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What do I do to weather these models?

 

Well I have just weathered a pre-production Heljan Industrial maroon livery 05 by spraying with Railmatch Frame Dirt, Roof Dirt and Black. For the underframe area I spray frame dirt first to give a fairly even coat underneath but don't have to be too fussy about this. Then spray roof dirt in uneven passes of the airbrush, just a dab of it here and there. Then re-do a dab here and there with the frame dirt. Then a bit of black around the fillers and drains areas. For the bodies I spray frame dirt into the grill areas then wipe off in downward motion with blue paper roll. Spray more frame dirt around the lower body and wipe upwards trying to leave a thicker deposit at the bottom and thinning as it goes up. I also spray a bit more frame dirt in handholes sandbox filler recess and wipe off again with a bit of paper roll with thinners on it as the sides will start to look a bit streaky by now. Then it's basically just building it up until you are satisfied, also useing roof dirt around radiator side grills. I tend to rub the sides so as you are basically trying to polish it as if you look at pictures from the late 70's the blue and yellow is very clean generally. I repeat this on the ends, spray on and wipe off. The roof just get a mix of frame dirt and roof dirt and black around exhausts. Then I will do a bit of dry brushing maybe with rust colours around buffers and bogies.  Bufferbeams and snowploughs are a mix of frame dirt and roof dirt but then I dip a paint brush in thinners and flood it onto the parts to make the paints run and mix, dabbing off excess thinners with a bit of blue roll. 

 

Maybe one day I will try and get a mate to video me doing it!

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What have I been doing recently?

 

Finished the transfers on the M&M Lowmac. They are from a number of suppliers including the Lowmac lettering from an old dried up sheet of Woodhead ones!

 

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Now the eagle eyed amongst you might have noticed the load on it.

 

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It is a Wickham trolley made by DJB I believe many years ago and motorized with a Tenshodo spud under it. I originally painted in this fictitious livery of coal sector so it could go over a coal mine branch and inspect the line. I have now repainted it into MoD green to represent a load out of one of their bases. Again fictitious but it looks the part.

 

 

I have been doing a bit of work on one of the pre production Heljan Peaks to make it 45137 with marker lights.

 

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As I had a few castings from JLTRT in the spares box I thought it would be rude not to use them. So I changed the airpipe around the batterybox to their castings.

 

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I am doing this as 45137 so have used the JLTRT Peak ETH castings on the bufferbeam. Lampbrackets are etched ones from JLTRT that I will add after I have masked up the yellow ends.

 

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The marker lights are from DJH that thankfully I still have another set for anything in the future.

 

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The boiler roof panels needed removing and I replaced the large one with a piece of thin brass sheet and just filed down the exhaust , leaving a base to represent the replacement panel. The holes I have drilled into the boiler filler blanks are to take a JLTRT vent casting when I get some from Laurie.

 

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The chassis on this was from one I did in green with a full set of sandboxes but I need to remove the inner ones for blue livery.

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Had a set of headcode etches laying about from a 37 project a while back and thought it would be rude not to use them. They fit the hole very well after removing the centre pillar. Had to use a small bit of filler where the pillar was removed. I removed the little grab handles whilst doing the work around the headcode recess. I think though the whole yellow end will need a re-paint now which will be fun masking over the nose side grills. I might do this as 45022.

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That will look different.........but...........I hope it is not my eyes but is that headcode box just a little down on the left?  Of course it could just be up a bit on the right  :derisive:

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Yes I noticed the body is leaning slightly.............

 

I wish there would be some decent shows down here in the far flung places!  Bristol the closest and still over three hours away...........makes for a long day.

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Your eyes do not deceive you chaps it got me worried when I saw it in the picture. I found the bogie support + piece is broken on one side, so much for the new packing! Howe's now have the spare spruces in now so it will get sorted.

 

Don't ever worry about pointing things out as I might not have noticed things either.

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Another little project I am working on is an upgrade to one of my Heljan 33's. I have had most of the castings for quite a while but just never got round to doing this work. Anyway I recieved the last couple I need from Laurie last week so have got on with it.

 

Don't look much different in this shot I have to admit.

 

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New cast steps. Small grab handle added on solebar under door handrails.

 

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Moulded airlines removed and replaced with .7mm wire.

 

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Handrails replaced with lost wax castings.

 

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Frame added on end of battery box.

 

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Exhauster silencer added from solebar.

 

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Airline casting and .7mm wire added.

 

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Lost wax windscreen wipers to straighten the blade up and move it closer to the pillar.

 

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New separate speedo castings.

 

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Another little project I am working on is an upgrade to one of my Heljan 33's. I have had most of the castings for quite a while but just never got round to doing this work. Anyway I recieved the last couple I need from Laurie last week so have got on with it.

 

Don't look much different in this shot I have to admit.

 

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New cast steps. Small grab handle added on solebar under door handrails.

 

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Moulded airlines removed and replaced with .7mm wire.

 

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Handrails replaced with lost wax castings.

 

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Frame added on end of battery box.

 

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Exhauster silencer added from solebar.

 

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Airline casting and .7mm wire added.

 

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Lost wax windscreen wipers to straighten the blade up and move it closer to the pillar.

 

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New separate speedo castings.

 

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Ahhh, that's the outcome of what I watched you fettling at Reading, very nice.....suffice to say that all of those tweaks really take the model (even though not perhaps directly noticeable at first) into another league. Superb!

 

ATVB

 

CME

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I have done the Heljan 33 upgrade and am still faffing about slowly doing upgrades to 3 Heljan peaks which will all need weathering when finished. So I had a break this afternoon and put this transformer together from Andy Duncan. Will make a nice but heavy load when painted.

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Painted the transformer. I think to fix it to the wagon it might have had some wooded chocks around the base and chains up to the lugs on the top?

 

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And put some weathering on this Heljan marker light 45.

 

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I added some chains and wood to my 'transformer on a lowmac' - great minds think alike :)

 

I couldn't put the transformer on the wood though as it was out of gauge. (Looks like the chains need tightening.)

 

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If it were a new transformer, then most likely the porcelain insulators would be in a separate crate, and possibly the breathers capped off, and header tank a separate item, to be assembled on site.

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