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Pals at WMRC gently hinted that a change of back scene might look better when photographing models off the workbench or out of the paintshop so here are one or two updates. Thank you WMRC pals for the present of a roll of back scene. :)

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Wishing all fellow model train drivers a special, restful and joyous Christmas with their loved ones and friends. Don't spend too much time in the Workshop :)

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Had a quick go at weathering one of my new IRM Fertiliser wagons this evening. Mainly weathering powders washed on in solution and then rubbed off again using damp cotton buds. The loads also got a bit of a wash to dull the bright white bags. These wagons seem the best yet from team IRM. The fab four have pulled it out of the bag again. Thank you guys. :) Now what's next? No rest for the successful. :)   

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The loads got a bit of dulling down as well.

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Two weathering powder solutions (50% water/50% decal fix), first is a grungy black/brown to stain recesses. The second a cream white to simulate rain streaking and cement dust from the odd burst bag.

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Its a bit like making an omelet you have to make a mess before you can recover it and tidy up (ie break an egg). The sole bar got a judicious amount of grey/white to simulate the odd bag on the bottom of a pallet load punctured by fork lift truck drivers rushing to finish their shift of an evening in the yard.

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Just a tip. Decalfix is essential to help the weathering powder solution spread easily over plastic surfaces and avoid surface tension causing it to clump into droplets or small pools. With Decal fix 50% + water 50% the powder solution seems to spread evenly and adhere to the plastic better. Also allows reactivation later so it can be changed and reworked using damp cotton buds.

First you make a mess, then clean it up. Trying to learn how to speed this process up. I generally leave it about 45mins to semi-dry before reactivating and working it with damp cotton buds to remove most of it.

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End result after its dried

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Used a blackish/dark brown gunk powder colour first in solution to define edges and recesses, later a second solution of cream white to simulate water stains and cement dust from odd burst bag.

The load got a bath as well to dull down the white and give the bag shapes visual definition. Lovely loads on these wagons, well done team IRM. They even have pallets to if you choose to remove them from a wagon and place in a yard beside these wagons, looks great.

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Troops,

Would someone be kind enough to explain how one removes the - Two Bars in Bays three and four  -  The ones that were there to restrict the load height.

Thank you. 

 

 

 

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52 minutes ago, Old Blarney said:

Troops,

Would someone be kind enough to explain how one removes the - Two Bars in Bays three and four  -  The ones that were there to restrict the load height.

Thank you. 

Sure. First thing is you only need to remove one bar to get the two half loads out. Basically gently bend one using a tweezers which in effect will shorten its perpendicular length and allow one end to pop out of the little slot. It is not glued, it is a snap fitting. Same refitting it, just wedge it back into place ensure both ends snap fit into the slots. Alternatively gentle squeeze the two partition walls 1mm further apart (by flexing the plastic) and the bars should pop out with a little pressure using a tweezers

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Noel,

Thank you. I'll have a go as per your instructions. Loads of options in train consists thanks to the latest release -  Fertiliser+Flats+ Bubbles as seen between Belfast and Dublin. Guinness+ Ferts+ Cement - Etc, etc, etc.

 

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Reasonably content the way these got a little aged and dirty

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Next up during the week will be to have a go at these CIE containers. Just sprayed them with matt varnish which has taken the bright shine off them in prep for weathering next week.

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Made a start on these this afternoon. Managed to get the shine off them. Some touching up still to so.

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I finally got around to weathering one of the IRM Ballast wagons. Don't know why it took so long as these were the first IRM wagons I got back 2 or 3 years ago when they first hit the market? Perhaps it was because the natural colour of the ballast wagon model doesn't scream 'I need to be weathered'. Even more impressed with these original wagons. Real beauts. One done, 11 more to do. Have to handle with care there are so many super detailed parts on these.

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It took a while. No airbrush was harmed doing these. The load also got a little wash.

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Halford's potential substitute. These arrived today in the post using AddressPal to get them to Ireland from UK. Will try some tomorrow and report back if they prove a suitable substitute for Halford's plastic grey primer. Made in the same factory by the same company https://jamesbriggs.co.uk I bought these on Amazon UK. Cost was slightly less than over the counter from Halford's in ROI. Brexit proof too as available from amazon.de (Germany) in Euro.

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Thumbs up for Hycote after initial tests, seems identical to halfords plastic grey primer as anticipated (same factory). It costs less even with postage from UK and is 400ml instead of 300ml, so great value. I bought a 4-pack.

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Know a professional modeller who gets good results with rattle can primers sold in Poundland stores. Erratic supplies apparantly, but worth seeking out.

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There be painting going on. A bit of an orange parade. Parallel projects can mean overlap efficiencies. Provincial Wagons CIE 20ft container, Later generation Dutch GSV suitable for running with Mk2 coaches and a BR Mk3 respray to supertrain. For fun half thinking of doing one side of the mk3 in supertrain livery and the other side in IR intercity tippex. Vallejo mix of Yellow and Red 35:1 ratio. The mk3 is a little deeper, added a tweak more red.

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Invested in a more effective breathing mask. It doesn't get in the way of the head gear optivisor I also wear. I only airbrush acrylics, but you can't be too careful with ones lungs.

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Two more thin coats of paint today. The GSV is a different shade (more red) as it will be tippex IR livery running with Bachmann/MM mk2 non aircon coaches (ie with the opening windows). Mk3 will be super train. The fun will begin in 24/48hrs time when the masking begins.  A reasonable number of coats of the paint are needed to cover the dark grey primer otherwise it darkens the shade of orange/tan too much as a background colour. Perhaps a white primer might be better for orange livery coaches and save on paint. The one thing about this hobby is you never stop learning, especially the stuff you don't know that you didn't know. :) Its great fun

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Airbrush masks look the ideal protection against the dreaded Myley Cyrus (Covid 19).

 Re acrylic paints, Omen Miniatures now have a range out which are becoming highly regarded. Gorden Gravett recommended them to me as an alternative to Tamiya. Start up cost is quite high though - £80 for the complete set, but would be much the same (if not more) were I to ditch all my Humbrol enamels and start again. Still thinking about it!

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