HMG goes full steam ahead in deepest Somerset


Retired BT engineer manufactures a 4" Traction Engine and refinishes it in HMG products

24/08/2016 14:18:03
From a small workshop tucked away in Wellisford, Somerset, one man and his craftsmanship has seen the production of a stunning steam engine. From the manufacture of each component to the painting of its finest details, Barrie Trawin, retired BT engineer, has dedicated over 3 years of his time to build the 4” scale Foster engine.

Named in memory of Barrie’s faithful companion Labrador “Beau”, Barrie searched Manchester based HMG Paints’ extensive colour library for the perfect livery colour. He chose a traditional steam train colour “Middle Brunswick Green” (similar to British Racing Green). Two HMG products were used to give the steam train the finish Barrie envisaged, after preparation, to prime the surface HMG’s BDX synthetic primer was used followed by popular product C71 Speedline, a high quality synthetic alkyd enamel, offering fast surface drying, good through drying even in thick films, and outstanding film hardness and toughness. In addition, yellowing is minimal even after prolonged exposure to higher temperatures. "I got on very well with HMG products, ease of application. Very good definition of gloss. I wasn't sure at first how I would get on with HMG products, however after some practice in my workshop I soon mastered the ease of application and appreciated the end result which is admired by many visitors that come to my workshop and want to see Beau the steam engine. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend HMG, I am very pleased with the products, which do all that I want"

Throughout the process Barrie’s partner Ruth stood by watching the construction from start to finish "Barrie is a perfectionist who takes after his father and uncle who were professional sign writers working in North Devon and Romford Essex. The HMG products reflect Barrie's traditional values of workmanship without compromising on quality, we are so pleased with the outcome after the many hours of hard work and dedication"

Barrie continues to put his skill set to the test working on similar projects in his workshop, currently manufacturing components for a 1 1/2" scale engine / a 2" scale and a 3" scale.

HMG Paints can produce paints in various colour ranges including; agricultural, decorative, industrial, commercial vehicle, classic car, pantone, NCS dimensions, RAL & British standard, and maintain an unrivalled colour library of more than 200,000 colours. Boasting over 5000 custom colour matches each year HMG’s most recent rail project saw the restoration of The Flying Scotsman, where HMG’s experienced colour matchers perfectly recreated the iconic colour. HMG manufactures exclusive formulations using pigments and components of the highest quality.

There is no minimum order volume for the HMG colour matching service and the final colour can be used across a majority of HMG bases.

To find out more information on this press release contact:
Gracienne Ikin or Stephen Dyson
HMG Paints
0161 205 7631

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