Friday, 24 May 2013

Updating my C&Q Water Tank

My water tank got some rows of nail holes, pulled up boards and some extra stains.
 Weathering my Water Tank

A few weeks back I took on a simple project that took me maybe two hours. I decided to beat up my Maine two foot water tank. I had built this back in the early 1980's using what I had available at that time. I thought my tank could use some extra weathering. I decided to pull a few boards and add a few rows of nail holes. The roofing also needed some more soot and weathering. A before view or a look at how my water tank looked for many years can be seen in my April 11 post, Narrow Gauge Place Settings.

The Prototype
I used for insperation Bob Hayden and Dave Frary's plans of the WW&F Week Mills tank found in the Oct. 1967 RMC. The prototype had shingles on the front wall and one end. The rear wall and other end had wood planking. This tank was a larger than normal water facility as it was located at a junction point.

The Model
When I built this structure decades ago I only had enough Campbell's shingles to finish the roof. As two sides were wood planking on the prototype I decided to do all four this way. I used the plans to get the size and shape right but used what I had available to me for windows and doors. They don't actually match up with the prototype but the C&Q is a totally different railway anyhow. As mentioned above I pulled some boards, added some rows of nail holes. Once this was done the whole structure got a coat of Hunterline stain. The walls has the weathering mix applied while the roof got a coat of Cordovan Brown. The whole structure then got a good dose of Bragdon weathering powders applied. Now to build a small diorama as its new home...George Dutka

Most of the weathering is done with Bragdon weathering powders.
The tank is an all wood structure that has Campbell shingles originally applied.

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