Friday, 1 August 2008

An Old Friend

Class 40, no. 343, as photographed by Jim Smith-Wright.
Sometimes models can take on a life of their own. One model which has featured briefly on here before was like that. It was a major rebuild of a Lima Class 40 which turned into an incredibly satisfying project where the result was extremely pleasing. It always seemed to get a good reception and good feedback.

In many ways, modelling a class forty has now moved on greatly (watch this space!!!) but somehow it still seems a real milestone for me. It did take on a life and identity all its own too, especially once it had sound! It seemed to cease to be a 'model I made' and become a little locomotive - if you know what I mean!

So with this in mind, you'll understand why I was so pleased to see a recent photo of the model. It was taken by Jim Smith-Wright and posted on the How realistic are your models? thread on RMweb. The result is amazing! Even if it more Jim's photography and photoshop skills that really bring it to life. I'm very pleased with the result.

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