Friday, 30 August 2013


Himself has begun weathering the Tool Van, starting with the end doors.

The rest of the wagon will also be made to look a lot grimier and unloved.

This weathering business is quite a recent departure for us.

For years we kept all our fleet of locos and rolling stock looking as they were on the day they left the paint shop.

I suspect it was mostly down to a mortal fear of buggering up the finish of a model you'd spent ages building and painstakingly painting but in recent years Himself has been working hard on refining his artistic skills with an airbrush and learning from some of the excellent tutorial DVD's on the market.

Having said all that, I doubt whether he's ready to cover his beloved Backwoods Garratts in a layer of filth yet. Good job the F&WHR crews keep them looking spick and span.

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