RE: [FS32NGModelrail] Still More Re: People come to 'Le Mortier Gourmand' (Part Deux)
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I wouldn’t worry about Paul Berntsen taunting you about swimming at the beach. What would be really scary was if he threatened to show you a picture of him in a swimming costume at the beach. You do NOT need that sort of retina burn!
From: FS32NGModelrail@yahoogroups.com [mailto: FS32NGModelrail@yahoogroups.com ] On Behalf Of Mike South
Sent: Friday, February 24, 2006 5:41 AM
Subject: [FS32NGModelrail] Still More Re: People come to 'Le Mortier Gourmand' (Part Deux)
Good Morning Kevin and Brian,
For painting such as the 1/32 scale 'Le Mortier' figures Tom first
washes the figure in warm soapy water, followed by a THOROUGH rinse and
air drying. Then his preferred primer is the one made by 'Tamiya'.
Next the basic colour areas are blocked in using FRESH 'Humbrol'
enamels, with the settled pigment from the bottom of the tin spooned out
onto a china plate with a spade-shaped wooden toothpick. The pigment on
the plate is then 'let down' with the carrying agent that floats at the
top of the tin until the required painting consistency is achieved.
After the enamels have thoroughly dried (a week), ' Windsor & Newton '
oil paints are used for the top 'shading and hues' coat. Tom absolutely
insists that ' Windsor & Newton ' use quite the most superior pigments on
market. He ought to know, because for quite a few years he used to work
on the factory floor for CIBA-Geigy's pigments and paints division and
W&N wouldn't buy from C-G, even though C-G supplied about 95% of
Europe's pigments for everything from paints to paper to foodstuffs.
Nothing wrong with C-G's products, in fact Tom says they were very, very
good. Its just that W&N's were even better! If interested Tom has
offered to put together a list of fundamental oil colours that any good
figure painter should have. Let me know if interested and I will post
As for the much lamented late Dennis Allenden's article on the real 'Le
Mortier Gumond' in the March 1959 issue of 'Model Railway News', this
was THE very first model railway magazine I ever purchased, with my
(very) hard earned paper round money. It only took me 45 years or so to
get round to building my own model.... The full-size French "Ligne
Transcorrèzien" (Tramways de la Corrèze) is, for me, THE ideal narrow
gauge prototype, notwithstanding that I model the 60 cm./ 2 ft. gauge
and the TC was to one metre gauge. If anybody is REALLY interested in
the full-size TC, I will be happy to send them a CD of some 430 images
of the line that I have compiled. Your fellow New Zealander Greg Keay
(he of 'Glenorchy Models'*) and I have been engaged in a snails' race
over the last few years to see which of the two of of will finish his
model of Le Mortier Gumond station and environs first - holding your
breath could be dangerous here :-)
Tom says 'many thanks' to Brian for his kind comments and also that he -
like I - continue to appreciate all of Brian's sterling work for the
Industrial Railway Society. Was it really 25 years ago that Brian and I
last met at a Merioneth Railway Society 'Open Day' at the ( London ) Model
railway Club's Keen House H.Q.? - My, how time flies these days :-)
With best wishes to all from snowy and cold deepest western Canada -
your unfeeling compadre Paul Berntsen has just been taunting me with
news of swimming and picnics of fish and chips on the beach at Waiheke
Island [off Auckland] :-)
Calgary, Alberta , Canada
... and, just in case you are holding back, their 1933 'RN' type Austin
Seven delivery van really is a very nice model. PLEASE buy one so that
Greg is encouraged to offer more models of a similar high standard
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