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Re: HOLLERTON JUNCTION (SHED 13C)
« Reply #90 on: May 05, 2013, 07:34:11 PM »
TARTAN ARROW TRAINS - THE JOURNEY ENDS

After a number of weeks of research and much help and advice from this Forum and the N Gauge Yahoo group I have finally completed my two TARTAN ARROW bogie container wagons.  The livery and wagons selected is the closest match I could establish from the prototype photographs I could obtain.

The Starting Point...

The donor wagon for this project is the Graham Farish 63' Freightliner bogie wagon with two 30' containers (373-450 or 373-450A).  The wagons are not current so I had to seek out a supply of them - this is where the eBay and the NGF are your friends.

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Removing the Containers from the Wagon

The first step is to remove both containers from the wagon.  This is a little harder than expected as the containers are glued in place.  There is no real reason for Graham Farish to have glued the containers as the small pips give quite a secure hold.

The easiest way to remove the container is to insert a thin flat knife between the bottom of the container and the wagon base.  Next gently twist the knife and the glued pips will give way.  Please note however, that some of the pips will break off.  This is not a major issue as I have found sufficient remain to secure the wagon.  Alternatively, the containers can be glued back in position.

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Removing the Black Print from the Container

After experimenting I found it was best to remove the black printing on the containers.  A fibre glass pen will remove the printing very effectively and does not damage the model.  It is best to wear protective gloves when using the fibre glass pen as the "shavings" can be uncomfortable.

Whilst removing the printing be careful not to damage the end doors as the printing/detail on those is to be retained.  Once complete wash the containers in warm soapy water and place in the airing cupboard to dry.

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Mask the Container Doors

Before priming the containers you will need to mask off the end doors.  I used Frog Masking Tape which I bought in B&Q for a DIY project and this works well.  You only need a couple of inches per container!

http://www.diy.com/nav/decor/decorating-supplies/painting-decorating-tools/tape/-specificproducttype-adhesive_tape/FrogTape-Multi-Surface-Masking-Tape-Green-11507512?skuId=12018218

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Prime the Containers

Prior to painting the container roofs and attaching the printed sides I primed each one using Humbrol Matt Grey Primer No. 1 spray.  As you can see in the photo I secured an old pen inside the container so I could hold it whilst spraying.  Once again, it is best to wear a pair of disposable gloves as you do not want to get the primer on your hands!  I cannot recommend Humbrol primer enough - it is a great product that goes on well and does exactly what it says on the "tin".

http://www.humbrol.com/paints/acrylic-spray-paint/ad6001-1-grey-primer-150ml-matt-modellers-spray/

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Paint the Container Roofs Dark Grey

Initially I used Humbrol Matt Black spray to paint the roof but found that although “correct” in terms of livery the result was too black.  After seeking advice on the Yahoo N Gauge group I decided to mix my own dark grey for the roof by mixing Titanium White and Mars Black Acrylic paint.

The first coat was applied quite thinly using a Sable flat brush as recommended by Tony Wright.  This coat was left 24 hours to dry and then was sanded using a very find “Wet and Dry” paper.  The roof was cleaned and then a second coat applied with the Sable once again.

The finish from painting with a Sable brush is nearly as good as spraying.  Whether this would be true on a larger area I am not sure but certainly it works in N Gauge.

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Attach the Printed Container Sides

The artwork for the TARTAN ARROW overlays was created in Microsoft Word scaled to fit the exact size of the container sides.  The lines on the image indicate where the side should be cut out as there are no black lines on the image itself.  The top colour (containing the TARTAN ARROW script) is off white with an RGB value of 255, 255, 248.  The TARTAN ARROW text uses the IMPACT font where as the text beneath is in Arial.

The sides were printed on sticky backed A4 paper via a high quality colour laser printer.  After allowing the sheets to cool off for 24 hours the surface was sprayed with Ghiant Matt Fixative Spray to seal them.  The sheets were allowed to dry thoroughly for a couple of days before any cutting took place.

A brand new scalpel blade was used to cut the sides out and the paper backing removed – you are basically left with a custom fit sticky label.  These were carefully attached to the container sides.

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Reassemble the Wagons

Once the containers are complete they can be reattached to the bogie flat wagons.

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The Finished Train...

This has been a very interesting and rewarding project where I have learnt a number of new skills with the help of people on this Forum and the Yahoo N Gauge Group.  In addition, the prototype research whilst challenging has been fun and I believe allowed me to create a unique train for HOLLERTON JUNCTION.

The finished train below consists of Type 4 (Class 45) D67 “The Royal Artilleryman” followed by two TARTAN ARROW container wagons and a number of matching CCTs.  I have managed to acquire prototype photos indicating such a formation although obviously the real train was much longer.

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Thank you to everyone who has helped and advised me over the last few weeks – it is very much appreciated.

Many thanks

Paddy

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Re: HOLLERTON JUNCTION (SHED 13C)
« Reply #91 on: May 06, 2013, 01:18:07 PM »
Well done on the completion of your project, Paddy.
The end result looks excellent :thumbsup:

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Re: HOLLERTON JUNCTION (SHED 13C)
« Reply #92 on: May 19, 2013, 12:48:49 PM »
HORSE BOXES

The imminent arrival of the new Graham Farish MK1 Horse Box got me thinking about adding another train to the HOLLERTON JUNCTION timetable!  So I bought a couple of second hand Lima Horse Boxes, stripped them down and cleaned the parts thoroughly.  The bodies were then primed (Humbrol Acrylic Spray No. 1) and then repainted using Humbrol Crimson No. 20 (acrylic spray again).  Finally the roofs were primed, one left "as is" and the other painted dark grey to provide variety.

The wagons were then reassembled and the horrible Lima pizza cutter wheels replaced with Graham Farish blackened coach ones.  You can see the end result below.

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These coupled to some of the new Graham Farish MK1 versions and my old Farish "Sir George Widgeon" van should create a varied and interesting rake.

Many thanks

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Re: HOLLERTON JUNCTION (SHED 13C)
« Reply #93 on: May 19, 2013, 03:13:57 PM »
Nice one Paddy, those are much improved over the Lima originals. And there should be lots coming up on eBoy soon!

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Re: HOLLERTON JUNCTION (SHED 13C)
« Reply #94 on: May 19, 2013, 05:11:56 PM »
Excellent work on the Tartan Arrow trains. Never heard of them meself but nice to learn something new and see a little project bloom in the process :thumbsup:

The first step is to remove both containers from the wagon.  This is a little harder than expected as the containers are glued in place.  There is no real reason for Graham Farish to have glued the containers as the small pips give quite a secure hold.

I suspect the gluing has been done by a previous owner as many of my s/h container wagons show no signs of ever being glued, and as you rightly say there is no need to unless they've been subjected to excessive rough handling, enough to loosen them ;)


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Re: HOLLERTON JUNCTION (SHED 13C)
« Reply #95 on: June 22, 2013, 01:24:41 PM »
Hi Folks,

It has been a while since my last post - I have been undertaking a huge clear out as I had amassed so much railway stuff that I was not going to use.

Anyway, along with the clear out I decided to repaint a Graham Farish LMS brake van in to engineering dark grey/black for use with my Dapol Dog Fish and Grampus wagons.  The painting went well but I was left with the task of painting the hand rails white.  I wanted a neat finish was not overly confident of getting this with a paintbrush.

Having slept on the problem I came up with the idea of a white ink pen.  Whilst in Cheltenham I bought a Tipp-Ex "Shake 'n' Squeeze" pen, Pentel Wet Erase Chalk Marker and from Rymans an Edding 780 white paint marker.  I believe you could get very good results with any of these but I chose to use the Edding 780 which has a very fine nib and the paint gives a good solid covering.  Seriously - the results are factory finish.

Details of the pen...

http://www.ryman.co.uk/0845706016/Edding-780-Marker-Pen-Paint/Product

Hope this helps.

Many thanks

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Re: HOLLERTON JUNCTION (SHED 13C)
« Reply #96 on: June 22, 2013, 03:41:47 PM »
Did you take any photos of the end result of your conversion, sounds a very useful conversion.
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Re: HOLLERTON JUNCTION (SHED 13C)
« Reply #97 on: June 23, 2013, 08:04:05 PM »
Did you take any photos of the end result of your conversion, sounds a very useful conversion.

Hi Trev,

No, not yet.  You do need a steady hand to be fair.  I am quite pleased with the end result and it looks good on my Departmental train.  It will stand muster until someone releases a RTR Shark.  Given that Dapol have released the Grampus and Dog Fish wagons you would think a Shark is an obvious step?  Unless they are being kind and do not want to impact on the NGS kit.

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Re: HOLLERTON JUNCTION (SHED 13C)
« Reply #98 on: September 24, 2013, 03:40:34 PM »
BACKSCENES

Over the last couple of months I have been playing around with the backscenes for HOLLERTON JUNCTION.  In the end I decided to go with a mult-layer approach based around the PECO backscene papers.  Over the weekend I completed the backscene for the right hand side of the layout and I am rather pleased with the end result.

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The images above show the completed scene and was created as follows:

1. The PECO backscene paper (medium size) is glued to 1mm mounting card.  A small (and clean!) paint roller is used to ensure a flat, bubble free finish.  I left a 3cm gap below the bottom of the PECO backscene as I wanted the image to be half way up my 30cm backscene board.

2. When dry I carefully cut around the PECO image and painted the exposed edge with black paint.  This is best done with a flat brush - take your time so as not to get paint on to the front image.

3. Next, on the computer various backscene artwork was scanned, edited etc. and printed out (e.g. the arches) and glued on top of the PECO scene to create a multi-layer, pseudo 3D effect.

4. Finally, the completed backscene card was glued to the board.

Just two more sides to do now...

Many thanks

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Re: HOLLERTON JUNCTION (SHED 13C)
« Reply #99 on: September 24, 2013, 03:47:50 PM »
Brilliant and thank you for the ideas, points and reminders (for self) - Again, brilliant effect, best of luck, and please show next stages.
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Re: HOLLERTON JUNCTION (SHED 13C)
« Reply #100 on: September 24, 2013, 05:19:18 PM »
That looks fantastic. Despite being quite a bit of extra work it really does look worthwhile.  :thumbsup:

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Re: HOLLERTON JUNCTION (SHED 13C)
« Reply #101 on: September 24, 2013, 07:06:05 PM »
Thanks Folks - hard work to start with but I have a "process" now.  :D

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Re: HOLLERTON JUNCTION (SHED 13C)
« Reply #102 on: November 01, 2013, 12:42:07 PM »
BACKSCENES PART 2...

It is hard to believe that a month has passed since my initial backscene posting.  I am pleased to report that during that time I have finally finished all three sides!  Whilst the initial right hand side went smoothly I had issues with bubbling in subsequent attempts and this resulted in starting again - beware of PECO backscene papers and PVA glue!

Still I have learnt much (with the help of Noel etc. on the N Gauge Yahoo Group) and found two new adhesive products that I can highly recommend.  The first is the humble Pritt Stick but in its Power guise.  This product has all the benefits of the standard Pritt Stick (minimal mess etc.) but sticks really well.  Full details of Power Pritt Stick can be found here...

http://www.prittworld.co.uk/en/consumer/parents-home/products/glue-products/powerpritt-stick.html

The other product is 3M Spray Mount adhesive which is a real life saver.  This product comes in an aerosol can and is spray on to the surface you want to stick.  After 30-45 seconds it will be tacky enough to attach and can be repositioned for up to 12 hours after which the bond is permanent.  You simply do not get any bubbles with the product and in my opinion is worth every penny of the £7 to £10 cost.  Full details can be found here...

http://solutions.3m.co.uk/wps/portal/3M/en_GB/EU-HomeLeisure/Home/ProdInfo/MountingFastening/SprayAdhesives/

So with help of my trusty Pritt Stick, Spray Mount and Paint Shop Pro the other two sides have been finished and look as follows:

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I hope the these posting will give ideas and tips to others so that they may avoid some of my issues.

Many thanks

Paddy
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« Reply #103 on: November 05, 2013, 05:22:30 PM »
Where is Brian's mega dairy?
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Re: HOLLERTON JUNCTION (SHED 13C)
« Reply #104 on: November 05, 2013, 08:47:20 PM »
Where is Brian's mega dairy?

In my universe the dairy did not happen! :-)

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