Tuesday, 13 September 2011

The paint brush has been put down

I think they're finished, that is finished to the best that my current modelling capabilities allow. I'm not totally happy with the wagons and realise that there is a lot of room for improvement. I could spend more time on trying to perfect my weathering techniques but could also very easily ruin one or all of them by over doing it. So I've put the paint brush down and will now concentrate on getting ready for the 'big day' on Friday.


My original intention was to build six or more wagons, from many manufacturers, and use different components, especially some etched brake gear. In the end I've only used kits from three manufacturers and components from a limited selection of suppliers. So looking at what I wanted to achieve against what I have produced I could think that I've failed. But on the contrary, in entering the competition I have pushed my skills, gained confidence and learned new techniques along the way.







The last wagon (above), the slope sided wagon, has been the most difficult to build. It has, however, developed into my favourite, the one I've gained the most satisfaction from building. More wagons will follow.......

3 comments:

Flymo said...

Having seen them up close at Scaleforum, I was really impressed. I didn't even get my entry started in the Armchair, so I take my hat off to you. The weathering was exceptionally nice, and I'm sure that we'll see plenty more from you in the future :-)

Geoff said...

Very nice indeed Yan, I am spoiled for choice but I think the RCH 7-plank is my favourite.

Mind you those minerals have turned out really well and I like the way you have captured the appearance of flaking paint.

In all a cracking piece of work

Geoff

Yan said...

Thank you to you both for the supportive comments. Sometimes I get too close to what I'm working on and become too self critical. Overall I am quite pleased with the way they turned out but in looking at them again today there is room for improvement.

Hope to build a few more wagons this winter along with making a start on constructing my first loco chassis.......