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  1. Yep, pretty sure it did. Agreed, the colour supplement is where it comes to life. I remember being captivated by the mk1 coach. It looked so real!!!
  2. Yes you are correct, envy is the correct word for this.
  3. Hi Steve, Only just found your blog. Looks like an exciting time ahead!! I love the start of layout building!!! You mentioned the technique of getting the arc of the sector plate. The string and pencil is the way i did it and seems to work fine. Are you going for pin and tube this time? As the for the "request" for plants...weeds in the tracks should be the order of the day. :-)
  4. I agree Steve. My Dad bought it when it first came out in about '94 and i was amazed by the pictures. My dad used to use eye shadow as weathering powders at one point. They were quite effective at the time! Its one of those books that made me realise as a kid that its ok to take railway modelling as seriously as you want to.
  5. Hi Maurice, I relate to your discussion about jealousy and must say i mentioned that with my tongue in cheek! I agree it is a term thrown at those with oppositional views to the norm of consumerism and individual gain. Perhaps this has played on my mind more recently due to the election season but we won't go there!!! Many thanks again for your writing.
  6. Hi Steve, I used a couple of methods. I "painted" the powders on with decalfix around the W irons and heavier areas then powdered over the top. In some areas i just powder over the matt finish paint. I introduce some dry humbrol smoke powder to tone the colour down a bit as the decalfix can look painted on as opposed to a dust covering. The base is matt finish humbrol 34 Dark grey. Untreated, the finish looks better that 33 black and requires less weathering. I think a dry brush of gunmetal in certain areas of the planks might add to the worn wood effect. That's what Martin Welch uses i think and if it's good enough for him!! Cheers
  7. Thanks Steve. After a ridiculous day in work I came straight home and cracked on (thanks to my lovely partner and daughter) and have posted the results in part 2 of the blog. Dave
  8. Evening folks, Here are the concluding stages of some painting and weathering I have been working on. Again, as with my quick and dirty weathering blogs, I do not own an airbrush and have endeavoured to produce something comparable to the results one can get with an airbrush (but acknowledging the superiority of the airbrush). Here is the wagon painted using different tones and modelmaster decals added. I use decalfix by humbrol to silvering as I didn't want to gloss varnish the vehicle as I felt the subtlety of some of the planks would be lost glossing then matting. Next, the wagon is treated with decalfix and weathering powders, flowed around the raised detail. This is the shock open I have also been treating. certain planks were dry brushed with humbrol stone to suggest worn paint and the grain of the wood. The metal work on the end of the wagon are treated with heavier amounts of powders to suggest the flaking, rusty metal work. These are dabbed onto wet decalfix and built up using humbrol smoke powder and Carr's rust colours. The underframe is lightly treated with brake dust colour powders. The top plank on the wagon was done by dry brushing onto wet tacky paint to maintain the brushstrokes to give the appearance of the grain of bare wood. This has been an enjoyable little project.
  9. Hi Maurice, I very much enjoyed your article in MRJ and welcome your additional material here. I was relieved to see that I am not alone in the thoughts i have been wrestling with recently about the state of our great hobby. The adrenaline rush of acquirement does seem to have usurped the gentler reward of building a world of your own, through your own skill and imagination over time. Our hobbyist selves align more closely with our everyday, consumerist selves. The high fidelity of the models produced by the big manufacturers have perhaps dulled our skills of observation in that we assume all the detail is there, thus we don't even need to look at the real thing. What inspired me most as a kid was seeing Lima diesels, tweaked by their owners using etches and whitemetal castings, the presence of which even then I knew pointed to the modellers love of the prototype and were like monuments to their skills (or simply enjoyment) of observation. Also, the level of detail on the locos today on a layout tend to sit in sharp contrast to the quality of the layout itself (often not for lack of skill, but as you say a person's skills cannot often match up to the perfection of injection mouldings) thus wrenching us from the suspension of disbelief. I see your point about exhibitions encouraging dissatisfaction. I find some layouts are simply showcases for the amount of consumption that has occurred, particularly demonstrated by the amount of DCC sound Diesel depots on the circuit. Perhaps I am just jealous though!! Many thanks for sharing. Dave
  10. Evening folks, Completed a couple of Parkside opens recently and took a few pictures of the painting process. It has involved a few techniques i have read about and a bit of experimentation. The wagon is primed using halfords grey Matt spray, the body brush painted with phoenix precision pre 1964 bauxite, thinned right down. I paint the underframes humrol dark grey 34. I used humbrol stone colour, humbrol light grey and humbrol black to pick out the bare wood planks and a mix of different humbrol browns and reds to vary the plank colours suggesting fading. The bare plank mix is dry brushed (more like scrubbed) over some of the planks to suggest flaking paint and ware.
  11. Hi 34, Thanks for the reply. My next question was going to be next steps for fixing the drive cup. Will give this a go.
  12. Hi folks, I have recently bought a second hand class 47. On the surface all is well. However, at start up and stopping the control is not as smooth as i am used to. Bachmann locos usually perform brilliantly when operating them as prototype i.e. gradual power up and braking. This example however jolts forward slightly when power is first applied (dc). The motor begins to whir but no movement, then a little movement follows then all is well. I notice a slight crack in the drive cup inside and wonder if this means there is some slipping occurring. My Heljan hymek suffers with the same issue and also has a crack in tge drive cup (connector betwen drive shaft and motor). Any ideas or experience would be gratefully received.
  13. Hi folks, Could anyone provide any info about the suburban mk1 in br blue? What areas would they be seen in and what year were they finally withdrawn? Many thanks Dave
  14. I saw your layout at Shenfield and must say it was really effective and really neatly presented. Excellent layout. Ha ha, i too had a similar "fan boy" reaction to Mr. Futers. What a legend.
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