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Title: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Jonas on August 03, 2015, 09:26:23 pm
Hi all,

I've lurked for a long time and finally decided to join the forum. I'll try and post some of my current output as I'm very much enjoying working on my N gauge stock at the moment, even though I've no layout, just a nice big circuit of Kato unitrack!

Without further ado, here is my latest loco work. Buffers limited edition Farish Class 60, 60061 Alexander Graham Bell in grubby triple grey Transrail livery.

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Given a wash of thinned enamel grime, gently wiped off with a flat brush in downwards strokes before a coat of Games Workshop Purity Seal to dull the finish. Then given a working over with Humbrol and Forge World weathering powders. I did manage to erode the cabside numbers on one side during the weathering process but thankfully Fox came to the rescue!

Next up is my second BR blue 37, which is sitting in my local sorting office...

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Post by: Newportnobby on August 03, 2015, 09:34:00 pm
Hi Jonas, and welcome aboard now you've emerged from the darkness :wave:
Fancy posting such filth on your first post :o

Nice job :thumbsup:
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Post by: Caz on August 03, 2015, 09:49:02 pm
And another lurker emerges from the shadows, great to have you fully on board at last Jonas and thanks for sharing how you've weathered your Class 60, that's still something I've not managed to face upto yet, just can't bring myself to mess up a pristine paint job.   :worried:

Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: maridunian on August 03, 2015, 09:51:36 pm
n a wash of thinned enamel grime, gently wiped off with a flat brush in downwards strokes before a coat of Games Workshop Purity Seal to dull the finish. ...

Welcome Jonas!

I'm a fan of Games Workshop products too, especially their washes and the very fine 'Purity Seal' which can produce anything from flat to satin finishes depending on application technique. Also, almost every town has a branch!

Mike
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Jonas on August 03, 2015, 09:59:17 pm
Thanks for the warm welcome! I have to admit I find weathering loads of fun; you do have to be a bit brave though! The GW paints are really good, although I've recently returned to good old Humbrol enamels for making washes. You can work in some really subtle effects with them.
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Jonas on August 05, 2015, 08:02:21 am
Here's a Colas Class 66 I've recently finished too. Detailed at one end only and weathered in the same way as the 60 above, although it needs some suitable wagons to pull - I best get joining the n gauge society for so e of their excellent looking new kits for the timber traffic these are used on!

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Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Bealman on August 05, 2015, 08:12:01 am
G'day from Australia, Jonas, and welcome to the NGF....  even though those locos ain't green!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Dr Al on August 05, 2015, 09:26:51 am
I like the 60 - a very nice subtle effect that takes away the plastic feeling of the model.  :thumbsup:

Cheers,
Alan
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Bangor Lad on August 06, 2015, 08:55:18 pm
Hi Jonas

Welcome to the forum......always nice to see some restrained filth ;)

Really nice work. I already use some Games Workshop stuff but not tried their varnish.

Thanks for posting!

Cheers
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Jonas on August 20, 2015, 10:58:47 am
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Here's the latest from the workbench - a Farish 66 in EWS livery. Previously airbrushed weathered by its former owner, I worked the grime back and added some enamel washes before giving it a coat of purity seal and attacking with the powders. I've also wired a DCC decoder in - not too difficult a job, but a 6 pin socket us so much easier!
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Post by: G_N_E_R on August 20, 2015, 11:10:53 am
Lovely 66! Really good work!
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Jonas on August 28, 2015, 03:47:46 pm
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Everything I've posted so far has been pretty modern; here's my late 1970s Farish 24 posed with a few 16 tonners. These are a mix of pre-weathered and pristine, given the same weathering treatment of enamel washes, purity seal varnish, powders and real coal dust scraped into the inside of the wagons.

The board is a test plank using finetrax code 40 rail that's had a few scenic experiments done on it; not the neatest but looks ok!
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: CarriageShed on August 30, 2015, 11:53:35 pm
Good grief. Are you sure that's N, and not something 'Orribly Oversized?
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Jonas on September 04, 2015, 07:05:45 pm
Good grief. Are you sure that's N, and not something 'Orribly Oversized?

I promise it is! That's a huge compliment though, thank you  :D

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A bit more N gauge weathering completed last weekend; my Dapol 67 was given a wash of grime and the detail parts added on one end. It's a lovely model of a pretty weird looking prototype (to my eyes anyway!), although when you see it next to its 66 cousin it lasts the crispness of a Farish moulding. My Dapol success rate is currently at 50%; this one runs beautifully smoothly and I had no problem fitting a chip like I did on my 22 (which has now moved to pastures new before it needed up against a wall). Incidentally, the 66 is the same one I posted a picture of last week - this time with the bogie clipped back in the right way around!

Currently being worked on is a second EWS 66, which I picked up missing a buffer; thanks To a kind member of RMweb for the replacement! It's had its first few grimes washes and the varnish is drying before I hit it with a touch of powders. I'm missing the detail pack though, should anyone have one spare to sell...

I really need to build a layout for these beasties!
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Newportnobby on September 04, 2015, 09:02:01 pm
Very nice, but if you think the 67 is pretty weird, what do you make of the class 70? :hmmm:
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Jonas on September 04, 2015, 10:08:07 pm
Very nice, but if you think the 67 is pretty weird, what do you make of the class 70? :hmmm:

Entirely weird!
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Jonas on September 20, 2015, 11:25:30 am
This is what has rolled off the workbench this week...

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I have been keeping my eyes peeled for a Farish plain BR blue 47 for a while; whilst selling on some other stock I got the chance to grab 47403 ' The Geordie' as part of a trade. 47403 was named in 1982, slightly after my rough time period for my blue stock so out came the T-cut! Very gentle rubbing removed the nameplates and also the logos above the numbers. The red buffer beam was repainted in black, and the whole model given a gentle wash of thinned oil paints.The model didn't come with the detail pack so I raided the spares box for a representation of the bufferbeam detail. When semi dry these were pulled down the side of the loco with a large flat brush. A squirt of Citadel Purity Seal flattened the finish before I added powders to the rood, underframe and sides.

Overall, I'm really pleased with how this one has come out - a completely unremarkable and anonymous duff. Of course, later in life 47403 would have a Herefordshire connection - it was based at Moreton-on-Lugg and used as a training aid for the SAS for a few years...
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Bangor Lad on September 20, 2015, 12:54:32 pm
That's a nice subtle finish you've achieved.

Cheers
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Jonas on September 26, 2015, 11:38:41 am
It's time I turned my attention to some rolling stock that isn't 16 ton mineral wagons. I started to think what else would look good hung behind a grubby blue diesel, give me a bit of variety yet not have a long fixed formation? A bit of searching helped me decide a mail rake would be useful - I could expand it later with some weird and wonderful additions, but for now enjoy weathering some of Farish's excellent coaching stock and still run it in a realistically short rake.

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I ordered a blue / grey BG, which seem to almost ever present in these type of trains, and an all-blue GUV van (with motorail branding, but small enough to ignore!). Then the fun bit - wash of black and burnt umber oil paints, Purity Seal varnish spray, then attention with some weathering powders. I tried not to go too overboard, even though photographs I've seen show these vehicles in some shocking external condition - presumably mostly running at night meant a wash wasn't the priority?! - although I found I needed to bring out the door detail with an additional wash of Citadel nuln oil (black ink to us mortals) carefully painted into the crevices. I was worried this wouldn't key to the surface (it really doesn't like glossy surfaces) but the varnish coat had prepared it.

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I couldn't resist trying this photo whilst the camera was out too, it really shows how far N gauge has come. These items are pretty much out of the box, with the only modification to the Class 24 is the cutting off the NEM coupling pocket and adding a Dapol dummy screw link. The rest are the details supplied in the box. I'm very happy with these, and itching to add a few more vehicles as I see them. I feel like there is a constant standard across my fleet, and I'm trying to make sure my latest purchases maintain this. I've moved on some of my modern stock to try and help me to focus on this era.
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Post by: Newportnobby on September 26, 2015, 12:37:30 pm
Very nice, Jonas :drool:
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Jonas on October 01, 2015, 07:16:44 pm
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Here's my latest - a Farish Class 20.

For anyone interested in how I go about weathering my stock, I've added a step by step thread  (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=29830.msg336123#msg336123)showing how I completed this loco to the tutorials board  :wave:
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Hyperion on October 02, 2015, 01:39:52 am
I am very impressed with your work. So now I am following this thread :)
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Jonas on October 03, 2015, 10:32:33 am
Just a quick picture today - the loco line up!

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From left to right; Western Courier, 47403, 37038, 37238,24035 and the latest addition, 20192. Blue is definately the colour! The wagon fleet consists of 14 grotty 16 ton mineral wagons and a break van, and the parcels stock a BG and a GUV as picture earlier in the thread.

Now, my current layout is a loop of Kato unitrack. I'm mulling over the idea of a small stabling point diorama as space is limited; get my scenic skills together before I start thinking about the big one! I may try building a finetrax point kit for it. We'll see!
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: 37058 on October 07, 2015, 01:47:31 pm
Excellent weathering.

Seen your work on the Facebook page. Outstanding :o

Cheers, Anthony
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Post by: RBE on October 19, 2015, 11:17:03 am
Nice weathering buddy. Dont remember seeing much of your stock over on RMWeb I must have missed it somehow. Like you I have only just started posting on here. I really dont know why.
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Jonas on October 19, 2015, 01:33:01 pm
Thanks gents! My rmweb is posted on my blog, which probably means it's been missed by most on there. I've found this a really positive forum though so I'm glad I started sharing here too!

I've not done a lot recently; had a break and painted a tank for my 40k army. I've some more mineral wagons on the way so will take some snaps when they are done :-)
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Post by: RBE on October 19, 2015, 01:37:28 pm
Ahh 40K I've done my faor share of that in the past. Great foundation for weathering stock I reckon.
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Jonas on November 17, 2015, 08:28:05 am
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Sometimes watching a train run around in circles is a simple pleasure in itself!

I posted this on the Facebook group at the weekend, so thought I'd add it here to show that I have been up to something! All I've got done recently is another 3 of the excellently printed Farish mineral wagons; toned down the wierd sandy coloured underframe , added some washes and powders and sprinkled a touch of real coal dust in the bottom of the wagons.
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Newportnobby on November 17, 2015, 09:54:37 am
A nice scruffy rake, Jonas. It's amazing how soothing just watching a train go round can be, especially if watched with a glass of your favourite tipple :D
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Post by: Jonas on November 28, 2015, 07:26:01 am
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Group shot of the loco fleet. All detailed and weathered Farish models. The next addition is a partner for my 20; a renumber awaits that one when it arrives.
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Jonas on December 11, 2015, 03:08:39 pm
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Today I populated my Dapol Pannier with one of ModelU's amazing new figure range. The 3d print is supplied in red plastic and was painted using Citadel Acrylics over a grey undercoat. The detail is quite incredible for someone just under 1cm in height!
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Newportnobby on December 11, 2015, 03:58:31 pm
Have to say the figures for steam era train crew look excellent but having checked their website they are £2 per figure and I'd need an awful lot of them. My wallet has left home in disgust :'(
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Post by: Caz on December 11, 2015, 09:24:37 pm
Very nice figures but as has been said, a bit expensive if you need more than a few.
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Post by: port perran on December 11, 2015, 09:27:00 pm
A tad expensive maybe but they do strike a realistic pose and stand up well to close up photography.
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Post by: Newportnobby on December 11, 2015, 09:36:31 pm
They are far better than the Farish '1950s Train Crew' packs but, assuming 2 per footplate (and I have at least 50 steam locos), that's £200 whereas the Farish packs contain 5 figures for about £7.00.
I really like the ones leaning out of the cab window, though, so might shell out for a few of them. :-\
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Post by: port perran on December 11, 2015, 09:45:35 pm
They are far better than the Farish '1950s Train Crew' packs but, assuming 2 per footplate (and I have at least 50 steam locos), that's £200 whereas the Farish packs contain 5 figures for about £7.00.
I really like the ones leaning out of the cab window, though, so might shell out for a few of them. :-\
So might I. 
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Post by: Bealman on December 11, 2015, 09:55:51 pm
Definitely looks the part.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Jonas on December 12, 2015, 12:34:27 am
They are easily worth £2 a figure in comparison to Farish's blobbier offerings IMO; saying that, this is my only steam engine, so can splash out a little; I can see why there would be a problem populating 50-odd locos!

I've got a diesel driver to for my 24 but to be honest I don't think he'll be visible! So I'm going to save him for something with.a bigger windscreen,  like a DMU.
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Post by: Mustermark on December 12, 2015, 03:30:37 am
Really nice weathering Jonas. Thanks for sharing. I love the blue line up!
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Post by: Jonas on December 12, 2015, 05:51:40 pm
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I'm productive at the moment, working on my boy's suitcase layout for Christmas today, plus I have a rake of seacows to do for my first commission I've started...plus here's my second twenty finished. Much better as a pair!
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: G_N_E_R on December 13, 2015, 12:53:39 pm
Fantastic stuff one again!  :jealous: I might be able to justify the purchase of a 60 now just for you to weather  :D
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Post by: 37058 on December 13, 2015, 02:13:46 pm
Fantastic work as ever Steve :thumbsup:

Cheers, Anthony
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Jonas on December 13, 2015, 03:55:02 pm
I might be able to justify the purchase of a 60 now just for you to weather  :D

No worries mate - get hold of your 60 of choice and I'll grubby it up!

Fantastic work as ever Steve :thumbsup:

Thanks pal  :D
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Post by: Jonas on December 25, 2015, 09:48:53 am
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Here's the latest addition to the fleet - a Farish 25/2. I've been looking for an unweathered blue one for a while and spotted this in my local model shop on Wednesday...a Christmas present to myself!

A little more work than the usual weathering job, as I decided I couldn't live with the very prominent handrails on the cab fronts. Theses were carefully pulled out, trimmed and reshaped to fit, which also required the holes to be opened out a smidge. I also stripped the thick paint and repainted them while they were out. Unfortunately they are just held in by the factory paint job, so a couple of touch ups were required to the warning yellow on the cab front.

Weathering was then fine using my usual oil paint washes and powders, slightly heavier on the cab fronts than I'd like, but it hides a couple if sins! Running is perfect to a crawl after a bit if playing with the CVs; it's interesting I can get my 24, 25 and 37s to crawl and accelerate much more realistically than the later released pair of 20s I have. Different motors, I guess.

Anyway, apologies for the ramble; typing this as my girlfriend catches up on sleep having just done a night shift delivering Christmas babies! Merry Christmas to you all, and here's to a productive modelling year for us all in 2016!
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Post by: G_N_E_R on December 25, 2015, 01:50:28 pm
She is a beauty! Merry Christmas to you too!
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Post by: paulprice on December 25, 2015, 01:52:46 pm
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Here's the latest addition to the fleet - a Farish 25/2. I've been looking for an unweathered blue one for a while and spotted this in my local model shop on Wednesday...a Christmas present to myself!

A little more work than the usual weathering job, as I decided I couldn't live with the very prominent handrails on the cab fronts. Theses were carefully pulled out, trimmed and reshaped to fit, which also required the holes to be opened out a smidge. I also stripped the thick paint and repainted them while they were out. Unfortunately they are just held in by the factory paint job, so a couple of touch ups were required to the warning yellow on the cab front.

Weathering was then fine using my usual oil paint washes and powders, slightly heavier on the cab fronts than I'd like, but it hides a couple if sins! Running is perfect to a crawl after a bit if playing with the CVs; it's interesting I can get my 24, 25 and 37s to crawl and accelerate much more realistically than the later released pair of 20s I have. Different motors, I guess.

Anyway, apologies for the ramble; typing this as my girlfriend catches up on sleep having just done a night shift delivering Christmas babies! Merry Christmas to you all, and here's to a productive modelling year for us all in 2016!

Your tempting me to go BR Blue, but what would I do with all my steamers?
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Post by: NeMo on December 25, 2015, 01:58:11 pm
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Grubby Rat? Was there any other kind?

Your model is definitely how I remember this class of diesel. Not much loved at the time. Underpowered. Slow. Not entirely reliable. In other words: a classic BR diesel!

Great photo, too.

Cheers, NeMo
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Post by: Jonas on December 28, 2015, 11:50:58 am
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Here are the latest models off the workbench - actually a commission I got just before Christmas  :) These seacows have been weathered and had loads added. I used a scrap of sponge to add some subtle paint chipping to the hoppers' sides and on the handrails in places, which is a technique pinched from armour modelling.

They will shortly be returning to their owner - I hope they are pleased with them!
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Post by: NeMo on December 28, 2015, 01:03:46 pm
I've weathered my Dogfishes, Seacow and Sealion as well, but one thing I wonder about is the actual chute part at the bottom. On the real thing these often seem to be worn down to the metal by the ballast flowing through. Do you think matt steel or something like that would re-create that effect? At the moment the chutes on mine look like yours, the same basic colour as the chassis, but I'm curious whether that's actually what happens in real life?

http://paulbartlett.zenfolio.com/seacow (http://paulbartlett.zenfolio.com/seacow)

Cheers, NeMo
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Post by: Jonas on December 28, 2015, 01:31:33 pm
Good point! I've used some Mig powders light dust to streak the chutes, but it is very subtle and hardly there at all on the photo I've posted. The chutes certainly a lighter colour than the underframe in most  the pictures you've linked!

It looks like a rusty streak rather than steel to my eye - perhaps water runs through the bottoms of the wagons, and this coupled with the abrasive nature of discharging ballast, creates the the rusty streaks you can see on the prototype?

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Post by: NeMo on December 28, 2015, 01:34:51 pm
It looks like a rusty streak rather than steel to my eye - perhaps water runs through the bottoms of the wagons, and this coupled with the abrasive nature of discharging ballast, creates the the rusty streaks you can see on the prototype?

That makes a lot of sense, but I'm going to try to find the ones where it looked more steely metal than rust (feeding the baby at the moment, and that takes a lot more time than you'd think...). I'm thinking that regular scraping away would expose steel, whereas a hopper that was used only irregularly would, as you say, have more evidence of corrosion. Hmm...  :hmmm:

Cheers, NeMo
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Post by: Jonas on December 28, 2015, 01:43:46 pm
Some of the ones I've looked at are just rusty all over...I think infrequent use was definitely an issue in more recent times!
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Post by: G_N_E_R on December 29, 2015, 08:14:45 pm
 :greatpicturessign: :greatwork: :jealous: Says it all really!
Phil
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Post by: Jonas on December 31, 2015, 12:57:28 pm
Happy new year everybody!

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Here's something a little more up-to-date! I've been trying very hard to keep everything BR blue, stick to the period, keep focussed...but I've wanted one of these for a while. Memories of riding them around the Valleys whilst at uni in South Wales, maybe. I placed an ad on the Facebook group to see if anyone happened to have one they were looking to move on...and low and behold, it was in my hands the next day  :D

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Now it wouldn't be fun if I couldn't do a bit of weathering, even if they are kept relatively clean. So the underframe and snow ploughs got a wash of gunky black brown, mixed up from oil paints. This was also applied thinly around the door frames and other areas dirt tends to collect on these units, using a block of sponge and a cotton bud to try and replicate the cleaning process on a real unit. Powders were then applied where needed, especially on the roof area. I also used some ground up pencil lead applied with a finger to simulate the warn metal you see on one half of the corridor connector on the nose - although this isn't particularity obvious on the photos. I also changed the couplings between the carriages to one short and one long of the Dapol solid buckeyes, which has brought them closer together and caused no issues on my Kato test loop.

The photos show up where I'd gone a bit overboard on one of the doors - now rectified! Overall I'm happy - it was a different challenge to the other stuff I've done recently, and one that I enjoyed.
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Post by: Tank on December 31, 2015, 01:21:36 pm
Glad to hear that you got the model you wanted.  :)  Looks good.
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Post by: Jonas on January 09, 2016, 10:12:59 am
Hmmmm. Sticking to BR blue didn't last long. Anyway...

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I sold my modern image stock a while back, with the intention of restricting my modelling to the late 70s / early 80s. However, like many of us, my interests flip from one thing to another and I started to regret letting go of my 2 EWS 66s, especially as they are so ubiquitous on the modern network. I also have a feeling the supply in this livery will dry up as DB starts to restrict models released to those in it's own corporate identity, as seen on the wagons in the latest Farish catalogue.

So a cheeky 'best offer' on eBay last weekend was accepted, and I now have an EWS shed back in my collection. I've done the usual weathering and flattened the finish with varnish before hitting it with some powders. The real thing has a folded buckeye coupling on the bufferbeam; I've sort of represented this with one of the dummy buckeyes from a Mark 1 coach until I find something better. DCC decoder hardwired in and its ready for use.

Now, I could do with some JNAs for it to pull really...
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Post by: NeMo on January 09, 2016, 10:19:50 am
I feel the same way! I much prefer the BR era to the privatised railway in terms of modelling; the variety of traction was just so much more interesting. But I see these EWS and Freightliner 66s so often I feel the need to have one. The one I bought secondhand some years back was an original specification Dapol one that sounded like a bag of spanners. Eventually sold it on. Still not ready to bite the bullet and try again... your weathering job here might spur in me into it!

Cheers, NeMo

I sold my modern image stock a while back, with the intention of restricting my modelling to the late 70s / early 80s. However, like many of us, my interests flip from one thing to another and I started to regret letting go of my 2 EWS 66s, especially as they are so ubiquitous on the modern network.
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Post by: Jonas on January 09, 2016, 08:26:48 pm
The lengths of the trains is the biggest issue for me; there aren't many 66s pootling around on pick up goods  ;D I managed to pick up 3 Dapol JNAs today as a case in point - although small trains do run, realistically I'll need another 12+ to replicate a typical working! And a massive layout run  the whole train on ha ha! I like the idea of being able to model what I see out and about though.

I had a Dapol 66 at one point too, but I much prefer the finer moulding of the Farish offering, even if it lacks the fine roof etch of the Dapol one. It also allows the air dam to be fitted to the coupling end too, which you can't on the Farish without modification.
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Post by: Jonas on January 16, 2016, 10:13:03 am
Continuing on my current modern theme...

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These 3 JNA Falcon infrastructure wagons are from Dapol, picked up last week to go with my EWS 66. Weathered as usual using oil paint washes and powders. Burnt umber was liberally applied inside the wagons, and left to try for a bit - then dragged around with a large flat brush dampened with a touch of thinners to give a streaky rusted effect. I then added Mig 'light dust' powder inside. I was going to add a load, but I'm not so sure whether I will or not now.

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I found one of them wouldn't run without derailing - a look underneath showed some plastic flash on one of the bogies. Sliced off with a sharp knife and all was well again! There was also some flash present on the buffers, again worth looking out for if you've any waiting for some time on the workbench.

Also of note, I'm giving the Dapol magnetic couplers another try on my modern stock. The non-NEM Farish 66 was an easy conversion - pop off the bogie and superglue into the Rapido slot!

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Post by: Jonas on April 05, 2016, 10:03:42 am
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It's an ugly brute of a loco. But I like it!
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Post by: G_N_E_R on April 06, 2016, 08:33:19 pm
Wow! The ugly cornflakes box certainly does look amazing!  :greatpicturessign:
Kindest Regards Phil
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Post by: Jonas on August 06, 2016, 01:46:42 pm
Wow, I've neglected this thread recently. I been slowly working through bit and bobs, I post a lot of it onto the forum Facebook group and my Flickr account (here (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jonas_415/)).

(https://c4.staticflickr.com/9/8264/28798342795_62485e7635_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/KSP2ZD)
Dapol EWS Class 66 and Farish DRS Class 37 in N gauge (https://flic.kr/p/KSP2ZD) by Steve Jones (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jonas_415/), on Flickr

Here are two of my latest arrivals projects. EWS liveried 66181 is the kind of anonymous freight loco seen all over the network. I've warmed to the Dapol model despite being unsure of it before. The later DCC ready chassis is a great peformer. DRS liveried 37409 is a Farish model, and has had the body lowered to reduce the gap between body and bogies. I'm a big fan of a tractor and I'm thankful to the a mate of mine for helping me source this one which is now quite scarce (and expensive!).
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Jonas on December 11, 2016, 07:10:07 am
Still posting most of my recent work on Flickr abs Facebook, but here: have an EWS Class 37 I've completed recently!

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/46/4664-111216070812.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=46240)

Weathered with a mix of enamel washes and powders, factory finish toned down with Dullcote. Body lowered to reduce the gap between body and bogies.
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Jonas on December 31, 2016, 11:54:06 am
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/46/4664-311216115320.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=46729)

Dapol Class 58 in Mainline triple grey livery. Weathered using enamel washes made with Humbrol paints, a coat of dullcote from a rattle can and powdered from Humbrol and Forge World. A few details to touch in but pretty much there now!


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Post by: Newportnobby on December 31, 2016, 12:03:39 pm
Disgusting!
Filthy!
Well done!
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: maridunian on December 31, 2016, 12:10:32 pm
Body lowered to reduce the gap between body and bogies.

Hi Jonas - great weathering! Could you say more about what's involved to lower the 37 body please?

Mike
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Jonas on December 31, 2016, 12:33:33 pm
Hi Jonas - great weathering! Could you say more about what's involved to lower the 37 body please?

Hi mate, sure. There are a couple of ways to do it, but this is how I do mine. I remove the cab interiors first, you need to snap the clue to unclip them. There are two cut outs on bottom of the lighting boards where they sit in the chassis - I file these, as its what the body sits on, so it sits lower. Be careful not to break the feeds to the LEDs. Chop the lugs from the battery boxes and blue tac them onto the chassis as they won't clip into the body anymore once you've seated the body back on the chassis.

I'm told you can file the bottom of the cab interior or the top if the lighting board if you want to retain them but I've done at least 4 now and noone has ever noticed it's missing!

I know some people have removed material from the gear towers, or chopped the bogie frames off and moved them higher up to get a similar effect (Mercig do this) but I find this to be the easiest and less risky method.
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: maridunian on January 01, 2017, 11:03:02 am
Thanks Jonas. I have a Poole DC 37 so think those bogie towers are the main constraint.

Mike
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Jonas on April 08, 2017, 04:36:09 pm
 I must update his thread more...anyway, apologies to those of you who have seen these on the Facebook group;

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/50/4664-080417163256.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=50740)

I always regretted selling my Class 24. Well I know have another one, and it's my best work to date IMO. This one is a keeper!

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/50/4664-080417163330.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=50741)

I've also finished these few wagons for the 24 to shuffle around. Shame a gunpowder van isn't available for a true North Wales coast vibe...perhaps I could model the caravan on wetrols than ran to Valley occasionally!
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Newportnobby on April 08, 2017, 05:03:41 pm
Nice work, Jonas. They look suitably 'grotty'.
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Post by: maridunian on April 09, 2017, 03:36:19 pm
Looking great!

Shame a gunpowder van isn't available for a true North Wales coast vibe...

Would one of these (https://railsofsheffield.com/dapol-2f-013-009-br-gunpowder-van-JJJA20155.aspx) do?

Mike
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Jonas on April 10, 2017, 09:53:17 am
Would one of these (https://railsofsheffield.com/dapol-2f-013-009-br-gunpowder-van-JJJA20155.aspx) do?

You know what, it might well do. Not sure how accurate it is, but a slap of the old weathering muck can cover a multitude of sins!
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Jonas on April 10, 2017, 06:44:33 pm

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/50/4664-100417184329.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=50794)

It's summer 1979, and 24035 is engaged in shunting an overgrown yard, in some nondescript backwater in North Wales...

Ok, not quite - it's my new shunting layout being tested on my kitchen table. The back scene needs a little work and the borrowed dutch dogfish are obviously having a Back to the Future moment! 😝
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Newportnobby on April 10, 2017, 08:18:55 pm
It'll be a swine to get the track pins through the granite work tops! ;)
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Jonas on April 10, 2017, 08:22:36 pm
It'll be a swine to get the track pins through the granite work tops! ;)

As if I could get away with that! I should point out...on my layout board, which is laid out on the kitchen table!
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Jonas on April 11, 2017, 09:39:16 pm

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/50/4664-110417213817.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=50819)

Surprised to be treated to this  CCT today! It doesn't take me long to crack out the paints and powders though...with some other parcel vans on their way this one will make a nice variation within the rake.
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Jonas on April 24, 2017, 07:36:38 am
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/51/4664-240417073618.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=51267)

I managed to get this finished over the weekend. I struck lucky on eBay and snared this gorgeous Dapol Western. One of the finest N gauge models out there IMO; well see if the new 40 from Farish knocks it from top spot! Although I think the factory weathered versions are great, I wanted to do my own so weathering was consistent across the fleet. So a mix of paints and powders and a coat of flat matt and she's ready for service.
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Jonas on April 27, 2017, 07:20:09 am
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/51/4664-270417071942.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=51395)

My latest tractor. Detail fitted both ends and nem pockets removed, lowered on its bogies to reduce the gap between the body and the bogies. Workstained weathering job on triple grey metal sector livery, just as I remember seeing them as kid rumbling through Hereford. Etched plaques and arrows on order from Fox, so not quite finished, but I couldn't resist sharing!
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Atso on April 27, 2017, 08:53:14 am
Smashing work there Jonas!  :greatpicturessign:
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Post by: paulprice on April 27, 2017, 09:24:34 am
([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/51/4664-270417071942.jpeg[/url]) ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=51395[/url])

My latest tractor. Detail fitted both ends and nem pockets removed, lowered on its bogies to reduce the gap between the body and the bogies. Workstained weathering job on triple grey metal sector livery, just as I remember seeing them as kid rumbling through Hereford. Etched plaques and arrows on order from Fox, so not quite finished, but I couldn't resist sharing!


Don't tell anyone but I have a thing for 37's in grey

Brilliant work I'm envious
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Jonas on April 27, 2017, 09:28:25 am

Don't tell anyone but I have a thing for 37's in grey

Brilliant work I'm envious

They are very workmanlike, I think it's a livery that really worked on the 37s. I've a Coal 37/0 next on the list. Thanks for the compliment, I'm chuffed  with this one!
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Jonas on April 28, 2017, 09:48:55 am
 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/51/4664-280417094824.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=51457)

My 2 latest models. 37514 in Metals and 37239 in Coal sector liveries. Lowered on bogies, detail fitted both ends, NEM pockets removed and weathered. Couple of etched bits on the way for 514, and oval buffers required for 239 but otherwise done!
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Atso on April 28, 2017, 10:45:32 am
Great work there Jonas.

Not being a diesel person myself, I've just spent a bit of time comparing your work with the standard Farish 37. You're work really brings the model to a whole different level and by lowering the bodies it is actually hard to believe that these are the same model!  8)

Well worth the effort and they look so realistic now.
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Jonas on April 28, 2017, 04:44:40 pm
Not being a diesel person myself, I've just spent a bit of time comparing your work with the standard Farish 37.


I could've saved you the work  :D

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/51/4664-280417164250.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=51479)

Modified on the left, unmodified on the right. Thank you for your kind comments, I think it improves the 'weight' of the loco as it just sits more like the real thing. I'm pleased anyway!
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Atso on April 28, 2017, 06:12:57 pm
I could've saved you the work  :D

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/51/4664-280417164250.jpeg[/url]) ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=51479[/url])

Modified on the left, unmodified on the right. Thank you for your kind comments, I think it improves the 'weight' of the loco as it just sits more like the real thing. I'm pleased anyway!


Lovely comparison!

I didn't want to bother you! Besides, I learnt a little bit about something that I wouldn't have looked at otherwise!  :D
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Jonas on June 25, 2017, 08:38:09 am

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/52/4664-250617083654.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=52921)

Had a little break from N gauge but back in the game with this beast - weathered and lowered as per the 37s above. Love dutch livery!
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: RichardBattersby on June 25, 2017, 10:11:59 am
Amazing work, I wish I could produce such work! Must get my 37s lowered some how.
 :greatpicturessign:
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Jonas on July 05, 2017, 12:47:07 pm
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/53/4664-050717124637.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=53149)

Managed to get this done between changing nappies! Farish N gauge 47/7 given the weathering treatment.
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Newportnobby on July 05, 2017, 03:12:11 pm
Why were you wearing nappies? :laugh:
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Jonas on July 05, 2017, 03:15:41 pm
Why were you wearing nappies? :laugh:

Ha! We had an arrival 7 days ago  :D
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Newportnobby on July 05, 2017, 03:16:38 pm
Hearty congrats. :beers:
Boy or girl?
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Jonas on July 05, 2017, 03:57:18 pm
It's a boy! Another recruit to the model rail fraternity I reckon...
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Hailstone on July 05, 2017, 08:38:43 pm
Congratulations!, now's the time to start stockpiling Brio  :claphappy:

All the best,

Alex
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Post by: scotsoft on July 05, 2017, 09:58:43 pm
Hearty congratulations  :claphappy:

Cheers John.
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Atso on July 06, 2017, 08:45:21 am
Congratulations Jonas, both on the loco and your new arrival!  8)
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Jonas on July 07, 2017, 11:48:00 pm

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/53/4664-070717234742.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=53205)

Another quick weathering job completed today, this 37 shell in Railfreight Distribution triple grey was picked up separately and plonked onto a ready lowered and weathered chassis from one of my Dutch tractors. Kept the weathering quite light on this one - I think it's a prime candidate to pull a few of the new Cargowaggon twins proposed by RevolutioN...
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Jonas on July 08, 2017, 06:38:07 pm

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/53/4664-080717183621.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=53215)

Just a bit of wagon weathering done today. A grotty Railfreight SPA wagon, given a few washes of enamel paints, matt varnish and a dose of weathering powders.
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Jonas on August 09, 2017, 04:43:03 pm
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/54/4664-090817163917.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=54151)

Latest off the workbench, these 2 dogfish...which have been swiftly joined by 2 more! Usual business of enamel paint washes, Testors dullcote and Mig powders. Load secured with Pledge Future floor polish.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/54/4664-090817164157.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=54153)

Couldn't resist posing them with some suitable traction...
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Jonas on October 07, 2017, 11:27:54 am
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/4664-071017112419.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=56420)

Latest addition to the fleet is this characterful little unit! Given a few washes of grime and a dusting of weathering powders on the underframe and roof. The windows also received a coat of Kleer floor polish to reduce the prism effect of the clear plastic - a tip picked up from aircraft modellers.
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Newportnobby on October 07, 2017, 12:25:41 pm
Great weathering job, Jonas. It looks ready for the washer now ;)
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Jonas on October 31, 2017, 07:13:22 am
This week I have been working on this shed. I have completed more sheds than I dare to count, by seem to move them on pretty quickly - we will see if this one stays in the fleet! Anyway, detailed on one end, just waiting for the airdam/plough to go on the front. I picked the model up in a trade so have got one on the way from a pal. Iím also working on a Freightliner example which is getting there slowly.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/57/4664-311017070839.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=57502)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/57/4664-311017070925.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=57503)
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Jonas on November 07, 2017, 08:32:38 pm
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/57/4664-071117203210.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=57881)

Iíve been enjoying adding some light weathering to my RevolutioN / C-Rail containers that arrived today with some enamel and oil paint washes. The rust scar along the side of the far left one is copied from a real photo!
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Jonas on November 13, 2017, 09:43:06 pm
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/58/4664-131117214242.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=58098)

Received this little beauty in the post today! Iíve given it a little weathering of the underframe and a few washes around the details. Iíve no idea what the real one did or what it ran with, but the SatLink livery is real eye catcher. The real one is in a field not far from me on a private site in Herefordshire, so had to have it really!
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Newportnobby on November 14, 2017, 09:39:14 am
It's certainly attractive and is, I believe, the Farish 374-135 MK1 GUV and there's a little history here....
http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/15796-red-and-yellow-satlink-western-wagons/ (http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/15796-red-and-yellow-satlink-western-wagons/)
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Jonas on November 14, 2017, 10:32:26 am
It's certainly attractive and is, I believe, the Farish 374-135 MK1 GUV and there's a little history here....
[url]http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/15796-red-and-yellow-satlink-western-wagons/[/url] ([url]http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/15796-red-and-yellow-satlink-western-wagons/[/url])


Thanks! Thanks to the Facebook branch of the forum I found out they never actually ran anywhere (thanks Anthony!). Mine will! Still, a lovely model and it goes well with the peco pipe wagon in the same livery I have in my collection.
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Jonas on December 03, 2017, 05:52:23 pm

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/58/4664-031217175206.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=58864)

Latest addition to the fleet is this Farish duff in original parcels livery. Iíve always been a fan of this livery (and the later RES version) so have had my eyes peeled for one for a while to pull my growing collection of parcels vans. Given the usual weathering treatment of enamel washes, details picked out in acrylics, a coat of matt varnish and a few powders to add a bit of texture. NEM pocket removed from the leading bogie so it doesnít foul the bufferbeam gubbins. Happy with this!
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Jonas on December 24, 2017, 08:56:50 am
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/59/4664-241217085432.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=59666)

37506 in Railfreight Red Stripe livery. Graham Farish model lowered on its bogies and given a dose of weathering. Would love to add some etched plates but it doesnít seem like anyone does them! So I will try Railtecís 3d transfers in the new year.

A very Merry Christmas to all those of you following this thread - happy modelling!
Title: Re: Jonas' workbench
Post by: Jonas on December 31, 2017, 01:08:24 pm
Happy new year everyone!

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/4664-311217130759.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=60018)

3x Farish Class 37s - detailed, weathered and lowered by me.
 
Itís been a good year for me - bought a house and welcomed a baby (and a puppy!) to the world. Iíve also got a fair bit of modelling done considering, although they layout Iíve been threatening Iíve still to make any significant progress on. But I have been lucky enough to start working on other peopleís models for them as well as my own which is very rewarding. So thanks to anyone whoís allowed me to slap paint on their precious models and for all the likes and comments on my work over the last 12 months. Cheers!