Monday, 19 February 2018

PAIR OF SILVER BULLETS

Dapol models upgraded and weathered.


A good few of these excellent 'OO' models have passed across my workbench over the past few years, with folks asking for a range of weathered finishes. Factory-weathered versions have been available - and very good they've been too - but a bit of variety is always welcome, especially for those running more than a handful of vehicles on the same layout. 

With this pair, I've also installed replacement etched details from PH Designs, featuring superior tank-top walkways, steps, filler hatches and other bits and bobs. I did, however, retain the original ladders, refined with needle files to a much lower profile, in the interests of resilience. The etched PH Design versions look superb, but I had visions of them being squashed by large fingers every time the models were handled by the end user. I think it's a worthwhile compromise and the wagons look good for the gentle coating of dirt applied exclusively by airbrush, for that characteristic dusty outlook.

You can see more of these wagons in the latest issue of Model Rail magazine (MR245), on sale now.


Thursday, 15 February 2018

COURSE DATES ANNOUNCED!

  Next courses will run in May 2018


I've now set the dates for my next airbrushing and weathering training courses, to be held at The Airbrush Company in West Sussex, in May 2018...

Tuesday 15 May: 'Airbrushing for Railway Modellers', an introduction to the use of airbrushes for painting model locomotives and rolling stock (or anything for that matter!), covering all the basics of how the tools work, how to operate them and how to mix/thin your paint correctly. As well as the vital theory, there will be plenty of practical work involved, with a range of top quality Iwata airbrushes and equipment for attendees to use.


Wednesday 16 May: 'Weathering Techniques for Model Railway Rolling Stock'. Here, I'll share my methods for creating lifelike finishes on a range of passenger and freight vehicles, using an airbrush and manually-applied techniques. Anything from dusty, crusty cement hoppers, oily tankers to rusty mineral wagons will be covered, along with special strategies for steam- and diesel-era coaching stock. 

Again, there will be a good mix of demonstrations and ample opportunity for practical work, with a host of materials and tools available for use.



Thursday 17 May: 'Weathering Techniques for Model Railway Locomotives', where steam and diesel traction is considered and a plethora of practical approaches revealed to create a range of potential finishes. The creation of grimy, textured coatings and the realisation of a forlorn, end-of-steam appearance will be demonstrated, along with hints for capturing the distinctive polished-yet-grubby look of more cared-for steam engines. 

Other methods relevant to diesel and electric traction are also covered, including the creation of faded/worn liveries and leaking fuel/oil. Airbrush and hand-applied methods are considered, along with a wide variety of materials, plenty of which will be available for students to try for themselves.

Full details of prices and availability can be obtained from The Airbrush Company
Tel. 01903 767 800.

Monday, 12 February 2018

66 for RHTT

GM grubby from railhead treatment duty.


When Hatton's announced that they were producing a set of Railhead Treatment Train (RHTT) wagons for 'OO', I realised that I needed a pair of suitably be-grimed Class 66s with which to haul them. While I save my pennies for the Hatton's models, I found this 66 'in stock' and treated it to a much heavier weathering job than I would normally employ. Indeed, it's actually toned down a little from a few prototype images that were used for reference. I did, though, replicate the distinctive sweep of the windscreen wipers and staining from the washer jet fluid on the front ends.

I just need a second, un-powered EWS-liveried '66' to run at the other end, so I'll be keeping my eye out for a faulty pre-owned example...

See the full story behind this project in the new issue of Model Rail magazine (MR245), on sale this week.


Thursday, 8 February 2018

AIRBRUSHING & WEATHERING COURSES FOR 2018

New courses planned for this year.

After a brief hiatus, I've been planning some new airbrushing and weathering courses for the coming year. As usual, they'll be hosted by The Airbrush Company in Lancing, West Sussex and three different courses will run on consecutive days.

Day 1 is 'Airbrushing for Railway Modellers', an introduction to the use of airbrushes for painting model locomotives and rolling stock (or anything for that matter!), covering all the basics of how the tools work, how to operate them and how to mix/thin your paint correctly. As well as the vital theory, there will be plenty of practical work involved, with a range of top quality Iwata airbrushes and equipment for attendees to use.


Day 2 is 'Weathering Techniques for Model Railway Rolling Stock'. Here, I'll share my methods for creating lifelike finishes on a range of passenger and freight vehicles, using an airbrush and manually-applied techniques. Anything from dusty, crusty cement hoppers, oily tankers to rusty mineral wagons will be covered, along with special strategies for steam- and diesel-era coaching stock. 

Again, there will be a good mix of demonstrations and ample opportunity for practical work, with a host of materials and tools available for use.



Finally, Day 3 is 'Weathering Techniques for Model Railway Locomotives', where steam and diesel traction is considered and a plethora of practical approaches revealed to create a range of potential finishes. The creation of grimy, textured coatings and the realisation of a forlorn, end-of-steam appearance will be demonstrated, along with hints for capturing the distinctive polished-yet-grubby look of more cared-for steam engines. 

Other methods relevant to diesel and electric traction are also covered, including the creation of faded/worn liveries and leaking fuel/oil. Airbrush and hand-applied methods are considered, along with a wide variety of materials, plenty of which will be available for students to try for themselves.

Full details of course dates, price and availability can be obtained from The Airbrush Company. Tel. 01903 767 800.




Tuesday, 6 February 2018

GOLDEN VALLEY JANUS

British Steel-liveried loco looks the business.


I've had a few weathering projects over the past two months, one of the most rewarding has been this Janus diesel 0-6-0. Using a Golden Valley Hobbies/Oxford Rail 'OO' model, I've added a couple of minor tweaks (including filling in the coupling slot in the front valances) before applying a layered weathered finish. 

The model looked good beforehand but the detail really stands out post-weathering, the grime collected in the louvres, grilles and panel seams enhancing the relief and sense of depth. The bright yellow paintwork also looks slightly faded in certain areas, too.


If I'd had a little more time, I would have treated the cab interior to a level of grime, as well adding a footplate crew - but that will have to wait for another day.

See how it was done in the latest Model Rail magazine (MR245), on sale next week.