Grotty Tin & Wooden Huts…….

For the past few weeks I have been working on the goods yard huts, which like many similar prototype structures have been cobbled together from whatever materials were to hand. So my models are a mix of ‘Palight’ foamboard, Slater’s corrugated iron sheet and plain styrene.

The whole project has been somewhat delayed whilst I awaited the delivery of some moulded nuts, bolts and washers, to replicate those used for securing corrugated sheeting.

EDM Models supplied the nuts and bolts, they also stock some useful moulded rivets and other detailing parts.

The small hut is just a simple styrene box, the planking having been scribed onto the styrene with an ‘Olfa Cutter’ prior to assembly

All the bolt holes were drilled out to 0.45 mm, which isn’t as bad as it sounds. In fact I found it to be a rather relaxing exercise, but then again perhaps I need to get out more?

With the basic shell completed the wooden areas were masked off, and a coat of red acrylic primer from a rattle can was applied to the corrugated sheeting. Some areas of the roof were painted a rust colour, mixed up from leather, dark and light earth enamels, with a touch of red. Wet and dry papers of various grades were then used to cut the paint back in random areas to give the effect of corrosion. The same technique was used on the corrugated iron sides but with a little green dry brushed in random areas. Some of the nuts and bolts were given a dab of rust, which were then touched with a brush load of thinners causing streaks of rust to run naturally downwards.

All the wooden areas were painted in green enamel, followed by natural and weathered wood, both of which were dry brushed in random fashion. With the painting completed all the surfaces were dusted with talcum powder, which not only blended everything together but also gave a pleasing faded look.

Simple structures like this, that can be made from odds and ends are ideal as an introduction to scratch building.

A close up of the nuts bolts and washers, after studying the real things I found they were hardly noticeable from a distance, and think simple styrene cubes would have been just as effective. In fact I used some in various places to see if I would notice the difference.

One job I had been avoiding was the windows, in the end I decided to use clear PTEG sheet for the glazing and self adhesive labels for the frames. It is an old technique that can give good results. The frames are built up in layers, and are best painted in watercolours, which can easily be removed from the glazing with a wooden toothpick.

Once I was happy with the huts I bedded them into the ground, and I also worked up the yard surface a little more. The grass is a mix of Greenscene straw and summer static grasses. Some areas have been planted with individual grass tufts, very time consuming but well worth the effort in my opinion.

There is still plenty to keep me occupied in this area, coal scales and sacks, weeds and bushes, the list is endless.

The plan now is to complete the goods shed and more of the yard area, followed by the station building. That little lot should see me through to Christmas, though I’m certainly not working to a deadline!


9 thoughts on “Grotty Tin & Wooden Huts…….

  1. What amuses (bemuses?) me are the questions where something is clearly explained in the words, or in words and pictures, and someone then asks how to do it. See that often on blogs and on forums: even where the text is little more than an extended caption, or indeed where looking at the “how-to” photo provides clear guidance. Thankfully, the role of editor in a magazine allows them to screen out such laziness or idiocy.

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    1. I think some of those who ask pointless and stupid questions are just craving attention, I saw a post on one of the forums by someone unknown to me, who claimed that I was his blog buddy! I soon put him right on that score, a friend and fellow blogger calls them hangers on and blog groupies:-) Going off topic for a minute you also have those who try to pass off other modellers ideas and work as their own, rather than give credit where it is due. That happened to a well respected top modeller recently, sadly the culprit was a very well known name within the hobby, who couldn’t even be bothered to apologise when he was contacted.


  2. “My blog stats show that photos are more popular than text”

    Well, I don’t know how their stats algorithm works Geoff, but I always read your text first before looking at the pics,, I will admit I’ll likely look at each picture more than once – often opening them in a new tab so I can enlarge them to look at the details – so I guess that will up the photo ‘popularity’, but I find both your words and pictures equally informative and entertaining and would definitely miss your writing were you to just post pictures!

    Oh, and I haven’t read a ‘mainstream modelling magazine’ for many a year – blogs like yours are far more useful!

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    1. Thanks for your kind comments and words of support Keith:-)

      You might be surprised to learn that I get many questions and queries from people when the answers are there in the post, if they only took the time to read them! The most recent being, ‘ who makes the kits for the water tower and yard huts? ! I take your point about viewers looking at photos more than once though.

      As for the mainstream modelling magazines I hate how some off them place ads. in the middle of articles. It spoils the reading experience for me as does the comic like appearance and general dumbing down, I mean which age group are they targeting? A dear friend and well respected modeller who was asked to write yet another article was told, ‘no long words, humour or sketches please’, which says it all. So he decided not to bother, and when I queried the lack of reference to my previous layouts being to ‘EM’ gauge, I was told that market research had proved any mention of the finer scales put would be purchasers off at the browsing stage!


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  3. Another really good update Geoff, everything progressing well. The grotty huts look great! And the surface texturing in the yard and the vegetation around it is wonderful!

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      1. As well as the information on materials and how you used them (cheaper and more individual than using kits), this post also demonstrates the subtle but powerful impact of careful composition.

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      2. Thank you Simon I try my best, though at times I think I am wasting my time providing information on materials and how to use them. My blog stats show that photos are more popular than text, sadly the same applies to the content of the mainstream railway modelling magazines these days.

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