Sometimes it’s difficult to know when to stop with detailing a model. The former GatEx GLV currently OMWB for rebuilding and painting in Network Rail yellow is a prime example. There’s still detail that could be added, even though it looks complete. Yet, it has taken up a great deal of OMWB time already. The paint on some details was still wet when I took this picture today:Some details remain to be painted, such as some handrails. I am unhappy with some of the glazing too and that will be removed and redone. Then there’s glazing bars to add, lighting circuits to install together with a decoder. The model will stand more weathering around the head stocks too.
The question is when to stop and move on to another project. When detailing reaches the stage where small items take so long to do and are likely to fall off the model when it enters service on a layout – STOP! Spend some time achieving something else. Anyway, nothing looks worse than a model with detail missing because it has dropped off during a rough shunt. It’s neater to leave that detail in the first place. I detail to the point that I know the model can see intense use on an exhibition layout and still look good after ten outings. Anything less durable than that is no good to me.
It’s a little different for display models which are rarely, if ever, run on a layout. I am reasonably happy with this model and given that it was a serious rebuild and repair of something I built in the late 1980s, it’s not at all bad. Now to leave it alone for a day to allow those details to dry. Then to some DCC powered lighting circuits and into traffic. Or should I do some more weathering?