I've a lot of small tasks ongoing in parallel at the moment, mostly preparing stock for Hexworthy in preparation for its first exhibition next month. The first to be finished was a small but important task, making ready-to-run coaches actually ready to run. Lovely though the Peco coaches are, they have a bit of a plasticky look (particularly the roofs) and are too clean even for a preserved railway.
- The white plastic roofs were airbrushed with off-white acrylic, as much as anything to reduce the plasticky sheen and to take the edge off the starkness
- They then had a fine mist of black splattered over the top to represent soot, as with the Ashover coaches
- The lamp tops were then picked out in matt black (well, very dark grey), the little covers next to them were left white
- The plastic moulded hand-rail had the edge picked out in black, which from most angles makes it look much more like a handrail than a white ridge
- The steps, lamp brackets, and handrails on the coach ends were also picked out in matt dark grey/black, I also painted the buffer beams black
- The grey/black thinned slightly was also run along the footboards and underframes to soften them and make them matt
- A mid-brown acrylic was then airbrushed lightly over the footboards and underframes, allowing a little to mist onto the lower sides and ends.
The passengers are just visible through the windows, and the subtle weathering to roofs and underframes is effective at removing the plastickyness.