Test swatches

4 Oct

The search for perfection in our brickwork continues. The second building forming the coal preparation part of the colliery is now built and will need a different painting approach to the first, slightly more modern building. The main reason is a switch from Slaters brick sheet 401 to South East Finecast brick sheet 401. We have found that the Slaters sheets are out of true and the embossing is getting very faint. The SEF version in contrast is has much better texture depth but is a white plastic rather than red.


trial washes have been prepared on botthy types to give m a feel for what can be achieved. This is very much a work in progress as I am not yet satisfied with the results. Acrylic paints have been used.



2 Responses to “Test swatches”

  1. Jamie Wood October 5, 2013 at 8:56 pm #

    From a brief recap of what colour pics I can find, the brickwork seems to have stayed quite clean. Shots of Comrie are an exception, possibly due to the smokeless fuel plant.

    Have I ever pointed you at these shots? Apols if I have, but if so perhaps they bear repeating.

    NCB shunter 1966


    Polkemmet Colliery, West Lothian
    • Black and Decker Boy October 6, 2013 at 1:05 pm #

      Very nice site, thank you for the tip off.

      Our colour sampling is based on the Dunaskin & Waterside complex currently still standing but I have a few colours photos from the 60s of Fauldhead colliery and others. Getting the base shades right is tricky as like you say, there is little coal dust or dirt on the top though the bricks themselves do have darker ribbons amongst he orange and red tints.

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