Road Work

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My copy of Volume 3 of the scenery series by Gordon Gravett arrived this week, and it includes a section on modelling roads. As it happens, I had a couple of roads that needed painting, so I read through Gordon’s approach and it inspired me to tackle my own.

I brushed the roads with a medium-dark grey I found at the local art supply store and left it to dry. Today, while heading to the farm where I work my border collie on sheep, I paid close attention to the colour of the roads and took a few reference photos. When I got back from our lesson, I grabbed a brush and my set of weathering powders and went to work.

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The roads I saw today were in various states of repair, but unless they were new they were a faded black – lighter than the paint I’d used. Lanes were darker – the result, I’m guessing – of tires shedding a little bit of rubber which then gets ground into the road surface. The centre of the road was paler, and the edges had some brown in them. So that’s how I weathered my roads.

In addition, I added patches of brown where cinder drives and dirt roads meet the main road, to show that some of the dirt has been tracked onto the road by vehicles pulling out.

Also, I laid down a narrow line of dark rust on either side of each rail in my crossing, and then blended that into the roadway. I think this picks up the colours of the roadbed quite effectively and shows where the trains have spread dirt, rust, etc., onto the road surface.

I like the effect I’ve achieved, which is the most important thing…

9 thoughts on “Road Work

  1. Interested in your thoughts on Gordon Gravett’s book. Subjective I know.
    The layout/projects continue to blosom…keep up the good work.
    Regards. Phil Taylor. New Zealand

    • Hi Phil:
      I have all three volumes and I think they’re great. I had to do some translation from UK English to Canadian English – some terms were unfamiliar. Ditto with products – for example, I had to find a locally available substitute for Artex. But well worth the investment, in my opinion. The results are great and the books are inspirational.

  2. Looks great. Most of the roads in southern Delaware are rural two lane of varying widths through corn and soy bean fields so plenty of dirt and misdirected irrigation water circles on the roads. Lots of iron in the water gives rust color to posts and paving too.

  3. I am going to have to find some old pictures, but I seem to recall that back in the day the centre of the lanes showed more staining due to oil leaks, drips, etc. from the cars and trucks of the day being leakier than those of today

    • Whether it’s the good ol’ days or today, you’ll also see darkened spots immediately following dips in the road as the minor increase in force (G force) due to the vehicle “abruptly” moving upward causes the clinging drips of oil or dirt to fall to the pavement in that area.

      – Rick.

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