Wagons for South Pelaw Junction

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Re: Wagons for South Pelaw Junction

Postby Paul Willis » Tue Dec 29, 2015 9:02 am

Hi John,

I don't normally do "me too" posts...

However the weathering on those three hoppers is absolutely exquisite. They look so well-observed. Not just the colours, but the textures are superb.

Really inspiring modelling. More please!

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Re: Wagons for South Pelaw Junction

Postby John Donnelly » Tue Dec 29, 2015 4:05 pm

Flymo748 wrote:Hi John,

I don't normally do "me too" posts...

However the weathering on those three hoppers is absolutely exquisite. They look so well-observed. Not just the colours, but the textures are superb.

Really inspiring modelling. More please!


Thank you, much appreciated.

The texture is one of the reasons I use the pastels for the underframe weathering, it gives you something that you just don't get with paint alone...

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Re: Wagons for South Pelaw Junction

Postby John Donnelly » Tue Dec 29, 2015 4:26 pm

I now have a full 8 wagon train of 21 tonners, 5 Hornby, 1 modified Dapol and 2 Parkside (the HTV still needs buffers and vacuum pipes) but the train is otherwise complete and ready for the layout:

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Re: Wagons for South Pelaw Junction

Postby John Donnelly » Sat Jan 02, 2016 10:31 pm

Some 16 tonners have joined the fleet having had their weathering completed:

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None of these are ever going to be award winners but, as I've said before, with the number of wagons that the South Pelaw layout will take and me being a one man band, I have to be pragmatic and compromise...

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Re: Wagons for South Pelaw Junction

Postby Colin Parks » Sun Jan 03, 2016 12:35 pm

Hi John,

Really nicely finished wagons!

All the best,

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Re: Wagons for South Pelaw Junction

Postby Andy W » Sun Jan 03, 2016 12:51 pm

"I have to be pragmatic and compromise...."

I can't detect much compromising John. Terrific stuff.
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Re: Wagons for South Pelaw Junction

Postby Lord Colnago » Sun Jan 03, 2016 1:24 pm

Hi John,

Lovely stuff, especially the 21t hoppers. Some of the best weathering I've seen. Keep it up and keep it coming. Looking forward to more.

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Re: Wagons for South Pelaw Junction

Postby John Donnelly » Sun Jan 03, 2016 4:07 pm

Thank you gentlemen, you are most kind.

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Re: Wagons for South Pelaw Junction

Postby John Donnelly » Thu Jan 19, 2017 5:47 pm

As I alluded to in my Pelton Level thread, as I've now decided to concentrate on the South Pelaw layout, I've made a start on building a batch of Dave Alexander's iron ore wagons.

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The two on the right were built some time ago and do contain a couple of mistakes (entirely of my own making by not reading the instructions properly) so they may be replaced eventually.

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Re: Wagons for South Pelaw Junction

Postby iak » Thu Jan 19, 2017 6:28 pm

Meaty looking beasties...
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Re: Wagons for South Pelaw Junction

Postby John Donnelly » Thu Jan 19, 2017 9:20 pm

That they are. They are very heavy but very free running which is just as well as nine are required for a full train.

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Re: Wagons for South Pelaw Junction

Postby Colin Parks » Thu Jan 19, 2017 10:50 pm

The wagons are looking good John! At the risk of basing my comment on a model (the EM South Pelaw layout), does your layout's chosen location not include a challenging incline somewhere, requiring a banking engine?! (Not sure if those hoppers ran on that line.)

Thinking a little outside the box perhaps, but for mainline trains, you could motorise a wagon one wagon.

Watching with interest,

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Re: Wagons for South Pelaw Junction

Postby John Donnelly » Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:20 pm

Hi Colin,

Yes, there is an incline albeit, for stage one of the model at least, the incline begins off stage. In later steam days, the trains were hauled by a 9F and, at South Pelaw, a banker (typically a WD, 9F or, towards the end a Class 40 diesel) would be taken on. From November 1967 double headed Class 24s took over with no banker and that is the period I'll be modelling.

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Re: Wagons for South Pelaw Junction

Postby John Donnelly » Mon Jan 23, 2017 10:03 pm

Lots to do still but I do have a full train worth of bodies now...

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Re: Wagons for South Pelaw Junction

Postby Colin Parks » Tue Jan 24, 2017 12:07 am

That is going to be an impressive train Jon!

It must be good to have a completed example for inspiration.

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Re: Wagons for South Pelaw Junction

Postby John Donnelly » Tue Jan 24, 2017 8:39 pm

As a break from construction, I thought I'd have a go at weathering one of the painted iron ore wagons. Below is a photo (copyright Howie Milburn) of the real thing:

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and below is my attempt at the same thing in model form. Weathering is done with 3 different colours of pastel chalk.

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Re: Wagons for South Pelaw Junction

Postby Colin Parks » Tue Jan 24, 2017 9:00 pm

Convincing weathering Jon!

Do you have transfers for these vehicles?

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Re: Wagons for South Pelaw Junction

Postby John Donnelly » Tue Jan 24, 2017 9:04 pm

I do, Cambridge Custom Transfers do them but, as you can see from the photo of the real thing, there wasn't much evidence of the markings in the later years. I'm planning on doing one or two to look like they may have just come out of the works so they will be a lot cleaner and the markings will show.

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Re: Wagons for South Pelaw Junction

Postby essdee » Tue Jan 24, 2017 10:00 pm

Corrr!!

Beautiful weathering John - look forward to the full train, and them on your layout. Go for it!

All best,

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Re: Wagons for South Pelaw Junction

Postby iak » Tue Jan 24, 2017 11:40 pm

Pure filth - excellent! :thumb
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Re: Wagons for South Pelaw Junction

Postby pete55 » Wed Jan 25, 2017 12:21 am

Excellent stuff John....must tell us how you did the weathering, or at least what you used!

Railtec also do the transfers for these.

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Re: Wagons for South Pelaw Junction

Postby John Donnelly » Wed Jan 25, 2017 7:54 am

Thanks for the comments gents.

Pete, weathering was done with three chalk pastels as shown below:

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I've no idea what the two browns are called but they are just rubbed on to sandpaper to form the dust and then brushed on to the model.

Takes about five minutes to do one side of the wagon so, for me at least, much quicker than using an airbrush. Only problem is that the result is very fragile so will need a clear coat to fix it.

John

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Re: Wagons for South Pelaw Junction

Postby pete55 » Wed Jan 25, 2017 10:13 am

Thanks for that information John.....looks so simple too!!

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Re: Wagons for South Pelaw Junction

Postby John Donnelly » Wed Jan 25, 2017 10:20 am

pete55 wrote:Thanks for that information John.....looks so simple too!!


It must be, I can do it :D

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Re: Wagons for South Pelaw Junction

Postby Lord Colnago » Wed Jan 25, 2017 11:20 am

Hi John,

Don't undersell yourself, that's a very good weathering job indeed.
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