Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Country Roads

In between painting our bedroom, I've been painting the bridge for "Brafferton". Well, you can't get too much of a good thing!

Following much deliberation, reviewing photos and revisiting drawings, I reduced the height of the parapet wall slightly. On my site visit it was, I recall, almost too easy too fall over it and onto the trackbed:


The initial colouring was a mix of stone and white laid on quite thinly. Once this had dried overnight, a darker stone wash was applied. Further work will be required to achieve the desired result:


I had also been pondering how I might represent the roadways on the layout. A while ago I read (was it on the VAG or in the Magazine?) how one chap was using styrene carved to the desired profile and then stuck tissue with styrene solvent glue to obtain a suitable texture. Why not give it a try, I thought? Why not indeed:


The completed roadbed was painted, a few repair patches were added and the whole was duly weathered; I'm quite pleased with the results:


Must keep the momentum going!

3 comments:

Richard Lake said...

Glad my tissue paper idea worked, Tony! Richard Lake

Tony Simms said...

Richard, thank you! I'm quite pleased with the effect; I knew that it was somebody else's good idea, but was struggling to remember who! I will be using a similar process for the road down to the station, but that will be more of a concrete roadway. More experimentation I think.

Cheers
Tony

Richard Lake said...

Concrete roads are something I am contemplating too. I can't do much on Rothervale as I will be waiting some time for track parts, so Mount Royal is back in the limelight. I have done a brief experiment with foam board. I cut it into rectangles to represent the large slabs of concrete, peeled off the shiny top surface and distressed the edges, before painting. It doesn't look too bad, but the colour isn't quite right - I would be interested to hear how you get on.

Richard Lake