Mercian Models kit receives a wartime finish
I always enjoy priming a newly built kit as, once the dull grey paint starts to dry, all those hours of hard work start to feel like they've been worth it. All those bits of metal or plastic that have been stuck together suddenly begin to look like a real train. It took a couple of separate applications of primer until I was happy, adding filler here and there to tidy up some gaps and imperfections in the bodywork. Only once I was sure that the surfaces were perfect did the painting continue.
Having enjoyed working with Tamiya paints on my recent foray into Airfix military kits, they were pressed into service again here, following the same pattern of pre-shading the model before the livery coats were applied. A variety of olive green shades were built up with the airbrush, creating highlights and lowlights as well as giving the bodywork a more lived-in appearance. After all, I wanted to portray a locomotive that has not only crossed the English Channel in harsh conditions but also one that has been working hard on newly liberated French soil.
There's still much to do before the painting stage is complete, then the chassis can be assembled and the mechanism put through its paces. So, I'd better get back to work...!