Thursday, 22 July 2010

More Rolling Stock for Maudetown

Another evening, another wagon off the production line! Last night I put the final touches to the latest mineral wagon intended for use on my Maudetown Colliery layout and it marks the first of my National Coal Board internal fleet. Once I've weathered my Hattons/Heljan NCB Class 14, the combo of private owner loco and wagons will make a nice contrast with the BR traffic that also runs into the colliery.

Working on the rolling stock also gives me the rewarding sense that progress is being made on the layout, despite the second baseboard still not progressing from its initial woodwork stage! Magazine projects and an ever-closer book deadline has seen most extra-curricular activities severely curtailed of late, so my layout projects (currently 4 of them) will have to wait for the late Autumn/winter period.

Based around a Parkside Dundas kit of a BR 21t (ref.PC03) wagon, itself a progression from a GWR design from the 1930s, this model was based on an ex-LMS rivetted bodied 20t Loco Coal wagon. Using an image from the excellent website of wagon spotter extraordinaire Paul Bartlett,
the bodyshell was modified with various bits of plastic and etched brass rivet strip.



Markings are a mix of Fox Transfers and hand-drawn elements, while the weathering job was built up in various layers to achieve a more authentic patina of rust and coal dust. The building of the model (along with a few others that I'm currently working on) will be described in detail in Model Rail some time in the future, probably early next year. However, the weathering techniques involved will be demonstrated in my next book, more details of which will follow in due course....

Weathering in several stages, starting before even the basic livery coat is applied, helps to create some pretty authentic effects, including subtle shadowing within panel lines and around door frames.


10 comments:

  1. Hi George, these wagons looks great as ever. I saw you undertook detailing of a flangeways mermaid, I have just finished detailing one too, would be great if you have a look.
    My blog is http://choppersrailway.blogspot.com/

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  2. Hi there,
    Thanks for the kind comment (it sometimes takes a day or two before comments appear, so sorry for the delay). Your Mermaid looks great, but I can understand your temptation to build the kits instead. I've still got a handful of Cambrian kits and will probably use them instead of buying any more of the RTR wagons.

    I like the Flangeways model, but it is a bit expensive and the solid floor does look slightly odd.
    All the best,
    George

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  3. Hi george, I realise I must have posted that 2 or 3 times!!! I am new to this bloggin lark! Keep up the blog, it is really good to look inand see what you are up to.

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  4. was just wondering were did you get the industrial use only and the T62 10 tons and nice blog

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  5. Hi Tom,
    Thanks for the comment - all the lettering is from a pack of transfers in the Fox range, aimed at NCB wagons. I can't remember the product ref. but the sheets are available in black or white and include NCB letters in various sizes, weights, numbers, Internal Use legends and so on. See www.fox-transfers.co.uk
    Cheers,
    George.

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  6. thank for telling me i have just ordered my air brush i also have a youtube channel can i ask would you like your website advertised

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  7. Hi Tom,
    Thanks for the reply - yes, please - any extra publicity is welcome for the Blog and Model Rail mag!
    Cheers,
    George.

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  8. if you want to check out the channel its called Traintronxes

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  9. is it ok if i use one of your photos for the slide

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  10. Hi,
    Yes, it's OK to use any images as long as they're credited back to me and this blog.
    Cheers,
    George.

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