O Gauge Class 15

This was a purchase from a big online auction site by one of my friends. It was said to be Very Good and Boxed – in truth it was less than that – in fact a lot less. There was missing bits – there was broken bits – and after a couple of initial good running session – the motor stopped and would not work.

When I took the body off to check the wiring – five bits dropped out of the chassis – this included two bits that were originally missing. How did a sand box get inside the body!

After I attached two wires that had come adrift – it ran again. I would say it took at least four hours to get most things re-attached, or duplicates made. Sadly, even now there are still a couple of things missing.

I then had to strip off the original transfers as none were level and then I removed the makers plates that had been added in the wrong position with overzealous amounts of super glue.

I resprayed the mended areas, added new transfers and varnished the rehashed areas. I then gave the loco a medium to heavy weathering.

And the moral of the story – buyer beware.

20148 Weathered in O Gauge

My friend Graham is coming over from Australia at the end of the month and this is his Loco. It has been weathered to a light-medium level. I am trying to find a way of securely fitting the snowploughs that it carried for a time, problem is, it only carried outside ploughs both ends. As the supplied Snowploughs have a centre section and are all joined by a bar, experiments are taking place – but I may well need a good etch to do it properly.

All my usual methods were used, wash and wipe followed by airbrushing and dry brushing. HMRS transfers used with Railmatch and Humbrol paints.

Sentinal and Van in O Gauge

This is the second Sentinal I have weathered in a week. I think I need to describe the Sentinal as ‘Grubby’ as opposed to Medium or whatever. I did quite a bit of research on these little beasts before starting and noted how coated they were in general grime, some depots did look after their charges better than others, but generally they were unkept. I also added extra coal into the bunkers.

The Van is for the same friend but is not to be used in the same era. This is a general wash and wipe in all crevices before weathering. I have to say Parkside now Peco wagons do take to the wash and wipe method very well as the slots in the planking are nice and deep.

Humbrol and Railmatch paints used, both sprayed and dry brushed.

Three Locos and a Railbus – O Gauge.

Here are four items I finished over the weekend, The steam locos have had a medium weathering and the diesel loco and the railcar have had light to medium levels applied. The Jinty and the Class 05 were numbered before weathering. I also ‘coaled’ the Jinty and added more coal to the Sentinal.

HMRS transfers used with Railmatch and Humbrol paints.

BR Jinty 0-6-0T 47306

Class 05 Shunter D2576

Dapol Railbus W79977

Dapol Sentinal 68164