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Love those 37s James. Some of the best reworking I have ever seen on the Bachmann model. Stunning! 

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Not much I can say, they look absolutely amazing James! Do you use plain old matt white to fade, sloshed on then wiped away? Then presumably the next step covers any white that might be lodged in the crevices?

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Very nice James and excellent rusting effect... even though it's a little sad to see ! The metals tractor is probably one of my all time favourites of yours!

 

I'm most impressed with the brush finish you've achieved with the upper grey repaint! 

 

Cheers

Will 

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James that is really filthy class 37 porn.

 

Dribble.......

 

Top draw. My hat is doffed.

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Those 37's look amazing.

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Inspiring work James, I really must have a go and follow in your footsteps at creating something a little more unique, although think I need a bit of practise to reach your level of superb weathering.

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Hi James,

 

I do like Class 60’s and those you have done are splendid! The 37’s in rather run down condition look great too. 

 

All the best

Mark

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Total agreement with everyone above. Excellent work. Those 37s in particular... Wow! 

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Fantastic. they’ll  look great with some cooling towers behind !

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Wow thanks so much for all the likes and comments, that is really nice! I'm really looking forward to getting those 37s at the head of some grimy MOD or ballast train workings! Just need a load of faded VAA vans or some battered Barbels and we are away! 

 

On 11/07/2019 at 18:25, sb67 said:

Not much I can say, they look absolutely amazing James! Do you use plain old matt white to fade, sloshed on then wiped away? Then presumably the next step covers any white that might be lodged in the crevices?

Steve.

 

Thanks Steve, I do use matt white for fading, either that or a light grey depending on how much fade you're looking for! The initial finish after the paint-on/wipe-off is extremely ghosty and more suited to something that's spent it's entire career shunting in a china clay works but once the next coatings of browns go on after this then those white crevices are covered and normality ensues!

 

Cheers,

James

 

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Time for some lovely filthy old celebrities! Not Ulrika Jonsson or Carol Vorderman this time, but a pair of blue diesels..!

 

https://flic.kr/p/2gxLFEq47145 and 60006 by James Makin by James Makin, on Flickr

 

47145 Merddin Emrys and 60006 Scunthorpe Ironmaster are the latest to join the fleet, both being based on standard RTR models but with a little twist!

 

The gorgeous British Steel Blue duo of 60006 and 60033 have always been favourites and remind me of my early days in the hobby, having gone to a real model shop and bagged a 60006 when Lima produced theirs, which coincided with the time I picked up my first Lima catalogue and realised that there was an amazing 'modern image' world out there alongside the toyshop items just found in the Hornby catalogues! 

 

As time went on, I was fascinated by weathering and dirtying my blue '60' to match a pic I'd seen in an issue of RAIL magazine around 1999. I was very new to airbrushing in 2000 when I plucked up the courage, and my old £9.99 Badger splatter gun kind of ruined it, but it was important practice that led on to better things eventually! So when I found a cheap, used, new-generation Hornby 60033 from Trains4U a couple of years back, I had to have it!

 

https://flic.kr/p/2gxLfSd47145 and 60006 by James Makin by James Makin, on Flickr

 

The starting point was to strip off the old numbers, using enamel thinners...

 

https://flic.kr/p/2gxLDUg47145 and 60006 by James Makin by James Makin, on Flickr

 

...which as you can see, worked an absolute treat! 

 

The loco was then renumbered and new nameplates added to recreate 60006, complete with all of the cab details and fun from the previous Class 60s in the updates above, plus some funky bodyside weathering! I actually dug out that old RAIL Magazine I used as a kid (together with my 14-yr-old-self's painty fingerprints!) and tried again adding some streaking, and of course a good coating of traffic grime!

 

And here we go...!

 

https://flic.kr/p/2gxLBLU47145 and 60006 by James Makin by James Makin, on Flickr

 

https://flic.kr/p/2gxLBuG47145 and 60006 by James Makin by James Makin, on Flickr

 

https://flic.kr/p/2gxLa1t47145 and 60006 by James Makin by James Makin, on Flickr

 

I couldn't resist posting up a pic of my old 60006 for comparison, I was only 14 when I ruined this so please go easy!!

 

https://flic.kr/p/2gxMxo260006 by James Makin by James Makin, on Flickr

 

I guess if there is anything I've learnt in the last 19 years it's that a little restraint is sometimes a good thing! https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/emoticons/default_laugh.png

 

Next up was the other blue partner in crime; 47145 Merddin Emrys. I didn't actually see this loco until relatively late in it's career, stabled at Derby with 45112 in 2004, while at that time, the 'Duff' was deep in Fragonset ownership with dragon logos on the side!

 

But my mate Mark (owner of 60090 above!) gave me a great deal on his old Bachmann Rails of Sheffield Ltd Edition version, which coincided with me finding some nice snaps of it on MOD traffic at Didcot in 1998, having been recently treated to 'Crewe-cut' cab modifications, losing a few of the fancy plaques and picking up a bit of dirt since its days as a Tinsley celebrity!

 

https://flic.kr/p/2gxLdLj47145 and 60006 by James Makin by James Makin, on Flickr

 

Naturally, Dua Lipa is the ideal soundtrack for creating any ex-Tinsley '47s', and I set to work cutting off the bottom of the cabs and swapping the original chassis for a cutaway bufferbeam version. 

 

Other small details had to be changed to update it from the Bachmann version - the black doors had become blue, there was more yellow around the top door window, the orange 'elephant trunk' multiple working sockets were added to the headcode panel ends, as well as the ornate plaques surrounding the nameplate & Tinsley plaque making way for plain blue and rusty boltholes! 

 

https://flic.kr/p/2gxLbwu47145 and 60006 by James Makin by James Makin, on Flickr

 

Another subtle modification was the change of the running number decals, by 1998 it was applied in a small style, matching that of Res locomotives, and the BR arrows had changed to mini RfD Channel Tunnel roundel stickers. It was one of those models that became a 'Where's Wally?' job spotting the small detail changes that certainly aren't obvious at first glance - I planned this as just a quick weathering job at the outset!

 

https://flic.kr/p/2gxLAMQ47145 and 60006 by James Makin by James Makin, on Flickr

 

On one side the removal of the Tinsley depot plaques has left a nice silhouette of damaged paint on the end, while the ornate plaques that were once above and below the Merddin Emrys plate have long since gone.

 

https://flic.kr/p/2gxLaUT47145 and 60006 by James Makin by James Makin, on Flickr

 

Stainless steel door kickplates were picked out in silver, together with the odd yellow axlebox (but not all of them!) - definitely keeps you on your toes! And the smart white-wall wheels from the 1994 Tinsley Open Day are nothing but a memory!

 

https://flic.kr/p/2gxLAmu47145 and 60006 by James Makin by James Makin, on Flickr

 

47145 sits nicely at home next to 37518 on Wells Green TMD

 

https://flic.kr/p/2gxL9rC47145 and 60006 by James Makin by James Makin, on Flickr

 

https://flic.kr/p/2gxL94i47145 and 60006 by James Makin by James Makin, on Flickr

 

It was great fun bringing these two models to life, and a good dollop of nostalgia too! I bet you must be wondering what's coming next..?

 

Cheers,

James

 

Funny enough James I have techno music on when weathering up locos,

great work above my frend...

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Techno Neil ? You’d have to have Eiffel65 for 98 then !da da da da da bee

 

great work as ever James. It’s all a bit too much for me , filthy celebs ( locos) and carol Vorderman  all in the same sentence.

 

Im going for a lie down in a dark room.

 

 

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Fantastic stuff James, the last batch of 37s are particularly nice. Keep up the good work.

 

Can we expect more tractor action in your next post?

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Next up is a cheeky pair of '67's!

 

48330945206_47d2282246_k.jpg67002 and 67008 by James Makin by James Makin, on Flickr

 

These locos are very much cutting edge and coming in right near the end of my modelling period, you can keep your '68's; this is as new as it gets!

 

67002 and 67008 have joined the fleet, both of course being based upon the newer Hornby model, subjected to a spot of renumbering and light service weathering.

 

The EWS 67s had a troubled start, with pioneer 67003 being delivered from Valencia but subsequently found to be overweight and requiring modifications before they could start, I remember it being many months after reading in RAIL about the first one being delivered before ever getting to see any on the network with my own eyes!

 

48331077212_318a6e0d58_k.jpg67002 and 67008 by James Makin by James Makin, on Flickr

 

Both are from the original Hornby 67001 release, the lower one having already seen several years' service on Loftus Road pulling former Res Railnet postal vans and PCVs in its original guise until the long-overdue renumbering finally occurred. 

 

Choosing the numbers was easy, 67008 was a Didcot spotting regular, meanwhile 67002 established itself as my absolute favourite from early doors...I'm sure many here will recall the infamous Lawrence Hill crash in 2000; the spectacular sight of a gorgeous brand new loco perched precariously atop a broken HAA coal wagon having smashed into the rear of an Avonmouth coal train, and been carried along before piling into a road overbridge! 

 

Similar to my model of 67017 Arrow a few years ago on this thread, the Hornby printed lettering and numbers were tricky to remove using thinners and other solutions, so I repainted the EWS Gold stripe, and gave the loco a good gloss varnish covering ready for the transfer application stage.

 

48330939486_5a04cccbf2_k.jpg67002 and 67008 by James Makin by James Makin, on Flickr

 

With help from a bit of HAIM, the Modelmaster decals were individually cut and applied to the heavily ribbed bodysides, and plenty of Microscale Microsol & Microset were used to soften the decals to sit properly in the ribs. In the photo you can see the difference between the completed 67008's decals sitting in the ribs compared to 67002's decals that have just been placed over the model. While applying the softening solutions the decals will often crinkle, but the key is not to panic too much as they normally uncrinkle once the solution dries!

 

48331068972_c812029e1b_k.jpg67002 and 67008 by James Makin by James Makin, on Flickr

 

A coating of Railmatch Matt Varnish was applied after, and then the traffic weathering applied over the top, including attention to the silencer to get a slightly textured rough finish prior to the weathering taking place. The airdams and pipes were added, with a wire loop fitted at one end to allow it to continue hauling the Railnet trains on Loftus Road

 

48331068652_fe95858939_k.jpg67002 and 67008 by James Makin by James Makin, on Flickr

 

You can see here just how heavily ribbed the sides of the Hornby model is! It is amazing also how good the Microscale products are at getting the decals to sit right in those deep grooves.

 

48330932976_1108ab98e1_k.jpg67002 and 67008 by James Makin by James Makin, on Flickr

 

A good quick project to get these looking how they should, and ready for action representing the newest beasts out there in the red empire!

 

Cheers,

James

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I'm too young to remember the 1980s British Rail era of proper loco haulage before 'Sprinterisation' but for me as a late '90s spotter, the nearest thing you could get to that were the superb ILRA pool of Virgin Cross Country Class 47s on the loco-hauled services that connected all corners of the UK prior to Virgin's widely-criticised Operation Princess fleet & timetable overhaul of 2001-2002. A day's spotting at a key location like Reading, Crewe or Birmingham New Street could yield a parade of tens of these incredible life-extended Brush beasts in a short time - those were the days!

 

48331534687_50b78e7e3d_k.jpg47840 by James Makin by James Makin, on Flickr

 

Long-term readers will remember I recreated a batch of these Bachmann 47s in the bright Virgin red & grey colours back in 2017, now here comes 47840 NORTH STAR to redress the balance in its iconic Intercity livery.

 

The starting point was the Bachmann 'Fire Fly' release of a few years ago, several of which I pugged away when Rails of Sheffield were flogging off at £49.99 each on eBay, one of the last few genuine brand new bargains that I can recall!

 

48331399806_6356a4c732_k.jpg47840 by James Makin by James Makin, on Flickr

 

Firstly, the body was removed and preparations made for renumbering, being a straightforward job I elected to leave in the glazing and simply apply Humbrol Maskol over the top, this lazy bodge ensures that you never get the sometimes-challenging issue of the glazing not re-fitting so well once the extra layers of varnish have been applied as part of the modelling process!

 

As with the other locos, the body was gloss varnished to give a good background for the Fox waterside transfers, with Shawplan nameplates applied using varnish as an adhesive, and a final layer of Railmatch Matt Varnish to seal it all in, before leaving the body for a month or so to harden prior to weathering. 

 

I set to work adding a wash over the body, to highlight dirt in some key places that are not reached by the regular carriage washing machines, as well as enabling a couple of fresh dirty oil-soaked rain streaks down the side to really take the edge off that once-smart Intercity livery that had fallen from favour and was fast being eradicated from the system.

 

48331529912_471e094995_k.jpg47840 by James Makin by James Makin, on Flickr

 

The dark grey was wiped off using cotton buds soaked in enamel thinners, working reasonably quickly to ensure the matt varnish layer beneath didn't lift, the month-long hardening period certainly helped though! 

 

After this, the loco was given a final coat of varnish to seal everything in, reassembled and airbrush weathered with the big batch of locos. Cab detailing was added, including a driver and a copy of The Sun on the driver's desk!

 

48331391481_faf6c0ac20_k.jpg47840 by James Makin by James Makin, on Flickr

 

The prototype NORTH STAR was one of the former Western Region 'namers' and chosen as it was a regular 'everyday' loco carrying Intercity livery quite late (to 2000) and not achieving default 'celebrity' status like 47826 Springburn which kept Intercity until the end of VXC operations. By 1999-2000, 47840's livery was largely intact but had a few battle scars, rust pockets and some white and yellow undercoat spots showing through in places - it was definitely deserving of it's new Virgin red colour scheme applied by 2001!

 

48331526007_10643148fe_k.jpg47840 by James Makin by James Makin, on Flickr

 

One of the fun parts was carefully pouring over dozens of Flickr photos taken during 1999 to monitor exactly where the tiny peeling paint spots were on the bodyside, and faithfully replicating them using a 00000 brush. 

 

48331524667_8af0f7dba5_k.jpg47840 by James Makin by James Makin, on Flickr

 

48331523377_5c47c252c8_k.jpg47840 by James Makin by James Makin, on Flickr

 

Although primarily intended for Loftus Road and my new Didcot layout; the Virgin workhorse can be seen first in action on Wells Green TMD, pulling in for fuelling and servicing -

 

48331388436_5fa6e63248_k.jpg47840 by James Makin by James Makin, on Flickr

 

48331521037_65dc396a12_k.jpg47840 by James Makin by James Makin, on Flickr

 

The loco had an interesting life after this, firstly receiving Virgin red livery, then being selected by to wear British Rail blue as part of the 2002 Virgin farewell celebrations where many of the surviving locos received heritage repaints.

 

By a miracle, 47840 survived the devastation of the 'Bodysnatcher' massacre where most Virgin ILRA-pool class members were rebuilt as the soulless, anonymous Class 57/3 'Thunderbird' locomotives. Happily for 47840, it soldiered on intact and soon entered preservation where it was returned to original guise as D1661 on the West Somerset Railway.

 

48331519297_a15a236a0a_k.jpg47840 by James Makin by James Makin, on Flickr

 

For the photos, I couldn't resist getting out some of my other ILRA pool fleet members; 47702 County of Suffolk stables alongside 47840 NORTH STAR. The irony being 47702 is actually an EWS-owned locomotive on hire to Virgin, and painted in their livery, whereas 47840 is a Virgin loco clinging onto Intercity!

 

48331517372_776c692d98_k.jpg47840 by James Makin by James Makin, on Flickr

 

Another great fun nostalgia project, and perfect to sit at the head of my Virgin Cross Country Mk2 coach rake on Worthing MRC's Loftus Road, there's still a few well-loved ILRA Brush colleagues that I'm looking to model still, so it is always going to be tricky to decide which loco gets to haul the set at exhibitions!

 

Cheers,

James

 

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