Now that the J27 is a de facto ‘runner’, I’ve turned my attention to the aesthetic side. The model was one of my first, if not THE first proper kit build I undertook when I graduated from just tweaking RTR in 2009. I could see one or two wee issues such as my over-enthusiastic filing taking a bit of the round on the boiler top and a few patches and worn paint on the edges. It’s all being filled and stopped prior to sanding back to the round and some fresh paint. The loco will be receiving a new number and 1960s finish shortly as one of the later survivors, probably from North Blyth.
Whilst I’m waiting for the filler to go off, I’ve also been finishing off some wagons.
Firstly, there’s an ex-LMS steel sided van. I built this a few years back but I was never happy with the finish so I repainted it in a more restrained grey livery with less weathering.
Lastly, there’s a Hornby ex-LMS Horsebox which has had a wheel swap to EM, link couplings and some light weathering applied.
This can be cut into a passenger train on Cully for example, as the conveyance for the horses of the 10th Earl of Drumarse or some other chinless git heading north with some of his posh pals for a fortnight of whisky and shooting stuff… 😉