Mid-Level Red & Grey!
Another weekend, another couple of days of work on FRF63 taking up from where we finished the previous Sunday? Not this time! For starters, Alistair lives locally and had taken advantage of some good weather (rare in August 2009 which broke the record for being the wettest August on record) to primer the mid-level parts of FRF63 and then paint the appropriate parts of it in pink undercoat and then Ayres red gloss.
More unusual still, we had been invited (with buses) to a private event for the unveiling of a preservation project unrelated to any of our own, and at the other end of the yard we work in at Methil for good measure! However since the event was blessed with one of the sunnest days of the month, I was of course able to get a good selection of pictures of FRF63 both early in the day, and at lunchtime!
1. Since I usually take
pictures of FRF63 late in the day after we have done some work on
it, this shot of FRf63 backlit by the morning sun is slightly unusual
in it's own right, and since the front now has Ayres red gloss, plus
gray primer where the off-white is to go.
2. Shooting into the sun
down the side of the bus disguses the fact that the mid-level relief
and the advertisement panel is in primer and not off-white! However
it's a nice sight, and quite different to it's previous livery!
3. Moving round to the other side
cuts out the problems with the sun as it hadn't got far enough round to
shine on the nearside yet! If the lines between the red and the primer
don't look perfect don't worry about it - the tough part of getting them
straight comes when it's time to paint the off-white gloss!
4. Moving round to the back we
get the benefit of the sun being behind my camcorder.
5. The view from the ground at
the other back corner.
6. A portrait view of the back of
the bus from higher up...
7. ...followed by a view of the
back and the offside from the same location. The size and positioning of the
off-white on FRF63 might seem a bit excessive, but a lot of thought went into
it as we had good reason to make them as large as possible while still being
reasonably authentic - despite being the same type of paint, the off-white
brushes on better and seems more hard-wearing! (My guess is the different
pigment mix for the two colour shades makes a difference, but I can't prove it!)
8. Another portrait view
of the side of FRF63 from higher up, and this picture works out quite
well in showing the final paint job on the roof, the mixture of gloss
red and primer at mid-level, and the original livery on the lower
half of the bus.
The above pictures were taken before 8:30am, but later on I took a few more to show FRF63 with the sun much higher in the sky...
9. The side-on view of the front
nearside with the sun on it.
10. A view down the nearside showing
the large area of primer where the off-white is to go.
11. A view of the nearside from the back
with the sun now more or less sideways on to FRF63.
12. And to finish, the view of the offside
of FRF63 from the back.