FRIDAY August 2nd
As intimated last week, I've been weathering some tank wagons for an impending MRJ step-by-step article and shots of three of them are now in Gallery 3 - Freight. The silver tank will be the main item featured in the piece as the weathering effects stand out much more clearly against a very light background so are easier to see in photographs. Once the article is scheduled to appear I'll let you know.
I have a growing pile of boxes containing Lee Marsh 9fs, which recently arrived for my attention and I'll be pressing on with these soon but first I must attend to a pre-existing assortment of coaches, wagons and locomotives that are similarly awaiting treatment.
I was planning to weather a few items of my own but the work schedule comes first so they'll just have to wait a little longer yet.
FRIDAY July 26th
Done the dirty on the diesel - couple of shots of this loco are now in Gallery 4 - Diesel & Electric.
My customer sent me images of these suggesting they're generally kept fairly clean but whose roof weathering is particularly noteworthy. I spent a long time on the roof trying to emulate the specific exhaust patterns with their uniquely flared edges, along with generally grubby and streaked areas elsewhere.
I have to weather and photograph in stages the weathering of some fuel tankers for another article destined to appear in MRJ quite soon, so these will be my next task. A couple of photos, once done, will appear here shortly after completion.
WEDNESDAY July 24th
As promised, I've popped a shot of the latest BR liveried Dean Goods to pass under my guns, well airbrush and paintbrush at least . . .
It's in Gallery 2 if you fancy a peep.
Currently having a bash at a foreign diesel loco - a Ludmilla, which I'll add to the appropriate gallery once finished.
WEDNESDAY July 10th
The autotrailer I spoke about was completed today, a shot of which is now in GALLERY 5 - COACHES.
Passenger stock can be quite tricky because the roof of a coach is seldom seen by passengers on the platform and it's only when standing on a bridge to peer down at one from above that the state they're in can be more closely observed.
When running model coaches on layouts at exhibitions the viewer is invariably seeing them from a similar scale height and it's therefore important their roofs should be weathered in keeping with their real counterparts.
Texture of roofing materials, cross strapping where grime can collect, stains from smoke soot and rain - each of these collectively produce an intricate collection of streaks, dots, dust and scratches that I try to emulate as best I can. In fact the roof invariably takes me longer than the rest of the coach to weather convincingly.
Next up is yet another Lee Marsh Dean Goods, this time required in work-worn BR black livery. Once completed, I'll put an image in one of the galleries for your interest.
MONDAY July 8th
Finished modifying, adding loads then weathering four granite loaded wagons, which I've added to GALLERY 3 - FREIGHT.
They required a fair amount of remedial work as the lettering is prone to coming adrift on these pre-lettered wagons, so I spent considerable time trying to secure it in place with tiny specs of PVA glue then protected it with acrylic matt varnish before any weathering could take place.
Fortunately I was sent a black & white shot of one in the early part of the last century, which cleary showed how the granite dust adhered to these wagons, which I used as my guide for the weathering work.
Next in line is a GWR autotrailer that requires some gentle abuse, a photo of which I shall post on the appropriate page once completed.
TUESDAY June 25th
We enjoyed an excellent show at Warminster and I was delighted to see so many familiar faces there.
After a short break in the Isle of Wight - had to visit the preserved railway of course - it's back to the weathering once more.
One of many items that recently came my way for treatment is a Minerva Gunpowder Van, which I've weathered in typical in-service condition. I've popped a quick shot in Gallery 3 - Freight if you care to have a look.
It can be so tempting to overdo weathering and it pays to peer closely at real wagons of the type portrayed just to check how they really looked rather than imagining it all.
I found several photos of the period just to remind myself how weathering can appear quite contrasting and even coarsely speckled and dotted in places but softly understated in others. And all on the same vehicle, which is part of the challenge and pleasure derived from the procedures for me.
WEDNESDAY June 5th
Just added to Gallery 2 is yet another Dean Goods from the Lee Marsh stable. This one is in the same Great Western livery but very slightly cleaner than the previous example I posted. Being in the same Gallery you can flip between them to hopefully see the subtle differences in weathering.
TUESDAY May 28th
Whilst carrying out further research on the diesel I mentioned, I took the opportunity to slip in another Lee Marsh Dean Goods into my weathering schedule.
Previous examples have featured BR black liveries and another is due to be started fairly soon, so it made a change to weather an earlier Great Western liveried version.
A specific medium weathered finish was requested, as opposed to the heavier, slightly more care worn BR versions you've seen before, the outcome of which can be found in Gallery 2 if you care to have look.
TUESDAY May 21st
Been working on items that weren't destined to be featured here, but have also just finished weathering a Masterpiece streamlined Coronation class locomotive that I can show you.
Locating colour photos of these in everyday use, rather than bulled up to the nines for publicity shots of the period, hasn't been easy.
However I did stumble across one slightly washed out colour image online and used this to gauge the degree of weathering it featured. I've popped a view of the model in Gallery 1 for inspection.
Next on my workbench is a foreign diesel that will make an interesting change of prototype in both style and weathering attributes. Watch this space . . .
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.