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Playing with spray paint (or, don’t do this in a confined space)

Posted by Firecracker , 17 September 2018 - - - - - - · 177 views

Playing with spray paint (or, don’t do this in a confined space) As my previous entry mentioned, I’m playing with plasticote’s textured spray paint, as a method for modelling tarmac or similar. First up, how does it behave over different colours and will it take washes? 
So, our first photograph in the middle we have the unadulterated, to the right it’s had a wash of Payne’s grey over it, the texture survives but...


The modelling of tarmac - an experiment

Posted by Firecracker , 13 September 2018 - - - - - - · 210 views

One of the reasons for my returning interest in the hobby developing into actual model making, was the discovery of Kathy Millat’s tutorials on youtube. One of hers concerned modelling tarmac using textured spray paint. Whilst browsing hobby crafts selection (actually looking for something to match railmatch’s sleeper grime, which turned out to be plast...


Kaydees in the UK, part the second (Dapol/Airfix mountings and fine tuning)

Posted by Firecracker , 28 July 2018 - - - - - - · 310 views

Following on from my first offering, a few more thoughts. First up, the airfix mounting and working round/with them. First option - remove the whole lot, mount a No. 5 at bufferbeam height and jobs done (1). Second option, the mounting is at near-as-blow it the height of an NEM pocket. So is it possible to insinuate (remove the central pin, slot in th...


Kaydees in the UK

Posted by Firecracker , 15 July 2018 - - - - - - · 367 views

Right. Having returned to the hobby(blame a younger cousin, it’s all his fault), I’ve started a layout topic (http://www.rmweb.co....served-railway/ ) and here’s some of the other adventures that didn’t fit in there.  So, my methods of fitting kaydees to UK wagons (note, these are not the ‘correct’...

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