During the course of the last week I have managed to get this primed and painted – I just need to decide on whether it will have LMS or MR transfers on it.
A bit of work over the weekend saw the locker wagon ready for the paint shop – I just need to sort out some screw couplings and make sure they fit before I prime it.
The wagon plates were filed up from plasticard using some LNER plates as a size guide.
Help, I’ve become a bolt counter…..
During the last two trips up north while waiting for underframe parts from Parkside for the NBR wagons I made a start on a conversion of a Slaters Gloucester 5 Plank open to this –
This is a scan of part a page from Essery’s Midland Wagons Vol one and copyright in the book is attributed to British Rail. Shown her purely to illustrate what I am attempting to replicate.
Next is a shot of the Slaters Gloucester 5 Plank side, end and solebars so that you can see what I needed to change to get to where I wanted to be…
The final item that I completed in the last week is the Gladiator Beer van.
A recent discovery in the Vallejo Model Colour range was Dark Sea Grey and Leather Brown, which work very well as an acrylic substitute for the Tarmac and Matt Leather that seem to be favoured by many as weathering staples.
Despite having failed miserably with the tar tank transfers I had more success with the NBR open.
To ad a little variety I decided to do this one in NBR livery – according to Tatlow it seems that quite a few NBR wagons made it to the mid 30’s still in NBR livery (that and I have a few sets of NBR transfers and it would be a shame not to use any of them).
Further following the photo in Tatlow I even managed to find some small enough black transfers to add the paint date in the crescent.
I have tried several methods to get weathered but unpainted wood for wagon interiors and this is the one that I am most happy with so far. I had an exchange of emails with Bob Alderman after seeing his superbly weathered cattle wagon on the guild gallery. Bob’s suggested method was build up lots of dry brushing, this was done with various shades of bleached bone, rotting flesh etc. before being finished with a wash of much diluted Dark Sea Grey.
I just need to finish weathering the outside now, more of the same…
Next passed the finish post is the GCR/LNER CCT.
And of course its only when you take the photos that you notice the buffer heads – they have been blackened but nothing further and they still seem a bit too shiny.
I made some real progress with the lime wagon over the weekend and it now just needs a little weathering to tone down the newness. The home made transfers have worked a treat.
I had a few days off this week which has allowed progress on quite a few items.
The first is a long time shelf queen – a Slaters Tar tank. I even got a coat of paint on the tank and then made a complete hash of applying the transfers so I will need to repaint one of the panels and obtain some more Yorkshire and Lincolnshire Tar distillers transfers – anyone want to swap for some Walkers or Shell Mex/BP?
I made a while back a discharge pipe for a class B tank that I am scratch building (another shelf queen but completing this one gets the wagon shelf queens down to three!) having spent a while making it I discovered that it wouldn’t fit but the good news is it fits this one perfectly.