Felixstowe Area ďNĒ Gauge Group


UPDATE ON THE EXBITION 13th JUNE 23020 by Trevor
In the last newsletter I reported that we had now found a suitable location for our exhibition; Felixstowe Trades & Labour club, 182 High road west, Felixstowe, IP11 9BB.
We have now confirmed the booking. We will be more limited with our refreshments as we donít have the use of a kitchen, but we have access to basic equipment including an urn.
Also, we are not sure whether the hall will be free the previous evening for setup. We could book the hall, but this would be for all of Friday, not just the evening.
We will know 2 weeks prior to the event if we can setup on the Friday (FOC). With this in mind we have pushed the opening time back to 11am, to allow a longer setup time on the Saturday (8-11am if required).
The close time remains at 4:30pm. Some had requested an earlier close time, but given the later start we are leaving it as is.
Iíve started planning the layout of exhibits, but I need to hear from members, what layouts / displays / diorama etc. they can offer. Ideally, I would like to have some new layouts, either not previously seen at our exhibition or at least not shown last year. If you have something to offer email me trevor.buck@bt.com . Equally if you know of someone outside the group with something suitable, again let me know.
From the group we will be bringing a modular layout and the group stand. As ever we do need the help from as many members as possible to help with the setup, breakdown and running of the show, so please try to help if you can.
Handouts for this yearís events are now available, so itís important we get them around other events, particularly as the venue and opening times have changed. Iíll arrange to leave some in the clubroom, for members to take to any shows that they might be visiting.

Weathering is a bit of a Ďmarmiteí subject for many on the hobby, some wonít touch it and others go so far as to bury their stock so deep in it, you canít recognise them anymore.
Well I am biting the bullet and beginning to weather my LMS stock, starting with my freight first.
I have a lot of RTR Peco and GraFar stock in LMS and private liveries as well as a fair few kit built wagons, and as nice as they are, they do look a bit too clean and plastic.
As I am intending my collection to represent the LMS in its mid period with a fair few bits still in MR livery. I feel that there would at least be some traffic dirt and light rust visible on the wagons.
With that in mind I have used a variety of paints and powders in combination with staining, stippling and dry brushing techniques to achieve the look Iím happy with.

The acrylic paints were:
Artiste Ė Brunt Sienna (For the dry brush rust).
Artiste Ė Noir (a matt black to take the plastic shine off of the inside of the 5 and 7 plank open wagons, and paint the boxcar roofs).
Citadel Ė Agrax Earthshade (An expensive but very good wash for showing the dirt in all the crakes and between the boards both inside and outside on all wagons.)
Citadel Ė Karak Stone (a grey-ish beige for dry brushing on mineral wagons).
Citadel Ė Zandri Dust (a sandy beige for dry brushing on mineral wagons).
Humbrol - 67 Tank Grey (A darker grey for painting the boxcar roofs and dry brushing inside open wagons).
Humbrol Ė 110 (a Tan colour for painting the wooden planks inside open wagons and paints a few roofs).
The powders were:
Peco Ė PS-361 China Clay dust (a nice white-ish dust for wagons, but a bit course)
Peco Ė PS-363 Limestone Dust (a fine creamy powder for dusting lime wagons and dusting around the doors of cattle wagons).
AK interactive pigments Ė Asphalt road dirt (A dark near black powder thatís great for using in empty coal wagons).
After starting on my kit builds and liverying them into LMS, I soon chose to give them a more traffic-worn look.
Some of you may have already seen my trestle wagons, lowmacs and bogie flatbeds, and after finding a level of weathering in them that I was happy with, and can easily repeat again, I have moved on to my RTR stock.

Beginning with my 5 and 7 plank open wagons, their chassis (as with all wagons in this) have all had a dry brush of rust and some a brushing of dirt, while their empty insides I have finished in a mix of ways; coal wagons, ash wagons, mineral wagons, lightly rusted and general dirty.
Iím not planning to fill them in anyway, so that when I make loads for them in the future they will easily fit.

After that I moved on to the Boxcars and Guards vans. These too have had their chassis and corners all light- to mid- level rusted and some dirtied.
Using a wash over the sides has taken away the clean plastic look and shows up the planking better, plus a dry brush or wash over the roofs has done the same as the sides, and given them a good Ďtraffickedí look.

The cattle wagons I have done similarly to the boxcars but Iíve highlighted the barred windows with light rust and added the lime wash-out stains from where they are cleaned out after transporting the cattle.

The gunpowder wagons were a bit different; as they are smooth panel sides, I just used the wash to collect in the panel edges and groves, then dry brushing a light rust over some of the side, corners and roofs.

I got to have a bit more fun with the covered mineral wagons; adding lime dust on and around their roof hatches, giving some a heavier amount of rust and or dirt where the mineral has affected the chassis and sides more than normal.
Plus getting to use a few other colours in the dry brushing and powdering to illustrate different loads that have been or are in the wagons.
I had to do a bit of research on the names on the sides of these wagon as I was not familiar with the companies and what they would have carried, but Iím happy with the results.

Lastly, I finished on with some 3 plank open wagons and my small train of China Clay wagons.
The 3 planks I have done similar to the 5 plank wagons; giving them a mix of new floor colours, dirt and rust patterns.
But the China Clay wagons were a lot trickier, the clay powder clumped as I tried to apply it with a liquid, and keeps coming off if I just put it on as a dry dust.
Iím not completely happy with the result on them as yet but I will find a way to fix them soon. Iíll probably give them a hairspray fixing after another dry dusting.

Overall, Iím happy with the level of light- to mid- grade of weathering I have achieved with these techniques on my LMS wagons.
Iím eager to see in the future if a slight light weather on my LMS coaches will yield as good a result, who knows I may have them done for next month?