Monday, January 23, 2017

Rusty water tank wagon

A cruel enlargement but at least you can see the finished water tank wagon in all its "glory". 

Weathering was kept simple - the model was dry-brushed with Humbrol enamel tank grey (69), rust (70) and track colour (173). I worked quickly, not letting each coat dry. That way the colours merge a little so nothing stands out. 

To finish, I experimented with Citadel Typhus Corrosion, a rust paint with texture. Paint on and wipe most of it off again. The stuff thins with water and so a wet brush will work most of it off, stroking downward to represent weather. 

It's collected in the corners quite nicely and definitely added something to the tank sides. Lots of potential for the future I feel. 

The only problem was the water-based weathering removed my carefully applied with a mapping pen, ink numbers. Never mind, they used to get weathered off the real thing too. 

Couplings are Greenwich. They are supplied in the kit but I soldered them up solid so had to have a second go on a spare etch. The last job was to glue some lumps of lead in the tank as it weighs practically nothing.

Nice little kit and a pleasant project. You could really build it as a "Knightswork"  although I suggest that painting is another couple of hours spread over later evenings. For now, my model will sit in the box with the other 009 rolling stock. At least it's a kit off the pile!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

More Meccano fire engines

A few years ago, I told you about a talk I'd seen on Meccano fire engines. Well, after the latest boat club AGM, the same gentleman came back to see us again. He's been busy and we thoroughly enjoyed his latest models.

First up, we have a modern Warwickshire Iveco fire engine.


These engines replace a slightly larger design  which is apparently life expired after 10 years. The reduction in size is to allow the appliance to squeeze down streets full of lardy 4X4 cars leaving only a narrow lane down the centre. There is also an issue with female fire fighters being a bit shorter than the men apparently - probably an asset in some situations but not when trying to get equipment out of the higher shelves in the lockers. 

Next, from Northamptonshire, we have a go-anywhere Unimog. 

 Getting information on this vehicle was trickier than normal apparently. An FOI request was politely declined but as our intrepid builder know the Warwickshire deputy chief, a request was sent that way and then details were forthcoming.

The model has several stilages in the back which are loaded with Meccano made. The chainsaw was the most ingenious and popular!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Saturday Film Club: Blue Pullman

Did any of the Blue Pullman's survive the cutter torch? According to a corespondent on Facebook this week, one still exists converted to an Army command centre. Part of the mysterious strategic reserve hidden in a bunker somewhere.


Probably. For the moment though, let's glory in this train in its prime.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Superglue and paint

Once the wagon has been cleaned up, it was time for superglue. I know "real" modellers only use solder but I'm pragmatic and know when to stop burning my fingers. 

First up, the axlebox cover pieces were fitted. One needed a little modification to fit around the brake lever I'd previously soldered to the tank side. A quick snip of the corner with scissors sorted this and you can't see the fudge. 

Next, although a piece of nickel silver is supplied to be rolled for the tank filler body, I used a length of fat plastic rod topped with the disk from the kit. 

Next up a coat of etching primer and followed by some Halford's matt black. This is more of a satin shade but I reckon it will look OK after weathering, which is the next step.