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Setting up a new layout

Posted: Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:46 am
by DianeH
Hi all,
I'm a newly retired lady and decided to set up a layout for my two small grandsons. I could do with some advice for the roads. I was going to use the road kits from Wordsworth (which i'm impressed with) but my husband thinks they will fade and thinks I should paint them. What do you think?

Re: Setting up a new layout

Posted: Mon Sep 03, 2018 11:11 am
by luckymucklebackit
Hi - It will depend on how much direct sunlight reaches the layout. I recently dismantled a display layout that sat in the foyer of a care home for about five years and there was considerable fading to the card buildings that received the direct sunlight, however that was a fairly severe example. If the layout is in a normal room I would not expect much fading. Painting your roads does however have the flexibility of allowing you to do what you want.

Jim

Re: Setting up a new layout

Posted: Mon Sep 03, 2018 11:15 am
by DianeH
Hi Jim,

thanks for that, it will be in a bedroom which faces south unfortunately, so maybe paint would be best.

Diane

Re: Setting up a new layout

Posted: Mon Sep 03, 2018 12:25 pm
by glencairn
Hi DianeH. Welcome to the Forum.

As Jim suggests -- Painting your roads does have the flexibility of allowing you to do what you want. You can then put in 'repairs to the road', ' faded white lines' etc., not shown on most printed roads on card.

Glencairn

Re: Setting up a new layout

Posted: Mon Sep 03, 2018 3:30 pm
by DianeH
Hi Glencairn,

Thanks for the post, i'll start googling paint.

Diane

Re: Setting up a new layout

Posted: Mon Sep 03, 2018 4:08 pm
by Bufferstop
Hi Diane painting your roads is best as you won't have so many regular joints in the surfaces. You need to consider what to do to disguise any joints you have to cross. Pedestrian crossings are one device, but the most useful is the reinstatement scar where the road has been dug up then just that bit relaid with a slightly mismatched tarmac. Having been responsible for digging up many roads I spot the scars every time I look at a road. My art teacher used to chant "paint what you see, not what you think is there.

Re: Setting up a new layout

Posted: Mon Sep 03, 2018 5:30 pm
by End2end
If you were to cut out the white lines on the wordsworth road sheets you could use them as a template to paint the white lines on your painted roads. :idea:
Thanks
End2end

Re: Setting up a new layout

Posted: Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:49 pm
by Mountain
I would prefer to paint roads. One suggestion is to paint the road black or dark grey and lightly sprinkle Vim scouring powder on it while the paint is wet.. Please experiment first as I have never tried this method so I've no idea if it works. In theory the powder will lighten up the paint colour and give a real look to it.
Another idea is to paint the road a light grey and while wet sprinkle a similar colour grey sawdust onto it.
Whichever method you use, do a few experiments with old offcuts of wood to see which method works the best for you.

Re: Setting up a new layout

Posted: Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:42 pm
by Firefly16
Hi Diane,
Further to Mountain's post, another suggestion for giving your roads texture and colour, which I saw in the American magazine 'Model Railroader', is to paint on very fine sandpaper. Good luck with your layout!

Re: Setting up a new layout

Posted: Tue Sep 04, 2018 5:30 pm
by mjb1961
Hi Diane ,,,I used black Tarmac scatter ,,probably made by Javis or Woodland Senics,,I firstly painted the road black and then when dry I applied pva and then sprinkled on the scatter ,,just another option for you ,,,,mjb

Re: Setting up a new layout

Posted: Mon Sep 10, 2018 11:40 pm
by TimberSurf
Hi Diane, welcome to the forum! :)
I use very fine wet 'n' dry (it smooths out imperfections underneath) and paint with grey paint (emulsion, poster or acrylic will do). A 2inch paint roller gives a smooth even covering.
Disguise joins as above.
Add lines with nail tape.
Example
Tape