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SBB Ae 3/6
In preparation to the painting process I separated the body and the chassis. I carefully scrubbed the paint's damaged spots with a glass fibre pencil to roughen up the surface.
Then I started mixing the colour. I could not find an exact match with any Humbrol standard colour so I decided to have a go at concocting the paint myself. As a basis I chose a semi-gloss brown enamel slightly lighter than the loco.
I made a trial piece and sprayed it with a grey base coat. A first strip was painted with the original paint (bottom of the photo).
I also removed 3 ml from a fresh 14 ml can which serves two purposes:
I darkened the paint with semi-gloss black. The colour of the loco is a bit reddish so I also added semi-gloss red.
After three extra strips I had touched on the colour of the Ae 3/6.
I noted the mixing formula which is:
I marked the tin with an M (mixed) and wrote the loco type on it.
DON'T USE THIS FORMULA.
Turn to the painting page to see what happened
The avoid much of the tedious masking I decided to "undress the old lady".
|While handling the loco body I noticed weak spots over and over again. I slowly came to the realisation that partial repainting would not fit the bill. After a deep breath I took the plunge and completely disassembled all parts from the loco body.|
|Even the roof conduits had to go. As some isolators were glued that was not easy but with some persuasion with a screw driver I got them out.|
|A flat magnetic tool served as a pusher from inside out. Once the isolator had moved a little it was easy to push the isolator through with a small screw driver.|
Then I thoroughly scrubbed the entire loco body with a glass fibre pencil to roughen up the paint surface and also to detect any spots where the paint was loose or cracked. I deliberately provoked chipping and then sanded the edges to smooth them out.