Apr 172013

There are always those parts of a layout that require some additional features beyond the railway infrastructure. Often these will be placed to fill gaps or create an atmospheric reminder of a particular scene and sometimes it is a bit of both. On one end of my layout around a generous curve there was one such place and I decided to make a feature here of a typical row of railway workers terrace cottages. Using Metcalfe terrace house rears the row was treated to loads of additional detail. Of note was the extra framing for the sash windows, rainwater piping, washing lines, garden features and figures. The most effective enhancement was the painting of various different colours on the brickwork. This omission has always been a noticeable failure of many printed card kits and with a steady hand and careful colour mixing the brickwork can be dramatically improved. I also constructed my own television aerials (H type) to give a true 1960′s look to the chimney stacks. Finally, some cheap lighting courtesy of Christmas LED decorations powered by AA batteries was installed to enable a night time scene to be created. ┬áThis was a time consuming project but quite easy and rewarding to complete. Many of my other buildings have been scratch built especially those based on real structures.

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