Time to build a railway...but where?

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Re: Time to build a railway...but where?

Post by Andrew » Thu Jul 30, 2020 1:23 pm

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Andrew, thanks for the comment, I do enjoy working with Jerry, he is so professional.
MDF has a bad press in some quarters; I prefer it to ply as there is no grain in the surface, which is always over scale and frequently running in the wrong direction.
For preparation I use a filler/primer (two coats) followed by light sanding, then several light top coats. Clear lacquer (gloss) followed by satin and/or matt lacquer to give a finish to your own preference.
Never, repeat.... never sand the MDF before applying paint or sealer as it only roughs the surface and absorbs paint etc. in patches.
I hope this helps.
Thanks Peter, very helpful. Can I check, do you sand the charred edges, where the laser has burned the wood, or just prime them?

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Re: Time to build a railway...but where?

Post by Peter Butler » Thu Jul 30, 2020 10:13 pm

Andrew, I do sand the charred edges with very fine wet and dry paper (used dry), as they are more porous than the surface material. In some instances I also use a colour matched acrylic paint to help with disguising them.
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Re: Time to build a railway...but where?

Post by steamyjim » Fri Jul 31, 2020 9:52 am

Those coaches are fantastic Peter! Really capture the look of the early rolling stock. Having never built a coach before, do your paint the main body of the coach and the outer 'layer' separately, then glue the outer 'layer' on top?

Think I'm going to have to fire my laser cutter up and make some!
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Re: Time to build a railway...but where?

Post by Peter Butler » Fri Jul 31, 2020 10:38 am

Yes Jim, separate layers painted individually and attached later.
Somewhere in my ramblings I have tried my best (although not perfectly!) to explain my building and painting methods. It can vary according to materials used, although not much. I have a preference for acrylics in both spray and brush paints, also acrylic lacquer in aerosol form. The comparisons I made whilst constructing the Bug Boxes (from page 150 on my thread) give a clearer story in picture form.
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Re: Time to build a railway...but where?

Post by Peter Butler » Sat Aug 01, 2020 8:40 pm

I am very pleased with the appearance of my 'Rocket' style coaches, especially with the grasshopper loco. However, the locomotive, like several I have from my early exhibition days, has a Lima motor bogie in the tender which was originally track powered. The loco therefore has no battery pack, or room to fit one, so I have decided to add the necessary control equipment in one of the coaches.
This has another advantage in that my original power wagon, which was not in period with the train, and added extra weight, can now be used elsewhere. Without it the little locomotive manages far better, as well as looking the part.....
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I have had to strip out one compartment completely in order to get the 10 AA battery pack, Rx and various connectors and wiring inside.....
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To conceal it all I made a false floor with seating attached which just lifts out....
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.....which covers all of the gubbins....
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The various connectors and switches are not too conspicuous.....
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Post by philipy » Sat Aug 01, 2020 9:12 pm

That is a really lovely little train, Peter, brilliant!

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Re: Time to build a railway...but where?

Post by FWLR » Sun Aug 02, 2020 8:49 am

Nice Peter. Like the way you have hid the gubbins. Very clever. :thumbright:
Love the train also, it just looks so right....
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