MONDAY April 8th
The Dapol brake van, which I've fitted with modified Slaters scaleseven wheels then repainted and lettered in London Transport livery to accompany the pannier, can be inspected in GALLERY 3 - FREIGHT.
TUESDAY April 2nd
Finished updating the weathering of Masterpiece Brit. BOADICEA, photos of which I've just added to Gallery 1 for your interest.
Also completed is a Castle - again a view of this is in the same gallery.
WEDNESDAY March 6th
In and around my computer malware issues, I've happily been able to press on with weathering models and I've just about finished abusing a scaleseven Masterpiece Models London Transport pannier.
Now unless you're familiar with these particular prototypes, you may wonder at the strange and rather less than subtle weathering effects I've applied to some areas of the example at the top of this page and in Gallery 2. In their latter days, these locos gathered an unusual patchy patina of oily grime, which looks as though the cleaners made half hearted attempts to clean away the heavy build up of sooty deposits but gave up wherever the crud gathered more thickly around rivets and bolts.
I was able to find several colour shots of these panniers in such condition online and use them as the basis for the model's finish.
Soon I'll be working on a Dapol brakevan that I shall modify with S7 wheels then repaint and finish in LT livery. This will be paired with the pannier once done and returned to its owner.
FRIDAY March 1st
A new month and a new look for my website, which I hope you like. Just thought a fresher appearance would make a pleasant change and it encourages me to update things more frequently.
On a less welcome note, I believe my email service has been hacked and some of you have reported receiving emails from me asking for money or with attachments to click on. Any you receive - check the 'from' panel at the top as they invariably have 'Forward' at the beginning of the address, so please don't click on anything within any email allegedly from me - it isn't. For the time being just check the sender section at the top of any emails and look for added information. I certainly won't attach any links (often a PDF file) or anything else without explaining exactly what it is if it's genuinely from me.
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.
A picture is in the Freight section.