Well after a busy few weeks with work and stuff im back to the workbench. Today saw great progress and actually got some things finished
All my current painted containers have now had all transfers applied including home made data panels and red triangles, did 8 boxes today and that was more than enough, cant imagine doing 38 like Gibbo!
The caboose is now finished, i brushed a coat of satin varnish this morning and this evening fitted the side bubble windows, these are a ticht push fit after much careful filing, crystal clear was then applied through the back window to keep in place hence the white window. All dried clear so all good. The rest of the windows got the crystal clear treatment. The back window was done last and was a mare to do, lost count of the times i had to re apply as the surface tension was lost. All done now and its ready for its 1st ride on a flat.
As i was in the swing of applying transfers i finished off the last 4 TTAs iv been working on and off. Trabsfers on i then brushed a coat of satin on all 10, may need another coat as i thinned it down a lot. All 10 TTAs now available as a train. Even better as most are reversible with either BP or Esso logos its nearly 2 trains for the price of one. No two are quite the same either, looking forward to seeing them trundling round soon.
Back to containers, i have 3 30 smooth sided Hornby ones having grey applied, this is the same dove grey as i used for the TTAs- Gibbo apologies i remember you asked me the colour, im sure its humbrol dove grey *Edit its humbrol gloss 40 i think *and its gloss but i forgot to note the number..
These 3 will become at least one Sainsburys Beef or Manchester Liners as homage to the original Hornby ones even though im not sure these styles were ever 30ft flat sided. Im working on producing transfers myself for the sides, scotch beef ones ready for a trial 20ft one which im sending to Gibbo tomorrow. Manchester liners is still pending matching the transfers to a red colour- humbrol 60 looking favourite. An OCL branded side is also in the works so watch this space.
The flat containers have had some sheeted loads prepared, the blue sheeted load is 2 old lowmac containers glued together under the sheet, the other loads are a fuel barrel off a large scale RC russian T34 and the other is fan drive out of a Hornby 50. The sheets are made from Tunnocks Caramel wafer wrappers which have been pressed round the loads whit side up and then painted, i think they represent tarps pretty well and are a nice treat with a cup of tea!
Next up will be finishing off a couple more blue striped containers and a 10fter and 30fter made from a cut and shut of 2 Hornby 20ft boxes. After that i need some more flat sided 30fters to chop down to 20ft-Perters Spares will be source of them.
The flats are ready for transfers and a start will be made imminently, still awaiting wheels but these will be sent for soon i am told.
Thanks for looking in