Orient Express Rolling Stock

ebay mike

ebay mike

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I have found continued employment and the care of an elderly relative very demanding over the last few months. A long weekend off prompted some 'me time' to unwind so I managed to resurrect a project which had been put to one side. Piko Taurus has acquired the necessary coats of paint and a start has been made on associated livery. This will be a completely fictional loco - it's assumed that Siemen's leasing arm (Dispolok) was successful in obtaining a contract with VSOE and a multi-current vehicle supplied capable of traversing the entire route. Before I removed all the lettering from the donor bodyshell I photographed all markings and using MS Paint have produced what I think would have been an appropriate set for use on my model. These have been printed on inkjet vinyl and will be lacquered in due course. The colours are a much better match that the photographs indicate and hopefully will blend in well. I've purchased a Piko decoder and an LGB 65006 sound unit which will be installed shortly. I don't expect much more progress in the immediate future but will update developments as they happen.
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dunnyrail

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Nicely printed Vynils. This post caused me to search for Lazer Vynil and it is available. Lazer tends to last better in dayloght though you can get UV Sprays that will help if the inkjet you have is not too daylight colour fast.
 
ebay mike

ebay mike

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Nicely printed Vynils. This post caused me to search for Lazer Vynil and it is available. Lazer tends to last better in dayloght though you can get UV Sprays that will help if the inkjet you have is not too daylight colour fast.
My (self adhesive) vinyl came from Photo Paper Direct. I bought all three types - gloss, matt and clear. Also purchased a rattle-can of Ghiant satin inkjet fix (made in Belgium). I'm using Epson Stylus SX235W and HP Deskjet 1000 printers. Pattern cartridges from ebay seller 'kind-baby' for the Epson were £8.99 for THIRTY, including P&P !!!!!!!

When time permits I may print a new set of doors and windows to replace worn out ones on some of my ICE coaches. I also have a couple of spare trains which could be treated to some thing totally different in the way of livery.
 
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ebay mike

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First of the vinyls applied. The following has been noted.

1 Colour not quite as close as I had hoped, but once the final lacquer is applied it may not be so noticeable. Could always argue that modern practice is to stick printed data panels on rather than coachpaint.

2 Size compared to originals is way out in some instances, but should still convey the feel and impression.

3 My age is showing in the 'unsteady hand' giving rise to things not being square or level. Was going to peel off and try again but suspect there would not be a noticeable improvement next time round.

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mike

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Brilliant
 
Rhinochugger

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I like the cut of your jib, sir :clap::clap::clap::clap::clap:
 
ebay mike

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I like the cut of your jib, sir :clap::clap::clap::clap::clap:
Thanks Rhino. You must have been reading my mind as I've recently considered building a large rail-mounted crane. Have almost completed one side of ES 64 U4 009. Domestic chores now call so this will be shelved for a few days as I return to work tomorrow. Latest pics taken in rather too bright sunlight so edges and colour variation somewhat exaggerated. I'm quite impressed with this inkjet vinyl stuff so ordered another 40 sheets last night while the CyberMonday offer was still on. I can think of a myriad of uses.
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Thanks Rhino. You must have been reading my mind as I've recently considered building a large rail-mounted crane. Have almost completed one side of ES 64 U4 009. Domestic chores now call so this will be shelved for a few days as I return to work tomorrow. Latest pics taken in rather too bright sunlight so edges and colour variation somewhat exaggerated. I'm quite impressed with this inkjet vinyl stuff so ordered another 40 sheets last night while the CyberMonday offer was still on. I can think of a myriad of uses.
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I think your Orient Express train needs a much longer line to stretch its legs - come the better weather, drop me a line and come across the county :nod::nod::nod::nod:
 
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First of the vinyls applied. The following has been noted.

1 Colour not quite as close as I had hoped, but once the final lacquer is applied it may not be so noticeable. Could always argue that modern practice is to stick printed data panels on rather than coachpaint.

2 Size compared to originals is way out in some instances, but should still convey the feel and impression.

3 My age is showing in the 'unsteady hand' giving rise to things not being square or level. Was going to peel off and try again but suspect there would not be a noticeable improvement next time round.

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What can help take the edges of the well edge of the paper is to colour off the white with a felt tip pen. Finding a good match may be a problem but there are lots of packs available with many different pens of the same colour. Even a close match would tend to loose the white edge.

I use Lettering as you have done on all my renumbering projects and find the felt tip pen suggested works for me.
 
ebay mike

ebay mike

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It's official - HERCULE POIROT LIVES!

Despite David Suchet's portrayal of Monsieur Poirot's demise he has been resurrected as the only (to my knowledge) named Taurus locomotive. This particular one having been leased for use on the reputedly most luxurious train in the world. To set it aside from the remainder of the class it has been adorned with a nameplate attributed to it's most famous fictional passenger. Decoder and sound unit have been fitted and weather permitting proving trials will commence later today (it being just after midnight and pitch black outside).

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Rhinochugger

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It's official - HERCULE POIROT LIVES!

Despite David Suchet's portrayal of Monsieur Poirot's demise he has been resurrected as the only (to my knowledge) named Taurus locomotive. This particular one having been leased for use on the reputedly most luxurious train in the world. To set it aside from the remainder of the class it has been adorned with a nameplate attributed to it's most famous fictional passenger. Decoder and sound unit have been fitted and weather permitting proving trials will commence later today (it being just after midnight and pitch black outside).

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S'nice :clap::clap::clap::clap::clap:
 
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C'est Bon!
Eet has got the leetle grey-cells working!!
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ebay mike

ebay mike

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Ou? All I see is blue :emo::emo:
Been outside for a play (sorry, I mean test). Looks better in daylight. Check carefully Rhino and you'll see a bit of gold and red. SWMBO says 'have you finished?' Reply, 'No, things not completely right. Will have to have another go later, when we come home' (after shopping). I've used that one before. Wonder if she's twigged?
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Wow she looks superb, a great take on a real life newish loco :)
 
ebay mike

ebay mike

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Retirement looms and this will be my next OE project, although I have a number of half-finished items which need to be completed first. At least that's the plan, but you know nothing's certain. This time I intend to construct two at the same time (not strictly as per prototype - but my interpretation), with the intention of selling off one of them. I seem to remember someone made one in O gauge but I think a G scale version would fit in very nicely with a rake of the LGB brown and cream Fleche D'Or coaches and an SNCF Mikado up front. I've got a spare restaurant car somewhere which may acquire a matching livery.
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Congratulations on your forthcoming retirement and I look forward to following your new project.
 
Rhinochugger

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Retirement's a doddle (in this weather) but I'd love to see that fourgon with it's baggage containers :clap::clap::clap: