Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Post No. 100 - Back on line - 1960s Oil Tankers

Post number 100 and about 73,500 page views since my first post in late 2008, how time flies, but not the last couple of weeks.

Having survived the prostate removal operation, 4 days in hospital and another 7 days with a catheter attached I am now in the last stage, trying to get my bladder control back. Enough said about that though.

I managed to do my first bit of modelling yesterday based around several SDS Models Oil Tankers.

SDS released some of their tankers as single cars and as I have been running timetable operation with my existing kit bashed tank cars I decided that I would try to replace them one for one, brand for brand. The problem was though that SDS have not released much for the 1960's.

I decided to back date several of the 1970's versions.

I understand that there may be some errors in my approach (bogies possibly) but decided that I could live with that.

I bought an Ampol tanker with the small lettering, a BP, a silver Golden Fleece (1960 version already) and 2 Esso tankers.

I took a sharp hobby knife and carefully scraped off the yellow 80 kph hexagon signs and with a bit of careful air brushing I painted the grey anti-slip areas around and on the domes with black. I used a piece of card and held it in front of the dome side numbering which allowed a little overspray on the lettering (proper masking would have left a clear demarcation line to be dealt with).

The silver Golden Fleece tanker was heavily air brushed with a grey/black until the lettering was just visible as per the photo of a real silver tanker below. I have also added a photo of the actual type of Golden Fleece tanker which from the test date appears to be from 1984. Note that although it is cleaner than the earlier late 1960s - early 1970s photo it has possibly been cleaned recently.

Here are the models:

And finally the Ampol tanker done before my operation.

I will add some more weathering with pastels as time (and other issues) permit.

Anyway, I am happy to back.


Colin Hussey said...


Good to have you back & trust you keep well on the mend.

RE the bogies for 60's wagons. Primarilly the 60's bogies were old friction bearing types as supplied under the 50's versions with spoked wheels, as you have in the GF wagon.

The other RB bearing bogies are the same as the 50's ones but with package bearings & the new end extensions to take the new outside bearing frame. The old axle boxes had the outside of the box as part of the main frame casting.

The weathering looks good.6085

Anonymous said...

G'day Ray.I hope you continue to recover and all the best.Your modelling is an inpiration.The tankers have come up well.Regards Peter

Standard Goods Fan said...

G'day Ray.

Some nice work there, inspirational as usual!

Hope you have a full and speedy recovery!


P.s. no truth in the rumour that 'Obeid Family Holdings' have made you an offer for Bylong.....? ;-))

B. Kooistra said...

Good to hear you're back on the mend well and good! And that you're using your down time far better than most of us use our "up" time!

Gotta get me some of these, Ray. I like the job you've done on them. I think you might want to add the glossier fresh-oil component atop the duller grey weathering for contrast. I'm about to try to weather (of all things) a Union Pacific Gas Turbine and am looking forward to try to replicate the absolutely thick, glossy oil slick down the sides of their fuel tenders. The more modern black tanker in the prototype photo shows this runoff from the tank domes well.