How to Model Road Details

How to Model Road Details

Roads are more than just tarmac and pavement, they are the routes through which many countries run their utilities, such as water or electric, they need drainage and they amass a plethora of equipment such as parking meters, traffic signs and lights, fire hydrants, postal and telephone boxes.

For parts 1 and 2 of the Road series check out my other videos:

Have a look at your layout or diorama and see what details you can add:

  • Drains
  • Manhole covers
  • Utility meter covers
  • Telegraph poles
  • Utility poles
  • Street lights
  • Parking meters
  • Traffic signs
  • Traffic lights
  • Kerb markings
  • Fire hydrants
  • Post boxes
  • Telephone boxes
  • Cellar access hatches
  • Glass cellar/basement lights
  • Cycle racks
  • Railings and pedestrian fences
  • Electric charging points

The list is endless if you take some time to study the location that you are modelling.

The Real World

Indianapolis Drain
Indianapolis Drain
Indianapolis manhole cover
Indianapolis manhole cover
Indianapolis manhole cover
Indianapolis manhole cover
Lovely patching!
Lovely patching!
Indianapolis fire hydrant
Indianapolis fire hydrant
Indianapolis fire hydrant
Indianapolis fire hydrant
Indianapolis fire hydrant
Indianapolis fire hydrant
English drain
English drain
UK manhole cover
UK manhole cover
English drain
English drain
English water meter cover
English water meter cover

 

Materials

  • Langley Miniatures – drains and manholes (N = A54, OO = F73)
  • Vector Cut – manhole cover and sewer grating set
  • Hi-Tech Details – 8005 – 14 parking meters – yellow
  • Various other swap meet castings
  • Cut up bits of crisp or sweet packets
  • Chamomile Tea
  • Paint – automotive primer and acrylic colours such as Tamiya or Vallejo
  • Mig Washes
  • Isopropyl Alcohol and India Ink wash
  • Dulcote
  • Mig Pigments and AK Interactive Dark Steel Pigment
  • White Marker
  • Silver Sharpie

Index

00:10 The Real World 00:39 Method 12:30Final Result 13:13 Mini Kathys 14:25 Close All the modelling scenery videos can be found by clicking here. If you are enjoying the series then please subscribe to my blog for the next weekly instalment:

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