How to Respray your Model Railway Locomotives
Author: Mark -
"Transrail" (forum member)
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.
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).
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
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
• 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.
The following pictures show the loco body at
The picture below shows the loco body with it’s
first colour coat complete.
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.
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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