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They look great James. I have some in my to do pile, you've inspired me to make a start on them. Thank you.

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More impressive work there James:senile::good_mini:

 

 

cheers neil..

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Brilliant as always James. The weathering on those KFA’s is just fantastic! I don’t suppose you could give a little insight as to method and colours that were used to achieve the finish you have. I’ve always found the blue that Hornby use on their KFA’s just doesn’t seem dark enough for my eyes, but the way yours look now are spot on :good:

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On 21/09/2019 at 22:56, James Makin said:

I couldn't resist a place in the collection for this cutie!

 

https://flic.kr/p/2hiKhUESilverlink 121027 by James Makin by James Makin - Account 2, on Flickr

 

I've liked the Silverlink livery since it first appeared in the late '90s and with it being at the central theme of Worthing MRC's Loftus Road layout, it was inevitable that anything in the attractive purple and lime green colour scheme would gravitate towards my collection!

 

The starting point was Dapol's recent Class 121 release - 

 

https://flic.kr/p/2hiN3fxSilverlink 121027 by James Makin by James Makin - Account 2, on Flickr

 

The basic unit is pretty good, a decent runner with full range of lighting and the livery applied well in most places, so all it needed was a bit of toning down and bringing it to life, a simple project that's only taken a few days to do, which has been a nice change from some of my recent long term projects!

 

https://flic.kr/p/2hiN2FBSilverlink 121027 by James Makin by James Makin - Account 2, on Flickr

 

With the windows being ever so see-through, it was essential to add some passengers, my supply of Chinese 1:75 scale people (99p from eBay) was raided again and about 36 figures added, most of them suffering horrendous amputation to get them to fit in the shallow interior, but easily disguised with a bit of painting!

 

Meanwhile, on the outside, the model was treated to a coat of Railmatch matt varnish, followed by the roof and sides being toned down with a paint-on/wipe-off coat of dark grey. This highlighted all the dirt in the panel gaps, whilst leaving the main smooth surfaces nice and clean, just as per the prototype.

 

https://flic.kr/p/2hiN2agSilverlink 121027 by James Makin by James Makin - Account 2, on Flickr

 

With the passengers all painted, it was then time to reassemble the unit...

 

https://flic.kr/p/2hiLYtvSilverlink 121027 by James Makin by James Makin - Account 2, on Flickr

 

And here we are!

 

https://flic.kr/p/2hiKeVoSilverlink 121027 by James Makin by James Makin - Account 2, on Flickr

 

https://flic.kr/p/2hiMZkKSilverlink 121027 by James Makin by James Makin - Account 2, on Flickr

 

The passengers show up nicely through the windows, it's a pretty well-loaded service with only a few seats left before it becomes standing room only!

 

https://flic.kr/p/2hiMYTcSilverlink 121027 by James Makin by James Makin - Account 2, on Flickr

 

Just one little detail I changed were the windscreen wiper fittings, the originals being cut off, swapped around and re-attached to centre on the inside edges of the windscreen as more commonly seen in photos of 121027, compared with Dapol's factory version that rest towards the outer edges.

 

https://flic.kr/p/2hiKe4DSilverlink 121027 by James Makin by James Makin - Account 2, on Flickr

 

I'm really looking forward to running this on Loftus Road at our club show in Worthing next week - more details can be found at www.worthingmrc.co.uk/exhibition - please do come along and say hello!

 

Cheers,

James

I see that Makin bloke is cheating again by observing the real thing.

 

The other day I was looking at some photos of well modelled coaches with passengers sat inside. What struck me was how high up they seem to be sitting compared with photos of the real thing. I took one look at the first photo on James' post, the passengers are just right,. Well done James your eye for detail is outstanding.

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