|Nystrup Gravel Hudson skip no 52 showing off its weathered inside. It doesn't show too clearly in the image, but the graphite adds a slight sheen to the inside on the parts of the bucket that are polished by exiting gravel.
Graphite powder is used for lubrication and I was fortunate enough to pick up some left overs in the bottom of a can. A very small amount will last a long time even in 16 mm scale. The graphite is easily aquired from lock smiths in small amounts for lubricating locks. The graphite can also be bought in cans or even sacks from specialist dealers.
To apply the graphite I simply pick up the amount of powder that will stick to my index finger by natural adhesion (moisture and skin oil) and work the powder into the matt paint and varnish on the skips' insides. All it takes is a few passes back and forth with the graphited finger tip. I was careful not to overdo the effect. I was going for a moderate sheen and a smooth texture in contrast to the other matt and 'rough texture' surfaces on the skips. I'm not producing a polished silver fork here!
|The four empty skips are ready to be picked up by a loco and propelled to the gravel pits for loading.
|Skip 52 and its three stablemates parked on my semi-finished photo plank with 15 lbs/yard rail on wooden sleepers.