|Having just arrived, the jacks are being examined by two of Nystrup Gravel's workers.|
In my last post on the 1:35 scale jacks, I was half way through the assembly. I met no obstacles gluing the remaining parts together. I primed the four jacks and the two girders and air brushed the jacks a medium grey. Bolt heads and iron fittings were painted dark brown and black. Before priming the girders needed a little putty and sanding on the top to hide some mould seams.
|The four jacks ready for a layer of primer. The jacks are secured to the plywood with a small piece of double sided tape.|
|Primed and ready for painting.|
After the main colours were dry, I gave the moving parts on the jacks a mix of dark grey and black from the air brush. Finally the jacks were given a wash of thinned oil paints, dry brushing with acrylics and picking out oily details with gloss varnish. The parts of the jacks closest to the ground were air brushed with a thin mix of light earth and thinner. I added Roman numerals in red.
|The lorry backing into position to unload the jacks in front of the loco shed.|
|There isn't much space to spare. A worker helps to guide the lorry driver getting into position in front of the loco shed.|
|Close up of jack no. 2. Solid equipment for a 600 mm. narrow gauge railway|
With the jacks ready for action, Nystrup Gravel's chief mechanic is now confident that even the heaviest locos can be lifted for thorough running gear maintenance.