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Post  andyfletch on Fri 01 May 2020, 9:16 am

I thought I'd share some photo's of my Road Loco, complete up to Kit 24 - nearly there and starting to look like an engine after2 and a half years. Only got the boiler in February - much work done in lockdown!


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Stay safe everyone
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Post  Simon B on Fri 01 May 2020, 12:06 pm

Stunning engine, well done it looks fantastic
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Post  IanL on Fri 22 May 2020, 12:13 pm

Wow looks brilliant.
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Post  milford59 on Fri 22 May 2020, 4:45 pm

That looks absolutely stunning - well done .... please post more pictures of earlier parts of the build, if you have them !

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Post  andyfletch on Sat 23 May 2020, 11:35 am

As requested some photos of the build. I started in October 2017. I was a bit lazy in not posting as I went. I hope you find these interesting!

Wheels first..

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Paint is Brush applied and Craftmaster paints. Lining is done with 1/16th inch Striper tape, also from Craftmaster and the curves are done with a Beugler pen.
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Post  andyfletch on Sat 23 May 2020, 11:40 am

Front end next

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Tender

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Infamous Belly tank with 100's of 3mm bolts!!

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Post  andyfletch on Sat 23 May 2020, 11:46 am

Hornplates

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Cylinder

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managed to fit in the Water Boiwser too

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Post  andyfletch on Sat 23 May 2020, 11:49 am

The Boiler arrived in February this year..

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Post  andyfletch on Sat 23 May 2020, 11:53 am

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Post  milford59 on Sat 23 May 2020, 6:14 pm

What a great set of pictures.... thanks very much for posting them. The finish looks great on the painting.... is it 2 primer, 2 undercoat, 2 topcoat ?
Did you paint any varnish on afterwards ? Thanks very much for any further info on the painting process.

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Post  MikeBelham on Sat 23 May 2020, 7:32 pm

Thanks for uploading the great pictures, it helps those of us just starting see what we are aiming for Very Happy
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Post  andyfletch on Sat 23 May 2020, 10:57 pm

yes 2 primer, 2 undercoat, 2 top coat, each rubbed down in between with 1200 plus grit. although many pieces have much more than that as i wasn't happy with the original finish! I have only varnished the paint with lining to protect that. I tried to paint each coat on consecutive days where possible and then left it for as long as possible. it takes longer to cure than you think and its easy to damage - Early on i laid some pieces on a towel which were dry for a couple of days, but it still left an imprint of the towel pattern on the paint which then needed rubbing down and painting again!

My biggest tip would be to use top quality brushes - Purdys - again from Craftmaster - and change them regularly. If you paint as you go you will find both brushers and paint dry up. Wrap your brushes wet with white spirit in cling film and they will last longer

Having operated an Agricultural Engine before, the paint scratches so easily, particularly around the wheels and water fillers, so you will need to be prepared for plenty of paint touching up, so I'm not sure Varnish all over is needed. the main thing is don't rush it and take your time

I have looked at the stuff i did at the beginning and its not as good as i can do now, with all the practice - but that way madness lies..... many times i felt that the finish was not good enough, but when its all together and outside in the sun - it looks a lot better. Also be prepared for lots of repair work as you assemble the kits together as tightening nuts and dropping spanners causes lots of damage!!

But most of all enjoy it - you will get a great deal of satisfaction.

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Post  MikeBelham on Mon 25 May 2020, 11:28 am

Cheers and thanks for the advice Very Happy
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Post  LiveSteam on Tue 26 May 2020, 7:28 pm

andyfletch wrote:

Having operated an Agricultural Engine before, the paint scratches so easily, particularly around the wheels and water fillers, so you will need to be prepared for plenty of paint touching up.....................


I call that patina on my agri Laughing

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