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Christopher VineDescribe your latest project.
The book How (Not) to Paint a Locomotive came about because of the immense amount of trouble I had in painting Bongo, a model live steam locomotive which I had built. There is almost nothing published to give guidance and I wanted to achieve a top class finish. Interestingly, there are a large number of beautifully made models but very few are well painted. I wanted mine to have a finish with no bits of dust trapped in the paint and a smooth gloss surface. This is easier said than done.
I had spent six years making the locomotive and the complete process of painting, lining and rebuilding Bongo took two years of frustration, mistakes and wrong directions. But finally, when it was done, I was thrilled to win a Gold Medal at the Model Engineer Exhibition in 2004, and also the Charles Kennion Memorial Trophy for the best finished model in the show.
I received so many comments on the paint that I decided I should pass on the information I had gathered and so the germ of this book was planted. It takes the reader through all the processes to paint an engineering model covering: choice of equipment, making a spray booth, paint selection, preparation, spray painting, hand painting, lining, transfers and more...
Above all, the book tries to put the reader in the position to understand what is going on when painting so that they can work out where they are going wrong and to develop a process which is repeatable and works for them.
I have been completely amazed by the reception the book has had and by the numbers which have sold in just four months. I think I am lucky in that there is very little written on this subject; also, it is applicable to almost all model engineers.
This is an easy question to answer: my science teacher. He really taught physics and encouraged all his pupils to think about things in a very logical way. He also did fantastic experiments in his lab. As often as not they went wrong, to much hilarity, but he would then take the time to work out what it was that had messed them up.
What do you do for relaxation?
Douglas Adams or Scott Adams?
What was your favorite book as a kid?
What new technology do you think may actually have the potential for making people's lives better?
If you could be reincarnated for one day to live the life of any scientist or writer, who would you choose and why?
What was your best subject in high school? Your worst?
What are some of the things you'd like your computer to do that it cannot now do?
Describe the best museum of science and/or industry you've ever visited and what made it great.
Amazingly, some of these skulls have had more than one hole drilled and they have healed over. This means that the patient (victim) lived for quite some time after the "operation." Also, it is clear that these people really were mad or possessed because after a stone age man had drilled a hole in your head, if you were just acting odd, you would start to act straight if he was going to drill another hole!