Tuesday, 26 October 2010
Friday, 22 October 2010
The DRS Compass scheme suits the outline of the 66s well (I'm not so keen on it when applied to the 20s or 37s).
Tuesday, 19 October 2010
Monday, 18 October 2010
At the other end of the scale, this O gauge Tower Models Pug has been numbered and a BR logo applied. The shiny appearance will soon give way to a lived-in look and I've a few 7mm wagons to weather too.
Thursday, 14 October 2010
This little lakeside scene makes use of the impressive Solid Water two-part resin that can be formed into undulating shapes as it hardens. Then, using Making Waves, ripple and wave effects can be created on the surface. They're both really easy to use and give terrific results when fully cured.
I've been using Glue n Glaze for a while now, on all manner of projects, but this industrial-style window frame (from a Wills kit) is a good platform on which to show off the product's potential.
Scenic Rust has also been around for a few years now and it's a great resource when carefully applied, such as on this Bachmann boiler barrel, set into a scrap yard scene. The real rust particles give the surface not only an ultra-realistic colouring but also a welcome texture. Some extra weathering has been added to mix a bit of dirt and grime onto the surface for that final touch.
You may have noticed that each scene has been created using the plastic packaging provided with Oxford Diecast road vehicles (with the clear lids in place, they are perfect for storing and transporting the scenes), rather like the small veg patch scene that featured in the pages of Model Rail a few months ago.
Tuesday, 12 October 2010
Sunday, 10 October 2010
The past week has seen much progress on a couple of modern DMU projects, most notably the Network Rail Class 150 conversion. All new parts have been added and a priming coat applied and a little extra work with filler and abrasives is now needed before a white undercoat follows prior to the bright yellow livery.
So far, it's been a joy to fit the various bits of brass and, once the painting's over with, the small cameras and equipment boxes can be built-up and fitted to the cabs. Things are getting a little 'tight', however, as press day is not too far away and I do hate to rush...
Also on the go concurrently is a Bachmann 2-car Turbostar that has been completely stripped and rebuilt due to 'accident damage'. It used to be in Porterbrook white/purple (as featured in Model Rail a few years back) before it's misadventure, but will soon be transformed into a fictional livery. Well, not entirely fictional.... watch this space!
Monday, 4 October 2010
Now recently returned from a week away in sunny Devon, I feel refreshed and reinvigorated to get cracking on a number of practical projects that have been awaiting my attention for a while. First up is a conversion kit for the Bachmann Class 150 DMU, to turn it into the Network Rail track testing unit.
This is another superb offering from PH Designs and it looks to be an enjoyable, if potentially labour-intensive, project. For a start, the model will need to be stripped and fully prepared before any of the cutting and filling can commence and that is what will be filling my first day back at 'the office'.
Although I'm not keen on the livery, it's always a shame to strip away a finely-applied factory finish, as is sported on this Central Trains 150.