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Delph - Coal drops progress


Dave Holt

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Have made a bit of progress with the coal drops, recently. The stone retaining walls and brick support pillars have been painted and are almost ready to be fixed in position. I've also added the deck to the top of the structure - hand rails still to go and also some support beams and other bits underneath the deck.

 

First set of photos show the parts painted in as-built condition. The pillars are brick with ashlar stone bearing pad inserts. These all look a bit garish but were later toned down to a sootly/coal black. Think I might have overplayed the engineering blue bricks on the corners of the pillars i the paint swatch on the tin lid looked much more like the colour on a photo I took of the real thing, before it was demolished.

 

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The walls and pillars were then heavily weathered using a process kindly suggested by Peter Leyland, as used on the marvellous building he's built for the layout. Basically, the base colour is allowed to dry really thoroughly, then the whole surface is painted matt black and this is wiped off before it has dryed. Unfortunately, the photos have come out a bit dark, but give some idea of how they look. Maybe a hint of green moss round the steps, later?

 

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Cheers,

 

Dave.

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It does look a bit dark on the brickwork but it's often difficult, due to the contrast, to show a range of colours in a photograph. Super model though.

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I too think thre bricks are now on the dark side. The rainfall in that area would keep the exposed brickwork relatively clean so I would remove some of that 'dirt' from the face of those pillars with a kiddies india rubber, then steak columns a little to simulate the effect of water running down from the landing stage. Just an idea Dave and looking good for all that.

 

Larry

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I too think thre bricks are now on the dark side. The rainfall in that area would keep the exposed brickwork relatively clean so I would remove some of that 'dirt' from the face of those pillars with a kiddies india rubber, then steak columns a little to simulate the effect of water running down from the landing stage. Just an idea Dave and looking good for all that.

 

Larry

 

Larry,

 

Tried the india rubber suggestion, but that just seemed to make things worse - luckily it was on a not-so-visible area. I then tried very gentle application of a glass fibre brush and that did remove some of the black and created a slight vertical streaking. The pillars are still quite dark and dirty looking, but I think I'll quit before I ruin somenthing. Anyway, I'm not so sure that rain was all that cleansing in the 1950's before the clean air act, what with every house and all the mills/factories belching smoke plus the coal dust from the drops themselves.

 

Dave.

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