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 Modelling the GWR

A personal Journey

Lining City of Cardigan
A layman’s Guide

In the past I have always had major problems trying to use lining transfers. It very quickly became a game of snakes and ladders for me. I’d start, make some progress then it would all go wrong.  I also tried using lining pens as well but the end result of this type of lining was also little short of a disaster. So having just built a Castle Class Locomotive and gone to the trouble of adding in as much detail as I could, I thought it only right that I attempt lining again to finish it off.

I reread Ian Rathbones book on lining and painting and studied his associated DVDs that I’d had for some time and I always marvelled at his expertise in lining using both approaches. So taking many leaves from his book I endeavoured to make a fresh start. This time I made much more progress and learned how to achieve a reasonable way of lining my castle Class locomotive. To share how I did that I am using the second locomotive I have lined, City of Truro which I built several years ago.

There are several important steps to success, which worked for me!

  1. Preparation

  2. Using the right tools

  3. Using the right transfers

  4. A dry run using the transfers

  5. More about the transfers

  6. Applying transfers

  7. Lining the tender

Once the transfers are all in the right place and you are reasonably satisfied with them. The final job is to apply a coat of matt varnish to protect them. My current ones are not perfect. But, the next loco I line will be even better and so on.

Lining technique

gloss varnish

cut transfers into small manageable sections

apply carefully using wooden cocktail sticks and cotton wool buds

trim the overlaps

apply matt varnish to finish off and protect