I recently got this & it puts everything else i own to shame it is in a league of its own in my eyes & captures the feel of the end of steam. All it needs now is dcc sound & a crew, its a hornby model with no alterations but i think that this work makes it stand out & look like a workhorse rather than a toy.
I think i will be returning alote of my other models to be brought to this standard
Deffo a dirty critter but i need my locos to look like this it shows what a difference a good weathering job can do to a factory standard model with no alterations. Next model to go i think will be my bachmann jubilee ''Hong Kong'' for a renumber rename & crest change to 45694 Bellerophon which was a local engine.
I'm not a weathered model freak for my own layout but your Brit brings back happy memories of the 1960s when they performed on the 2025 Carlisle to Perth in the state your model represents.
I used to catch that train having come up from Stafford on a connection when returning home to Perth from Uttoxeter where I was working at the time.
To my eye, appropriate weathering, well done, is a very important ingredient in the overall feel of a model railway, but some words of caution (in my view of course)
Weathering should not be to a uniform level across a loco stud and there must be recognition of the period modelled and the area modelled. For instance weathering in late 50's early 60's will be quite different (much lighter) from the mounting neglect of the mid 60's, some areas and some sheds looked after their locos much better than others and not every area had hard water so there would be far less limescale staining in evidence. Weathering of locos of course demands weathering of rolling stock and railway property - once you start it just keeps on going!
The better layouts at exhibitions generally get it right but sadly I've witnessed some very clumsy and overly heavy weathering on some club layouts. In my view better not to do it at all rather than do it badly.
My own locos are all very nicely weathered (not by me!). Generally I go for "moderate" weathering as my period is around 1960 and my area east Scotland where locos were reasonably well looked after at that time - just really a little bit dirty and grimy but not with a neglected look. A couple of heavy freight locos however have had less attention from the cleaners!
Having said all that, the Brit looks great (in terms of realism of course). Who was the artist?
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