Tuesday, 7 September 2010

The Navy Lark

The title may seem to be more the likes of CPO Pertwee, but it seems a suitable title for a little bit about moreWarships! The Navy Lark, incidently, is a huge favourite of mine! Along with Hankcock's Half Hour!

This time the result is more weather beaten and distinctly more filthy than the previous Warship. This effect is, I think, emphasised by the cool light of a cloudly late summer/early autumn afternoon.

I rather enjoy weathering these locos, especially the dirtier examples. The hydraulics seemed to weather in their own unique way. The body coloured valances seem to attract dirt and never seem to be touched by any carriage washers. The dirt builds and builds as time goes by. Then as locos move further away from their last overhaul oil seems to being to seep out mixed in with fuel spills and this soaks into the dirt making for patterns which can look amazing in model form if you can carefully replicate them. The Bachmann model is a delight to work with; a solid simple model locomotive which really looks the part!


  1. That is a superb weathering job. As the first image appeared I had to do a double-take to identify that it wasn't a prototype photo.

    I've just reviewed "Heyday of the Hydraulics" for the Scalefour News, and there are so many pictures that look just like your model.

    Keep up the fantastic work.


  2. 'Starboard lookout here sir'

    'Left hand down a bit!'

    Muckying this up! With my railway being set firmly in steam days, when everyone had coal fires and most factories ran on coal, we've plenty of excuse for making things look pretty filthy!

    I think it's an art which people tend to under-do and often forget the effect that smoke or those fumes had on everything the loco passed!