Wednesday, 29 August 2018

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - Adding Clutter part twenty-six

Regular followers of this Blog will know that I have been working on an industrial narrow gauge railway layout built to 1:27.7 scale or 11mm = 1 foot. The choice of such an unusual scale has meant that much if not all items needed for the layout have had to be heavily modified and/or converted from existing models, completely 'scratch built' or sculpted by me.

In a series of clutter themed posts which are planned to run throughout August I will demonstrate what materials I have used to model such items and how I have painted these various pieces of 'clutter' which will at some stage be added to the finished layout.

The two gas bottles above may look like the ones from the 1/35th scale Italeri Field Set, but they are in fact scratch-built using large plastic knitting needles that I 'turned' on a Black and Decker hand drill using pretty rudimentary tools. The caps and dials were scrounged from the Italeri set and glued in place with superglue. Painting followed my usual basecoat of acrylic paints then blending with make-up sponges before detailing and weathering. The labels are small rectangles of paper glued in place with PVA glue before being matt varnished.

In contrast, the bottle and drum in the image below were taken straight from the Italeri set. The gas bottle was painted in a similar way to the ones above, but the weathered oil drum was a new technique using a coarse natural sponge to add the rust and the white paint. At first, I thought that I had gone a little over-the-top, but now I look back at the weathered oil drum, I think I could have gone even further.

Once again the labels are small rectangles of paper applied with PVA glue and then matt varnished.


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