Mountain wrote:That is looking good. Will be looking to see what colour you will paint the main coat. One thing I love about watching people build these kits is as they are mostly freelance kits, each person brings their own style and livery to them, which is a refreshing break from the conformity of following an exact prototype livery. I love this approach as one can build ones own railway company which actually challenges one to learn more about prototype practice's then if one had made a direct copy. There are decisions to make like "Will I adopt a central buffer or twin buffer design for my railway?" and "What will be my acceptable loading gauge in height and width, and what will be the sharpest radius curve I will use?"
All these aspects bring character along with a sense of realism as every aspect one has thought about and considered just like a comitee of people who set up a little railway company would have done.
I agree - I have never modeled a particular prototype, or worried how closely I follow the 'real thing', as I like to use my imagination. So to go completely freelance is even more liberating. I think subconsciously it is one of the attractions of narrow gauge for me. Of course this horrifies some people, and I respect their views, but each to their own
My goal will be more to capture the atmosphere of what I'm trying to create, rather than to replicate a real life place. And a narrow gauge railway seems to offer some real character
in all of: locos, rolling stock, buildings etc. Of course I still want it to be realistic and look like a railway, just not a (part of a) particular
Anyway, back to the matter in hand - my first 0-16.5 loco
I decided on humbrol 80 'grass green' in matt for the colour for this loco. So I sprayed three coats onto it and then started to pick out parts in tar black, red and brass. The last two colours were washed-on to avoid them looking too bright - though I will be weathering further in due course. This is how it is now looking:IMG_8120
by Pink Nosed Penguin
, on FlickrIMG_8121
by Pink Nosed Penguin
, on Flickr
The first one reproduces the real colour in the photo much more closely than the second, and I think I am happy with it. The cab roof is just resting in place at the moment, so will fit more snugly when fitted properly. Moving on next to hand rails . . .
Thanks for reading.