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How to Respray your Model Railway Locomotives (Part 3)

Author: Mark - "Transrail" (forum member)

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Part 1:    Paint Removal
Part 2:    Primer
Part 3:    First Coat of Colour


This part shows the methods I use to apply paint to the loco body. Any good airbrush instructions will follow this practice, however, this article is intended as a guide only. Therefore, always follow the airbrush manufacturers instructions carefully.

Please read the ‘You Will Need’ sections at the beginning of each Part to ensure you will be able to complete the tutorial successfully (or so that you know what you will need to purchase in order to complete the tutorial).

24 Hours (minimum) must be left between coats to allow the paint to dry and to cure to the loco surface. Taking shortcuts will result in poor results. When I say coats... I mean, primer is one coat. Yellow cab sides is another coat. BR Blue is another coat. Etc.


Part 3. First Colour Coat of Paint


You will need the following before starting Part 3 of this tutorial:

• Everything mentioned in Part 2.
• Your chosen colour paint.
• Your loco body.


When spraying any loco (no matter what livery) you must always apply the lightest colours first. In your case this may be Yarning Panel Yellow for the cab fronts.

The yellow warning panel on my class 47 is still masked up and has been untouched overnight.

The same procedure should be followed (as in Part 2 of this tutorial) for applying your first ‘colour’. Again you should be spraying even and thin coats every few minutes.

Always clean your airbrush after use and allow the loco body a minimum of 24 hours to dry/cure.

Your airbrush may have an adjuster on to allow you to adjust the air/paint ratio. The picture below shows what happens if it is set incorrectly. However, mistakes like this will usually be hidden once the loco body is complete with it’s final coat. If it’s not… it goes back in the brake fluid to be striped agian. If this does happen, leave the loco body to dry completely before attempting further spraying.


Model Railway Locomotive Respray / Repaint


The following pictures show the loco body at various stages:

Model Railway Locomotive Respray / Repaint


Model Railway Locomotive Respray / Repaint


Model Railway Locomotive Respray / Repaint


Model Railway Locomotive Respray / Repaint


Model Railway Locomotive Respray / Repaint


Model Railway Locomotive Respray / Repaint


Model Railway Locomotive Respray / Repaint


The picture below shows the loco body with it’s first colour coat complete.


Model Railway Locomotive Respray / Repaint


As you can see from the next picture, the area affected by over painting can hardly be seen. After weathering, I am convinced this will be totally unnoticeable.


Model Railway Locomotive Respray / Repaint


This Part needs to be repeated for all the colours on your loco livery.

Await Part 4. Coming soon to a Forum near you!

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