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After fruitless searching on the web looking for a diesel locomotive washing unit that had some interest, from a modelling point of view, I decided that Barchester's design team could come up with something that had a lot more modelling potential than anything I had seen on the web. Construction to be of card again, of varying thicknesses plus the usual white PVA glue to stick everything together.

In this first photograph we see a very simple beginning with just lengths of card cut to your design lengths and widths for platform surfaces. The right hand one is complete in itself while the left hand pair deal with two lengths of track. The middle platform, along with the right hand one for the actual washing operation which will be carried out under cover while the left hand platform and track will be for the valeting of stock.

The girder work under construction is again made from card, three lengths of card to each girder and glued together to make the 'H' frame. These girders are then slid down through holes in the platforms and glued to the inside surface of the platform support walls. The platform surfaces themselves have been scribed with a craft knife and then coloured over with a 'dirty' water/paint wash and the excess paint wiped off with a cloth.






The girder work has now been completed, still all card, with the top pieces having the corner plates added for extra strength. The Class 66 is just trying things on for size and to make sure I have my measurements correct. Be a bit daft if I pressed on and then the locomotive couldn't get into the unit. You can probably see that the platform supporting walls have been strengthened with vertical pieces of card. This is just for appearances sake as the model does not actually need this support.





I see from the pictures that some things look out of line vertically but this is down to my poor qualities as a photographer and not the model that is at fault. The pinky colour in the lower picture is also only on the picture.

More later.........
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The next photograph shows that the high pressure water pipes have been fitted, these are BBQ kebab sticks cut down to size and painted with red acrylic paint while the girders are also painted with acrylic colour suitable for this kind of job. The verticals on the platform support walls are plainly visible in this shot.





The next two photographs show the roof temporarily in position. If possible it is best to make both the front and rear of the roof and the roof itself from one piece of card as this will ensure a perfect fit when the time comes. If you do this don't forget the front and rear overhang of the roof itself when marking out the width of the roof. The next job is to mark and cut out the roof windows.









The front has been scribed for wood plank effect then coloured. The roof itself has to be painted a very dark grey, glazed and then the glazing bars made. The material for the 'glass' is the clear plastic that comes from round shirt collars when you buy them new. This is just one cheap source for this material. Many goods are packed in boxes with a 'window' so that you can see the contents and this is another good source of free material. The plastic glazing is stuck to the card with UHU, a favourite glue of mine. The glazing bars are strips cut from white freezer bag sticky labels. They don't have to freezer bag labels of course, any sticky labels will do.

This next picture shows you the effects of the simple operations mentioned above now that the roof is finished and stuck in position. Drain pipes were then added and these are just measured and cut off tooth picks with a thin card collector box at the top of each one. The collector boxes are lengths of thin card which have been scribed and then bent around the scribe mark to form the box.





Final pictures of this model next......

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These last two pictures show the unit in use. The first picture shows the unit in it's original position and the second one after it has been exchanged with the refuelling station. These moves, while inconvenient at the time, have proved very good both from an operational and esthetic viewpoint. The ballasting and groundwork in both photographs have been completed since these pictures were taken.







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