Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Adventures in superstrip

A long time since my last post and not much has happened in the way of modelling.  This seems to be a common way to start a lot of my posts.  Modelling is firmly on the back burner, following a house move (again).  Pottington Quay has headed back into storage and for the time being there is little opportunity to play trains or do much modelling, with the air brush also put away.  A lot of work and travel in the next few months means there is little chance of any modelling.  I am hoping to be able to pick up modelling again later in summer/autumn.

Paint brush finish on the Walrus, the overall thickness of paint is too thick.  

Before we moved I placed some of my first attempts at painting into a bath of superstrip.  A salmon wagon, lamprey wagon and walrus wagon were some of my first attempts at painting, using brushes, rather than an air brush.  The paint finish on all of these wagons was far too thick and I decided that it was high time to give these wagon builds a better paint job.  The walrus wagon was a real pig to do, with a lot of detail hidden away in the build.  Getting all of the pain out meant a lot of the plastic detail snapped and this wagon ended up in the bin.  So two of the next builds will be walrus wagons, to replace this lost one and provide a further example for a three wagon rake along with the Bachmann sealion wagons.  The lamprey wagon and salmon wagon were much easier to clean up and are ready for a blast of primer when I get the air brush up and running.

My first attempt at a locomotive repaint - on my old Pottington Quay micro layout

Another model to be added to the superstrip was my first attempt at repainting a full locomotive; a Bachmann class 25.  This first attempt I was happy with at the time, although the weathering job was very heavy handed.  However, as I have got more experienced in painting I have been meaning to replace this model.  So this is currently being tidied up on the odd evening I have some free time for modelling.  Some of the paint was not removed by the superstrip, so some careful tidying up is being undertaken with files and sand papers.  I am not sure why the odd blob of paint has hung on to the body so well, whilst the rest has been removed.  Anyhow, this will be one the of first jobs in the paint shop when everything is up and running again.....

The same locomotive now in the process of paint stripping.

Monday, 6 March 2017

13t open wagon and layout electrofrog points

Not a lot has happened in the last few weeks - the layout has been static and I have been busy.  Unfortunately, we are having to move house again (don't ask!!) - which is not a bad thing overall but it means the layout has to head back into storage for a period of time.  This is frustrating, as much of the boring work has been completed, with the track painted and wired up. Since painting the track the layout has been live again, but there are a few gremlins in the wiring to sort out.  Two of the elctrofrogs need to have their bridging contacts resoldered, which whilst not the end of the world is a pain, as the track is now pinned down.  One of the Seep point motors has given up (faulting passing switch), but this just involves an underboard switch.  Lastly, one section of rail needs some new dropper wires soldered.  These are of course all minor points and easily resolved, I just need a free evening with the soldering iron, but it does also mean 3 of the four points are no longer operational.

I have also finished another wagon, this time a 13t goods open wagon, the steel bodied Parkside kit. This has been finished in a generic bauxite colour with some light weathering and I am pretty happy with how this one turned out.   So a few pictures of this on the layout, in a engineers train with a warus, whale and shark wagon, behind a class 25.  


Sunday, 29 January 2017

A bit more layout progress

So a busy January period has put pay to most modelling this month.  The layout progress is creeping along, but it does feel like it is creeping.  The track has painted, which was a laborious job.  The platform has been glued in place, but there is work to do with the final painting of this, it is still not quite right.
The developing scene from the mudflats showing the platform behind.

Wider view of the mudflats/quay wall looking to the platform.

Plan view.

I have drilled the holes for some yard lamps and also added some scatter to the mudflats to represent sediment.  This now needs to hold some scenic water, although I have so far poured on quite a lot of scenic water and it just seems to have been absorbed by the scatter!!  I also need to visit the beach to pick up some sand, this will be used to attempt toe recreate an area by the quayside similar to a rough road/yard.

View down the platform.

View from the other edge of the mudflats.

So all in all some progress, but it seems a very slow project at the moment. I am hoping the pace will pick up once I get the track ballasted.

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Finished VEA van - 1 of 3!! and of course merry xmas

Sorry about the lack of updates recently - there is always too much to do.  Recently I managed to get around to finishing the first of 3 VEA wagons.  All of the wagons are built and they are in various states of painting, but this one is the first out of the paintshop.  The transfers are railtec applied over a lightly weathered bauxite body.

Another little wagon finished for the layout.  The layout itself has moved forwards, although not as quickly as I had hoped it might. However, the quay front is now very close to being finished and I will post a couple of images of this before too much longer.  There are a couple of details to finish off on it, but it is starting to come together, after several false starts.

On another note - A HAPPY XMAS TO ALL

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Bachmann Blue CCT

Over the last month or so there has been sporadic evenings of painting on various wagons.  The Bachmann blue CCT has been treated to a pair of 3 link couplings and had some weathering applied via a wash of frame dirt/weathered black mix over the body and then various applications of weathering colours via the air brush.  This is the finished result, another wagon into parcels service for Pottington Quay.

The landscape of Pottington Quay has also seen some serious progress.  I spent ages wondering how to blend the quay walls into the layout.  So after a lot of not doing anything very much, I bit the bullet and glued the walls down and started adding DAS clay for the cobbled key front.  There is still a lot of work to do on this, but as ever, just biting the bullet has meant that some progress has been made. There is a lot of scribing to do for the cobbles and I have decided I would like the quay front a different colour, but I will cross this bridge when everything is dry and ready for painting.  Further updates to follow.....

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Pottington Quay Micro layout - a bit of station progress

A work trip out of the country for a couple of weeks has put a stop to any momentum with the development of the layout.  I find I need a consecutive run of modelling sessions to get back into modelling and this is especially true of layout building - there is always so much more to do than say building a wagon kit or detailing a locomotive.

The platform from the Ilfracombe side

View from the inter-tidal mudflats - with the quay wall loosely positioned for perspective

The platform from the Barnstaple side

Anyhow, before I left for warmer climes I had spent some time building the station for Pottington Quay and it is sufficiently constructed to be able to see how it looks on the micro layout.  I must say the overall effect of the station is much bigger that I expected for the layout.  The platform is built from the basic Peco components with an extension built from some plasticard and Dart casting components.  The next jobs are to get the platform painted and scratch build a couple of structures for the platform, as well as getting the quay wall installed.  There is also some serious scribing to be done on an area of DAS clay on the quay side.  With a run of time approaching in the next month over xmas I am hopeful that I can get these main components finished which will really transform the layout. 

Monday, 31 October 2016

Class 25 Br blue

The last couple of weeks have seen very limited modelling time, with only a handful of evenings of painting and modelling.  One project that has been sitting in the boxes of models that I am painting has been a class 25 body shell from Bachmann.  Over the previous weeks whenever I have had some spare paint in the air brush I have done a little on this model, in a very non directional, non focused way!

Finished class 25 of Pottington Quay

So after several months the project reached completion, almost without noticing.  I am about to repaint one of my earlier Class 25 efforts, so I took the chassis off this locomotive and attached it to this finished body shell.

The locomotive from the other end

The class 25 had various shades of faded yellow and faded rail blue applied in hap-hazard way over the body shell, before an overall wash of dilute weathered black/frame dirt mix.  Most of this was wiped off, trying to leave to the bits that had settled in all the nooks and crannies.  Then various shades of weathering colours were sprayed over the model, trying not to overdo it, but blend all the various components together.  This is the end result - certainly better than my first efforts at air brush painting!

Close up of the body side, showing some of the tonal variation, with lighter and darker areas of rail blue visible.