NEWS and UPDATES
SATURDAY February 16th
An interesting commision has been to paint and weather an open wagon in worn LMS livery with elements of its previous MR ownership faintly showing through. I found prototype images in one of Bob Essery's excellent Midland Wagons books that featured similar effects and based the weathering on these.
I sprayed the wagon exterior in a Midland Railway grey and weatherd this down to a fairly scruffy state before tackling the lettering. I hand painted the large MR letters using acrylics as there was always the risk of the their outline showing up with a slightly raised edge if I'd used transfers. Once happy with the letters I protected them with a very matt acrylic varnish and then airbrush weathered the sides and ends with a thin coat of very diluted acrylic shades to subdue the letters enough that they were only just visible in places.
Afterwards I applied Fox Transfers waterslide LMS lettering and numbers, which are extremely fine and sealed these using acrylic matt varnish again. Further airbrush applications of acrylic shades to create dots and speckles in the woodwork concluded the operation, other than adding a few chalk markings with a white chinagraph pencil.
I weathered the interior before popping his supplied load of timber in place.
WEDNESDAY February 13th
Look at my Layout Feature page for the latest developments on the layout project, which has now sadly and reluctantly been abandoned.
In the meantime, I have more customer weathering to be getting on with and I'll soon be uploading fresh images of this for you to scrutinise.
SATURDAY February 2nd
Thank goodness the snow and ice arrived this rather than last week - Bristol could have been a totally different experience if folk hadn't been able to get there. Fortunately none in our part of Plymouth.
Back to the workbench now and just finished another Lee Marsh Dean Goods in BR livery, images of which are now added to Gallery 2.
FRIDAY January 25th
In between various weathering tasks I've been modifying an MOK Q1's existing weathering previously applied by someone else. A ceratin amount of removing, changing emphasis and adding extra effects, which the customer wanted, based upon his supplied colour photo has resulted in a slightly more care worn appearance. At the moment I'm finishing assembling and painting some etched head code discs, which, along with the loco, I shall have displayed on my stand at Bristol on Sunday prior to collection by him..
I've aded a shot of the loco in Gallery 2 if you're interested and I hope to see some of you on Sunday.
MONDAY January 21st
Two more freight vehicles have been completed. A GWR and a BR(WR) vehicle , photos of which I've added to Gallery 3.
Just about to start some fairly heavy weathering of a Masterpiece London Transport pannier. These locos were latterly seen in fairly grim cosmetic condition, developing a unique patina and overall oily sheen, which should make an interesting challenge. If all goes to plan and I don't encounter too many problems I hope to have it with me on display at Bristol this coming weekend, so fingers crossed . . .
SATURDAY January 19th
Working weekends just trying to ensure all expected deliveries to the Bristol show are completed in time. It's a convenient drop off or collection point for my customers that saves a lot of grief rather than having to rely on using carriers.
Today I've added a Masterpiece Prairie to Gallery 2 - this was required finished in extremely smart condition, which can sometimes be a tricky task. You might think that this would take far less time than a well used one as there would be fewer applications of dirt and grime, but it can take longer to produce a convincing clean loco because it involves airbrushing, removing some of this, airbrushing again, removing a little less, polishing, further airbrushing, drybrushing . . . and so on.
Even with good quality cameras, some of my efforts still look a little less convincing in a digital image than they hopefully do in reality and I'm always pleased when (or if) customers say it looks better in the flesh. Anyway, the photo's there if you fancy a peep.
I've also been working on a couple of tarpaulin sheeted GW wagons, a photo of which is in Gallery 3. My customer had already painted and lettered the wagons then scratchbuilt the tarpaulins, which he then affixed to them. My task was to paint these sheets, then add appropriate transfers but this isn't quite so easy with the tarpaulins already folded, creased and attached.
However, I did my best after which I weathered the tarpaulins and the wagons to look as blended as possible.
TUESDAY January 15th
Had the enjoyable task of weathering a Lee Marsh BR 9F, albeit a pre-production sample, but the photos I've posted in Gallery 1 will hopefully give you an idea of the stupendous amount of fine detail he's incorporated into it.
This will be displayed on his stand at the forthcoming Bristol show on Sunday 27th January, where I'll also be doing my usual weathering demonstrations again. I hope to see many of you there - so please come along, take the weight off your feet for a while and we can discuss weathering or anything else that takes your fancy.
SUNDAY January 6th
Took the chance to photograph another Lee Marsh clerestory, which I finished weathering this morning.
Still horribly dull and overcast but managed to take a shot outside on my diorama before brightening it a bit in photo editing software.
Image posted in Gallery 5 - Coaches.
WEDNESDAY December 27th
Bit brighter day today so painted and added Modelu crew to Patriot - they simply rest in place so can be moved around as the mood takes. I slightly modified the weathering and took fresh photos. It can fully dry now and I'll come back to it later just to finalise any detail I may have missed.
Sometimes I walk away from a model for a while, park it in a siding and return to it days later just to be sure I still feel it looks as I intended.
Work In Progress:
Tried to get another loco finished before the festivities begin and in Gallery 2 I've added a photo of a Lee Marsh Patriot that's almost completed. I need to tone down some of the transfers, add a little more soot deposits on the upperworks and have yet to paint and position the Modelu crew I have set aside for this model.
It was a dull and quite gloomy day when I photographed it outside in between bouts of drizzle. I will update the photo once the weather improves and I return to work after the break.
* Thank you to all my customers who have allowed me to abuse their precious items of rolling stock this year and here's wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas with an equally pleasurable New Year to follow. *
WEDNESDAY December 12th
In between exhibition visits, I've attacked a group of American box cars and coal hoppers, which makes a change from traditional British stock. Shots of these are now added to Gallery 3, if you're interested in having a peep.
Winter weather with its generally darker skies means being able to clearly see what I'm doing, in terms of obtaining colour accuracy, isn't so easy and I have to introduce artificial lighting to fully illuminate the work areas. In the summer there's usually stronger sunlight beaming in for longer through the workshop windows, which provides better quality natural light to help judge colours more accurately. Worth bearing in mind when you may be painting and weathering your own models.
THURSDAY Novembef 22nd
Changed to some parcels stock this last couple of days and in Gallery 5 I've uploaded a shot taken today of a BR(S) GUV that I've been abusing.
Where possible I use photos of real vehicles for guidance or inspiration and this green GUV with its soft edged fading and toning was based on such images in my collection.
FRIDAY November 16th
On a very overcast autumnal day in Devon, aside from amending the Prairie seen for sale above, I completed the weathering on a Lee Marsh large Prairie that I've been working on the last few days. I've popped an image in Gallery 1 for your perusal.
TUESDAY November 13th
I've been weathering a couple of LMS liveried Crabs and taken a quick photo of them on my diorama. Posed side by side you can find them in Gallery 1.
THURSDAY November 1st (My birthday)
Yet another Lee Marsh 517 has emerged from the workshop with its new care-worn livery.
I've added a couple of shots of this to Gallery 2, where it sits alongside others of the same class.
THURSDAY October 25th
Just got my grubby hands on one of Lee Marsh's superb new Dean Goods locomotives.
A pre-production sample arrived with instructions to weather it quite heavily in order to show off the detail, which careful weathering facilitates. Particularly on shiny black paintwork, detail can be lost in the darkness, so working from a photo that Lee sent of a real one in fairly grubby condition I had a go at it for him.
Two shots of it are in Gallery 1. No doubt it will soon become available for those who have ordered one from Lee and I believe a few, in various liveries, will be winging their way to Devon for suitable treatment in the not too distant.
MONDAY October 22nd
I rarely tackle 4mm scale items but I've been busy weathering a few for a friend and having only now just
finished these, I've been able to return to my normal work schedule.
In Gallery 5 I've added three shots of a couple of Lee Marsh GWR Clerestories, the first of which I completed some while back but for some reason didn't post an image here, whereas the other two images show another coach from Lee's stable that I've finished titivating and today found a patch of better weather in order to photograph it outdoors on my diorama.
It's interesting to compare two different GWR paint liveries with the second pair having a fully lined finish.