Along side lining the A3 I have also taken the plunge and lined Severn - my first 7mm scale loco build. I scratch built it in 2010 and painted it blue but I decided to give it the finish that it really deserves - although I doubt that Colonel Stephens would have splashed out on lining the wheels.....
I have gone a bit mad with the photos because I am really pleased with my efforts on this one.
All the lining has been done with bow pen and compasses using Humbrol enamels.
I made a couple of jigs to assist with the lining and I will take some photos of them tomorrow.
To be honest it a bit of a mixed bag really. I have never done any Lining so cant comment on how its done. Plus the camera is a rather unforgiving critic!!!!!!!
You have done a great job in regards to consistency of the line thickness, it curvature and parallelness to the locomotive body.
However it does show some slight flaws in the parallelness of some of the rivets specifically on the front plate of the saddle tank (I presume these were etched rather than stuck on???)
The lining on the back of the cab is a distraction, it doesn't look as crisp as the rest of the lining, so at best its a distraction to the overall lining.
For my own personal taste the lining at the top of the cab sides and back appears a bit low, but that is my personal taste.
The wheels are magnificent and really do add to the model overall.
It would seem a shame to weather the model as the wheel lining would probably get lost under the grime.
But overall a very good job indeed.
Thanks for the comments John and for taking the time to explain them.
In answer to your question on the rivets. They are hand punched rather than etched or transfers. This loco was not only my first loco in 7mm scale, it was also my very first scratch build of anything other than minor details to enhance earlier projects and all I had to go on was a couple of low resolution photos and a drawing from a 1960's Model Railway News.
With regard to the lining on the cab sides and rear I agree it is low but but design/mounting of the handrails (which are true to the prototype) is such that the lining had to go under them.
As promised these are the pens and jigs that I used to do the lining job on Severn.
Although I have a Haff pen and compass they are not as fine as those in the photo, the pen is a Kern head that was attached to a strange compass so I made a new handle from some suitably sized brass tube. The compasses are an unknown German make that I picked up in a mix set with the Kern one fr a few quid on Ebay some time ago. I used one of the emery board type files that you get as a free gift each time you place an order with Scale Hardware - they have four different grades of abrasives and the too finest are perfect for honing the pens and compasses.
The flat brass with the washer on the end is for creating the corners
The plastic card curve was used to create the lozenge shape around the name plates
The wire with the small shoe is a dog legged skate that replaces the straight pin in the bow compass to allow me to do the curves on the splashers fronts etc. by reaching above and beyond the rivets on the edge of the splasher tops.
Not much has been happening on the construction front but I have been painting the tender truck I have also done a bit more weathering to the back log of Parkside vans the first of which is an LNER 12 tn unfitted van.
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