Painting and Making Handrails and Grab Bars

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by Sir_Prize, Jun 8, 2001.

  1. Sir_Prize

    Sir_Prize Member

    Good Day all;
    I'm to the point of 'dressing' my kitbashed engine. Sooo... Now I'm looking at paint schemes and colors. Since it is a freelanced line all schemes are open (with modification to keep theirs and mine apart [​IMG]).
    My questions being:
    1. I think someone here mentioned using vinager. How long to soak and what type vinager to etch the handrails for painting?
    2. In the 2000 Jan/Feb Issue of N-Scale on pg. 67 is a jig the author used to shape grapbars. Anybody make one like that, know where to get one, etc.? I want to make one, buy one, get one.

    Thanks Ahead! [​IMG]
  2. Woodie

    Woodie Active Member


    I bought a T Class Victorian Railways loco kit while away. It has a jig as part of the kit components for forming the handrails. Of the squillions of bits, I haven't yet worked out which piece is the jig, and which piece is the jog!!! It has a thingemee bob and a jigger maroose as well I think... [​IMG] but I'll piece it all together!

  3. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    Try .008 music wire. (go to a music store & get a .008 guitar string). Or you might find brass wire that size.
    I'm not sure about the vinegar. It might work, or you could probably find some etching solution at a hobby store.
    Micro-Engineering makes a weathering solution, & there's also something called "Hobby-Black" (?) & another one called"Etchant" (or something like that)
  4. Sir_Prize

    Sir_Prize Member

    Thanks for the thoughts...

    Good luck on the parts-a-ma-whose-its Woodie.

    Charlie, I'm off to a local piano repair place on Monday.Haven't heard of the other stuff. Than again I haven't been Train'N long.

    Good Health and rails;

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