Nicks workshop mutterings

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


In lockdown again but there still seems to be multiple jobs to keep me away from the modelling room!

However, there has been some progress. The track has all been ballasted and painted, the platform basics are in place and I have started on the station building and overall roof.

Initially the track and cork base was airbrushed with a mixture of grey and earth colour. I use the Vallejo paints which are already thinned for spraying.

The ballast is then added dry and gently brushed into place. I use Attwood Aggregates ex fine ballast which is produced local to me.

The ballast was then fixed in place using a PVA based laminate floor polish. I originally found out about this method from a thread on the Scalefour forum. The original polish was Johnson Klear but this is no longer available. However I found an equivalent from B&Q made by Stickatack.

Using a pipette the polish is dribbled along the edge of the ballast and immediately is ‘sucked’ across without disturbing the ballast. It dries far quicker than the messy method of using diluted PVA and is much easier to remove if necessary.

For the areas between the tracks I used very fine, almost dust, granite chippings mixed with grey weathering powder applied to ordinary PVA brushed on. Finally the whole lot was airbrushed again with a rust coloured paint and some black over the areas in the platform where locos would stand.

Work has started on the main station building. More about this later. …..

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