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A moment to vent and rant
« on: August 09, 2007, 10:50:01 AM »
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I hate DPM.
(ok, not really)

Last night I started painting the windows on the factory building in the background here:



It is the most BORING, REPETITIVE and incredibly intricate process I have come across in model railroading.

This comes from the fact that all of the windows and doors are cast into the walls, meaning that you can't paint them seperately, you HAVE to paint one, then the other.

So I spent an hour doing one wall's worth of windows with a tiny brush. It was a real pain because you have to work inside the window area, and make sure to get the window frame but NOT the brick around it. Friggin impossible.

Needless to say, the windows look like crap now, and there's not a whole hell of a lot I can do about it.

Anyway, just needed to vent.

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Re: A moment to vent and rant
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2007, 10:59:43 AM »
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If there's a next time, sometimes it's easier to paint the window color first, and then just brush paint the brick.  The brick texture hides the brush marks just fine. 
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Re: A moment to vent and rant
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2007, 11:09:49 AM »
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I think I used like a 10/0 or 20/0 brush. Like you said repetitive.

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Re: A moment to vent and rant
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2007, 11:22:47 AM »
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isn't there some kind of paint pen that could be used for these things?

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Re: A moment to vent and rant
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2007, 11:36:49 AM »
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isn't there some kind of paint pen that could be used for these things?



That was my thought too. I even went and bought a bunch to try, but none of the colors are any good. I ended up using a charcoal gray, and finding one that would be opaque enough to work was a no-go.

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Re: A moment to vent and rant
« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2007, 12:04:51 PM »
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I guess I'm really strange, because I don't mind painting the DPM windows. If anything, I prefer the DPM kits if only because they have realistically-sized bricks, versus the cinderblock-sized stuff in most kits...

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Re: A moment to vent and rant
« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2007, 12:12:35 PM »
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Wow dks2855  & justTRAINcRaZy those came out great .

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Re: A moment to vent and rant
« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2007, 12:20:49 PM »
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Thats quite true about the brick sizes.

Overall I really do like the structures, I just wish the windows were cast separately.

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Re: A moment to vent and rant
« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2007, 12:57:36 PM »
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I have Dave Frary's video on painting and weathering structures.  He paints the window color first, then cuts masking tape to fit the openings and airbrushes the brick.

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Re: A moment to vent and rant
« Reply #9 on: August 09, 2007, 12:57:58 PM »
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Not the best work and not DPM, but the same application. I used a soft reddish pencil to color in the bricks after painting the whole top part in the frame color.


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Re: A moment to vent and rant
« Reply #10 on: August 09, 2007, 01:08:47 PM »
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Ed,
Get some 2" clear packing tape.  Spray the walls the wall color.  Let them dry. 24 hours.  Take the packing tape, and lay it over the walls.

Take a sharp #11 blade, and carefully cut the tape away from the window openings.  Once that's all done, spray the whole mess with the window frame color.

Pull off the tape.

SHAZAM!!

I've got some to do.  I'll take some pictures.
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Re: A moment to vent and rant
« Reply #11 on: August 11, 2007, 10:09:38 AM »
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I have always painted the windows first on DPM buildings, then painted the bricks.  You must take your time, yes.  The magnifying lamp does help.

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Re: A moment to vent and rant
« Reply #12 on: August 11, 2007, 12:20:07 PM »
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I finished it the other night.  I realized it was much less painful when you do one side of each window then spin the whole thing around.

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Re: A moment to vent and rant
« Reply #13 on: August 11, 2007, 01:14:49 PM »
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Pixtures, Hon?

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Re: A moment to vent and rant
« Reply #14 on: August 11, 2007, 01:16:32 PM »
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When I get it all glued together.

What did you guys use for glass?