Thursday, 10 December 2015


MK1 full brake gets the weathering treatment.

While the building of the LNER full brake has paused, I made the most of a spare evening to finish weathering this Bachmann Mk1 BG. I'd started on this project earlier this year, as a way of testing some new products and techniques, but hadn't gotten around to finishing things off and putting it all back together. 

I'm glad that I made the effort to get it all done, as I'm well chuffed with the end results, especially the faded paintwork and peeling roof covering. I'll be revealing how this was done in a forthcoming book project, more details of which will be revealed in due course...

As well as the weathering work, I've also modified the ends to correctly portray a post-1960s condition Mk1, with the footsteps removed and handrails cut short. New buffers, lamp brackets, brake pipes and an air reservoir tank under the solebar have also been fabricated and installed.

Monday, 7 December 2015


Metal kit almost ready for painting.

A little progress has been made on my LNER full brake carriage, with the MJT kit now riding on a set of the same firm's compensated bogies. The roof has also been formed and detailed, although I need to fabricate some mounting brackets so that it can be bolted to the body. the inner edge of the roof needs fettling to give a seamless join with the cast metal ends, as there's a hefty gap there at present.

There's still quite a bit of work left to do before I can spray some primer over the thing, with solebar footsteps and a few other details to be installed. I've also made up a set of paper bellows-type gangways, although they're only held on with Blu-Tack at the moment, just to get an idea of how they look.

It can be tempting to hurry at this stage, to see how the model will look with a coat of paint, but I want to give the carriage a bit of on-track testing first, as any tweaks or modifications will be easier to make before the paint job has begun. Anyway, I doubt I'll get time to do anything else on this before Christmas - too much magazine work to get out of the way first...!