Sunday, 26 January 2014

MAKING YOUR HUB CARS GREEN WITH ENVY (or just tint the windows green)

Since the release of the Eureka Models HUB cars there has been much debate around the windows and whether they should have had a green tint or not.

On the prototype there is a slight green tint to the windows.  The RUBs and stainless steel cars also had a similar tinting.

There have been a few different ways published on how to gain this effect. For me the ways shown darkened the windows too much and hey became way too green for my liking.

So recently when I was asked to tint a set for someone I came up with my own ideas and came up with an effect that looked the part

Firstly I purchased a bottle of Tamiya Clear Green (Xxx) and some Isocol to thin the paint with. I then sprayed the windows lightly with the clear green to give the tinted effect on the windows.

As can be seen by the before and after photos, the green tint looks the part.  This can also be used on the flush glaze used on Silvermaz RUB cars and the Lima Stainless steel cars.



Wednesday, 1 January 2014


Well another year has come and gone.  Very little to report from the last 12 months on the layout.  The main addition was the wheat silo going in.  Over the next few months I plan to really get stuck in and get the second (lower level) complete and joining in to the top level.  After much procrastination I have worked out exactly where the points are to go in to take the main line away from the branch line.

New additions on the new model front were, the HUB cars arrived early in the new year.  Many comments were made about no "GREEN TINT" in the windows.  (I've worked out a method to tint the windows and will post this on the blog soon.)  I also acquired an 82 class (as built).  Thre were more 4 wheelers (LV, MV, CW) as well as some new bogie rolling stock (MRC)

Looking into the crystal ball, this year we will see in locomotives the 442/700,  81, G, BL and hopefully the 48/830.  We my also get a 45/600.  On the rolling stock front TRC, VLX, LHG and S wagon  All additions that will be welcomed on the Main West.

Hopefully over the next 12 months there will be a lot more posts and much more to report.

Happy Calendar changing Day