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.

Dapol Mk1’s -weathered in O Gauge.

This is the third batch of Dapol Mk1’s I have weathered – that’s over 20 coaches in total. This time they are the BR Crimson and Cream variety. I have to say that these are the best Mk1’s ever made – seriously better than those that came before.

All coaches were re-numbered using HMRS Transfers.

The work I carried out was as follows:-

1/ I put dilute matt black in all door creases and then wiped off any excess with a cotton bud.

2/ I did a wash and wipe on the roof to highlight the vents etc.

3/ I hand painted all the wheel rims with a matt black and brown mix.

4/ I masked all windows to avoid overspray.

5/ Out with the airbrush and attacked the sole bar, bogies, under chassis and buffers – I used three different colours, Frame Dirt, Brake Dust and Matt Black.

6/ I then dry brushed a dark rust on all springs to highlight.