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    Again, more fantastic work Matt. :thumbs::thumbs::thumbs:

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    Thanks Gary.

    So, some progress. I started with this, actually built and painted in 2011:

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    I was always a bit disappointed with the finish, especially compared to more recent efforts. I found some photos on the Bartlett website of some of these vans in a pale blue colour - originally I assumed it was faded Rail Blue but now think it may be the original ice blue livery with new markings? Can anyone verify?

    The colour is quite difficult to mimic given the weathering and the fact its a photo so my version is just my interpretation.

    I had intended on retaining the markings but my first blue was way too bright and vivid. Subsequent toning down pretty much obscured the markings so I had to reapply new ones.

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    Weathering of the body is all done with oil paints.

    Any errors...I can live with them. Still needs a bit of work - some final weathering and then a coat of flat varnish.

    Matt
     
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    :tophat::tophat: Top notch! :thumbs:
     
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    That is awesome Matt :tophat::tophat:. I think I may send you some of mine to do :avatar:;)

    Cheer's, Pete.
     
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    Hi Matt,
    Very impressive stuff well done, looking forward to seeing the finished projects I take my :tophat: to you although I don't wear one being a female he he.:avatar:
    Kindest regards,
    Gloria.
     
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    Excellent Matt :tophat::tophat:
     
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    Thank you sir!

    Hi Pete, please do, I have very reasonable rates! :thumbup:

    Thank you Gloria! I'm sure women wear hats though :avatar:

    Thanks Ian! :cheers:

    I've applied some final weathering with the airbrush, just needs a matt coat now.

    I've started stripping down an old Bachmann HEA to have a go at. Don't have any use for one but it might make a nice project.

    Matt
     
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    Here's the HEA I mentioned in the last post. Pretty old model, must have had this at least 20 years and it's spent at least 15 of those stashed away.

    I have no real need for one, but it seemed like a good subject for a bit of an upgrade.

    The only work I've done is to add the two grab handles at the top of the hopper from 0.33 wire, and replace the chunky and blobby ladders with some spare etched ones.

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    If this turns out OK, I might sell it on unless I can find a way to justify keeping it! :avatar:

    Matt
     
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    This could get expensive :avatar::avatar:
     
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    For a quickie, I'm still faffing with this.

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    My first attempt at scuffing the Railfreight logo looked unconvincing so I've had to rebuild the stripe using various white offcuts - may be visible here.

    I've also made a start at chipping the bodywork subtly.

    Matt
     
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    Here we are 99% finished:

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    Not the best photos but the light isn't too great.

    Anyway, here's a brief list of the work I've done:

    Replaced the moulded ladders with etched ones.
    Added the grabrails to the hopper ends.
    Underframe repainted and weathered.
    Hopper repainted red and new Railfreight markings added.
    Red paintwork weathered to a subtle "faded pink".
    Slots cut for Smiths couplings.

    Now to decide what to do with it next. As I mentioned I don't really have any use for one of these.

    Matt
     
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    Maybe it can live on Talerddig after all...

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    I'm flying through these old projects at the moment. I actually have four Parkside VEA's in various states of repair that all need reworking and repainting. This is the first on the bench and was originally built in 2011.

    I've added to the brake bits (technical term) with micro rod for consistency with my other stock and am in the process of replacing the door grab handles with wire. Then it'll get a repaint/reweather.

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    I've realised that I'm doing all of this to avoid doing any actual track laying on the layout(s)! But any modelling is better than no modelling!

    Matt
     

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