The plastic was first primed with two coats of Halfords grey plastic primer followed by a couple of coats of Plasti-Kote tan suede paint to provide some texture to the stone.
|Bridge parts following priming and suede coat|
The bridge has then been painted using Winton and Newton oil paints, which have been dry-brushed on in the manner described in David Wright's books - see www.dovedalemodels.co.uk. The paints take between two and five days to completely dry out and I found this time very useful to blend colours and re-work any areas that I was not satisfied with.
|All paint types and colours used to paint bridge|
Below are photos of the completed model bridge. The road is still to be painted but shows the original plastic colour and texture.
|Painted stonework without railway bridge supports|
|Bridge support installed together with etch fencing|
|Bridge from other side note the 14' 6'' height limit i.e. 29mm|
|Bridge next to a £1 coin for size reference|
|Seacow passing over bridge|
The laser cut etch mortar lines are quite deep and therefore I plan to fill these with talcum powder and then seal with a spray matt varnish to fix in place. I then plan to apply an acrylic wash to colour the mortar.
As the oil paints take such a long time to dry, I will wait at least a week to avoid any talcum powder sticking to the stone surface. If anyone has any alternative ideas for filling the mortar lines I would be pleased to receive your comments.