Let's start the week with a finished project. The Barclay has been heavily weathered and is now ready for service - or at least standing in the display cabinet until I work out what to do with it.
Most of the muck is earth/track colour/black Humbrol enamels sprayed over the model and then cleaned away with cotton buds and kitchen roll. Finishing touches from weathering powders, mainly rust around the front end.
It's certainly a funny looking locomotive, but then that's why the kit appealed to me when I bought it. I can imagine the real thing (it's sort of freelance but stick with me) wuffeling around a grotty industrial site nosing its way between down-at-heal buildings covered in a layer of soot.
Until preservation, it will never pull any coaches and even that might be a dream as lorries take over the day-to-day work leaving the railway with less to do. Daily steamings become twice a week and then once in a blue moon. With a bit of luck the driver greases up the motion as he sticks his faithful steed away in the back of a shed for what might be the last time, hoping that the bean counters forget she is there so they can't send for the scrap man.