Painting & adding Decals to a V/line Hopper
The model went together well however the instructions could be written better, there were a few moments where I was left wondering but eventually I managed to work it out. The detail on the model looks fantastic, there is a lot of detail on the brake wheel end which looks impressive. The only detail that it does not come with are ‘Shunters steps’ on each end however they can be ordered separately.
I have a number of these hoppers to put together and the main purpose of me writing this post is so I can remember exactly how I painted the model. I want the color of each wagon to be uniform.
The yellow that was used was ‘Vallejo - Sand Yellow’ applied through an airbrush (Iwata Revolution). Due to the paint being a ‘Model Color’ it needed to be thinned down in order to apply it using the airbrush, for this I used about 5 drops of ‘Vallejo Thinner’ and 10 – 12 drops of ‘Sand Yellow’. I was a little concerned that the paint wouldn’t be able to cover the back of the details at the ends of the car however with the airbrush at max pressure which is 20psi the paint seemed to circulate behind the details and gave a good overall coverage even on the areas where direct application could not be achieved.
The wheels are also painted, I removed them from the trucks and mixed some ‘Vallejo – Burnt Umber’ with ‘Black’, I only mixed in a very small amount of black to just slightly darken the burnt umber giving the effect of dirt mixed with grimy oil and grit.
When it comes to replicating the same results I get, it is important to follow instructions especially the ones written on the side of the Humbrol decal fix bottle and it is also important to apply the decals to a smooth glossy surface as this prevents silvering of the decal which is tiny air bubbles that get under the decal as it is drying onto the model. Once dry we can dull everything down with Dull Coat.
I hope you enjoyed reading this short article and if you have any tips or suggestions fee free to leave a comment, you can also leave an image of your projects as well..