July 14th

A batch of locos almost completed today with just some minor titivation to carry out once the paint's fully dried.


A Masterpiece Prairie and a couple of DJH Mickey Mouse tanks, each of which was required in fairly heavy weathered condition. I've popped views of them in Gallery 2. 

When I view the shots on my screen, it helps me to spot any bits that don't quite blend as they should and a couple of areas look a tad patchy in the photos. For example, the Prairie's tank top edge looks decidedly dusty brown in one small area as if I've puffed a small patch of brown from the airbrush but when taken indoors and studied under bright lights, it doesn't look so strong.

I've often mentioned digital images and their tendency to be a tad over contrasty and always impress upon customers to not worry if images look a bit over the top in emailed views as they really won't be when they open the box.


Further updates on weathering progress soon.


July 3rd

Following a quick week's recuperative break in the Peak District, I'm now able to resume the weathering duties on some wagons and a loco I'd started prior to the holiday. 


I've popped some views of a few of the wagons in Gallery 3, which required granite loads, plus an empty wagon to which I've added a reasonably detailed interior using thin plastikard. This latter item had no interior detail at all, so I felt a suggestion of planks and strapping, nuts and bolts etc would improve its previously barren appearance. Although destined to have loads of bricks or pipes, it can also run empty which should look a little more realistic now.

All items were subsequently weathered as per my instructions.


In Gallery 1 I've posted a couple of views of a Lee Marsh Prairie, which needed some adjustment to its previous painter's weathering. Nothing too drastic, just sufficient to tone down some overly bright areas, notably on the motion. It's an attractive prototype and I thought it worth including yet another in the gallery. Bit biased, perhaps . . . !


More locos will be appearing soon.


June 4th

The back injury is much improved and I can now manage much longer periods of work. As a result I've finished 9F No. 92244 and posted a few shots of it in the Featured Models - 9F  section.


The weathering on this was requested in a traditional grubby and used condition, minus the heavier extremes more commonly seen on these locos. Essentially, I used various reference photos of the real 92244 that I have and dialled back on the browner shades and heavier streaking or rust patches evident in those images.


You'll see that there's just one view that I took on a dull day that shows a fuller coal load, this latter feature being subsequently requested by the owner. The Lee Marsh 9fs come with a low and lighter load of coal fixed in place so I made a false foam base, shaped with scissors and glued this on top of the existing load. To this I then added individual nuts, larger lumps of coal plus a varying amount of finer pieces and dust on top. I'm currently awaiting delivery of more Modelu crew figures, which I shall paint, weather and add to the cab before returning the loco to its owner.


In the meantime I'll get on with further items I have here awaiting the airbrush, chemicals and powder treatment. 


May 11th

My thanks go out to those who have expressed concern for my welfare - it is much appreciated.

Unfortunately the healing process is taking much longer than I would wish and my weathering sessions are limited to just a couple of hours a day at the moment. Can't sit for long before the pain kicks in but very slow healing processes are taking place and the osteopath has reduced my sessions to once every two weeks, rather than weekly.

Still trying to sort the 9F and with a bit of luck and a following wind, I hope to show signs of progress with it soon.


April 28th

Following several sessions with an excellent osteopath, I'm finally able to get back to the workbench tasks, albeit working for short sessions at a time. I have to go for short walks and carry out other exercises to give my bones a break (pun unintended) or the muscles cramp up and I'm uncomfortable for quite a while. Somewhat annoyingly, it's sitting down where the issues present themselves and since weathering models standing up isn't an option, I'm having to take things slow but steady for a while until everything settles down and heals.


Today I started on another 9F and once that's completed I'll add some photos to the appropriate page for your inspection. In the meantime I'll creak my way to the paints and powders area and cautiously continue the work.


April 6th

Just to be really annoying, I've managed to badly bruise my lower back region stumbling against a cupboard edge in the workshop so now sitting at various positions when trying to paint or airbrush is extremely painful. It will eventually heal but I have to ensure my seated stance is adjusted to compensate and weathering work will have to wait a few days until everything's calmed down. 

Sod's Law comes to mind . . . 



















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