Workbench PAINT BUILDINGS
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 (www.intentio.co.uk), 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.