Waterslide Transfers for LB&SCR Models



Photo (click to enlarge): 4mm model of Craven Victoria Class single (Stroudley rebuild), showing use of the lining set, plus bespoke name and number plate transfers (see also detail) [Photo and model Copyright IMW]




Eric Gates developed 4mm lining “kits” for his own models of Stroudley and R. Billinton period locos (see passenger kit and goods kit images), and these are now available to other members of the Brighton Circle. Each “kit” provides enough lines for at least one tender or tank locomotive. In the detail image of the passenger kit, lines are identified as follows: 1 – boiler band (the modeller must first apply dark green paint); 2 – buffer banding; 3 – valance frame edging; 4 – panel lines. The kit also includes complete panels to help with lining tender and bunker toolboxes, and buffer beams (slightly simplified), and the upper flared panels of tenders. There are also curved and angled corners and a variety of large radius curved lines, mostly in white to the inside and outside versions. The goods kit contains essentially the same elements and is for the red-black-red lining of Westinghouse fitted locos, which is a simpler design than the passenger livery.


The variety of parts is adequate for all commonly modelled prototypes. However, unusual prototypes, such as Victoria shown above, may require a little innovation.


For further details of the lining “kits” contact Eric Gates.


Eric has provided the following notes and photographs of a model before and after the application of the passenger lining:


There are no 4mm scale lining kits designed specifically for the post 1905 umber livery period.


Eric Gates has developed 4mm scale carriage transfers (image) and the small remaining stock is still available to members of the Brighton Circle, e.g. 2nd class carriage (a Woodham Wagon Works kit, painted in the varnished teak livery).


Bespoke Transfers




Print Technology used for the Bespoke Transfers 


The printer used for the bespoke and other transfers produced by Ian White is an OKI DP-5000 (known in some countries as ALPS MD-5000). This used a dry print method based on separate ribbons for the primary colours (yellow, cyan and magenta), plus ribbons for black, white, metallic gold and finish (a varnish coat). Most colours were made-up of a mixture of yellow, cyan and magenta (as per ink jet printing) and these appear as stripes at high magnification. Furthermore, these colours lack sufficient opacity for application on to Stroudley improved engine green, so white is initially applied as an undercoat where these colours are to be used. Only the black, white and gold can be printed as unbroken areas of colour. Finally, a finish coat is applied to give some protection to the print but varnishing of the completed model may be desirable for additional protection.


The transfers were printed on a carrier film which was continuous across the entire backing paper, and in this respect they differed from commercially printed (and normally mass produced) transfers, where the carrier is printed on to the backing paper and confined to the area of each transfer.


Sadly suitable printers are no longer manufactured AND THE SERVICE IS NOW SUSPENDED


The following information is retained here for general interest.


Design for Locomotive Names


Ian White developed loco name transfers for his own models and these were available to other members of the Brighton Circle. The type style was based on a standard PC font, stretched and modified as required to be a reasonable match to the Stroudley style. This was shadowed with green and black, and red flashes were added in a manner similar to that used on the prototype (e.g. Gladstone at the National Railway Museum). The prototype font also included some white flashes but these were omitted because the print process introduces pale stripes across the green and red print, the effect of which in small scale was similar to that of the original design (see enlargement and Overbury, A., 1990, Stroudley passenger locomotive livery, The Brighton Circular 16: 49-52).


Whenever possible artwork was prepared with reference to side-on (or almost side-on) photographs of the prototype (e.g. E1 Shorwell) but sometimes the match had to be made to another name with the same number of letters on the same size of tank side (e.g. D1 Balham was matched to Pelham). Splasher names for tender locos required a smaller type and could only be produced if there was a good photograph that was side-on (e.g. Albion). The long names on the Belgravia class used an even smaller type (e.g. Goodwood) [note that the blue background was removed prior to printing].



Ian White developed 2mm scale carriage transfers for Stroudley and Robert Billinton period livery (letters as gold shaded red) for use on the Etched Pixels 4 wheeled stock. Enough guard, first, second, third and garter marks for a set of 5 carriages (two brake 3rds, 1st, 3rd, and 1st/2nd composite).


Following purchase of some of the M.A.R.C. Models 4mm scale 1895 type Pullmans (“Pup” No 29, “Her Majesty”, “Duchess of York”, “Princess of Wales”) Ian White produced transfers to apply to his models. The carriages were completed in the original all-umber liver (see side view of unglazed “Pup” and “Her Majesty”; oblique view of “Pup” to show end patterns; detail of “Her Majesty”).


Other Bespoke Transfers


Ian has also used his printer to make other transfers, e.g. oval wagon plates (example), some POW sides (example set 1 and example set 2; artwork based on privately collected photographs or drawings, by permission; models by Ian White, except Swift by Peter Barker; Payne & Birsdeye and Heasman are freelance designs). Other items that have been developed include the LB&SCR coat of arms, Marsh loco monogram and floral pargetting as used on Ardingly Station.


Contact Details




4mm Carriage transfers, Stroudley lining – EricGates<at>aol<dot>com


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