Thursday, 18 March 2010

Wagon loads, resin kits and varnish coats

The subject of a forthcoming Feature Review, this Geoscenics wagon load kit is excellent

Today has seen a number of projects started, finished and almost finished. First up has been a Geoscenics wagon load kit that includes all you need to fill a healthy amount of OO gauge mineral wagons. 150g bags of coal, ballast/white stone and brown stone are provided in each pack, along with card formers and ready-diluted PVA adhesive. Look out for a full appraisal and step-by-step demo of how to use this product in Model Rail soon.

I bought this Bachmann wagon from the NRM shop in the days when I had a staff discount!

The wagon load trial has allowed me to finally weather and finish a Bachmann Private Owner wagon that I'd bought from the National Railway Museum shop all those years ago when I worked there as a conservator (now 7 years ago - where does the time go?!). Although not really of my usual period, I liked the wagon because of its association with Sandside quarry, near Arnside in Cumbria - a favourite holiday spot for me and Mrs D. The quarry is still in use although the branch line that served it has long gone. I also weathered a Flangeway Mermaid ballast wagon which now looks great, especially with its realistic ballast load.

Using Micromesh abrasives to level the surface on this Heljan '33' before the final varnish coat

Also today, I've made a start on a pair of resin kits of Irish subjects ('Dutch' generator van and a Cement wagon) and spent a while rubbing down a Heljan 33 before a final coat of varnish tommorrow. Micromesh ultra-fine abrasives have proved their worth in this task, imparting the perfect finish to the surface without damaging the fine detail or the underlying decals, although it must be used wet to prevent the abrasive clogging and the model must be washed thoroughly to remove any debris. An overnight rest to dry out is also essential.
Micromesh papers are available from Cammett Ltd. With the much milder weather, all those outstanding painting tasks that I've beed delaying can now be undertaken in the shed without a) me catching pneaumonia, and b) the paint being adversely affected by the low temperature.
Right, off to open a bottle of stout as a belated St Patrick's Day gesture and to accompany listening to commentary of Liverpool's make-or-break match against Lille... here's hoping!

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