Sunday, 28 August 2011

"Back to work!"

I've been away for a few weeks - I generally don't shout out when I go on holiday these days, however I'm expecting to get the Pre-Kipper Henry finished in the next week or so.

The Henry VS Henry video is in the queue for editing - it'll be coming out shortly after the Bachmann Donald & Douglas review (incoming!)

Until next time!

Monday, 15 August 2011

"Win a Back to the Future Delorean!"

Yes, this exquisite Back to the Future Delorean DMC-12 could be yours! I ship anywhere in the world, just lay in a comment on the video with your answer to the competition question.

Until next time!

Saturday, 13 August 2011

"Pre-Kipper Henry - Update 4"

Still working on the "Pre Kipper Henry" model, for the upcoming Hornby VS Bachmann Henry video.

I'd like to make something very clear: by no means is my upcoming "how to" video, the only way, or the "best" way of making these character; simply how I managed it.

However, I'd like to think that my way of doing it has a little panache, so let's see how I've been getting on this week...

Yes - we have the green paint, finally applied! I had my heart set on a particular type of aerosol green, but after a few attempts I felt the colour was significantly off. So as per usual, I mixed my own, and applied a varnish afterwards. The result is as above - hopefully matching the wheels and cylinders rather more closely than the paint I was originally going to use!

This also shows the modifications I made to the tender - including modifying the length of the coal space, and the sides. If you look carefully at the tender steps, you'll see they are the original shade of green still. Not quite an exact match, but very, very close I feel.

The white running plate, and then the black smokebox and cab roof will be applied next, followed by careful painting of the handrails in silver, and then the running plate and bufferbeams in red. In all, it's starting to come together quite nicely.

Until next time!

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

"Pre-Kipper Henry - Update 3"

Taking my mind off the rioting in London, I decided last night to get on with the Henry build, which involves modifying the Bachmann Henry model into its original form.

However, one thing stuck out as wrong for both the original Henry, and his rebuilt form. The tender. The side sheets on the standard Bachmann model are far too short. I was debating in the last blog post as to whether or not to bite the bullet and make the modifications, and as you can see from the picture above, it would need some additional material on the side sheets.

Well, you know me...!

Two strips of plasticard, 2mm thick, was stuck down after I carefully filed down either side of the moulded coal for them to rest on. These were stuck down with expoy and left to harden for an hour.

Note, that the rear of the tender will also need modifying at some point to match the TV series model.

The next step was to use my favourite filler - Humbrol's model filler. It's a grey filler which dries quickly, and sands down easily. In addition, to help sculpt the side sheets, I used Gamesworkshops' "Green Putty" which was left to harden overnight.

Then this morning, after careful sanding and filing to shape, we were left with the above. Doesn't that look much better? When you look carefully at photographs of Henry in the TV series, you can see the side sheets are just below the top of the roofline of the model. I may have to file them down a little bit more to make it perfect, but overall the look of the tender is significantly improved:

The whole model will now enter the painting stage, and be primed this afternoon ready for its first few coats of green paint. The wheelsets on engine and tender will be removed to be repainted into the same shade, as will the cylinders, to make the whole model match.

Until next time - when I'll be hopefully showing off a near-complete model.

Saturday, 6 August 2011

"Pre-Kipper Henry - Update 2"

I thought I'd give a little update for those of you waiting anxiously for the Henry VS Henry video (out by September 9th), through showing you a few modelling updates. Here, I have test fitted the safety valves and whistle, and the cab, and put the model together to show how it'll look when finally put together.

Handrails have been fitted - I got fed up of trying to preserve the moulded ones!

The boiler bands were removed - we had a little debate on the Sodor Island Forums regarding this, and it suddenly hit me this morning as to why the boiler bands were so wrong. Removing the outer bands leaves the exact same number of bands - and spacing - as the Bachmann Gordon model! So there you have it, it seems the two models share a lot of development between them.

The safety valves are an interesting thing - none of the photographs or screencaps could show me exactly what they looked like in the TV series, so I gave up and have resorted to a standard set of Hornby valves, which will do for now. The whistle was taken from the same donor engine, and looks respectable.

The tender is irritating greatly at the moment. I had not planned to do anything to the tender, but I am thinking about it. The side sheets are just too short, a right failure on Bachmann's part to make the model like its TV series counterparts. The side sheets are meant to go all the way up to the cab roof, and in short, they don't. A quick photoshop of my own photo shows where the side sheets should be in height (roughly):

The difference it makes to the overall look, is alarmingly good! It is probably the biggest error Bachmann have made on the Henry model, bar the boiler band fiasco.

So the question is, do I make more work for myself, strip the tender and then add extra side sheeting to the top of the tender? It didn't bother me so much on the Bachmann Spencer model (that model looked wrong from whatever angle you care to look at it), but on the Henry model, it somehow ruins the character of the engine in front. So watch this space, this may mean the whole damn locomotive gets rebuilt and repainted...!!!

One last picture, side on, to show the overall progress:

Until next time!

Thursday, 4 August 2011

"Pre-Kipper Henry"

I'll just leave this here - new trailer, shows off some modelling (gasp) that I've been doing!

Until next time!

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

"The winner of the next review...Henry the Green Engine!"

Yes, Henry the Green Engine will be subject of the next Hornby VS Bachmann review! Until next time, approximately 31st August (I have a special video coming out on the 17th which is taking up all of my time!), but to whet your whistle for the special "how to" segment of the video...

It's a work in progress, but I think it's coming along nicely. Needs a lot more work to the bodyshell and cab, I have sourced replacement safety valves and a whistle, in short it's going to look terrific when finished (now, the question is, what colour to paint it...!!!)

Until next time!