Not much to add on constucting my breakdown train. I have purchased a couple of peco wagon skits to add to my breakdown set, a 15ft tanker kit and a 15ft bolster wagon. Now I will be eagerly waiting by my letterbox all week awaiting the various bits and pieces to continue the project
Meanwhile I have decided to give my favourite locomotive a facelift, a Union Mills T9 Greyhound in Southern Black. As with most Union Mills locomotives an amount of detail has been left off of this model, however that is perfect for modellers like me who want to add their own touch.
To improve my T9 I have done a few small things to start with. To begin I have applied Humbrol 12 to some of the piping along the side of the locomotive, which had been left black on the locomotive. I have also applied this paint to the whistle and valves on top of the locomotive. I have also given the front and rear buffers a little repaint as they have come painted with a shiny red paint which feels off with the rest of the matt black locomotive. To do this I have used Humbrol 60, it is the closest I presently have to buffer beam red and definately does the job
Finally I have gone over the whole model with some weathering powders. I haven't much experience with the powders but through reading a few threads on the forum I have picked up a few tips here and there, so thankyou fellow members for your marvellous advice and guides
To give a general weathered impression I have used a dark earth coloured powder all along the sides of the locomotive. I have added a few dashes of black soot around the pipework to fade the newly painted pipes which stand out like a sore thumb! To finish the loco off I have made a mix of white, black and dark earth powders to simulate a buildup of ash in front of the firebox.
Overall I am pleased with the facelift, it looks like a proper workhorse now! However I do have a few changes I would like to make. I feel the buffers still stand out, so some darker paints with a decent coat of weathering will be applied in future. I would also like to add some vaccum pipes and coupling hooks to give the front and rear of the locomotive a few points of interest.
What do you guys think? Any suggestions on further work this locomotive could receive?
Have a good evening everyone