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One side painted and lined - ready for glazing. 

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Another coach upgrade almost complete - this one from an Airfix GMR original. Just couplings to fit and the roof to secure onto the body. More brass sides delivered today to improve a BR Mk1 brake 2nd and an LMS 60ft Composite, which I will combine with the Dapol plastic kit. I also have a BR Mk1 sleeper you get on with 

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And it goes on ....  the next job

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Coaches are looking good - are you hand painting? Maroon looks a lot easier than blue and grey, but maybe I’m underestimating the lining!

 

I was surprised to see you chose the Mainline RBR for conversion. I picked up a blue and grey one recently and I think it holds its own against the current Bachmann offerings. It would be interesting to compare before and after photos. 

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35 minutes ago, 61656 said:

Coaches are looking good - are you hand painting? Maroon looks a lot easier than blue and grey, but maybe I’m underestimating the lining!

 

I was surprised to see you chose the Mainline RBR for conversion. I picked up a blue and grey one recently and I think it holds its own against the current Bachmann offerings. It would be interesting to compare before and after photos. 

The Mainline window surrounds are a bit chunky and the version I bought was badly scratched on one side. The coaches done so far are hand painted (5 coats including Undercoat and varnish) but I have obtained a tin of Railmatch aerosol maroon for the next few.  The lining is HMRS pressfix - not too onerous. 

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Progress on Upgrading another Hornby Mk1 sleeper using Comet brass sides. I’ve sprayed this one with Railmatch acrylic maroon Paint and gloss varnish which gives a rich lustre to the finish, which is very pleasing.  I’ve also added Comet corridor end plates and Bachmann commonwealth bogies.  Hinges, coach board brackets and bump stops are made from brass lacing pins. 

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On 28/07/2020 at 17:20, coronach said:

Progress on Upgrading another Hornby Mk1 sleeper using Comet brass sides. I’ve sprayed this one with Railmatch acrylic maroon Paint and gloss varnish which gives a rich lustre to the finish, which is very pleasing.  I’ve also added Comet corridor end plates and Bachmann commonwealth bogies.  Hinges, coach board brackets and bump stops are made from brass lacing pins. 

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And the other side

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I’ve just completed a conversion of an old Bachmann Bulleid corridor compo into a semi open brake 3rd using Comet sides. Unless the 1966 Waterloo -Aberdeen excursion hauled by 4472 included one of these, it’s very unlikely they ever ran on the Waverley Route but my layout has an Anglo-Scottish diagram incorporating SR stock :-)

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A few photos taken just now. A southbound freight eases out of the up goods loop at Whinburgh South after being recessed last March. If that’s not a long enough delay, the Hawick bus is crossing the line at Slitrigg level crossing after waiting six year for the gates to open !

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I have spent most of my modelling time during the last six months repainting, repairing and completing coaches and vans. Many vehicles were only fully painted and finished on one side So I have had plenty to go at. There is much still to do too. I’m really enjoying completing old models, which includes bringing the whole up to my current standards. ATM I don’t get so much enjoyment out of operating the railway though. 

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4 hours ago, coronach said:

I have spent most of my modelling time during the last six months repainting, repairing and completing coaches and vans.Many vehicles were only fully painted and finished on one side

 

Glad I'm not the only one with this shortcut.........

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