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2 hours ago, Jamiel said:

A few finishing touches to the tankers before they receive a coat of varnish from the airbrush to seal everything.
 

I used a cocktail stick to pop off some of the top paint where the talc was thick, then added drop of Mek to break up the surface in fine detail. A little black and dark grey washed on as well. A little dry brushing streaks on the edges and tiny drops of Mek as well.  I know these are small changes and probably don’t look that different in the photos, but they are worth doing to give the fine detail.

https://www.jamielochhead.co.uk/jpegs/Trains/Tanker40.jpg

 

https://www.jamielochhead.co.uk/jpegs/Trains/Tanker41.jpg

 

The same for the Class B tanker where I have the corroded/heavy spilled end. I also added a few drops of Mek around the top hatches on a few of the tankers.

https://www.jamielochhead.co.uk/jpegs/Trains/Tanker42.jpg

 

I have also returned to the LMS Inspection saloon. Due to the BR Maroon going a little purple as I used grey undercoat, I mixed a little signal red and with it and gave another coat. Trust me this has made it look at little richer, but this is a quite dreadful photo, the sun went in just before I clicked.

https://www.jamielochhead.co.uk/jpegs/Trains/Saloon20.jpg

 

I also did some tidying on the underframe, with having built the DMUs since I am better with brass bodies and frames and have corrected some mistakes I made. I put the end cross pieces flush with the bottom of the sides and so the floor I have made holds the body clear of the frame. To compensate I have removed the back bracing from the comet frames, and I have drilled holes in the floor to allow the bogie screw heads to sit through the floor. When held together it looks much better than before. Not as good as the DMUs but this was my first full brass build. I have also painted the bogies and done some repairs to bit of underframe detailing that were not straight.

https://www.jamielochhead.co.uk/jpegs/Trains/Saloon21.jpg

 

I now need to do more painting inside the body and the transfers outside, then varnish it all together and glaze the coach. I also need to attached the body to the underframe and may have lost the screws I need. They are the same size as the shouldered screw pictured below, I presume on size below a set I have from B&Q which are 3/16” wide. Any help what to order would be appreciated, I presume Eileen Emporium or Ebay are the place as I am pretty sure the above are the smallest B&Q do.

https://www.jamielochhead.co.uk/jpegs/Trains/Saloon22.jpg

 

Good be polishing off some nearly finished projects, the Class 120 DMU is in line as is more of the Arcade shops. I may also have a go at the extra layout board this summer and turn the layout through 180 degrees in the shed to make the scenic section more accessible.

 

On a different subject out family of sparrows in the hedge have just fledged four babies, here is one being fed the boiled rice we have been putting out for them, by its mother. Cheapest rice from Aldi, boiled without salt as advised by the RSPB, it has made the bird table very popular the last few weeks.

https://www.jamielochhead.co.uk/jpegs/Trains/Fledg1.jpg

 

More soon I hope, both brids and trains.

Jamie

Do you know, I spend hours trying to avoid that sort of look when I'm painting coaches and wagons - and there you are doing it deliberately!

 

Nice work.

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St Enodoc, thanks for the comment. I did fall foul of a drop of Mek on an almost finished model, the Class 129 DMU, so I appreciate it can hapen. It did annoy me at the time, but I fixed it and it was accidental research into painting techniques.
 

Class129_62.jpg

 

 

A bit more on the Comet LMS Inspection Saloon. Better photos of the colour, maybe a bit too rich now, but you get the idea.
 

I have added the waist lining, number and BR crests, plus some tiny lettering at the ends, which is not actually correct, but too small to really question unless you get out a magnifying glass. All from the HMRS* pessfix sets. The number is for a Leeds allocated saloon.
 

I have also painted the interior and added some bits of paper, wall charts and diagrams as the walls looked very bare. The chassis has also had the missing bits painted.
 

Saloon23.jpg

 

Saloon24.jpg

 

Saloon25.jpg

 

The BR lining sets I have, do not have the single thin straw/yellow line that I have seen on some photos of the saloons, or on the Bachmann version. I have seen some models without the top line. I suspect I may have to get the LMS lining set to get the thin line. Any thoughts, just leave it, get that set, or are there other lining sets that would match?
 

Next step is to spray this and the oil tankers I have been working on with matt varnish, and then weathering, but not the latter before I decide on the top line or not. I also need to get some 8BA nuts and bolts I think, then when all that is done a little roof edge filling and the remaining waterpipes to be added and the side low hand rails. The glazing also has to be done.
 

Feels like I might be actually finishing off a project for once.

 

In addition to passing 100,000 views I see there are 120 people following the thread. Many thanks to everyone who has taken an interest in my modelling and also a big ‘thank you’ for the feedback and advice everyone has given, I have learned so much from this forum as well as from my days with the Leeds MRS.

 

Jamie
 

* 4mm model rail seems transfers like an odd sideline for Her Majesties Revenue Service.

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A little more on the Comet LMS Inspection Saloon. The fine lining for above the windows arrived, it was really fiddly to do, fairly good, I am sure I will get better at this.

 

People added inside. There was a gap between the end top and the curved roof which I had solved with araldite on the Class 120 DMU, but here I had made the floor join the sides, so I have had to botch this a bit. I added plasticard behind the to, hoping that would work, but it was obvious that it sat back, so I pasted in a little Araldite and let it set, before filing it back. It has been painted by brush, it looks OK but not as good as if I had made the sides and roof together. This is part of it being my first build in brass and learning how to deal with some issues. I think some weathering around this join may help and the pipes that go over this should also mask things a little.

Saloon26.jpg

 

Saloon27.jpg

 

Saloon28.jpg

 

Saloon29.jpg

 

 

I now need to do a tiny bit more touching up of the painting inside, clean it, there is a lot of Araldite dust and then varnish the transfers on. Then it should be the home stretch, glazing, add the pipes and a little weathering.

 

There are some quite horrendous backs to the door detail soldering that on future builds I will file off, I did that on the Class 120 before painting it.

 

The finished coach will be OK for the layout but will be an obvious first build to me. It will be a nice coach to have though, and there are things about it I like more than the Bachmann one, especially that I built it, and also bits of detail that I added to make it a personal model.

 

Jamie

 

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Nice work Jamie.

Just a thought. The thin yellow line..should it have a black line as well? This was more usual for BR Maroon coaches.

Baz

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Thanks Barry

 

I had a look at a few photos. I think you are right, but I am going to leave it.

I thought the dark line on the protype photo was JPEG sharpening, the kind of contrast line you get around bright points, and it looks like the Bachmann one has such a thin black line it is barely visible.

 

The BR lining sheet I have does have black lines on the single lines, but they are thicker than in the photos below. I ordered some LMS lining to get to get this thin line.

Some models I have seen haven’t bothered with the top line. I don’t have many photos to work from so I am not sure if there was some variation in this.

 

Saloon30.jpg

 

Hopefully I will have time to do the varnish coat this afternoon, then glazing and finishing off.

 

Jamie

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Still on the LMS Inspection Saloon, sprayed with matt varnish and glazed. Looking at the closeup I may have overdone the varnish, but the transfers are safe. I have done some hand weathering, but it will also have a little more done and then a very fine spray with track dirt. I need to get a couple 8BA nuts and bolts to hold the body to the chassis and then do the piping and handrail and it will be there.

 

Interesting comparing it to a blue Bachmann version. I haven’t done the windscreen wipers as the photo I was working from didn’t have them, but then I haven’t added the cross bar you can see in the above photo. It may need a bit of tidying on the buffers looking at the images, and the roof will need a light spray to tone down the dark weathering patches.
 

Looking at the wipers on the Bachmann model I think those will be replaced with Extreme Etches ones, they are way too heavy.
 

Saloon31.jpg

 

Saloon32.jpg

 

Saloon33.jpg

 

Saloon34.jpg

 

Nearly there though. I am pleased with it as a first full brass kit build, but the DMUs I have done are already have better workmanship, so I am going in the right direction.


Jamie

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