When I built the modified 422 Model Making coach I really liked it.
It seemed a pity to build just one.
I ordered a second kit and it’s been ‘playing catch up’ with the first one.
As you can see, it’s caught up 🙂
I tried a new approach for the painting.
The coaches were primed with Citadel Corax White, given a coat of artists acrylic Burnt Umber paint. When this was dry I gave them a coat of artists Burnt Sienna. The artists acrylics worked well and I’d definitely use them again. It’s a little thinner than ‘modellers’ acrylics and the first coat of Burnt Umber was a little uneven. This has created a weathered, aged effect on the coaches. I must admit I hadn’t intended to do this, but I rather like the result.
The coaches were given a light brushing with rust and dirty brown weathering powders, then varnished with Citadel Munitorum. Citadel describe it as ‘semi-matte/satin finish’. I used it on the passengers too. I wondered if it would be too shiny, but I don’t think it is.
In the past when I’ve made coaches I’ve glued the floor and the walls together, installed the glazing and passengers, then fixed the roof onto the coach. Here the roofs of the coaches are glued in place so the glazing and the passengers were installed via the floor opening. This is the first time I’ve built a coach in this way and it worked well. I’d use this approach again. The push fit floor allows me to access the interior of the coach whenever I want.
With the floor, bogies and couplings in place, the final touch was to install the brass door handles. The shiny new brass looked out of place on these coaches so I give the handles a light brushing of Burnt Umber to weather them.
Job done, and I like these coaches 🙂
You can read all the steps of the kit modification and construction here.