Post by FlyingScotsman on Aug 21, 2006 11:23:09 GMT
I've made some customised vehicles myself. One is a Sodor Mail coach. This was made from a Hornby SR Utility van, although you could also use the similar Dapol Utility Van. The conversion is made thus:
1. Remove roof, chassis and glazing.
2. Paint roof a dirty grey.
3. Paint body dark red.
4. When dark red is dry, add a coat of bright red. The two coats should give depth to the wagon - this is a tip I picked up from wargamers.
5. The surface of the van is almost impossible to attach transfers to, so I carefully planned out the lettering on the side of the van in pencil.
6. Paint the lettering in. In my case, this took quite a while to get right.
7. Put new glazing in and reassemble the van.
8. This is optional, but the van does have opening doors. I put a load of Merit mail bags and parcels inside, so that I could have the van being unloaded on a siding when not in use.
And there you have it. It's not a perfect replica - it does look a little large when coupled to Percy - but I think it's better than Hornby's version. Perhaps the Dapol utility van would be the better replica.
I also made a Sodor Ironworks truck. Actually, this doesn't look anything like anything that appeared in the TV series or the books, but it does add interest. It's a Triang gondola wagon painted black and weathered, which looks rather like certain steelworks internal user wagons.
I have another couple of wagons planned, based on two recent finds in my new local model shop. One was a GWR siphon van, which I plan to convert into a milk van like the one seen in Branch Line Engines and the other was a Triang brake van. Wilbert Awdry himself used these on his layouts, and I plan to turn this particular one into a replica of the Spiteful Brake Van.
Post by FlyingScotsman on Aug 30, 2006 15:59:53 GMT
I can't vouch for what anyone else has used, but it's possible to get modelling putty that's ideal for the task of making faces.
Speaking of which, I've been using that on my Spiteful Brakevan, which is nearly complete. Converting it from the Triang model has been a bit more difficult than I thought. Here's the step-by-step guide.
1. First catch your brakevan. The short Triang brakevan is pretty easy to find second-hand. Mine cost £2 in reasonable condition. It was a little battered, but that didn't really matter, as it was going to be modified anyway.
2. The major structural difference between the Triang van and the van in the story is that the latter has a chimney. I used a short length of tube taken from the inside of a biro and stuck on the roof with Superglue. I should probably have drilled a hole in the roof for it, but life's too short.
3. I didn't bother dismantling the van, as a previous attempt at doing this had resulted in a wrecked van. Instead, I carefully painted the bodywork grey. The roof was painted light grey.
4. The roof received a second coat of a slightly different shade of light grey, creating a grimy feel where the undercoat showed through.
5. The handrails were picked out in white and the chimney in black.
6. The markings "13" and "20T" were carefully painted on in white using a fine detail brush. These took a couple of attempts, and I'm still not entirely happy. It is probably possible to get suitable markings in commercial transfer ranges, but I'm impatient.
7. Now for the hardest part, the face. This required a lot of careful planning, and even more careful execution. I painted all the facial features on as solid black shapes. Then, when that was dry, I added the whites of the eyes and the teeth. The last job was to add a nose, made from modelling putty.
8. The final part was adding NW markings. I had originally planned to do this freehand, but it proved so frustrating that I gave up. Instead, I used Letraset transfers.
So there you have it. One mean brakevan, dead cheap.
I have some more pictures of Henry 1 (Still needs, traction tyres, handrail, whistle, number 3, more paint and lining, more faces) I know the face is on wonky and it needs more paint, also it looks alittle creepy but I may not change it, what do you think?
Thanks for your feed back, since those photographs I have added the whistle and hand rails ALL I need to do now is get traction tyres and touch up with paint. To markrogerson, to make faces: 1) Pry original face off, you can do this to nearly all hornby models exept HENRY because his is moulded into the body (hacksaw if you dare, I don't) (Olivers is awkward to)
2) Lay face on flat surface expression UP, and pour liquid latex over face, let dry and put more layers on, eventually the face can come out and you have a mould.
3) Get some 'modelling plaster' and pour it in, making sure it fills noses and places where air likes to make a bubble, once dry you will have a copie of original face.
4) make severel faces the same and using a tool / knife, whatever scrape away or ad small bits of plaster mixture, keep doing this until you have a different expression.
5) either finnish by painting OR make another copy, but this time using liquid resin to set hard then paint. (I haven't done this yes but It'l probably mess the mould up but I have resin ready. ;D )
Or, you could find yourself a bashed-up Henry and just remove his face and then stick it on your model?
Okay model, but I feel that the shade of green is a bit dark, and the tender body just doesn't look right to my eye. Its a definate step in the right direction towards the tender you are aiming for, but its not quite there. An admirable job though!
One of these days, I'll build that darned O-scale Toby.
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Two Red Engines: Story & Song Collection, and Thomas & The Special Letter!
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