Friday, December 21, 2012

Roof covering

Covering the Roof

Bigger scales demand more effort in the surface finishes. I could have just painted the Groudle coach roof but it would still look like painted wood, or at best paint on a smooth surface.

The real things are covered with something (not sure what to be honest) that has a bit of texture. I fancied that the best material to replicate this would be tissue paper - proper stuff not toilet. Partly 'cos this should work but mostly due to a roll being to hand for Christmas prezzie wrapping.

Recent experience trying to cover a model barge hatch cover lead me to eshew the traditional PVA in preference for a can of Photomount spray glue. If not spread very thinly and perfectly, PVA can make the tissue crinkle badly. To be honest, Pritt Stick glue would be better if there is no spray glue available.

A waft of sticky on the roof quickly followed by application of the tissue and lots of smoothing and it looked good. The paper was oversize but easily cut down to fit. Far simpler than trying to fit a perfectly cut bit of paper and it's not going to like being slid around to fit.

Final job, a coat of Humbrol 66 which you see during painting, hence the sheen. I promise you, it's dried nice and matt.

1 comment:

Tanllan said...


Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year

The traditional make up of a carriage roof is as follows:
A layer of planks
A coat of thick gloopy glue
While the glue is still wet canvass is then pressed down into it.
Finally the canvass is painted.