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Ge­orge’s diesel de­pot lay­out in MR259 looked great. How did he create the re­al­is­tic con­crete ground sur­face?

Sam Walker, by e-mail

Ge­orge says: The de­pot’s con­crete hard-stand­ing was cre­ated simply with off-cuts of Daler mount­ing card, which has a pleasant, sub­tle tex­ture that’s pre­fect for recre­at­ing con­crete and far more ef­fec­tive than smooth plas­tic.

It’s a time-consuming busi­ness to cut and shape the card to fit snugly against – and in be­tween – the tracks. Fur­ther­more, it’s im­por­tant to en­sure that the card sits just below the level of the rail heads to fa­cil­i­tate track clean­ing.

In re­al­ity, large ar­eas of con­crete are laid in sec­tions with flex­i­ble grout added to any gaps. This com­pen­sates

for ex­pan­sion and con­trac­tion or move­ment of the sub­strate. To repli­cate this, panel lines were drawn onto the card with a sharp pen­cil.

Al­though they were drawn with the help of a ruler, I pur­posely made the lines a lit­tle wobbly in places, es­pe­cially where the pan­els in­ter­sect.

An air­brush was then em­ployed to colour the con­crete, cre­at­ing shad­ing around the edges of each panel and high­lights to­wards the cen­tre.

More gen­eral weath­er­ing then fol­lowed, again har­ness­ing the spe­cial na­ture of the air­brush to pro­duce a suit­ably dusty, grimy fin­ish.


Artists’ mount­ing board is great for ren­der­ing con­crete ground­work, as it pos­sesses a suit­able tex­ture that can be en­hanced with the aid of acrylic paints and an air­brush.

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