I am finally taking a leap into resin casting.
I say 'finally' because it's been nearly a year and a half since I revealed my intentions here on the blog.
The reason for the adventure is my desire to build models of the ex-SAR DZ wagons which can be found on the WHR.
They look like this...
Now, if you're a long-term reader of this blog you might be thinking: 'I thought he made some of those before?' Well you're right, I did, but they weren't for me, they were for a client.
And do you know what else? They were a right pain in the proverbials, mainly on account of those sunken panels in the doors. Making the wagons out of styrene meant I had to carve each one out by hand, scraping the styrene away with the tip of a scalpel blade.
There are 12 panels on each wagon, and the client wanted 4 wagons, and so by the end of the process I was very bored indeed and swore I would not be doing that again any time soon.
And so the idea was born of trying to cast the doors in resin. That way I would only have to make one master.
Here, then, is the one I made last February, and now finally I've got around to trying to make castings with it.
At the Railex show last month I invested in a starter pack of silicone rubber moulding compound and casting resin, which is what is in the bottles at the top of this post.
I shall let you know how I get on....