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I had a little chat with Simon Kohler of Hornby today at "The Great Gathering" at Crewe. Hornby, one of the show sponsors, had their roadshow in town.

One of the topics under discussion was the Hornby model of the A4 Mallard. I was looking closely at the model on display in the cabinet and felt that the LNER blue of the Mallard seemed different to previous Hornby versions of this loco. Simon assured me that the colour used was similar to previous versions and that it could be the effect of lighting, which was a fair comment to make.

However, Simon then said that today was the perfect day to answer such a question about loco colours.

He promptly invited me outside and we stood on the balcony of the Hornby roadshow and took in the once in a lifetime view opposite.

For there were four Stanier pacifics all in steam and all parked in such a way that all four were visible at the same time. Fantastic!


Simon invited me to look at the four Stanier pacifics.

What could I say...

They were all different shades of the same red!


Simon then turned to me and smiled.

He knew that this particular discussion was at an end!


Happy modelling
Gary
 

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... and where are the photos?

You will repeat after me:

I promise to bring my camera
I promise to bring my camera
I promise to bring my camera
I promise to bring my camera
I promise to bring my camera
I promise to bring my camera
I promise to bring my camera
I promise to bring my camera
I promise to bring my camera
 

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For those who are impatient the webmaster of the Crewe event has published a large number of photographs already:-

http://www.creweopendays.co.uk/news.htm

However, mine will be better!


And the images include the line up of the four red Stanier pacific locomotives, all in glorious steam. And a roaring Class 20 diesel spitting out black exhaust fumes. I was standing about 2m away from the engine at the time and the engine doors were open with the massive throbbing diesel engine visible for all to see. And Hogwarts Express!

And I purchased a massive piston, coated in carbon on the head and complete with piston rings, from the dismantled engine of an HST, for just £5! It looks a work of art and has now taken pride of place in the living room.

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Gary
 

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QUOTE I bet your wife was excited about that.

After some negotiations it acts as a stand for a bowl of pot pourri.

If you're lucky I'll publish a picture of the aforementioned piston so that you can all get as excited as the wife!

Happy modelling
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Way back in the 50's/60's the firm I worked for built many locos and I particularly remember a 'OO' Schools class,to paint this loco we actually used a tin of paint supplied by Eastleigh SR loco works,it looked black,you could see no green at all,so we had to repaint it in a lighter green to look accurate.
I also remember a customer of ours who modelled the Great Eastern,but could never get the GE blue looking right.He quite by chance met someone who used to work in the GE paint shop and told him that the colour was made by using a top coat of blue over a base coat of red(I cannot now remember the actual shades).
Just 2 other examples of how difficult it is to get the paint finish accurate on models.
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Base colours for liveries are key (sorry, no pun intended!) - the Midland Railway had a fifteen coat process starting with primer and, if I am correct, one or two coats of dark blue, before applying layer after layer of crimson and then multiple coats of varnish.

Who can tell us how the LNWR achieved their "blackberry" black?

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LMS Red.
It doesnt really mean a thing to say that the four LMS pacifics were all different - they would be, they (I presume) have not been painted in the same paintshop, with actual LMS Crimson Lake. The problem with the Hornby colour is that it is a matt finish. If you are brave and give it a coat of semi-gloss varnish - hey presto!
I did it with my Red Streamliner, but you should not have to do this at the price the locos sell at.
Cheers.
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