Pavements and roads

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Pavements and roads

Postby spiket4 » Wed Feb 15, 2012 2:42 pm

Hi all.
Im looking at various options for roads and pavements and was after your opinion on them.
Firstly the scalescene downloadable print outs and secondly the metcalfe paving slabs.
Both products look ok from pictures i have seen. But what do you think.

Mark

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Re: Pavements and roads

Postby johnco » Wed Feb 15, 2012 4:10 pm

Whatever you decide on (I've used various grades of emery paper for carriageway and footways) remember that the colour and textures are never uniform, so the surface will need to be weathered. You can add skid marks,trench reinstatements,wheel tracking of different shading,puddles and so on.

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Re: Pavements and roads

Postby flying scotsman123 » Thu Feb 16, 2012 10:32 am

i'm using metcalfe paving slabs at the moment, and they are very good (and slightly addictive :mrgreen: ) but dont try weathering them with anything wet whatever you do!! they just become a soggy mess as they are paper based. use dry materials for weathering. otherwise they are very good, fairly cheap compared to some of the rip-off that are emerging in our hobby, and make a good 3d effect because they are all seperate
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Re: Pavements and roads

Postby Bufferstop » Thu Feb 16, 2012 10:43 am

You can buy weathering "powders" of various descriptions but you might find the following cheap and useful:-
coffee
pencil lead
chalk
talc
coal dust
real soot
and a track rubber for tyre marks
You can apply most of them with a brush but the best applicator I've found is the tip of my index finger. Just need to scrub it vigorously once you've finished. (the finger that is, not the model)
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Re: Pavements and roads

Postby jus » Thu Feb 16, 2012 10:44 am

flying scotsman123 wrote:i'm using metcalfe paving slabs at the moment, and they are very good (and slightly addictive :mrgreen: ) but dont try weathering them with anything wet whatever you do!! they just become a soggy mess as they are paper based. use dry materials for weathering. otherwise they are very good, fairly cheap compared to some of the rip-off that are emerging in our hobby, and make a good 3d effect because they are all seperate


Totally agree about metcalfe slabs. Try and get the older, self adhesive ones if you can. they're slightly better, and they make very good pavements. Roads are different. I use either textured paint, or more often, a mix of greys, with fine sand stirred in. I use the 99p tester pots from most DIY sheds. I also use thin black gloss paint to make tar lines, where roads have been dug up, and a slightly darker or lighter shade of grey paint.
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Re: Pavements and roads

Postby keef777 » Thu Feb 16, 2012 1:10 pm

I disagree about the Metcalfe self-adhesive ones, the gaps are so huge in scale size that you could put your fist in the cracks. I much prefer the Metcalfe card for realism, also the Superquick is very good but you need a stiff backing.

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Re: Pavements and roads

Postby Jim S-W » Thu Feb 16, 2012 3:57 pm


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Re: Pavements and roads

Postby johnco » Fri Feb 17, 2012 11:44 pm

Hiya Jim S-W
Only one thing to say as an ex highway engineer, BRILL

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Re: Pavements and roads

Postby flying scotsman123 » Sat Feb 18, 2012 10:20 am

that road is great, i love the bollards, only thing missing is cars :D
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Re: Pavements and roads

Postby Jim S-W » Sat Feb 18, 2012 5:29 pm

And traffic lights!

Here you go for the vehicles

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Re: Pavements and roads

Postby flying scotsman123 » Sun Feb 19, 2012 4:33 pm

wow, looks even better, i'm drooling at the sight of it :P
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Re: Pavements and roads

Postby spiket4 » Wed Feb 22, 2012 9:25 pm

Thanks for the advice :D
That road and vehicles looks fantastic Jim.

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Re: Pavements and roads

Postby bolly1965 » Sun Mar 04, 2012 1:11 pm

I recently have done the roads for my layout. I mixed pre-prepared filler (cheap at the pound shop), and black acrylic paint. I then pained this mix onto the baseboard. I did three coats, each a slightly different shade of grey.When it's finaly dry I used a fine grade sandpaper to get rid of the some of the brush marks and to get an impression of camber. When i'd finished i wiped down the surface with a damp microfibre cloth and noticed that this was better than the sandpaper for smoothing and polishing the surface. The finish is not uniform and looks quite realistic, edged off with Metcalf Paving slabs. Just going to finish off with a fine black sharpie down the centre to give the impression of tar lines and a bit of weathering.

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Re: Pavements and roads

Postby log0008 » Wed Mar 07, 2012 10:24 pm

JimSW, they look awesome, i totally wish mine looked like yours!


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