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F501: Livery & Detailing (1)

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90% complete. Time to apply some colour...

I was really struggling here because all my F500 pictures are in black & white. Matthew Labine very kindly emailed me a colour image taken at Ennis in 1961 showing F503 in a very washed out and neglected bluey green. Allowing for the considerable fading on the prototype, the nearest match I could find was Ford (UK) Meadow Green acrylic in auto touch-up aerosol cans.

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The body panels and cab were completely dismantled for painting, so that where possible aerosol spray could be applied to a horizontal surface. I used two coats of grey primer with a pause of 15/20 minutes in between. Then, after 24 hours, a firm brushing with a stiff dry toothbrush followed by two or three applications of final colour, again with 15/20 minute gaps between each coat. I found I got best results by making the last coat quite liberal.

I'll not be weathering the model because I want a "recently delivered" F500 as depicted from 1957 on Page 197 of The West Clare Railway (Patrick Taylor/Plateway Press)!

(The simulated joints in the top panels are self-adhesive copper tape.)

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The buffer beams were sprayed with VW Mars Red over grey primer. (You can see from the top image that my camera has difficulty delineating the red/green boundary.) The roof, inner roof panel and in-cab control panels were sprayed matt black.

The surrounds for the running lamps are cup washers. They are a little over scale - but not by very much - and I think they'll look fine once the bulbs are in place.

Other remaining details in this picture are the filler cap and beam steps.

The photographs and text on this page are copyright (c) Paul Backhouse 1999 and may not be reproduced or distributed without the owner's permission.

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