Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Chivers 21t Mineral Wagon & Bauxite Paint

Further to my recent testing of the Lifecolor BR livery paints, as my previous posting mentioned, the only colour that I wasn’t entirely convinced by was the BR Freight Bauxite.

This looked too pale to me but, with a little Lifecolor UA701 Rust Dark Shadow mixed in, a much better shade is produced. What’s more, varying the ratio of the mix provides some welcome diversity to a rake of similarly liveried vehicles. You only have to glance at a few images of the real thing to notice that every one seems to be a different colour. And that’s before they started to turn to more of a rusty appearance!

The wagon featured here is built from the splendid Chivers Fineline ‘OO’ gauge kit of a BR Dia. 1/120 21t mineral wagon. I’ve built three of these wagons now and am about to order another half-dozen to complete a 1970s/early 1980s period train of coal empties, probably to be hauled by a scruffy blue ’37. You can get this - and the rest of the Chivers range - from DC Kits. See www.dckits-devideos.co.uk

A full review of the kit is to feature in Model Rail early in the New Year.

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