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Workbench Witterings #4 identity changing and weathering

At long last, assisted by a few days off work over the recent Easter weekend, I have finally completed a few outstanding items on the workbench. This has mainly been around renumbering, naming and weathering a few items of rolling stock so I thought I would share with you some of the locomotives that I have now finished.

I have detailed a few times on this blog my method of renumbering (see Workbench Witterings #3 here) and also weathering (such as in this post here) so I wont repeat all those details this time.

Battle of Britain Class 21C149 ‘Anti Aircraft Command’ with her distinctive orange background to the emblem

First up, is a Bullied Battle Britain Class 21c149 ‘Anti Aircraft Command’ for friend and fellow post war period modeller Robin Sweet (Gwrrob on RMweb) for use on his excellent, albeit GWR,  layout ‘Brent’ based on South Brent in Devon to represent one the regular SR crew route familiarisation turns, via Dawlish to Plymouth that also took WR engines over the ex LSWR north Dartmoor route.

The other side of 21C149 the addition of the RT Models front steps and Cylinder Drain pipes certainly complete the look.

21C149 was in this period a Salisbury engine, so again like the N Class I have done for Rob before, again a nice link to Fisherton Sarum, but Exmouth Junction must have hijacked her for a while…
She started as a Hornby 21C159 split from one their train packs as this was in the correct condition with the original forward position of the safety valves, She gained the wedge shaped cab modification in March 1948, was named in April that year and not fully renumbered to 34049 until April 1949. In addition to the renumbering and naming using HMRS Pressfix decals and Fox Transfers etched nameplates, I also fitted front steps and cylinder drain pipes from the excellent RT Models range, Springside Models front lamps and real coal in the tender.

S15 number 829 with Urie flared topped tender

Secondly are two Hornby S15s,  one as number 829 from the first batch of the Maunsell S15s built in July 1927 paired with a Urie style tender and one as number 845 from the third batch of Maunsell S15s  built in October 1936 paired with a Maunsell flat sided bogie tender.

S15 number 845 with Maunsell flat sided tender

Number 829 was a Salisbury allocated engine during my 1946 to 1949 modelling period, whilst 845 was initially allocated to Feltham but in 1947 was moved to Exmouth Junction and therefore would also have regularly been seen at Salisbury.

Schools Class V number 929 ‘Malvern’

Finally for now, is Hornby Schools Class V number 929 ‘Malvern’ whose repainting and numbering was the topic of my Workbench Wittering #2 post way back in June last year! Now finally her weathering is complete. As I mentioned in that post Schools class number 929 “Malvern” was one of only seven members of the class not to regain malachite green livery after the war, but stayed in SR black until January 1949. The Schools Class V were not often seen at Salisbury in SR days but as she was a Brighton allocated engine from 1947 my excuse is that she has arrived on one of the Brighton to Plymouth services that changed locomotives at Salisbury.

That’s all for now, I will post some details of some of the other items of rolling stock that I recently completed in due course.

Infiltrating the GWR at Brent…or a repainted and weathered N Class

Back at the start of December I started and posted about a repaint of a Bachmann N class into post war SR black livery for friend and fellow post war period modeller Robin Sweet (Gwrrob on RMweb) for use on his excellent, albeit GWR,  layout ‘Brent’ based on South Brent in Devon.

The finished and weathered Bachmann N class as 1848, the  top front lamp iron, missing from the Bachmann model is made from a staple and a Sprinside SR lamp drilled to be an interface fit added

I detailed my process in my post mentioned above but will remind you of it again here for completeness now that the process has been completed over the Christmas break and the locomotive weathered, delivered and run on its new home.

a rear 3/4 view of 1848, real coal has been added to the tender along with crew.

My repainting process takes place with the bodies removed from the chassis:

– Remove the existing decals (with Bachman locos I used good quality enamel thinners on a cotton bud)

– Remove factory fitted such as smoke deflectors, pipework, valve fittings, glazing etc.

– Mask any areas such the buffer beams

N Class 1848 enters Brent Station on Rob’s excellent layout

– Give a dusting of the excellent Halfords plastic primer, this gives a key for the top coat and prevents any reaction between the factory paint and the top coat of Halfords Satin black

– Brush paint matt black the smokebox and cab roof, repaint the buffer beams if required

– Decal using HMRS Pressfix decals.

The train spotters view over the fence at Brent station

My weathering process once the locomotive is fully reassembled (prior to weathering I apply oil on moving parts

!848 catches late evening sunlight as she rounds rounds the curve leaving the station

such as valve gear joints etc) is as follows:

– Pick out some details in relevant colours such as block dust colour on and around brake blocks, rust on guard irons and exposed firebox sides under the running plate, oily steel and grease on brake pull rods and reversing rod etc.

– Streak a wash of dirty thinners from top to bottom of

Crossing the road bridge with a view of South Dartmoor beyond. Meanwhile the Postman is completing his round.

tender and cab sides and boiler

– Airbrush dirty black over the boiler took to represent soot deposits

A final close up of 1848 at home amongst Rob’s excellent scenic work and very effective backscene.

– Airbrush a dirty track colour mix from the bottom upwards over the chassis and slightly up the body sides, not forgetting the tender rear and smokebox front. I do this as a couple of light passes moving the wheels and motion between passes to ensure no shadows appear.

– If required lightly clean off weathering from some areas such as around numbers etc or where crew might had lightly cleaned or grabbed handrails etc.

It was nice to see some Southern influence deep in GWR territory, but of course it was a usual practice for both SR and GWR crew to remain familiar with each other routes to Plymouth in case of the need of diversion, due for example to weather conditions. Number 1848 was in fact a Salisbury based in engine just post war, so quite apt from Fisherton Sarum perspective,  she must therefore have been hijacked by Exmouth Junction shed for a run down to Plymouth.

BRM Weathering Special on Model Railways Live Website

In addition to the September issue of British Railway Modelling magazine that has been billed as a weathering special the Warners Model Railways Live website has been running a series of feature articles on weathering techniques and scenic effects.  Today sees a re-posting of my feature on the site about my weathering technique that can be read here.

An example of my weathering on both locomotives and wagons

It is a technique that I  first put online via RMweb many moons ago, which then formed the basis of an article in the October 2008 issue of Hornby Magazine and now the version on the Model Railways Live website. Most of my locos and rolling stock on Fisherton Sarum are weathering using this technique, which I stress is not the only just my way!

Talking Stock #10 Whether to weather with Muz

Weathering has been the subject of many books and articles in the past, it is seen by some as a black art, enjoyed by others, and many myths also perpetuated (such as you can only do it an airbrush!) There are various different methods and materials that can be used and many are as just as effective as others. I first put online via RMweb many moons ago my own methods, which then formed the basis of an article in the October 2008 issue of Hornby Magazine and now a version can found online in the Model Railway Features section of British Railway Modelling Magazine’s website Model Railways Live

An example of weathered locomotives awaiting cleaning at Fisherton Sarum

The staged method that I devised over time, practice and observation is broken down into stages which I hope makes it simple for others to have a go and try. I stress that it is only my approach and there are many others. None of them, either the methods or the materials used, are either the only way or right or wrong.

It’s not just locomotives but also rolling stock that should be weathered to maintain consistency as can be seen in the coal wagons here on Fisherton Saram

However first and foremost the most important stage whatever the method being used is to research and seek photographs of the effect that you are looking for from the real thing, rather than using your imagination or copying someone else’s interpretation on a model as the finished effect will be so much better. At the end of the day have a go, practice on something simple, costs effective such a box wagon to start with and go from there. At the end of the day it’s both fun and rewarding.

My staged approached can be found on the BRM Model Railways Live website here.

Long live the printed word…or where my ramblings can be found

Whilst of course I am indebted  to all of you out there who take the time to read my online ramblings, here in my little corner of the world wide web (I still don’t know why people say ‘www’ when it takes more syllables to say than then full version), I firmly believe there is still very much a place for the printed word in magazine etc. especially in our hobby.

There is still something great about the feel and action of physically turning the pages and reading such diverse content, especially such that I would not usually search for or find on the internet. After all good and inspiration modelling is good and inspirational modelling whatever the scale and genre. Also model railway photography has come on leaps and bounds over the last few years, to something that is stunning and inspirational in its own right, especially from behind the viewfinder of the likes of Chris Nevard and Mike Wild. When seen in magazine these sometimes just leap off the page at you in a way I don’t perceive from the screen.

I have been fortunate to have had articles published in a number of magazines, and should you be interested in searching out a few, below is the list of where I can be found in the printed word:

Fisherton Sarum has appeared in the December 2007 issue of Railway Modeller,  The April 2009 issue of Hornby magazine, and most recently the February issue of British Railway Modelling magazine.

My conversion of a Bachmann Southern N Class to a Southern N1 appeared in the August 2004 issue of Railway Modeller magazine

I have had three main articles (along with a couple of product review items) published in Hornby Magazine: the first of which was an article on my weathering techniques in the October 2008 issue. The March 2010 issue contained my article on my creation of LMS Coronation Class ‘City of Bradford’ as she appeared on the Southern for the Britsh Railways locomotive exchange trails in 1948. I also provided background  information about the trials in general.
Lastly for the January 2011 issue I penned an article on changing identities of Ready to Run locomotives to obtain the locomotive name and number of your choice and covered how to repaint and line locomotives too.

So long live the printed word, I am sure that magazines are here to stay in our hobby for a while yet.