Paint shop progress on Class 150s

March 16, 2015

Class 950 roofShowing pictures of part completed work lays your soul, or at least your painting one, bare for all to see. Rough edges and the lack of transfers and touching up is apparent in this pair of work-in-progress shots of the OO gauge Class 950 project.

Class 950 roof paintingThis particular project is a long-running saga of problems with some of the parts and making the Bachmann Class 150/1 to Class 950 conversion kit by PH Design Model Railway Products work satisfactorily. The primer stage involved a great deal of rubbing down and filling to blend in the door infill panels as can be seen in the image below. Care was taken not to remove excess plastic from the body shells when rubbing down with wet and dry paper so not to distort its appearance. Now the bulk of the paint work is complete, an end to this project is finally in sight after many weeks of work!

Class 950 primer stageWhilst on the subject of Class 150s, another one is making its way through the paint shop. Awaiting lining and some touch-up of the masked lines is this N gauge Graham Farish model to become No. 150123 in an earlier version of Centro livery.

Centro Class 150 paintThere’s no conversion work involved, only a strip down and repaint. It has to be my favourite livery as applied to favourite Sprinters. It should be ready in time for its debut at the Perth show in June where Dudley Heath will be making its first outing to a Scottish show other than Inverness! More on this one soon.



Workbench progress

March 12, 2015

Several long term projects have moved along recently, progress being made between session of work on the Wheal Annah layout.

intermodal spine N scale

The N scale (1:160) 5-unit NTTX intermodal spine wagon (N Scale Kits) previously described here and here has been treated to a coat of TTX yellow in the paint shop. There’s a couple of rough edges to fix. Nonetheless, Microscale decals for this model are waiting on the work bench. I will be after some containers and the readily available 1:148 scale Graham Farish or Dapol ones will not fit unfortunately. The difference in N gauge and N scale is rarely documented but is significant.

Class 950 cab paintClass 950 masking

The Class 950 (4mm scale) model based on a Bachmann Class 150/1 is in the paint shop after a great deal of work to blend in the brass infill panels supplied in the conversion kit. The picture above shows masking work for roof painting being completed. The roof detail dates the model to the point where it was repainted NR yellow for the first time: circa 2005-6.

Caroline detailFormer Southern Region General Managers Saloon No.975025 is a unique vehicle and still used today on the UK rail network. It was built from a former Hastings line buffet car and features the narrow profile of the Hastings Mark 1 DEMU stock. The model has been finished in the most recent livery with up to date cab fittings. The model is to 4mm scale, built from a Britannia Pacific Models kit and, at the time of taking this picture, was awaiting some final small details. The vulnerable roof-mounted air horns will be fitted at the conclusion of the project to avoid breaking them. The ‘Caroline’ nameplate is by Shawplan Models.

Both the Class 950 and No. 975025 ‘Caroline’ are amongst the more complex projects OMWB at this time. However, with both of them nearing completion, I can turn my attention to some further layout building!

News from Nairnshire Modeling Supplies: Sheet NMS-2 back in stock.

March 6, 2015
Nairnshire Modelling Supplies sheet NMS-2 has been reprinted and is now available once again.

Nairnshire Modelling Supplies sheet NMS-2 has been reprinted and is now available once again.

After a long delay, OO gauge (4mm scale) renumbering sheet NMS-2 has been reprinted and is back in stock. The livery elements cover the renumbering of many BR sector liveries including Railfreight and has details applicable right up to present day. It is available together with three others at Nairnshire Modelling Supplies. A fifth sheet is currently in preparation which will cover BR blue Scottish Region diesels.