THURSDAY October 3rd
I've been lightly weathering a Lee Marsh 517 dressed in its rarer chocolate livery, views of which I've posted in Gallery 1. It will have a revisit soon just to titivate it a little further - really close-up photos can highlight areas that I'm not quite happy with, which aren't so obvious at normal viewing distances, but at least you can see how it currently looks. I occasionally post 'not quite there yet' images for quality control purposes as it's sometimes worth walking away from a project for a while and coming back to it afresh.
A tip I gleaned from my early years as a litho artist in the print trade: If unsure if it's right, hold the item up to a mirror and it will immediately reveal whether or not it needs further work. This was more about lettering and getting the spacing correct between the letters, but I find it can also apply to weathering.
For the same customer, a Dapol PO wagon has also been weathered and a full load of coal added as requested. A shot of this completed wagon is in Gallery 3.
In between weathering work I've slightly refreshened the website again as you can see. Just like to ring the changes occasionally.
The workshop will be closed for a couple of weeks from tomorrow and I won't be contactable during this time, but 'I'll be back' (as Arnie would say) to the usual daily routine immediately thereafter.
SATURDAY September 21st
Finished the GWR dean Goods and as promised I've uploaded two photos of it on my diorama, photographed outdoors today without any bright sunshine to enhance the colours. The images are again in Gallery 2 so you can compare the livery differences.
The request was for a smartly turned out loco but still showing it plainly in working goods duties condition, so evidence of cleaning and maintenance indicating it as well cared for. They weren't always extremely extremely grubby, unlike their appearance later in their lives.
WEDNESDAY September 18th
After a short break it's back into the weathering routine with another Lee Marsh Dean Goods requested in tired BR condition. I've added a couple of views in Gallery 2 for inspection.
Next up is a GWR liveried version so shots of this will soon appear in the gallery for comparison.