Mike Trice's 4mm Workbench

Discussion in 'Workbenches, including workshop techniques.' started by Mike Trice, 1 March 2020.

Tags:
  1. Mike Trice

    Mike Trice Western Thunderer

    The IPA has done its work stripping the Halfords' Primer and lossening the Evo Stik so the body is back to its constituent parts. Still some Evo Stik residue to scrape off:
    IMG_2053.JPG
     
  2. Mike Trice

    Mike Trice Western Thunderer

    After a lot of faffing around I am more or less at the same point I was a few days back however looking at the rainstrips I think they are going to have to come off and be redone:
    IMG_2060.JPG
     
    john lewsey likes this.
  3. LarryG

    LarryG Western Thunderer

    Speaking as a constant coach builder, simplicity is the keyword. Which is why when it comes to Gresleys, I use Hornby coaches as donors of roofs, chassis, bogies and interiors. I have a spare one on the shelf and while I might not want to do it, I think forward three hours and know I will be looking at a finished unpainted coach with brass sides. :)
     
  4. Mike Trice

    Mike Trice Western Thunderer

    I fancied the challenge ;-)
     
    LarryG and Mick Bennett like this.
  5. Mike Trice

    Mike Trice Western Thunderer

    Time to get back to something constructive, fitting the stepboards.

    A simple soldering jig has been made from layers of card:
    IMG_2065.JPG
    Solder applied:
    IMG_2067.JPG

    Just needs cleaning up and final shaping:
    IMG_2069.JPG
    Hopefully that completes all the soldering jobs.
     
  6. Mike Trice

    Mike Trice Western Thunderer

    I have started putting together a crude interior, but my heart is not really in it at the moment:
    IMG_2073.JPG
     
    Rob Pulham, P A D, GrahameH and 2 others like this.
  7. ianlbsc

    ianlbsc Western Thunderer

    But it looks so good Mike! Those prints are grand, Happy days!
     
  8. Mike Trice

    Mike Trice Western Thunderer

    Somehow I seem to be one seat short so am having to bring the photon online. Being lazy I am also going to print the tables.
     
    Rob Pulham and Jason L like this.
  9. LarryG

    LarryG Western Thunderer

    Don't blame you. Fitting out open coaches is time-consuming enough without the faff of tables..
     
  10. Mike Trice

    Mike Trice Western Thunderer

    We now have tables and a few extra seats. Guess what I will be glueing later?
    IMG_2076.JPG
     
    Rob Pulham, iak63 and Tim Watson like this.
  11. Mike Trice

    Mike Trice Western Thunderer

    I am getting dangerously low on Halfords' Primer:
    IMG_2078.JPG

    Interior is not pretty but should do. Seats and tables fixed in place with 5 min epoxy: IMG_2079.JPG

    IMG_2081.JPG
     
    Pencarrow, Rob Pulham, jonte and 9 others like this.
  12. Dave Holt

    Dave Holt Western Thunderer

    Looks pretty good to me. The seats in particular are very impressive and infinitely better than the extruded strip most of us are forced to use.
    Dave.
     
  13. Mike Trice

    Mike Trice Western Thunderer

    As part of my daily exercise I just so happened to pass my local Halfords having just so happened to have placed a click and collect order for further supplies of primer so hopefully should not now run out.

    Added torpedo vents from my Shapeways mouldings, fashioned a crude filler cap from 2mm styrene rod and added a couple of grab rails from 0.45mm N/S:
    IMG_2084.JPG
     
  14. Mike Trice

    Mike Trice Western Thunderer

    A piece of N/S strip is notched and soldered to a length of 0.45mm wire:
    IMG_2086.JPG

    Then clipped off IMG_2087.JPG

    Other end done and basic shaping done: IMG_2090.JPG

    I originally inteded to drill out the alarm gear mountings but in the end just used a razor saw:
    IMG_2091.JPG

    And epoxied in place:
    IMG_2107.JPG

    I mentioned previously that I intended to try using Archer's Rivet transfers. Quite impressed: IMG_2093.JPG
    IMG_2095.JPG

    And with a quick blast of primer: IMG_2100.JPG
     
    P A D, Rob Pulham, jonte and 10 others like this.
  15. Mike Trice

    Mike Trice Western Thunderer

    I have started "teaking" the body. First off a base coat of Halfords' Filler Primer is sprayed on the sides, just enough to cover and not obscure detail. With that dry a 50/50 mix of Vallejo Bright Orange and Orange Brown brushed thinly. Even coverage is really not important at this point however the brush is drawn in the direction of the grain. Once the base colours have dried some Vallejo Flat Earth is dry brushed onto some of the panels just to give them some variety. Finally a coat of Klear is applied and the whole body left to cure overnight:
    IMG_2119.JPG
    I have also taken the opportunity to do something I have intended for a long time, taken a video of the process so I can upload it to YouTube.
     
    JimG, P A D, jonte and 4 others like this.
  16. Mike Trice

    Mike Trice Western Thunderer

    Graining coat applied using Vandyke Brown oil paint mixed 50/50 with Liquin then brushed out along the grain. Once dry second coat of Klear:
    IMG_2132.JPG
    IMG_2133.JPG
     
    JimG, Pencarrow, Heather Kay and 9 others like this.
  17. ianlbsc

    ianlbsc Western Thunderer

    Looking as brilliant as ever Mike. You say a coat of Klear. What are you applying it with and is it used neat or thinned down a bit with something? Cheers Ian
     
  18. john lewsey

    john lewsey Western Thunderer

    Very effective Mike
     
  19. Mike Trice

    Mike Trice Western Thunderer

    Applied with a Golden Taklon flat brush neat from the bottle.
     
    ianlbsc likes this.
  20. Mike Trice

    Mike Trice Western Thunderer

    As promised a couple of videos covering the process:

     
    P A D, Heather Kay, Phil O and 5 others like this.