Signal Box and the Coombe Side Begins

03 Feb

Today, I’ve been alternating between building the Ratio GWR signal box and starting some terraforming.

The signal box is a nice kit but painting it is time consuming. I used Tamiya tape cut into thin strips to mask the frames before painting them. A cocktail stick came in handy for burnishing down the edges of the tape to miminise paint bleed underneath. On the whole, it’s come out well with only a little touching up required in a couple of places.

Ratio 223 GWR Signal Box

Alternating with this masking and painting, I made a start on the coombe side at the back of the board. First I drafted out the profile of the slope before cutting it out of Foamboard. Hobbycraft have a deal on, 4 A1 sheets for £10. I used Roket card glue. Sets quickly and give a strong bond to the Foamboard.

I then mixed up some Moulding Powder modelling plaster with a dollop of burnt umber artists acryllic. After the initial coating, I left it a couple of hours before applying a second coating where needed. This stuff goes off really quickly, in less than 10 minutes.

I need to tidy it up a bit but otherwise I’m very pleased with the result. In retrospect, I’d use more paint in the mix as it’s a bit on the light side but nothing a quick going over with some more paint in the morning can’t fix.

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Posted by on February 3, 2018 in Dartley Coombe, DCC Layout


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