Tuesday, 25 September 2018


Bodywork progresses, albeit slowly.

As explained in previous posts, I've been building a Revell 1:24 scale Mercedes Unimog over the past few months. Work ground to a halt for a while, due to holidays and work commitments. But, the bodywork is now starting to take shape, with the cab painted and ready for glazing and the rear load deck and gritting hopper assembled. 

I'm not a fan of orange at the best of times - along with yellow, I find that it's one of the worst colours to paint - but I had a particularly challenging time getting the shade correct on the cab. In fact, it took three or four attempts before I was happy with it, settling on Tamiya's acrylic orange, lightened with a little white. 

Next jobs, to tidy up the grit hopper ready for priming and painting, then adding the decals. The snowplough also needs a little extra work and I've realised that my kit lacks any glazing for the two rear windows in the cab, so they'll need fabricating from clear styrene. Due to the complex nature of the bodywork, I'm thinking that weathering each section before final assembly will be necessary, but that's probably a few weeks off yet...

I'm a big fan of Darkstar acrylic metallic paints, being great for brushing or spraying. The Tarnished Steel shade looks good on the Mercedes Benz logo.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018


Bachmann model given a weathered look.

A few months ago, I picked up a bargain, pre-owned Bachmann Class 40 from Hatton's. Despite being one of Bachmann's earliest '40' models (dating back to 2005, I think), this example was in mint condition, looking like it had rarely been out of its box. While there are a number of detail issues with these earlier models - subsequently corrected on later releases - I still think they look OK, especially if you're not of an overly obsessive persuasion. Put it this way, at less than half the price of the newer models, I'm more than happy enough with this loco! Furthermore, it has added some variety to my existing '40' fleet, all of which are disc-headcode versions.

The original plan was to install a number of etched detail parts to the bodywork but, sometimes, I just don't feel in the mood for that kind of work. Instead, I sought to get the model looking as good as possible purely through applying a weathered finish. After a mix of enamel washes, textured acrylics and a modicum of airbrush work, I think it looks pretty good.

The weathering process will be demonstrated in an upcoming issue of Model Rail magazine, along with a prototype Masterclass. See MR254, on sale 25th October.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018


Latest book on sale now!

As a follow-up to the first instalment of Weathering for Railway Modellers (published last year), Volume Two focuses on the built and natural environment. The book is crammed with colour images, demonstrating a wide range of techniques to get your buildings, roads, platforms, track and scenery looking as realistic as possible. There are chapters devoted to enhancing cars, trucks, machinery and ships... plus humans and animals too! In fact, virtually anything that you may find beside the tracks is covered, allowing us to create coherent miniature scenes, where every element looks at home.

Copies are available from all good book stores, plus model shops, Amazon or direct from the publisher, Crowood Press. Click HERE to visit the Crowood site.