The Simple Skyscraper Project That has Turned Out to be Very Complicated:So I abandoned the spray-painted paper exterior for this so-called 'simple' skyscraper scratchbuild. I think it would have worked fine, but the temperature and humidity changes in my 'train room' and the fact that the spray adhesive wasn't holding well enough for a nice flat surface, resulted in my removing the paper and going with good old spray paint on acyrlic as the exterior of this building.
I also wasn't thrilled with the dark gray I chose for the building color. Too many dark gray buildings. Need some variety.
Using the convenient 1/2" masking tape from Model Masters, I masked out all the window areas and gave several coats of black primer (to create a thick opaque surface).
Weathering The Kato Bridges:A much more enjoyable project has been weathering my Kato double track bridges. I had two of the dark green bridges, connected to a black double track truss bridge that just looked way too shiny and "plasticky" and needed some weathering.
I actually ended up repainting all of the green to a lighter color green, and while that paint was still wet, I hit the buildings with coats of "Transparent Black Window Tint", "Cinnamon" (a rust-like color) and coats of clear dull-coat. Overall this process worked really well.
I also added some Burnt Sienna oil paint mixed with a bit of lighter fluid to add a bit more rust to the rivets and joint areas of the girders.
Cathedral Lighting, Repaint, etc...The Vollmer Cathedral was one of my first buildings that I put together, but lacked the lighting and some of the other techniques that I've learned in the past couple of years, so I added some lights (both interior, and 3 'spotlights' shooting up on the exterior), retouched the paint, and I think came out with a much better looking building. I have to admit, Vollmer makes some really awesomely detailed kits.
The Kibri KitbashThese blue and grey structures are interesting examples of ugly contemporary architecture, but I've always thought would make an interesting looking high rise. I'm almost done with this project, and it will probably be the subject of my next post. Hint: Yes, it involves having to do with combining both of the below buildings!