Model Rail (UK) - - Lay Out Severn Tunnel East -

The sig­nal box and both tun­nel por­tals are laser-cut MDF kits. Stephen de­signs each struc­ture and then passes the nec­es­sary in­for­ma­tion onto his friend, Philip Healey Pearce of In­ten­tio De­sign (­ten­, who then cuts each kit. “I gather as much in­for­ma­tion as I can,” says Stephen. “I sourced a tech­ni­cal draw­ing of the sig­nal box, for ex­am­ple, which I then passed onto Phil for cutting.” The kits are con­structed and painted by Stephen, who takes great care in recre­at­ing the cor­rect colour schemes. Each tun­nel mouth has been metic­u­lously painted. Stephen ex­plains his find­ings: “Look at the real tun­nel mouths and you’ll no­tice that the bot­tom two-thirds are a lot lighter, be­cause they’ve used heav­ier slabs of gran­ite. “The top sec­tions are more ex­posed and darker in colour, be­cause they’ve used cheaper stone. I sim­ply mixed around four shades of cream and beige and picked out in­di­vid­ual stones. “While the paint was still tacky, I hand-brushed tiny amounts of thin­ners to blend the colours, be­fore weath­er­ing the struc­tures with var­i­ous shades of green and black.” Stephen recorded a sim­i­lar process, which he used to paint brick­work for build­ings on his pre­vi­ous lay­out, ‘Cardiff Can­ton’ - which you can fol­low via the tu­to­rial be­low.

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