOW MANY I HAVE HELP Until the next time, if I will ever see a next time, Happy Modelling
  10. Identities have been found for the 3 Jubilee's with the help of the Domestic Overlord
  11. Truly stunning work, Mikkle you are a master at what you do
  12. Well I have learnt something today, never put anything away in a safe place as you will never find them again, I know as I cant find the name plates I had for my Jubilee's. I suppose the good thing to come out of it was that I reviewed the current members of the fleet and currently have the following examples. 5570 New Zealand 5572 Eire 5643 Rodney 5682 Trafalgar 5690 Leander 5688 Polyphemus 5693 Agamemnon 5699 Galatea 5710 Irresistible (Inspired by the Domestic Overlord) Thanks to a little help from the DO the remaining three Jubes on the workbench have had identities chosen and are now numbered as 5641 Sandwhich 5702 Colossus 5730 Ocean So that means if I ever get around to finishing them I will have twelve Jubilee's in the fleet which is more than enough for me Honest
  13. Mike Thanks, I need to find something to do as this convalescing is boring me to tears, even doing some research to find which examples to number them as is a bit of a bind, I think I am just in one of those moods.
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