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Since we tend to look down on our


layouts, I feel that roofs are very im- portant. You may as well spend the time and money where it will be most seen. I used Bollinger Edgerly Scale Trains, www.besttrains.com, No. 3035 16″ slate-steel gray shingles. These were applied one strip at a time. This was not going to be a one-evening proj- ect. I found that after a tough evening at work I could turn on some music and apply several rows of shingles in an hour. I located where I planned to install a Tichy Trains No. 8123 chim- ney and worked around that area. I did my best to match up the rows along the four ridges. I wanted to model the decorative metal flashing I saw on slate roofs in my area. I tack-glued Evergreen Scale Models .030″ styrene rod with Walthers Goo along the ridges and applied Bollinger Edgerly No. 3202 flashing over it. This is a heavy foil type materi- al with a peel-and-stick backing. I used a toothpick to burnish it down and a small square piece to cover each end where the two sloping ridges met the horizontal ridge line.


I now admired my brand new slate


roof with shiny flashing. I decided to shingle over the freight house roof’s molded plastic shingles. I knew I did not have the talent to apply paint to make them match. Though it was a large area, this job went quickly be- cause I just followed the horizontal lines of the plastic shingles. I applied the same flashing over styrene rod along the peak.


While studying various slate roofs in RAILROAD MODEL CRAFTSMAN


the area it became apparent that they were not uniform in color. While most were gray overall, there were various shingles that were anywhere from rust color to blue. I knew after watching modeler Scotty Mason work on a craftsman structure kit that a quick way to color individual shingles was to use a marking pen. I kept my eyes open on each visit to the store and struck gold on one visit. I found a limit- ed edition Sharpie®


wood following an article in the Octo- ber, 1996, Model Railroader. Each piece of wood was stained various degrees with Micro-Mark Age-It-Easy.


The “Couleurs Café”


set. This consisted of five fine point markers in subdued colors: blueberry, pomegranate, hibiscus tea, mocha, and grey. I colored various shingles and was initially taken aback by how bright the roof looked when I finished. A few days later, I brushed some tar- nished green craft paint on the flash- ing. The entire roof was airbrushed with Testors Dullcote. Next, I turned to Bragdon Enterprises (weathering pow- ders. I dumped some gray onto a plas- tic palette along with some water. Though the powders can be applied dry, I often apply them as a wash. I ap- plied the gray over the shingles. I then applied various rust colors over the metal flashing. I used the damp brush to streak the rust color down the shin- gles. The brick walls were given a black wash.


The windows and front door were in-


stalled in the office walls. I cut window blanks from Evergreen Scale Models .010″ styrene. These were airbrushed Polly S Penn Central Green and glued over each window opening of the office section to represent plywood. The loading dock was constructed of


project sat for a few months while I worked on other things. When I went back, I decided to apply more Age-It- Easy to a few boards. The bottle was nearly empty and had thickened up. I made a few pieces almost black. I tried dumping some 70 percent alcohol into the bottle but it was still too intense. I dug out my plastic palette again. I used brown Bragdon powder mixed with 70 percent alcohol to color a few boards. When satisfied, I dry brushed the dock with white craft paint.


Finishing touches I purchased some Rusty Stumps (www.rustystumps.com) No.


D4004


laser-cut fancy panel freight doors for the six street side openings. This set contains four six-foot wide by eight- foot high doors, which are just about a perfect fit. The set also contains three eight-foot wide by eight-foot high doors. I simply narrowed two of the doors by cutting a foot off each side. I still need to add some stairs to the door on the end of the freight house. Also I plan to have a weed grown sid- ing next to the loading dock and possi- bly the remnants of a parallel track from the days when 40-foot boxcars were spotted door-to-door. I have enjoyed sharing this journey with you. I hope this inspires you to look beyond the box-top photo or maybe to pull down a kit you shelved long ago.


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