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Offline Highland Handlebar

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The most difficult kit I have ever built
« on: May 12, 2017, 10:28:42 pm »
Just finished, not pleased with the result








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Re: The most difficult kit I have ever built
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2017, 01:16:42 am »
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Re: The most difficult kit I have ever built
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2017, 09:08:04 am »
where`s Morph???
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Re: The most difficult kit I have ever built
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2017, 09:43:13 am »
Just think Highland Handlebar you built it yourself just be proud of what youve achieved.
I hand painted one of the BHE   GWR  Twin railcars and when I took it to show Ray he criticized the fact that the join between the two colours was crooked ,my answer to him was ,when you can do better then you can make a comment like that.
In the thirty plus years that Ive known him he has never finnished a kit yet let alone painted it .
Some of my efforts turn out reasonably good ,some Ive done my best so I am still proud that I done it .Im now 70 and I must admit its getting harder to build N gauge models now ,some people are lucky their eyes and hands still work well mine are slowly getting worse BUT I still have a go.
Well done for giving it your best shot.
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Re: The most difficult kit I have ever built
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2017, 11:17:54 am »
Thanks bob. though I am not pleased with the kit. I have done so much better in the past. I guess at 62 my sight and dexterity is a little on the wain. The loco was sprayed though the buffer beams were hand painted but the main problem is my lack of photographic ability. Your comments are happily received and I am grateful for them

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Re: The most difficult kit I have ever built
« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2017, 11:26:38 am »
Well done!

It's obvious what it is (a class 07 shunter) and while the paint-job might not be Mercig-level, I think the photo is distinctly unflattering thanks to the flash and lack of focus.

You've got something with wasp-ends for a start, which are notoriously difficult to do even in the larger scales, let alone N. You've also done a kit with plenty of external detail, and it looks like you've used a paint brush, and those details have 'trapped' blobs of paint, making the finish a bit uneven.

If this was me, I'd be re-doing some of the details (like the horns on the cab roof) to make them stand out a bit more clearly, and a matt varnish together with some subtle airbrush weathering would help to make the paint-job look a bit less shiny. Do you have any photos of the thing in primer? That's often a better indication of the quality of the kit-building than the finished paint-job.

But really, I'm very impressed. You've made a model of a really distinctive prototype with bags of character, and captured the essence of the loco really well. If this was running at an exhibition, I think you'd get plenty of comments -- most of them positive!

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Re: The most difficult kit I have ever built
« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2017, 11:31:28 am »
thanks NeMo it looks a bit better when taken without a flash




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Re: The most difficult kit I have ever built
« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2017, 11:32:38 am »
I've certainly done worse and on much simpler kits too :)
As NeMo says, a bit of tuning and weathering will make all the difference. There's a lot of detailing on there.

One thing I've managed to use with some success in the past for de-bodging my prior paint jobs is using a pin both as a way of scraping off bits of paint that have splodged outside a railing etc but also instead of a paint brush to put tiny amounts of paint on to cover at edges etc.

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Re: The most difficult kit I have ever built
« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2017, 12:43:04 pm »
Hi there.

I'm surprised you think this kit is difficult. I love it. But then I have not added the details you have done, like handrails and light clusters.

Sometimes less is more.  Here are my two. I have four more to build!









These are pro pictures taken at the NGS AGM in 2009.
My green one came second to Gareth Collier, and that's no mean feat, but I still am not satisfied with it.
I painted it malachite, because that's what all the books said the SR painted them, but I believe they used either SR stock green, or Brunswick Green, and the malachite thing is a relic of the same mistake being propagated through time.
My blue one has too much yellow paint on it.
So you see, no one is happy with their own work. But at a distance, without the hideous magnification we use on here, all seems well.

Best
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Re: The most difficult kit I have ever built
« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2017, 01:14:13 pm »
Great job, HH.  I am having enough trouble trying to make Ratio kit gas lamps!
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Re: The most difficult kit I have ever built
« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2017, 01:16:15 pm »
A coat of Dullcote, some weathering and a 2' view Andy it'll look perfect

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Re: The most difficult kit I have ever built
« Reply #11 on: May 14, 2017, 02:54:42 pm »
Just think Highland Handlebar you built it yourself just be proud of what youve achieved.
I hand painted one of the BHE   GWR  Twin railcars and when I took it to show Ray he criticized the fact that the join between the two colours was crooked ,my answer to him was ,when you can do better then you can make a comment like that.
In the thirty plus years that Ive known him he has never finnished a kit yet let alone painted it .
Some of my efforts turn out reasonably good ,some Ive done my best so I am still proud that I done it .Im now 70 and I must admit its getting harder to build N gauge models now ,some people are lucky their eyes and hands still work well mine are slowly getting worse BUT I still have a go.
Well done for giving it your best shot.
Bob Tidbury

I could not have put it better myself, it never ceases to amaze me how people who never built kits, or modify or scratch build pass comments on other peoples work.

You should be prod of the model, if the kits turns out to be a "dog of a model" to build, even more remarkable that you completed it, I wonder how many are left un finished.

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Re: The most difficult kit I have ever built
« Reply #12 on: May 14, 2017, 02:56:48 pm »
Great job, HH.  I am having enough trouble trying to make Ratio kit gas lamps!

They are the bane of my life.......... >:D

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Re: The most difficult kit I have ever built
« Reply #13 on: May 14, 2017, 06:01:25 pm »
Well done on the build Highland Handlebar! There is lots of nice detail there and I do very much like the fitted lamps.  8)

I agree that sometimes with the best will in the world a kit doesn't seem easy. As others have said, you've completed it and that should be a major source of satisfaction. It looks very good but remember you're always going to be your own worst critic.

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Re: The most difficult kit I have ever built
« Reply #14 on: May 14, 2017, 06:58:23 pm »
Thanks to all, I have made a far better job of others and that is why it is a disappointment. I am a school teacher and I have marked the result " must try harder"










 

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