Rescuing an 0-4-0?

Picked up a Hornby 0-4-0 a couple of years ago at a local auction, because
it had been named 'Hailsham' (my home town).
Since then, it's just sat in a box pending a decision on what to do - I was
originally going to take the plates off and bin the body, but there's only
one thing seriously wrong with it, so it seems a waste. It then went on
eBay, once completing without a buyer, and the second time withdrawn by me
with 3 hours to go (again without a bidder).
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Can you guess yet?
That paint job. It's awful, and I'm not sure what to do about it. Looking at
the catalouge number on the bottom, it used to be a 'Crewe & District
Quarries' liveried loco, and you can see the blue showing through in places.
The chassis looks fine, and they usually run well. I'd like to reuse the
plates if possible but
It's obviously going to need stripping of the paint before I repaint it -
but what with? - and perhaps more to the point, what did it do to deserve
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It's often difficult to imagine what goes through peoples minds when you see this sort of thing. It has all the hallmarks of youngster's first efforts at "customising" (oh come on, we all did it) The big problem that gloss enamel given enough time is the devil to get off without ruining the original paint job . I'd suggest taking back it to raw plastic and starting again. If the name plates are moulded in they wont be affected by stripping and if they're add-on brass they should be ok too. some aftermarket name plates were made of "stick on" paper label but those look like brass to me so there shouldn't be a problem. There are some good model painter strippers on the market but ordinary brake fluid should work just as well. Another option is oven cleaner but this is usually made with caustic so you should be careful. Brake fluid should less damaging to any metal part such as hand rails. Remove any parts you can and soak the body in the fluid and wait. The paint should lift within hours and you can use a old toothbrush to clean it up with warm soapy water. Don't forget to try a little test on a hidden surface before you dunk the whole thing. If it all goes the Shape of the Pear there may be loco body kits available that would fit on the chassis. Then re-paint with your medium of choice. Halford car aerosols are pretty good if you don't want to brush paint and don't own an airbrush. HTH
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Les Pickstock
On Sun, 18 Apr 2004 15:11:00 +0100, " Les Pickstock" wrote in message :
Seconded. Go over the thick paint gently with abrasive first to help the brake fluid penetrate.
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