I spent a couple of afternoons scenicing my steam yard.
Inspiration comes from a lot of books and photos of the New Haven yards:
I took my airbrush and compressor up the loft. I’m glad it is lightweight!
My first coat was a blend of various greys, beiges, warmer browns and general gunk colour.
The boiler house looks bright! I did remember to spray it with a dark weathering coat later:
I then put down some base grass. It’s not the final colour but is a good base colour to start with. I added ramps to the boiler house, installed the steam lines, cranes and some wooden walkways too:
I put in the wheel sets and junk that come with the SRMW roundhouse kits:
The grass is Noch grass mats stretched out.
I ran out of the grass but did a second colour for the rest of the yard.
The cranes look good!
I added some number so that the DCC on/off switches are easy to work out – just dial up the accessory and set them off or on.
Bit blurry but the next step was to spray the grass a greener colour. I used Vallejo and a cheap acrylic well watered down and then a coat of almost black to tone everything down – this is a ash and coal dust covered yard!
In focus! The boiler house is elsewhere whilst the paint dries…
The steam lines look a bit wonky but their lamps do light up so you can see if the track power is on or off (or will do when I wire them in properly. I toned the junk down as well as the grass.
I also painted that white back hill a more tasteful shade of green.
My ash is wood ash from a fire I had whilst on holiday in the Lake District. I know it’s wood ash not coal but at least it’s real ash! It looks a bit glue covered at the moment. I suspect I will need a second coat.