John Porter Greyvoices
I have quite a collection of modelling books that recommend that you use a spray gun, sable brushes and perfectly matched paints and finishes but being both cack handed and lazy I am always on the lookout for cheap and cheerful short cuts.

I did own a spray system but try as I might I could never get the finish I was aiming for. My paint refused to flow right and either had too little coverage or splodges of thick paint build up in places I wasn't aiming for. The spray set hung around for years unused in a cupboard and I finally binned it a couple of years ago in a clear out of useless kit ............ I needed the space for newer useless bits of kit that I still thought might one day become useful. (Top tip: the only tool a man really needs is a combined bottle and can opener).

I moved on to spray cans and found this more to my liking though it can get a tad expensive. Halfords car paint grey primer spray can has become a staple as it covers any surface with a thin film of ....... yes grey. With this as a base any other colour or type of paint can be applied. For years I thought that the only paint suitable for modelling had to be Humbrol enamel but the use of grey primer has led to experimentation with other paints.

The area where I still struggle i the fine and fiddly detail bits like odd pipework or windscreen wipers but I've found a useful work around for this is:

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  • Paint and marker pens

  • I particularly like the UNI Paint Marker which gives me a silver grey finish.
  • Just above this in the photo is a PIGMA BRUSH pen which has a very fine brush tip ......... perfect for picking out small details.
  • The UNI-Ball Sigma roller ball paint pens deliver a very controllable white paint just perfect for delicate pipework.
  • The COPIC CIAO pens and very handy as they have a blunt tip and a fine tip. I use the red one for picking out lorry wheels. I like the way that the colour varies depending upon the type of material it's covering. if you want consistency first prime with Halford's grey primer.
There are some colours that are nigh on impossible to replicate using paint pens so then it's back to tins of paint, dirty brushes and that heady atmosphere of thinners.


Best regards ................ John (alias Greyvoices)
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John Porter Greyvoices
Here are a few more tips for you to avoid.

I mentioned, in the previous post, modelling books that recommend all manner of expensive kit needed to paint models. One such item is a spray painting booth complete with hazard suits and other paraphernalia suitable for nuclear fallout protection (perhaps a slight exaggeration there). I have of course managed a suitable work around that costs me nowt.

P1050858.jpg  Yes it's a goodly sized cardboard box. All it costs is a present for the wife that has to be delivered in a big box (that way you get brownie points). As you can see I use spray cans ........... both of which I obtained in Halfords. I've had the grey primer, mentioned in the last post for quite some time and as long as you spray upside down for 30 seconds after using it the nozzle does not clog up. The other can is a yellow from Halford's "artfx" range which I think are favoured by graffiti artists (forgive me if I'm wrong). It adheres perfectly to the primer.

The model, sprayed here with the primer is a Wiking 1:87 trailer.

P1050853.jpg  Before and after photo. The trailer bogies are merely wrapped around with masking tape ........ the cheapest I could find (Poundland).

P1050859.jpg  As I write this the trailer is still outside in the cardboard box drying off after receiving the first yellow coat. This will eventually be weathered and a superstructure scratchbuilt on it (it will feature in another thread) so I might get away with just the primer and one coat of yellow.

So my spray booth costs nigh on zilch. My spray gun also costs nothing as I don't have one. Spray cans properly looked after can last for years. As the spray is undertaken outside on a day of light and airy breezes I don't need to wear a respirator ............ in fact I could hardly smell the paint. The other benefit is no complaints from indoors.

This is truly a technique for the lazy modeller and I get to save a fortune that can be spent on other things such as .......... well I think you can guess.

Best regards ..................... John
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John Porter Greyvoices
I have extolled the virtue of using a primer so it seems appropriate to show an example where primer was not first applied.

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Before I started work on this model all that you now see as painted red was bare grey plastic. I applied the red by using a COPIC Ciao paint marker (you can see the pen in the photo in the first post of this thread). It's obvious that the wheels are displaying a different shade than the chassis but both are painted with the same pen. I ruled out using a spray because the cab was so firmly fixed to the chassis and the wheels and tyres are one moulding ............ the pen seemed to be the best way (yes I agree ...... laziness). I don't mind the difference in shade but in another situation it might matter. If so I would cover the cab in masking tape, replace the wheels with better ones where the tyres come off the wheels enabling me to apply grey primer to both wheels and chassis, the final red coat would then be the same shade for both.

It's interesting how the plastic can influence the resultant shade. I'm obviously no expert but I find that sort of thing worth exploring ..... ah yes, that must be my inner nerd.

The model is from an original East German company, Espewa, one of a range of 1:87 Skoda trucks. By the way, the door handle was originally coloured the same base plastic blue but I gave it a hint of a touch up with the Uni Paint silver grey marker pen.

Best regards ................. John
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Jaz Avalley JazAvalley

There are loads of people who do not have the money to throw at this hobby, and who love cost saving tips, I am a natural spendthrift and always looking to use everything and anything rather than see it go in the bin.

It is also great to see you not see you since we left MRF.

Jaz Avalley

Model Railway Discussion Group

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John Porter Greyvoices
Exactly so Jaz. I was inspired by a thread some years ago featuring a layout built from old cardboard boxes ........ including the baseboard. Not that I wanted to do that myself but it demonstrated that it was possible to create a model railway on very modest means.

You were sorely missed on MRF and yes, it's good to bump into you and yours once again.

Best regards ................. John
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John Porter Greyvoices
I notice that the photograph featured in the first post of this thread has disappeared. I wonder what's gone wrong.

Perhaps a moderator could investigate.

Best regards ................. John
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John Porter Greyvoices
This is the missing image

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Jaz Avalley JazAvalley

Exactly so Jaz. I was inspired by a thread some years ago featuring a layout built from old cardboard boxes ........ including the baseboard. Not that I wanted to do that myself but it demonstrated that it was possible to create a model railway on very modest means.

You were sorely missed on MRF and yes, it's good to bump into you and yours once again.

Best regards ................. John

🙂 and on RMWeb I was friendly with Westerhamstation, he did a Blue Peter style layout, using breakfast cereal boxes etc, and you had to be seriously impressed at his skills be he made a wonderful layout, he also showed steps in the making, he was also published in a magazine and he really deserved it. He does or did Youtube but not Facebook where i ended up, before I came here (well I still do my own group on facebook but am spending far more time here). I would consider contacting his Youtube account but I cannot remember my password LOL. He said he did not do FB 🙂 not that I blame him. If anyone knows him, they should send him the link here 🙂 .....subtle? Moi? 

Jaz Avalley

Model Railway Discussion Group

https://www.facebook.com/groups/495282280644117/
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Julian
Westerhamstation continues with his scratch-build extension of the original layout, with washing machine box factories, on his RMWeb thread.  It now goes into Ewer Street, showing the factories and other features, on the approach.

Julian
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