Gosh, been a bit quiet in posting on the ol'cobblin' thread, but I've not been idle. Possibly too many projects! 'Twas ever thus...
The Kitson gained a roof (brass sheet with styrene bits) and a few other bits, needs a name, details, weathering etc.
Destined for the same TDA fleet is another Hardys Hobbies Bagnall 16", this time it's the round tank version, the idea that the two locos were bought on the cusp of the switchover.
This was also the test bed for some printed livery tests to see how it coped with various colour mixes in terms of dithering and fidelity.
You can see the cyan toner roller has a scuff in it!
Ultimately it of course got the dark blue and red lining. Really chuffed I was able to design it to fit the front of the tank.
It acquired some ladders and LRS nameplates. 'Unity' being named after the USA joined the war effort in 1941 and started arriving in Britain. Sister loco 'Liberty' named for similar reasons.
Weathering with a powder mix wash., this was after most of it had been taken off.
Of course I rushed it and the lacquer met remaining moisture and reacted, gah....
Used a mix of IPA, cotton buds, some areas were scraped, some just straight-up overpainted with black acrylic.
Hopefully it doesn't show too much.
The drivers' side had cracked where the lacquer had been too thick and the coats ended up drying at different rates.
What have we learned? LET IT DRY.
I sanded back the cracks and applied a final coat of lacquer to try to reduce the cracking, hopefully it's ok-ish now.
Note on both the Bagnalls I have swapped the 'pop' safety valves for Salter ones to match the Avonside 'Dublin' - the TDA having specified this when ordering Handily I had some broken Avonside spare parts sets to use.