Painting the HR TPO
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.
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.
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.