Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Deutsche Bahn 'Lekkie'

I hate change! Well, maybe not completely, but I don't react well to having to change my tried and trusted ways of working. That extends to my home working arrangement where all the modelling is done in my study/workshop, whilst messy jobs such as scenics and painting takes place out in the shed. Although any shed jobs invlove taking the necessary tools & eqiupment out with me beforehand, the space is set up so I can just get going with little fuss.

However, the extreme cold is playing havoc with my water-based glues, paints and thinners (some have frozen solid). Besides, it's just too darn cold to be working out there, so my painting station is temporarily on the dining table and that means spending time putting newspaper down, protecting the furniture and floor and then moving it all again at meal times. There's also the camera and lighting (for the magazine step-by-step images) to move around. Not ideal.

Another problem is the lack of ventilation, so solvent-based paints are out of favour for the time being. The most annoying aspect, however, is that I must have been back to the shed about 12 times this afternoon to get certain small tools or consumables that I thought I'd brought in. And that means having to don wellies and a coat to get through the snow.

Enough of the moaning, though, as I can tick (almost) another outstanding job off my list: the DB Class 103 Co-Co electric (or 'lekkie' as we Liverpudlians call them) pictured above. This little Lima beauty belongs to Ben Jones and I've been enhancing it for him, including looking at how to introduce a 'faded' shade of the DB red - a principle that can be translated to any livery. See Model Rail International for more details... out on Feb 25th.

All that's left to do is reassemble the pantographs, strip the masking off the windows and touch in a few bits and bobs. I may do that tonight while I listen to Liverpool's cup replay, if I can do it with one hand (fingers will be crossed on the other!)...

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