Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by sumpter250, May 20, 2002.

  1. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    On the modules, I tried to keep to commercially available plastic kits for the structures. Here's the Bachmann HO coal tower kit, with "Central Valley steps and ladders" stairs, a Tichy coal chute, and, though the picture doesn't show it well, individual shingles.
    The whole thing was airbrushed with Floquil "Grimy Black", and dry brush weathered.

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  2. roryglasgow

    roryglasgow Active Member

    Great detail, Sumpter! And I love those trees, too!

    What exactly is dry brushing?
  3. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Nice work Sumpter!:cool:
  4. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    I use a short bristle brush, about 1/4" wide. Pick up a little paint on the tip and brush it out on a pallet until the brush is almost dry. The color is then "scrubbed" on to the model. In this manner, only the raised edges( corners,rivet detail, ribs, etc.) get color on them. With a little extra pressure, some color can be transferred to the flat surfaces.
    This is a good method of rusting, or adding dirt to a model. The overall weathering,fading,or dusting, can be done with an airbrush.
  5. Vic

    Vic Active Member

    Very Nice Sumpter!.... A lot of people often overlook the plastic kits as they think that they are too toy like but with the addition of just a few details and great paint work like yours they make fine additions to any layout.
  6. roryglasgow

    roryglasgow Active Member

    Thanks, Sumpter. I was doing that all along and didn't know that it had a name! :)
  7. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    This just shows how important painting is wether a kit or bashed or scratchbuilt. Nice to see some mainline coal and water supplies.
    Well done sumpter250
  8. philip

    philip Guest

    here's a great picture and model

    Pete, Here's that dang coal chute, and some great modeling. Your real good.

  9. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

    Hi Pete, very nice work indeed, love the photo.

  10. belg

    belg Member


    Hey shamus I can't see the image you attached to the bash thread.Never mind.
  11. Edavillenut

    Edavillenut Member

    how do you do the shingles on the roof of the coal tower
  12. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    1. Start with a sheet of 20# bond paper.
    2. Choose the colors you want the shingles to be. Mine are dark
    gray, with similar tones, maybe three or four colors.
    3. I use cotton balls to hold the paint, and streak the page from
    top to bottom, with the colors.(yeah, I use rubber gloves for
    this part)
    4. When the page is colored, set aside to dry thoroughly.
    5. On the Bachmann tower, I had to sand the raised ribs down to
    a smooth surface.
    6. Take the dry page, and cut strips, 18 scale inches wide , across
    the streaks. then cut the strips into scale width, 6"-12",
    7. The shingles are attached to the roof with carpenters glue.
    Start the course at the bottom edge of the roof, by using a strip
    that is the full width of the roof, then lay in the first of the
    individual shingles on that strip. From that point on it's just
    like the prorotype, except glue replaces the nails.
    8. At the peak of the roof, the cap shingles can be folded, and
    layed on top of the last courses. Start at each end, and work
    to the center, overlapping the shingles, the final piece should
    be in the center of the roof, on top of the last cap shingles.

  13. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Man that's a beautiful model Pete. You turned that kit into a craftsman kit! And thanks for the bonus shingles tutorial!

    :D Val

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