Raising the Standard

The LNWR motor train build was getting on my nerves a bit. It was taking too long to get little things done, and though I’d reached a stage where both coaches were more or less at the same point things were getting bogged down. Having got primer on the bodies, and with another build begging for my attention, I felt it was a good time to put things back in the box to refresh my palette, as it were.

Another reason for packing things away and starting on something else is I have a deadline for the new build. It’s a “finish it for me” build, after the client acquired a pair of part-built coach kits from a well-known online auction site. His original thought was they’d make a nice quick build, but he soon realised he wasn’t really going to be able to complete the models as quickly as he first thought. The models are wanted as a Christmas gift.

JLTRT Mk1 rebuild 2 (1 of 3)

I’ve been cleaning up the body sides, correcting errors, filling moulding flaws and so on. They’re in the paint shop now, letting the first coats of primer harden. I hope I may be able to get the first coat of the livery colour on later today. While things dry, I’ve been cleaning up some of the interior parts.

JLTRT Mk1 rebuild 2 (1 of 2)

Whatever adhesive the original builder used, it wasn’t the right one for the job. This pile of shards is the result of half an hour with various scrapers. The result of the scraping is a plastic tray with various bits I can now rebuild properly into an interior for a Mk1 (the “standard” of the title; what we now refer to as the Mk1 was originally referred to officially as the BR Standard Coach) BSK corridor brake third.

JLTRT Mk1 rebuild 2 (2 of 2)

Most of these parts will also be treated to some base coats of paint before I glue them together again. Taking on part-built or badly-built models like this and breathing my magic on them is all part of the service I provide.

As I type this report, another query has arrived by email asking me to quote for building a model diesel locomotive. I really don’t know how I will cope with the work, because I’m already considering projects that won’t really be started until next year! I am, frankly, amazed at how quickly things are building up, and this thrills and scares me in equal parts.

In case you hadn’t noticed, I am now a professional modelmaker. I build scale models of many things, for a fee. You can find out more about my modelling work at my web site, and if you are afflicted with the Facebook, you can search for Heather Kay Modelmaker and “like” my page.

4 thoughts on “Raising the Standard

  1. I think you answered your own question, but for those who haven’t figured it out it used to read “bump”. It was to remind me to make two door bumpers in this location.

  2. Oh yes. Having blown primer all over, I find some more feathering is required. Such is life.

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