Monday 29 August 2011

Through the paintshop

A couple of pictures of the other locomotives currently going through the paintshop.

First, the Y6 tram engine which this morning got the first coat of teak paint on the woodwork.  In my opinion, it's starting to look rather smart.

The teak will get at least another coat of paint before I start thinking about putting the woodgrain on the top of it.  

I also need to think about the colour of the interior.  I haven't found any reference yet to indicate what the colours may be.  I suspect that it would not be teak, as there would be a need for as much light as possible to be reflected into what would be quite a gloomy interior, with all of that boiler taking up space.  I suspect that I'll go for some shade of light stone, cream or ivory white, all with suitable weathering.

And this is the Y14, after three light coats of GER royal blue.  I feel that it's just about ready to start on the detailed paintwork of the areas of black, and then onto the detailing.  I quite like the satin finish, with perhaps a little more shine in the final varnish coat before the weathering goes on.

More to be done this afternoon :-)

Saturday 27 August 2011

Picking things up again...

It's been a while since I've made a post on Beer and Buckjumpers.  For that matter, it's been a while since I've had chance to do any proper modelling.  In the meantime we've decorated our study, and one of the spare rooms at home, so I can't really say that I've been idle.

However this morning I had some peaceful time, and the opportunity to pick up a smaller paintbrush.  I'm pleased to have been able to make some progress towards finishing the Pug.  I was very pleased that it ran successfully on the Pampisford test day back in June (full story here: [click link] on the Scalefour Society Forum) although it's appearance in the rather bright basecoat probably scared the horses!

So this morning I donned the white cotton gloves, and picked up (very well shaken) black paint and a size 1 paintbrush, and started.  I definitely needed the first strong coffee of the day to steady my hand, but the knack soon returned, and I've made a start at blocking in the colours.

What I'm aiming for is the picture in the background...  Much weathering to be added after the initial painting is done!  I've cried off the panelling and reverse corners on the cab for the moment, but they will probably be done next, when I have a little better light - although I see that the sun has just come out :-)

I've also noticed that I've forgotten to add a replacement smokebox door handle.  The original moulded plastic one was carved off.  I'll leave that for the moment, and hopefully remember to put a new turned brass one on when the majority of the painting is completed.