How to Add the Finishing Touches to a Model Building

How to Add the Finishing Touches to a Model Building

After an epic 13 weeks of detailing the scale house, we are nearly there.  Now we just need to bed it in and add a few final finishing touches:

  • Debris
  • Grass
  • Slime
  • Pigments

All of these help tie the buildings into their bases and the surrounding landscape.  Obviously, where the building is situated will make a huge difference.  A wooden shack in a grassy field will have more grass!  It’s also important to make this last layer of detail tie in to the building so that it doesn’t stand out.  The idea is to add detail so that the eye thinks that the model is real so nothing too jarring is needed on this last stage.

The Real World

Statfold Barn, UK
Statfold Barn, UK
Mersea Island, UK
Mersea Island, UK
Scale House, Pocatello, USA
Scale House, Pocatello, USA
Scale House, Scranton, USA
Scale House, Scranton, USA
Scale House, Scranton, USA
Scale House, Scranton, USA
Mersea Island, UK
Mersea Island, UK

Materials

  • Woodland Scenics Blended Turf – Earth Blend T1350
  • Chamomile tea leaves
  • White Glue and cocktail stick to apply it
  • Silflor Grass Tufts – I used a burnt/dead grass colour
  • AK Interactive Slimy Grime Light – AK027
  • AK Interactive Slimy Grime Dark – AK026
  • White spirit or enamel thinner
  • Mig Pigment – Industrial City Dirt – Mig 00039

Index

  • 00:17 The Real World
  • 00:30 Method
  • 10:56 Final Result
  • 11:25 Mini Kathys
  • 12:15 Close

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2 thoughts on “How to Add the Finishing Touches to a Model Building”

  1. Kathy, I am strictly a structure builder, no trains no track, and I really enjoyed this series. Thanks

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