Monday, December 22, 2014

Freight Car Loads for Model Train Layouts (Any scale)
We are going to make a Tarpaulin to cover a "turbine".
Place an in scale plastic object on an 
old redundant CD...

Cover the object with a single layer square 
piece of non textured tissue paper to 
resemble the "Tarpaulin"

Carefully wet the tissue paper with 50:50 
ratio PVC glue and water mixture.

Arrange the "Tarpaulin"

Too much glue !! Dab up the excess 
glue with odd bits of tissue paper.

Add a second and a third layer of 
non textured tissue paper to soak 
up the excess glue mixture.

Arrange the "Tarpaulin"

Leave it to dry overnight. The painting 
to be done after 12 to 24 hours.
The painting steps will be described 
towards the end of this post.


I trimmed off the edges of the tarpaulin...

The outcome, not too bad - one dirty SAR 
tarpaulin covered "turbine" load on the 
U13 Abnormal Load Wagon.
(Painted the tarpaulin with a base coat Payne's 
Grey Matt Acrylic and Dry Brushed it with 
Revell Earth Brown Aqua Paint - to give it 
that grimy weathered look) 
Matt Acrylic Paints were used in this exercise.

A weathered SAR U13 Abnormal Load wagon.

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Weathering goodies!!!




Let's make another Tarpaulin covered load

Leave it to dry overnight. The painting 
to be done after 12 to 24 hours.

Removed the plastic object and
painting the tarpaulin cover with 

a matte acrylic paint.

Added the second base coat and 
dry brushed with Burnt Umber.

Added some lighter shades and dry 
brushed the edges with Payne's Grey.

The finished tarpaulin covered load. And the 
mystery load is indeed a V12 Rolls-Royce 
Griffon engine.

A tarpaulin covered Morris Minor.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

My Dremel® Rotary tool collection; with this toolkit it was possible for me to construct my entire layout. Track laying, scratch building, kitbashing, etc.


Dremel® 300 kit - purchased this toolkit
way back in 2009.

Dremel® 300 kit - still going strong. 
Using this rotary tool on a daily basis for 
any kind of job in and around the house. 
PRICELESS !!!!
I service this rotary tool once in a while - DIY

Dremel® kit 704 (200 piece)

Accessories...

More accessories...

Handcrafted "see through" safety guard

Dremel® SpeedClic™ Mandrel 
and Metal cutting disc.

Dremel® 200 - acquired recently - to be used 
for cutting and sanding stock. (The workhorse)

Monday, December 15, 2014

How to make your own custom Vehicle Branding for HO scale vehicles


Cut out this print from the shrink wrap of a 
Clover® Flavoured Milk bottle and pasted it 
to the side of this van.


Examples

Cut out this print from the foil wrap of a Bakers
Mini Cheddars® Snack Pack and pasted it
to the side of this van.

Laser printed on sticky label, 
resembles a Magnetic Sign...

Laser printed on sticky label, 
resembles a Magnetic Sign...

Laser printed on sticky label, 
resembles a Magnetic Sign...

Laser printed on sticky label, 
resembles a Magnetic Sign...


Cut out this print from a Jungle Oats® 
cereal box and pasted it to the side of 
this curtain trailer.

Cut out these prints from a Jungle Oats® 
cereal box and pasted it to the sides 
of this curtain trailer.

Cut out these prints from a Kellogg's 
Corn Flakes® cereal box and pasted it 
to the sides of this curtain trailer.


Cut out this print from the shrink wrap 
of a Clover® Crush® fruit juice bottle and 
pasted it to the side of this curtain trailer.

Cut out this print from the shrink wrap 
of a Clover® Crush® fruit juice bottle 
and pasted it to the side of this trailer.

Examples

Cut out this print from a Bokomo 
Weatbix® cereal box and pasted it 
to the side of this curtain trailer.

Cut out this print from a Bokomo 
ProNutro® cereal box and pasted it 
to the side of this trailer.
I use this product for pasting these prints on the 
vehicles. It is a non permanent solution and 
when the need arises to remove a print, 
you only loosen it with some water.
FREE advertising for the different brands on my Aliwal North SAR Layout.