Tuesday, 17 December 2013

N Gauge Model Railway Layout Restoration Part 11 Bridge Abutments and Surrounding Scenery

 N gauge painted and weathered bridge abutments added
Scratch built stone effect bridge abutments were added to the model railway layout baseboard.

I created the bridge abutments using stonework cut from Peco NB-32 double track tunnel mouths, parts of the wing walls and matching stone sheet from the Peco NB-40 grey stone walling pack.

The bridge abutments were painted before they were fixed in place.  I find it much easier to paint such components before they are installed, though once in position on the model railway layout, care must be taken not to damage them whilst other work is undertaken.

The scratch built bridge abutments were painted with grey acrylic paint then washes of black, green and brown paint applied to create a weathered appearance.  The painting process I used was very similar to the one described in my blog post dated 13 March 2012 for painting a Peco ST-8 sleeper built buffer stop.  The only real difference was that the brush was used to apply the paint to each stone block individually rather than brush strokes which flow straight along when painting wooden planks.
Model railway scenery around the bridge abutments sculpted and painted
I filled the gaps in the model landscape surrounding the bridge abutments using bits of balsa, cardboard or anything else which was easy to cut through once glue had dried.  Decorator’s filler was used to smooth over any very rough areas in the model railway scenery.

The filler was allowed to dry before I painted the model railway scenery with matt finish green emulsion.  The road was then textured and painted a matt grey colour.

This is one of my N gauge scenic model railway layouts. To see more model railway layout baseboards I have designed and built visit my website www.brianford.co.uk.

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