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Monday, December 15, 2008

Birney Project ~ Painting and Detailing the Seats

Now that the seat assemblies for the Birney are built, it’s time to paint and detail them.

The trim color on SDERy equipment is brown, so I’m going to try out Scalecoat Roof Brown on the seats to see if it’s a good color for the trim.

Scalecoat is a high gloss paint, great for decals, not so much for seats. So I weathered the seats with some weathering chalk and then sprayed the seats with Testors Dullcoat to kill the shine. The seats on the left are freshly painted with Scalecoat, the seats on the right have been weathered and sprayed. After they have dried thoroughly, I can glue the figures in place.

I had to cut and file the feet off of the figures, not a natural thing to do! I also had to file some of the material off of their butts to get them to seat properly. None of this will been seen when the figures are riding in the trolley.

Once the figures are seated properly, I super glued them into place. The motorman I was able to leave fully intact since he sits higher and doesn’t have to deal with the mounting bar. Which is good because he is fully visible through the doors.

There! How’s that! Don’t quite notice the motor as much, hmmm? Yessir! Don’t quite notice the motor as much!



  1. Your attention to detail is absolutely magnificent.

    Your blog is very good reading. Thank you.

  2. Hi Dan D.

    The figures look really great. I'm looking forward to seeing how you'll do the window glazing. I've been using real glass increasingly because it's flatness -- plastic glass almost always gets flexed or bent. Anyway, it's great following along.

  3. Aw, thanks Dans, for the encouraging comments. I enjoy both of your blogs.
    I'm looking forward to seeing how I'll do the window glazing as well! I've been using real glass (from Cloverhouse) in the past, but the stuff is so easy to break. So I'll probably use clear styrene. I'll just have to make sure it gets installed properly so it doesn't flex.
    Thanx again guys!