Renumbering and using HRMS water-slide
I've used a number of
different Transfers, and a number of different transfer methods
over the years, and I can only honestly recommend HRMS's
transfers. The HRMS transfers use the Water Slide method, which
I find is by far the most easiest to get right.
There are two different methods of renumbering, although there
are a number of different ways to achieve the first method. The
first method is to remove the numbers already on the locomotive,
now this can not always be done, due to a resent development in
the manufacturing process. Tampth (Spl?) Printing, which is
basically like a giant laser printer which prints the whole
locomotive livery on to the model in one go. The traditional way
is of course to paint the locomotive, then apply transfers.
Older locomotives, will have the later technique, the newer
technique only really applies to Bachmann locomotives released
with the last year to year and a half.
Now to remove numbers I have been recommend to use methylated
sprits on a cotton wool bud, and to rub away at the numbers. Now
I found this method left a nasty white residue, which was hard
to remove. So what I do is to use a Cotton wool bud dipped in
thinners, and then to rub away at the numbers. Now this method
only works on models that have has the numbers transferred to
the locomotive, using this method on tampth printed models will
remove not just the numbers, but the whole bit of paint, leaving
a nasty hole which is difficult to fix. Now there is no
discernible test for tampth printing, other than to try it, but
be very careful and if the numbers don't begin to fade, STOP
immediately. If in doubt, don't do it, and skip to method two.
Method two is to paint over the the numbers, I recommend the use
of an airbrush to do any painting.
Now I'm going to talk you through re-numbering a few of my
This is my Class 40, which I picked up at Warley. This
locomotive is a traditional transfer number design. First up, as
you can see I have applied some tape to mask off the TOPS data
panel, which is very well represented on the Bachmann model. I
used a cotton wool bud dipped in RailMatch thinners, and rub
away until the numbers faded, as shown here on my Bachmann class
And here you have the numbers completely removed.
Now at this point, I'd recommend applying a squirt of Gloss
varnish from an airbrush, this will give a firm seating for the
new transfers. So here is my Class 37 masked up for gloss
Now I have carefully cut out the HRMS numbers with a scalpel,
and positioned them onto the model as shown here.
Once you have lined up the numbers, and are happy with the
positioning, press them firmly in place, and apply a few drops
of warm water over the transfer.
Leave for 30 seconds, then wipe the water and transfer backing
paper gently away. This should leave the model looking like
To finish up, apply a
squirt of satin varnish, this seals the numbers off, and
prevents damage to the numbers.
Method two is similar to method one in the latter steps, but to
being with you must paint out the numbers first with an
Here you can see my Heljan class 47, it took 5 coats of
RailMatch Rail Blue paint to block out the numbers. I then
applied a squirt of gloss varnish to the areas required for
transfers and decals, and followed the steps in method one to
number and then to finish off with satin varnish.
Once finished you will hopefully end up with model looking like
Well I hope you have found this guide useful, please don't
hesitate to ask any questions, and I'll edit this guide to cover
anything I may have missed.
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