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- DescriptionThe author had spent six years building a 7-1/4 gauge model of an LNER B1 locomotive, 'Bongo', and wanted to paint it to a high standard. This turned out to be easier said than done. The complete process of painting, lining and reassembly of Bongo took two years of frustration, mistakes and wrong directions but, finally, he won a gold medal at the 2004 Model Engineer Exhibition and the Charles Kennion Memorial Trophy for the best finished model in the show. It was this success, together with the lack of published help on the subject, that led to his decision to put pen to paper. This is t an academic treatise on painting, but a practical 'cook book' from someone who did finally achieve a good result, starting from zero kwledge. With 168 pages, 130 colour photographs and 30 diagrams, this book takes the beginner through all the necessary stages and processes in painting a model engineering subject. It includes selection and making of equipment, paint, preparation, spray and hand painting, fixing blemishes, lining, transfers, tips on how to look after the paintwork and a list of suppliers. The many trials, tribulations and disappointments are related, together with the author's solutions to them. It was only when the job was finished and sense of humour restored that people admitted that they had hardly dared to visit any longer because of the endless tales of woe and disaster: Paint running, rough finish, dust, insects, touching the still wet paint, dropping the tender, power failure in the middle of a job, faulty paint, water in the air supply...If the reader avoids just one of these pitfalls then the cost of the book will have been saved, perhaps several times over.
- Author BiographyChristopher Vine has always been fascinated by all things mechanical and electrical. In fact his first words were Turn it on and Turn it off which just about covered everything of interest. He started making things early on with his first working go-kart at the age of seven. It had a car battery and starter motor as motive power and a morse key as the switch. The next dangerous device was a motor bike made from a tiny child's bicycle and a lawn mower engine. The drive involved a large and vital pulley from his mother's washing machine. So started a lifetime of improvisation. The only thing he wanted for his eleventh birthday was a lathe. An old one was found for GBP 20 which, although worn out did, with a lot of help, produce a Stuart Turner No. 10 steam engine. About this time he made friends with a farmer who had built a 7-1/4 gauge railway across some fields and this sowed the seed of an ambition to build a locomotive to run on the farm railway. Later on a set of unwanted castings and drawings were acquired for a small tank engine to the 'Bridget' design. This locomotive worked well but something still larger and more detailed was desired. Some years later work started on 'Bongo', the painting of which is the subject of this book.
- Author(s)Christopher Vine
- PublisherChristopher Vine
- Date of Publication01/08/2006
- SubjectHobbies, Pastimes & Indoor Games
- Place of PublicationBridge of Weir
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintChristopher Vine
- Content Note164 colour photographs & diagrams
- Width170 mm
- Height240 mm
- Spine19 mm
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