Bob the busy builder

19 Jan

Well Bob the builder has been busy. The colliery buildings are in the paint shop and starting to resemble the real thing. Painting has followed the trial swatches with grey mortar followed up by 4 shades of red & brown acrylic being dry brushed on with a large flat brush. Individual bricks are then highlighted in dark grey. I am currently completing the metal columns and beams in blue enamel. Roofs are being airbrushed grey although subtly different shades to represent steel and asbestos sheets. Light weathering and a coat of varnish will complete the work.

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Meanwhile, with time too short to build the brass head stocks and winding house, temporary buildings have been knocked up. Like Area 51, these will be left grey and anonymous but will give an impression of what will eventually fill the gap. Hopefully no little green men will think they are their home from home!

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The right hand fiddle will be masked by a skew road bridge. The main former for this has now been created based on the card trial build. I have used 1.5mm plywood from Sussex Model Centre. DAS modelling clay was then rolled out to between 1mm and 2mm before being fixed to the plywood with a tacky layer of PVA applied to the wood. Stone courses were then created in the soft clay using children’s clay tools (£1.99 at The Range). The whole thing was then set aside for 2 days to dry. Next up is rubbing down and filling any overly rough & deep joints and then painting. This is my first DAS structure and the results so far are promising

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