Semi-scale BR: low cost tank wagon

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Semi-scale BR: low cost tank wagon

Post by BertieB » Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:03 pm

1. Purchase cheapo (£17.95) Newqida copy of LGB, German narrow gauge, tank wagon
2. Disassemble
3. Secure the 12 small screws in labelled, sealed envelope and place on mantelpiece (or similar, highly visible, memorable location)
4. Apply Wilco (or Poundland) spray paint to all parts. Leave overnight
5. Retrieve envelope and put most of it back together again, leaving out readily identifiable but structurally unnecessary components (and sawing off obviously inappropriate detail, if not too difficult). Do not fit wheels
6. Apply inkjet-printed, waterslide decals. Leave to dry
7. Touch up decal edges as necessary. Wait 24 hours
8. Apply spraycan matt varnish overall
9. Fit wheels
10. That’s it

[steps 2 - 10 optional] It’s not even ‘semi-scale’. But as it trundles past with other, similarly dodgy rolling stock, or when viewed from the other side of the garden, I don’t think you really notice. I’ve trained myself not to.

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Post by tom_tom_go » Thu Mar 26, 2020 5:27 pm

Works for me although I would weather it!

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Post by ge_rik » Thu Mar 26, 2020 5:36 pm

Works for me too! :thumbup:
Just so happens I have an untouched NQ tanker sitting on the shelf ..... another Round Tuit project..... :?

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Re: Semi-scale BR: low cost tank wagon

Post by invicta280 » Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:49 pm

Another masterstroke from Bertie B !

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Post by philipy » Fri Mar 27, 2020 6:54 am

Very nice. As a total non-expert in Esso tankers, I can't see anything wrong with it at all!

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Post by Peter Butler » Fri Mar 27, 2020 10:24 am

Looks great to me too, and because of its heritage I imagine it is a faultless runner.
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Post by BertieB » Sat Mar 28, 2020 12:29 am

Thank you all.

Well, it’s a German narrow gauge wagon (with a couple of bits chopped off) turned out, you know, in a reasonable approximation of a 1950s British Railways livery. You could do more but, hmmm... diminishing returns and all that. And I am a bit lazy. But it does the job - so on to the next one!

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Re: Semi-scale BR: low cost tank wagon

Post by Andrew » Sat Mar 28, 2020 9:28 am

BertieB wrote:
Sat Mar 28, 2020 12:29 am
on to the next one!
Excellent - keep 'em coming! That's a beautiful finish you've achieved - which I reckon goes a very long way to detract from any non-authentic features? Kind of like a slick magician using misdirection... That's intended as a complement, hope it comes across that way!

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Re: Semi-scale BR: low cost tank wagon

Post by BertieB » Sat Mar 28, 2020 11:47 am

Andrew wrote:
Sat Mar 28, 2020 9:28 am
“...like a slick magician using misdirection...”
Ow! Frighteningly perceptive. Not sure about ‘slick’ but I did think of it in almost exactly those terms: that the overall black finish with immediately recognisable, powerful graphics, would hide and divert attention from the detail of what was underneath - it would just become ‘that Esso wagon’.

But most importantly, it was quick and cheap. You should be working in criminal profiling!

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Re: Semi-scale BR: low cost tank wagon

Post by RobRossington » Mon Mar 30, 2020 7:18 pm

Excellent! :thumbright:

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