Archive for April, 2016

Painting the HR TPO

Posted on April 18, 2016. Filed under: Project progress |

There’s considerable debate about post-war colours of the three prototype HR TPOs, David Jenkinson suggesting they all retained LMS crimson lake livery until withdrawal in 1961. I have two colour photographs from “the early 1950s” showing significant colour differences, giving me considerable licence to experiment.

Coaches 14 160415       Colour matching

The model is of an old coach towards the end of its days, which had probably not been repainted in BR days apart, that is, from the “late fee” posting box on each side. The first step was to brush paint the faded body, roof and underframe colours in enamel over a dilute Humbrol No 1 grey primer.

Coaches 15 160418       First colour approximations

The 5 thou nickel silver framework for the traductor arms is soldered to the body, while the metal tubes and base plates are attached to the solebars. At this stage the underframe is detachable, as is the roof, but once I glue the whitemetal traductor arms (located in the tubes) to their framework the underframe and body become a single unit. I now have a decision to take: do I continue by painting the traductor frameworks (and lamps, posting box, and other details) now or after attaching the traductor arms.

I’ll think about it.

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March progress

Posted on April 1, 2016. Filed under: Monthly progress |

March’s highlight was attending Paul Bambrick’s second Missenden Abbey Backscene Course, out of which came the following piece of forced perspective scenery.

Scenery 26 160328       Distant view of Exmoor

This is Wales, not Scotland, with a castle on the left of this view, looking over the cutting of an ex-GWR line in the Vale of Glamorgan. What’s the relevance for Kyle of Sutherland?

My initial plan with Kyle of Sutherland was to model Carbisdale Castle in the landscape. I joined Paul Bambrick’s first Backscene Course at last year’s Missenden Spring Weekend to acquire the skills to make a 2D backscene merging into the 3D foreground, including the castle. I was a tad over-ambitious but was more than happy with the “2D sky and trees backscene” I produced: this became the backdrop to the picture of Station Cottage in the Scenic Gallery.

I’ve now gone a bit further and made this small-scale mock-up (one-third of 4mm scale) of a 3D diorama. 9 inches deep (front to back), this 8 inch wide section of the 12 inch wide diorama shows the landscape sloping down to cliffs by the Bristol Channel. It was modelled by placing a 2D (painted) sky-distant hills-sea backscene an inch beyond the genuine 3D scenery on the Welsh side.

Will this benefit Kyle of Sutherland?

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