FRIDAY November 13th
Another Lee Marsh 9F's weathering has just been completed and I've added two views to the FEATURED MODELS - 9F gallery.
My customer provided large photos of the real one plus a similar 9F as he wanted me to replicate the weathering as closely as possible. You may note how the staining and patches of rust and oil vary slightly from previous models, but of course the real 9Fs did feature differing levels of wear and tear.
If in doubt, work from photos where possibe as it can be so tempting to just welly away merrily with paints and powders, assuming that's how a loco looked and the end results can sometimes disappoint. Worth studying real ones just to be sure.
SUNDAY November 1st
My 72nd birthday today (yay!) and after unearthing some fresh colour images of the specific Adams Radial being modelled, I was able to slightly modify the paintwork and weathering of the model after consulting with its owner.
I've removed the previous photos posted, replacing them with two fresh shots taken yesterday.
SUNDAY October 25th
Regular visitors on the Axminster to Lyme Regis branch, Adams Radial tanks were photographed on several occasions looking very smart. These elderly but elegant locomotives were a popular prototype for spotters and modellers and I've almost finished lightly weathering and polishing a Finney kit version, photos of which you can now see in Gallery 1.
Just a little tweaking here and there is still required but I took the opportunity of photographing it outdoors on my diorama as the sun obliged us with a lengthy visit today and the outlook doesn't look overly promising for the next few days.
I have some wagons to weather next, after which further locomotives will be lining up for abuse.
FRIDAY October 9th
I've removed the previous images, replacing them with fresh ones taken yesterday afternoon. The sun didn't quite manage to show itself properly but at least it was a little brighter than before and the rain had the decency to stay away.
THURSDAY October 8th
A suitable gap in the overcast/damp weather meant I could nip outside to set up and photograph the Class 37 on my diorama, as discussed yesterday. Three views are posted in Gallery 4 and I've already spotted a couple of small areas that need a revisit with the airbrush or a polish of the windows. It's a good way to check one's work as photos can often reveal areas that the Mk1 eyeball sometimes skips past, being preoccupied with other bits that look OK.
I sometimes find a wheel off the rails or a coupling link that's hooked itself into an odd place, which is annoying if the image ever gets published in a magazine or elsewhere before I've noticed it. Maybe I should start a 'spot the deliberate error' competition to save me the grief . . .
I'll finish titivating the model and if the sun comes out fully this afternoon, which it's allegedly going to do according to the forecast, I'll take further photos and post them here.
WEDNESDAY October 7th
I've been busy carrying out work on the Heljan Class 37, as previously mentioned. I had problems removing one of the four countersunk securing screws that allow the release of the chassis in order to access the body interior (why is there always one screw or bolt that decides not to behave whenever I want to carry out such work?). You have to take off the bogie sides that are simply push fitted into place in order to access the screws beneath them and it took a ridiculous amount of time to finally extract the troublesome screw from its deeply recessed tubular tunnel, then modify its now mangled cross head (soft metal screws?) to make it usable again with a normal screwdriver for when I wanted to put it all back together again. My language was mostly Klingon for some time . . .
However, I finally commenced modifying the cab interiors in order to accommodate the Modelu figures, which also had to have physical surgery just to place them on the seats. I'd already ordered Fox transfers for the cab sides and a set of the detination code front numbering changes asked for by my customer. The latter Fox codes were applied to thin black plastikard backings I made to be inserted inside their retaining frames, replacing the originals.
One of the cab door windows was partially fogged so I removed this and made a flush fitting replacement from Cobex. A brake shoe was missing so I felt duty bound to make a reasonable replacement and when all looked as good as I could make it, I finally set to with the cabside numbering and route code blue discs applied to the cab sides.
Then at last came the weathering, which is almost completed and I'll pop some images on here soon once it stops raining.
THURSDAY September 17th
A pair of Masterpiece Models locomotives have just (figuratively) rolled off the workbench and onto my Dartmoor diorama. Posed in today's sunshine a Castle and 47xx (above) both requested in reasonably smart condition look fit for duty. Paint is drying off and hardening ready for delivery to their owner shortly.
You can find a couple of views of each in Gallery 1.
Up next, a Heljan Class 37 in early BR green livery is currently in the throes of numbering and having a Modelu driver painted and installed in each cab. The weathering will be carried out fairly soon.
SUNDAY September 6th
A change from the usual and most frequently commissioned steam types to a diesel this week and I've added some views of a JLTRT Class 37 to Gallery 4. One shot is now being used as the head of the page photo. Inspiration for the finish came from a Modern Locomotives Illustrated magazine, which had an excellent view of a similarly liveried and weathered 37 and this is how my customer requested its appearance to resemble.
Also completed is an original (or 'unrebuilt' to use the incorrect parlance) Merchant Navy locomotive required to appear in a smartly dressed fashion. Views of this one may be found in Gallery 1.
SATURDAY August 23rd
An even grubbier Lee Marsh 9F has been keeping my airbrush busy over the last week or so and again I've added a couple of views of this one in the 9F gallery. The customer asked me to base his upon a specific image he'd found in a book and it is certainly a particularly heavily work stained example. Interesting to note how the grime swirled around the front of these locos, leaving unusual patterns of stains and dusting on the smoke deflectors - in this latest example it was almost orange in colouring and had I not been directed to the photo he'd chosen, I'd probably not have gone quite so far with the weathering colours.
Just goes to show how important it can be to use photographic evidence if unsure how far to go with the effects.
THURSDAY August 13th
A more grubby 9F was the specific request for the latest commission, a couple of views of which are now in the Featured Models - 9F gallery for your inspection. Newly arrived camera now being put through its paces for these images and future shots.
The exceptionally warm weather delayed progress on the 9F as I was melting in the workshop despite using cool air fans. Hopefully it will calm down a little now and I can get back on track (pardon the pun).