Tech­nique of the month

Modelling over­grown gut­ters and bro­ken drain­pipes.

Model Rail (UK) - - Know Your Stuff - H. Mar­cus, by e-mail

How can I de­pict blocked gut­ters on a derelict house?

Ge­orge says: Blocked or faulty gut­ters and down­pipes are of­ten ac­com­pa­nied by stain­ing of the sur­round­ing ma­sonry. In damp cli­mates, these wet sur­faces in­evitably at­tract moss and veg­e­ta­tion. We can recre­ate these ef­fects with a mix of paint and scat­ter ma­te­rial. Life­color’s Lichens & Moss pack is a one-stop so­lu­tion! Web: www.air­

Life­color’s Lichens & Moss set of­fers four acrylic paints and two tubs of very fine foam lichen. The paints are great for cre­at­ing damp stain­ing, while also act­ing as ad­he­sives for the lichens.

The paints dry to a translu­cent fin­ish, al­low­ing sub­tle ef­fects to be cre­ated. Fur­ther coats cre­ate a more opaque ef­fect. Ap­ply light streaks from bro­ken or blocked gut­ters and down­pipes.

The lichens pro­vide suit­able ma­te­rial for repli­cat­ing veg­e­ta­tion grow­ing from blocked gut­ters, walls or roofs. Place into the wet paint and al­low to dry.

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