Model Railroad Craftsman Gantry Crane

During a recent trip to the  Epping Model Railway Club’s exhibition at Thornleigh I managed to  divest myself of a few dollars on a Model Railroad Craftsman 5 ton gantry, as well as catching up with friends and viewing some very good layouts.

I returned home with the task of placing the gantry on the layout but at first a bit of painting and weathering were in order. A mixture of etch black and etch grey primer were mixed to a shade of grey I was happy with. Start with the grey and slowly add the black until the right shade is obtained.Then thin with self etch thinners so the paint is not too thick and carefully spray until you have a uniform cover and let dry. For the next step I weathered with Floquil grime paint, thinned right down and carefully sprayed in bursts so as not to get a uniform cover. After that out came the pastel chalks, a bit of rust here and there then Testors dullcote and that’s about it. The footings were painted with Floqil aged concrete which I now have to weather.

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Retired 69 year old model railway enthusiast.Likes, NSWGR LNER railways.Music, Mozart Beethoven, Elgar, Beatles, Rolling Stones,Miles Davis and many more.
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5 Responses to Model Railroad Craftsman Gantry Crane

  1. Ian Millard says:

    Looking good Peter. Your scenes capture the look nicely. Cheers, Ian.

    • BURROWA says:

      Ian.Thank you for your comment.I have just found the bouncing signal kit on the internet and it looks ok. I think it’s the one Ian Phemister has on his diorama. the bouncer.All the best Peter

  2. Peter Steel says:

    Gday, Pete
    Don’t add too much rust as with two layouts, it will become a hassle to maintain later on.
    Up to your usual standards.
    k r pete

  3. roy strange says:

    Hi Modeller I have been watching your progress with interest. I have visited Burrowa in years past – not much to see there now. Congratulations on your standard of work. What about a few period cars, utes, trucks? Best Wishes, Roy Wodonga

    • BURROWA says:

      G’day Roy.
      It is my intention to obtain a few,not too many,vehicles for the layout.I just want to get the right ones.Thank you for taking an interest in the site. Peter

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