Friday, 29 October 2010

I Can See Clearly Now

Courtesy of Pete Harvey at PH Designs was a neat little etch for 'wiper masks' which allow you to make masks where windscreen wipers would sweep. Once applied to the loco a very light dusting from an airbrush (and it must be very light unless it's filthy sandite loco!) will complete the effect.

With a bit of care to make sure the effect is nice and subtle and the results are very pleasing indeed.


  1. I've seen a few D&E locos done with those now. They are one of the neatest and most realistic touches that you can do to bring a model to life.

    Maybe it's that the prototype is still around us, but the standard of observation of liveries and weathering on D&E models seems in on the whole to be much better than the generality of steam prototype models. And this is from someone modelling 1908 period!

  2. That's a very interesting point! But don't assume all D&E stuff is good, there is some real tat out there!!!

    Seriously though, I think where it may come from is that many D&E modellers have air brushes as the liveries of modern stock are well suited to spraying. Large expanses of bodysides call for a good finish too which is a good reason for the use of an airbrush for applying weathering - so maybe this gives D&E people an advantage? Maybe... But I always think weathering is just as much about what you remove as what you put on! The prototype isn't always still with us - my nineties based project will be just as much historical modelling as my 1913 stuff!

    I think many steam modellers have a nostalgia that blurs there vision when it comes to weathering - many seem to believe that in steam days things were clean and people took a pride in things. Pre-group and pre-BR modellers are the worst offenders I think! The truth is the railway is a horribly dirty place. Anyone who's worked on the railway will know how filthy a place it can be and with steam locos everywhere it would have been even worse! Locos were cleaned more in pre war days and I think much realism can come from showing working locos which have been cleaned but do work for a living.

    This is how we're going to approach Botanic Gardens as a whole - I really think it will make a massive difference. Weathered pre-group locos look superb. Gloss paint showing through dirt really makes things appear like they have been cleaned but are still earning their keep!

    Weathering is one of those skills which can be hard to master - much is about observation I think. But I do think modellers of all eras can learn from each other on it though!