First of the New Year

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It’s been a fair while since I added anything to the blog; motivation can and does nosedive a bit between November and January as the darker colder evenings kick in and ‘The Kennel’ becomes less of an appealing prospect,  but I’ve just turned out these two finished models during a week off from work. The first model is an O gauge Bachmann Class 20 which arrived in small panel green but was required to be put into a mid-1970s TOPS-era condition. Many of these machines still retained their green livery at this era and some made it into the early 1980s (although the green livery was by then generally cloaked beneath a thick layer of dirt and oil). Most ultimately received blue livery although 20 014 was actually withdrawn circa 1978 and scrapped in green livery – the only member of the class not to have been repainted into blue during its service according to my source.

Yesterday afternoon provided a window of sunlight here so it was out into the garden to snap some photos of the models.

Class 20s have grown on me an awful lot of late although I’d always liked them since seeing 20 205 shunting the coal yard at East Kilbride as a boy. They will be a significant feature of Project 77, which you’ll be able to follow on Max Stafford’s Kennel as the project begins to take form.

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Also coming out into the sun where two Bachmann Class 40s I was doing for a friend. The two models are completely stock and given a selection of my standard finishing techniques. The quality of the basic model is pretty good and the finishing really brings a bit of life and soul to them. There’s something actually quite lovely about the shade of blue Bachmann are currently using and the techniques bring out the best in it.

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Although I have a couple of green 40s stashed away for future use, I’d be quite tempted by one in blue, if I get back to full time work again.

Even in 4mm scale, a low-angle shot can be quite convincing – I enjoyed  doing this trio of models. Next up a couple of 2mm specials and some Chinese HO!

 

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Max Stafford's Kennel

I’ve spent far too little time on modelling of late. Sometimes I get a minor surge of enthusiasm which all too frequently gets bogged down in a swamp of indecision as I survey the sheer depth of modelling material I am surrounded with.

Add to this the additional distractions of a considerable side interest in politics, a backlog of house jobs together with the growing need for some adjustments to my current work/life balance and it’s become evident that some greater sense of direction and purpose to my modelling is sorely needed.

I have some embryonic ideas starting to bubble about a small layout which I could practically achieve. The Broomloan Yard concept that I first mentioned two years ago (was it really that long ago?) is still a long term project but as yet I’m not in the right place to tackle this project.

What I do have in…

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Too much of a good thing.

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Slow Train Coming…

Finally, after a five year plus stay in the workshop, the mighty G scale Fairlie has finally departed for home with her happy owner! This model has been a kind of apprenticeship for the development of my skills, having arrived just as I was beginning to build kit locos.

My basic livery skills developed more slowly than my building and weathering skills and there are things I did in the process of creating the model that I would do very differently were I to tackle a model this size again, least of all processing the job in a timely manner though admittedly at that time I was still involved in a very time consuming career!

Nevertheless, here we are at the end of the process and whilst some techniques on models of this size differ from the smaller scales I’m quite pleased with the results. There’s a big bit of space in the workshop now with the removal of the model and box.
This is probably as well since the workshop is due an extensive tidy-up and re-shuffle.

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ALB-009/10 The Workhorse and The Sodjer.

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Two More 0 gauge beasts completed for a friend. Both are Heljan Models, Class 31 and Deltic No 9016, Gordon Highlander; completed on request in the condition you’d have seen them in circa 1969-70.
I love the sheer physical presence of these models but I have neither the space nor the resources to be able to model in this scale to my own safistaction.
All the same, the big stuff is fun to work on!

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ALB-008; The Inglourious Westerns…

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ALB-008 has now passed into the hands of its owner. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time or optimum conditions to photograph the loco, D1075 Western Glory, but the owner wanted a careworn and somewhat scabby mid-1970s look for this model. Re-creating this was something of a challenge but I developed a couple of new techniques, partly by chance as a result. I’ll conduct a few experiments to see if I can develop them.

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ALB-007 Licensed to Thrill?

Well, I certainly hope it’s owner is thrilled with the new look I’ve given his model. This is a 7mm scale Black Five, representing number 44795, formerly of Kingmoor shed in Carlisle. Although the light is poor today it’s still sufficient to show the effects off to the camera.
Previously I hadn’t really been blown away by the Humbrol weathering washes, preferring the Mig Productions equivalent but I thought the model was still looking a bit 2-dimensional before applying it and it really does seem to have been the last bit of icing on this particular cake.image

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