Friday, 20 December 2013

IXION PROGRESS 3

After an intensive week's work, we're almost there...

See how this loco was detailed and weathered in Model Rail issue 192, out 23 January

With all the details now in place, all that's left to do is coal her up and apply some final weathering, especially in terms of adding oil and grease to the various moving parts and a final overall misting with the airbrush to blend everything together.

I'm pretty chuffed(!) with this so far, especially the weathering job and the small details like cab shutters/doors, tools and the spark arrestor on the chimney. Working in a larger scale has almost felt like a holiday, such has been the ease with which I can see things and without the frustration that fiddly little parts can bring. I can certainly see the appeal of 'O' gauge in this sense and I'm looking forward to seeing this little loco trundling along my mini 'O' gauge layout-cum-diorama. This should keep me occupied over Christmas, anyway!

As I'm clocking off now for the festive break, may I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year!

6 comments:

  1. What size is your mini O gauge layout George? Any photos available anywhere?

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    1. Hi Paul, the layout is formed of two boards, both 5ft x 14in. It's very basic, with the scenics only half-completed. It was going to be just 2 sidings for wagon shunting, but since Heljan announced the O gauge 4-wheel railcar, I want to alter the track to include a small platform/halt. See http://georgedentmodelmaker.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/clock-watching.html for a sneaky look. It started out as a diorama but is now (sort of) a working layout. The project may turn up in Model Rail sometime...?!

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  2. That looks brilliant now! The wooden cab door is an awesome addition!!

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    1. Hi Matthew - thanks for the kind comment. The cab doors and shutters are my favourite bits of this model, as they add so much extra texture to the overall effect.
      Cheers,
      George.

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    2. Your right they do!! Ive only recently stumbled across your blog, n im enjoyin looking back over the years on what you have achieved! Id like to say Sir, that ur bloody brilliant!!

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    3. Thanks again, Matthew. All praise is gladly accepted!!

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