RAILROADED Part 2
There has been some frenetic action in my shed over the past few days - I played host to a lovely old gent from down the road for most of Saturday morning, who filled me in on life in these parts in the 1930s & 40s, as well as his hobby of building miniatures (houses and furniture). I could have chewed the cud with him all day.
But, after that, the decks were cleared and some more progress was made on replacing the shed's rotten external cladding. I've just got one side left to do, then the inside can get a full re-fit and, hopefully, some order can be achieved. For the past 5 years, I've managed to keep working, despite it being a tip. But a more professional-looking workspace may soon be within reach. Well, I did say maybe...
Just before the south-facing wall was demolished, I touched in the roof, cabs and yellow ends of my detailed Railroad Class 37. Compared to the last posting on this project, the bodyshell is already looking more refined. I masked the model only roughly whilst airbrushing the black roof fan and cab windscreens. Ditto for the yellow ends, with the modified areas primed in white first (airbrushed) and the Railmatch late BR yellow just misted over the local areas.
There's a little discrepancy in shades of yellow, but the airbrush allows this to be blended subtly, giving the effect of natural fading. the '414' repeater numbers have been partially obscured by the new paint, so some decals will have to be added, but I cleaned off the new paint on the OHW flashes with a cocktail stick and white spirit. The marker light lenses were covered with little blobs of Blu-Tack.
Once the orange jumper cable boxes and missing cantrail stripe have been touched in, the weathering process can begin.