George Dent offers a range of detailing ideas that won’t break the bank.
George Dent offers five ways to improve ready-to-run locomotives and coaching stock that won’t break the bank.
1 – ETCHED NAMEPLATES
One of the simplest upgrades for locomotives is to install etched metal nameplates (and numberplates, where appropriate). Printed names can be impressively rendered, but they lack that distinctive relief of the real thing. Etched nameplates are available from a range of suppliers, including Fox Transfers and Shawplan. According to the prototype, they may consist of single or multiple layers, such as when it features coats of arms, crests or logos.
STEP BY STEP
Sometimes etched nameplates are provided with RTR models as an alternative to the printed versions and may consist of two or more layers. If sourced separately, check that the correct colour is chosen to suit the model’s livery. Cut the nameplate free from the fret carefully with a set of sharp metal snips, then dress the edges smooth with a needle file. I prefer to use Glue ‘n’ Glaze adhesive, applied sparingly with a cocktail stick. Leave the glue to turn tacky over a few minutes before placing the nameplate into position. A strip of masking tape can act as a guide. Any excess glue can be wiped away with a damp swab.