Saturday, 26 August 2017

Ratio 4 wheel coach side

A W1 parcels van conversion from two Ratio brake third sides. Yes it has bowed very slightly - not a problem. The painting though is. There is no easy way around this. I chose the black framing first then the brown, now onto the cream. I might go cream first next time. The only way to do it is to take a deep breath and a new brush.
It's enough to drive you back to the easy option of freelancing.


Ever so slowly managed to get one side done. If you play the 3' rule it looks OK, but I'm wowed by people who can do this well - one chap in Denmark in particular. Just a coat of varnish over this and then just touch the handles and grabs in with brass before building. I'm not looking forward to the tiny numbers. It is quite a cute little vehicle though.


  1. I think the safest way to do this is to paint the framing first then the panels second. "float" the cream on to the middle of the panel and then gently push the paint up into the corners. Tip provided to me by Tim of Port St George fame and his coaches are amongst the best I've seen


  2. Which is basically what I did. The trouble is getting the paint wet enough to flow, but still thick enough to cover. Cream is not known for it's covering quality. I ended up doing a half float, half paint technique.