Monday, 11 February 2013


The chemists among you may have already cottoned on to what this post is about - Red Oxide. Paint, that is.

The first of the B wagon kits I have assembled for clients have been given a coat of paint prior to being dispatched to their new homes.

This is one of the standard freight wagons. I am very pleased with how well the resin transfer rivets have cast and stand out on the painted wagon. (click on the image for a closer look)

And one of the WHR Bike Wagon versions.

I always think the splashes of yellow paint on the brake wheels and the handrails brighten up these rather humble, workaday wagons. The latest six delivered to Dinas are even smarter with the outer V hanger on the brake gear picked out.

By comparison the DZ wagons look slightly dull. This is one with the new South African ends I have started producing. Again the new rivet details stand out well.

These three wagons are sitting on diamond frame bogies, which the client has chosen. I'm hoping the first of the Bettendorf bogies, which will be the usual ones supplied with this kit, will arrive within days.

For more details, including contact information, click on the link on the right hand side of the page to the Boston Largs Works site.


  1. Daft question, but what paint do you use to represent red oxide? I've struggled to find anything that matches, but whatever you are using looks good, so I must be looking in the wrong place.

  2. I use Red Oxide colour primer - the stuff you pick up in car accessory shops or DIY places. This stuff was a can of PlastiKote from B&Q. A coat of varnish afterwards is recommended to protect against chipping.

    1. Thanks Rob, I'll check my look car spares shop and see what they've got. I've always just looked in the model shop I pass on the way to work (and the internet of course), given that I don't drive I'd never thought to try a car spares shop.