I'm afraid very little progress has been made with the track laying for my project, It's far too cold, wet and windy here in Wales at the moment to contemplate crossing the garden to the workshop! I decided that a smaller project that I could build in the warmth of the house was in order, at least until the weather perks up a bit.
I decided that a little weighbridge hut would look good near to the entrance of the yard and shouldn't take too long to complete. Once again I used Southeastern Finescale brick embossed plastic card as a building material.
Basic shell, with inlaid arch brickwork
Decorative brickwork on chimney and cornice added
Roof substructure added
Ridge tiles added
Base coat of brick red (Humbrol 100)
Window and Door
Mortar paint added
The mortar paint was applied once the brick red had been dry for a couple of days. A dark grey colour was painted onto the surface of the building and left to dry for about an hour. Once this hour had passed a piece of kitchen roll soaked in enamel thinners was used to remove most of the paint from the surface of the bricks, leaving the dark grey in the mortar courses. In order to acheive a little variation in the final mortar colour, I repeated the previous procedure using a paler grey paint. A few random bricks were then picked out using the original brick colour as a base, but with the addition of oranges,greys and purples. The windows and door were glued in position and some flashing around the chimney was cut from writing paper and glued in place. a little strategic weathering was added here and there, along with some green enamel paint on some of the window bars to represent moss.
Once the building is in position on the layout, I'm planning on representing some ivy growing up the end wall and some moss on the roof slates.
I'm sure that at one of the modelling shows I've been to, I saw a very nice etched brass weighbridge plate for sale. Unfortunately I can't remember who it was, so if anyone could point me in the right direction I'd be very appreciative!
In the time that it's taken to construct this little building, the weather has perked up considerably. There's definitely a hint of spring in the air, so I guess Ive run out of the excuses that have been stopping me from track laying at long last!