In the final part of his series, MALCOLM BRIGGS shows how to add the finishing touches to model structures to make them look as realistic as possible.

Having completed and furnished our structures, there are a couple more stages to make them appear realistic – bedding-in and weathering, which I shall deal with together.

When comparing real buildings with models, you may notice that when a structure is placed on a scene it usually displays an unsightly gap between the building and the baseboard which appears almost as a black line.

Above: Malcolm Briggs’ ‘OO’ gauge North Cornwall Brewery exhibition layout showcases many of the techniques used in this series of making buildings from scratch, including weathering the structures, bedding them in and blending the colour of the road surface. Mike Wild.


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