Monday, December 9, 2013

Hamersley Iron and Pilbara Dash 9-44CWs weathering by Barcoola

Hi All

I have got all inspired and tried my hand at painting and weathering some Hamersley Iron, and Pilbara Rail Dash 9-44CWs

In short, the locomotives were painted silver, and not a hard silver but a reduced hue that is not so punchy.

Then decaled, a word of warning the Pilbara Rail decals are NQR, and I had to fight them into place, took a number of hits to get it right, even now I am not 100% happy.

The frames and walkways were painted a mix close to UP harbour mist grey.

A number of washes were applied, both dirt and rust.  The red stripes were painted over with a lighter hue and highlights as per the prototype photos.

A final dusting of chalk and a soot completes the job.

Here are some of the prototype shots, I think I got pretty close.

I hope this inspires you.


Sunday, November 24, 2013

Happy Birthday for the layout A Town Like Alice

Hi All

The layout A Town Like Alice is now two years old, and celebrate this milestone, the final boards for Bow River have been completed.
I have roughed in the trackage, so there is a mainline passing loop and goods siding, of the good siding are for kick back sidings, one for Cattle, three for storage, a run-around, and end loading.

 Marking out the curves for entry into the fiddle yard.

 Another creature comfort is the walkway carpet I added in the walkways, this has reduced the fatigue for the operators, some will still require a chair, so this is also provided.
 In the interim between actually building industries, I have created these cards to let the operators know which industry is where and what it will accept, additionally where there is an unprotected crossing, I have clear instructions to the crew, for that the need to do, when crossing.

So happy second birthday to A town Like Alice.