Nicks workshop mutterings

Various railway orientated modelling projects in my new workshop/railway room.

Culraine Station Cottage

i haven’t updated the blog for some time. As a break from other projects I have been building a commission for a model of Culraine  Station Cottage to go on Kyle of Sutherland, a P4 layout under construction. Have look at 

I have enjoyed the  project and only hope the results are acceptable. 




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6 thoughts on “Culraine Station Cottage

  1. Nick, What a brilliant job you’ve made of Station Cottage: I can’t wait to “plant” it on Kyle of Sutherland. Many, many thanks, Stuart

  2. That does look rather nice Nick; all Stuart needs to do is finish Culrain now………….

    How did you do the stonework; in terms of texture and colour. You have caught this subtly.


    • Thanks for the comments. As you say, Stuart has to finish the layout now, though he is making steady progress.

      The main stonework is done by applying a mix of ready to use filler and PVA to the card and then scribing when dry. This gave a rough texture. It was then painted with watercolours, mainly Davys Grey, Chinese White, Neutral Tint, Burnt Umber and a touch of Paynes Grey in varying amounts. When dry it was given a weak wash of Davys Grey and white which picked out the joints and enhanced the other colours.
      The rendered area is masonry paint sprinkled with Talc while wet and then all shaken off when dry.

  3. I think the station cottage will enhance the layout very nicely, a superb model and inspiring. Regards Pete

  4. Charlie on said:

    Hello there, extremely impressed by the detail in your buildings! Just one question if you don’t mind, how do you make the window frames and doors? Great modeling!

    • Thanks for your nice comments.
      The window frames are made from thin( about 10 thou) card. The card is from old computer punch cards. They are made of layers. The first has two apertures cut out for the two frames and then the second layer is just the upper sash. They have large margins to allow them to be stuck to the back of the main card for the walls. Acetate is used for the glass and the glazing bars are cut from a sticky computer label and applied to the acetate before it is stuck to the frame. The whole lot can be made away from the main building and then stuck on after painting. All the windows and doors were added before the main carcass was folded up. The doors frames are made from the same thin card and the door itself uses a slightly thicker card. If the door is framed then this can be cut from the thin card.
      These methods are well described by Chris Pilton in his book ‘Cottage modelling for Pendon’ published by Wild Swan. I think it may be out of print but I’m not sure.
      Hope this helps. Nick

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