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 Posted: Wed Jul 20th, 2022 10:58 am
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This may not be the right place to post this query,
but here goes.

Just started a Peco wooden laser-cut kit for a diorama,
it is lovely but fiddly, however my main concern,
is how to finish the building ?

All the detail is printed on,
there is no raised surface detail,
and a layer of paint would obliterate the details.






My first thought
would be to apply a wash of very dilute acrylic,
opaque enough to colour the wood,
but not to lose the surface printed detail.

Laser-cut kits are not as prolific across the pond,
and any suggestions would be welcome.


Thank you.

Tim




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What raised detail do you mean ?








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Hi Tim  :wave:


Good to see you back on Freerails ...  :thumb:

... & beavering away in your shed !


The burnt-edges of laser-cut wood ...

... pretty much means, nuke 'em in paint.


The contrast between wood & burnt, is high ...

... light washes, just won't cover that contrast.


Nice looking OO-scale kit by Peco.  :)


:java::moose: :dt:


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A few minutes ago,
a new set of eaves for the pitched roof were made,
the images shows their supports being glued into place.





Unfortunately, there seems to be a shortage of 1mm ply,
I will be using card, it has the advantage
of being available and compatible with ply.

I intend to apply a very dilute wash of acrylic light grey,
enough to colour the wood but not to obscure the printed lines.

Below is someone's previous attempt,
it has not been stained.







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As a suggestion, I've used 'GOLDEN' shading grey,

which is transparent, on a few structures and stock.


I pick mine up at a craft store,

not sure if you can get it in GB,

sure there should be something similar.


The PECO building looks good,

wrong scale for my modelling though.


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Everyday the little wooden building progresses,
the glued joints of the modified roof will harden overnight,
otherwise it is OK.






I intend to experiment on some scrap bits
with acrylic light grey thinned with water+alcohol,
not a thick layer, just a wash.

The plastic windows and doors are just waiting to be glazed,
always a faff.

The building is quite small, enough for a low key diorama.


Follow the build in this link


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Nice looking build.

I have never encountered printed details
(except in some card buildings)
It seems a bit strange.  

Looking forward to photos of the diorama.

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" All the detail is printed on "

" Printed lines "


" I have never encountered printed details
  (except in some card buildings)
  It seems a bit strange "

L:

As Tim said, there is no "raised detail".

I think the surface "printed detail" mentioned,
is actually detail surface-burnt, by the LASER.





The LASER produced surface-burnt lines,
defining the boarded sides & floor etc.

The through-burnt LASER cuts,
are the black-holes in the photo.

:cool:

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A bit more progress.





A wash with very dilute Amish Grey acrylic by DecorArt
has not obscured the printed lines, the intended effect
is a weather-worn clapboard structure near the sea.

Once completely dry, tomorrow, a wash with
MiG green mould and some highlights with charcoal.

The corrugated roof needs to be rusty and weathered,
usually the iron would have been tarred
but over the years this wears to a light grey.


It isn't worth detailing the interior
but a chair on the stoop would not go unnoticed.




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The detailing produced by the burnt in lines,

normally produces a slight depression in the wood,

where the material has been vaporized away.


The kit designers apply it like injection moulding,

it can usually be painted over totally opaque,

and dealt with a bit like scribed basswood siding.

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