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Im modelling the wolverton area of the west coast main line during the LMS days and was looking for someone who can do a proffessional conversion of the BR RTR locos back to LMS livery. Also looking for renumbering services too!
Any help appreciated as I do not have the skill to do it myself.
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QUOTE (wolverton bloomer @ 16 Aug 2008, 18:57) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hi
Im modelling the wolverton area of the west coast main line during the LMS days and was looking for someone who can do a proffessional conversion of the BR RTR locos back to LMS livery. Also looking for renumbering services too!
Any help appreciated as I do not have the skill to do it myself.
Steve

Hi Steve (and welcome too!)

I don't want to put you off as I really do like your concept for the layout (and I'm a midland/LMS man as well) - but are you looking for repainting and renumbering of standard hornby or bachmann locomotives?

If you are then it'd be wiser to look for the correctly liveried versions and help funding them by selling any BR ones you have, as a professional repaint and reline will be much dearer than the total price of a new loco ex hornby or bachmann.

Don't underestimate yourself as to skills - you probably DO have the ability but just have never been shown how.... and its a really valuable skil lfor any modeller to gain - there are far more than locomotives to paint well to make a nice model of a railway, so learning loco painting skills will serve your whole hobby very well!

I strongly recommend that you buy Stephen Barnsfields book called "painting and lining in the smaller scales" .
Stephen is a well known professional bespoke model painter and he tells how in easy to follow words with a "you can do it" style:

If you decide to have a go buy a reasonable but not excessively expensive airbrush (aztec or badger brand perhaps), follow his instructions step by step methodically and I'd bet that you will surprise youself!

Kindest regards

Richard
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I'd certainly agree with what has been said above ^^

I was always of the "buy it" side of the fence, as I really don't have any skills what so ever when it comes to art (I even have awful handwriting problems)
However earlier this year I took the plunge and spent £60 on a compressor and airbrush. Within a couple of months (playing with it about 4 hours a week) I felt good enough to start repainting my own wagons.

Now I've just bought myself a better airbrush and am really getting quite confident with it.

You'll never know just how creative you can be until you give it a go, and there are plenty of us on this forum willing to help.

Grab yourself a cheap airbrush off Amazon (you can get one with a compressor as a real starter set for £45 just to see if you like it) and then get painting, the control you have compared to a brush is amazing. Then for the decals you can normally buy them in sheet form and simply stick them on.

It might add a couple of months to your layout build time, but in the big scheme of things its such a rewarding experience.

All the best,

Alex
 
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