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I acquired this old Hornby box about 18 months ago at the Isle of Wight show for a couple of quid . I liked the post war look ( LMS/ early BR?)  and it’s toylike low profile which would suit a crowded narrow baseboard well and could be easily disguised .

 

 

I dismantled it washed and primed it and the mouldings look pretty good so this week I’ll have a go at making it presentable and finding an excuse for a Southern Region paint scheme.

 

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A few base coats on . Concrete for the brick work wiped off so mainly stays in the mortar joints , a nondescript grey for the roof and cream for wood cladding . A lot more to do but drying and hardening for the moment. 
 

Brickwork is next 

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Brickwork done with rubbing red brown and a blue coloured pencils over the concrete base coat with a bit of judicious rubbing and smudging . 
 

Quite pleased with progress . Think I’ll leave things there . Paint is acrylic but I’d still like to leave it a while before next coats.

 

 

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Final coats of paint and a lot of tidying round the edges to be done . I’m letting it all dry out until tomorrow. 
 

closeups are very cruel but work to be done

 

 

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Bit of tidying and touching up last night and then couldn’t leave it and did a bit more when last coat wasn’t dry. Didn’t quite ######### the whole thing but I’ll wait a while now and do some rubbing down with those brilliant little modellers  sanding sticks.

 

No pic today of lack of progress but here’s a screen shot of a similar box from eBay as a bit of before and after.

 

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Ok touching up done and I’m leaving it now . Close ups with digital cameras as cruel as ever but from a regular layout viewing distance it looks great . 
 

When I can lay my hands on suitable materials the box needs handrails for the stairs and glazing. Might possibly go for some very light sooty weathering but this a modern box and  won’t have been subject to a century of grime.

 

its been a fun week with this and if I can anyone can. 
 

Keep safe and happy modelling .

 

 

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Nice work!!!  Just goes to show how a little work can turn something that was basically a toy into something much more realistic.  

 

Hmmm.....now I'm thinking about having a rummage through some of my old 'train set' buildings etc. and seeing what I can have a crack at...

 

I'm looking forwards to seeing how this progresses, so please keep the pictures coming!!!

 

Mark.

 

 

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On 13/06/2020 at 12:27, Blackthorn said:

Nice work!!!  Just goes to show how a little work can turn something that was basically a toy into something much more realistic.  

 

Hmmm.....now I'm thinking about having a rummage through some of my old 'train set' buildings etc. and seeing what I can have a crack at...

 

I'm looking forwards to seeing how this progresses, so please keep the pictures coming!!!

 

Mark.

 

 

Mark many thanks and yes rummage and give it a go ,  cheap cheerful and fun modelling . I’m hoping my local model shop is or will be opening soon so glazing and handrails soon I hope. 

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