from Robt P contains these words:
Needs weathering. It looks as though somebody has heard the story that
drivers used to use an oily rag to wipe the cabside to find out the
number, and they've done that to an "ex-works" loco. The numbers were
visible through many years of grime - seems to me that the Golden Rule
has been forgotten. Golden Rule? Look at the photographic evidence.
Here's a photo:
(It's not my photo, so it won't be there for more than a couple of days).
Notice that despite the grime the number is still clearly visible and
hasn't needed the oily rag treatment.
Another point about the model: Why has the BR totem on the tender been
cleaned with an "oily rag"?
Nice model. Looks like a bit of thought has gone into it, but not
enough. Shame, really.
I like the wiped clean bits too (I'll make a note!), but it looks
to me exactly like someones pointed an airbrush just above the
middle driving wheels and pulled the trigger.....
I get me coat..
On 23/05/2007 15:54, Robt P said,
I think someone has confused "weathering" with "spraying it all brown".
You would have thought that if Hornby were going to do this then they
might have looked at some photos, or at least read Martin Welch's book.
beamendsltd wrote in news:38a397e74e%
I think that it looks awful, as others have remarked some fool has simply
oversprayed the entire model with a sigle colour then painted on a bit of
water staining ... it looks sh one t.
There's an art to weathering.
That's probably exactly what they did do to it!
But it's an art that takes time and money and skill, whereas this was
done by someone on a production line, being paid about 50p an hour. If you
want realistic weathering you will have to pay more than £6.50 for it.
"David Jackson" wrote
I don't ever recall seeing a dirty steam loco during the BR era which had
its number cleaned in this way - although I'm not saying it *never*
happened. As a young spotter in the 50s and 60s I remember often being
totally unable to read the cabside number and had the rely on the smokebox
numberplate for identification.
In "Power of the Jubilees" there's a colour picture of an engine at St
Pancras which has had its number cleaned in this way. It looks very much
like a patch transfer applied to a model. I expect the same picture is
somewhere on the internet by now.
There's a couple of images in that book which would confirm the practise,
but there are dozens more where this clearly has not occurred. I'd be
inclined to suggest that the latter was the norm.
I've got an O-gauge model of an L&Y Pug 0-4-0ST which has been weathered in
just that way, but I'll still claim it was not an everyday event.