Thursday, July 13, 2017

N Scale Tait Cars Part 2

Had a bit of time off on the school holidays and have finished the Brimbank Models Tait car set I'm been working on since April!

I'm really happy with the result, while the close ups below show a bit of grain at normal viewing distances they look great.

Here they are fitted with with a Tomytec TM-07 mechanism, Kato pantographs and Microace DT-11 bogies.:

Here is how I fitted the bogies:

And the DCC'd mechanism, nice and easy to do.

it is running very nicely !

Now back to work on the layout...

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

N Scale Tait cars by Brimbank Models

I ordered one of the Brimbank models Tait cars, the Std Cab Cler Rook Blank windows (245D) with my last shapeways order. I've been itching to do some of these for a while, and I wanted to check out some paint choices from the Vallejo Range suitable for VR passenger rollingstock.

Here is the nearly finished product (decals and final protective coat to go). It is on Fox Valley passenger trucks (for some unknown reason I ordered brown, not black ones, to try out).  It is painted in Vallejo 71.085 "Ferrari Red".


I think once the final coat is on and lightly weather it will match quite well.

Now waiting for the rest of them to arrive!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Back again and Paint

After a long hiatus on this blog I intend to catch up a bit and record some new information.

The first topic is paint.

For a long time I've been a fan of acrylic paints, the Modelflex / Accuflex range in particular. These are now very hard to get and my stock is used up, so about six months ago I began using the Vallejo paints. The benefit of these are:

huge range,
Used for military modelling - available in many hobby shops in Australia (and around the world),
Fantastic quality,
brush and airbrush versions.

Using samples of SEM colours as a guide I am now using the following:

VR Blue - "Model Air"range 71.090 Blue "Blue Angels"
VR Yellow - "Model Air" range 71.078 Gold Yellow. However I usually use Alps printed Yellow decals so use "Game Color" range 72.005 "Moon Yellow" (Brush version) or 72.705 "Moon Yellow" (Airbrush version)

VLINE Orange - "Game Color" 72.008 Orange Fire (Brush version), 72.708 Orange Fire (Airbrush version)
VLINE Grey - "Model Air: 71.056 "Panzer Dk Grey"

Victorian Rolling stock red - "Model Air" 71.105 Brown RLM 26

Here are the VR colours, photographed in sunlight the Walker on the left in Vallejo. The T is a bit dusty/weathered.

Here are the VINE colours, again Vallejo on the left. I think the orange is a closer match on the left. The Vallejo grey is very close to a fresh painted colour, but that tended to quickly age. There are lots of other grey's in the Vallejo range to get the right amount of weathered look.