Alan’s been in touch with some simple but effective ways to weather your model railway:
I have a few tips that I have picked up which may be of some interest to your disiples.
First, when making bridges & tunnels for single tracks, I generally use grapefruit cans. Remove both ends & cut along the length to open it out. It may require 2 cuts depending how high it’s needed.
Scrap metal is a load that’s often carried by rail, but finding very small pieces of the real stuff is not always possible. So I came up with using paper or thin card. You can see from the picture how I formed the ‘scrap’.
After making a raised platform to fit the wagon and painting it black, I glued the paper to it, several layers may be needed, then let it dry. I found the load was a bit ‘spongy’ when touched so I put a liberal coat of varnish on it & when dry painted it in rust effect.
If the load needs to be removed at times, a quick way is to glue a small magnet under the load then using a magnetic pick-up tool the load simply pops up.
To save money, I make as much as I can, and I find artists mountboard very useful, the coal staithes are made by scoreing it to make it look like it’s made from sleepers. Many of my other constructions are made with it.
Finally, NEVER throw anything away!! You never know when it might come in handy.
I had the Metcalfe bus garage in the corner of my last layout, but no room on this one.
But after about a year I realised I could canabalise it to make a Creamary,- see picture.
The rear of it is now being used as a low relief bus garage.
Old ball point pens, the springs & barrels from some of them, Q tips ( cut the ends off) they make good wagon loads, or pillars, old scouring pads, the list is endless.
Thats all for now, Happy modelling
Wonderful tips from Alan on weathering your model railway.
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