Tuesday, 7 January 2014

N Gauge Model Railway Layout Restoration Part 20 Scratch Built Wartime Pillbox Added

New model railway corner scenery with scratch built N guage pillbox
If a model railway layout is to be convincing it is important to try to convey a sense of time passing and the history of the modelled location by incorporating suitable features within the landscape.  One such feature is an N gauge wartime pillbox.  Old wartime pillboxes can be found all over the country, some restored but mostly crumbling away and covered by bramble bushes, ivy etc.
Front view of the scratch built N gauge model railway wartime pillbox
Rear view of the scratch built N gauge model railway wartime pillbox
The N gauge wartime pillbox added to this model railway layout was built from scratch. The painting techniques used to create the weathered concrete were almost the same as described in my blog post dated 13 March 2012 on painting and weathering a Peco ST-8 sleeper built buffer stop. The only difference was that I added a very thin wash of yellow paint during the weathering process to create the authentic appearance of old concrete.
Aerial view of the pillbox looking over the railway layout landscape
I had created a small hill in the corner of the railway layout opposite the model bridge.  The hill was built a mere 1cm high to maintain the flat, open landscape which I wanted.  Despite its modest elevation the feature was very effective in transforming the flat corner scenery into a much more realistic form.

I constructed this piece of model railway scenery with a small area of flat ground.  The flat area was created as a site for the N gauge wartime pillbox.
View of the bridge from the N gauge pillbox placed on the low hill
I positioned the N gauge pillbox in a logical place with a commanding view of the surrounding area.

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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