The painted parts are the main components of our 7mm scale Hudswell Clarke locomotive: cab, saddle tank, coal bunker and footplate. The parts are just loosely arranged together, and photographed outdoors on a beautiful NSW spring day. We have called this livery "Forest Green", and you can see that it follows the pattern of lining used on the maroon loco, replacing the original yellow with red. You can compare it with my Photoshopped mock-up in the post below, modified from a photo of the maroon HC. Not bad, if I do say so myself! The buffer beam colour looks pinkish in these photos, but is the correct 'signal red' in real life.
We think this is a most attractive livery, and we have approved these colours for manufacture. Production is now under way, and we expect that the finished models will be available for sale in both the UK and Australia before Christmas. The loco will be accompanied by a brand new etched brass fret, featuring all-new names, numbers and oval builder's plates. Also included, of course, will be our famous injection moulded steam loco tools, featuring the bucket with the working handle!
And just for fun, here is a miniature version of yours truly contemplating this delightful new Ixion model. The figure is created by using a 3D scanner to capture the likeness - thanks to the students in my Year 11 Digital Imaging class - which is then printed on a 3D printer. In this case, for you technically-minded folks, in standard resolution on an UP Plus 2 3D printer in white ABS plastic. The print's rough surface hasn't yet been cleaned up, but the likeness is remarkable. The wonders of technology!