Part 1: Paint Removal
Part 2: Primer
Part 3: First Coat of Colour
As many people have noticed. many of the windows
on ready to run locos are often not flush with the body work. This can make
the difference between an average model and a great model. More modern
engineered models do not have this problem and if they do they shouldn't.
Basically this problem was due to lazy modelling by the manufactures,
settling with what looks ok. Now if you have an old model which does not
have flush glazing then there are products on the market to rectify this.
Flush-Glaze (Price £1.66 per model,) produced by
South Eastern Finecast, is a replacement for the original glass. It is model
specific and the range looks extensive in terms of Hornby replacements (Not
sure if they produce for other manufacturers). It came with instructions
which were helpful. The windows themselves cam as a sheet of vacuum formed
clear plastic (the stuff display packaging come in). I purchased on kit for
my 08 Hornby shunter which had no windows (See model and kit contents
You have to cut them first before you fit them.
It can be a bit tricky not to get glue on them. Best to test the fit then
glue. The overall look is good, with larger windows looking better.
With Flush glaze
The main problem most people will have is
opening up there model. you will need to take the bottom of the body off.
This is do able but I find it very difficult on some models or even
impossible without fear of braking it. If you are thinking of doing this
first check that you can get Inside your model and that you feel comfortable
doing so. There is no point damaging your model for the sake of flush glass.