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1/72 scale German WW2 railway gun K5(E)

With traffic running over them wouldn't the tops of the rails be shiny steel?
Would 00 track be near enough in scale? Then paint as rust and scrape off the top surface.

The sleepers would have a wide degree of colour variation, depending on how each has absorbed creosote/tar. Also there'd lines of grease and accumulated dust on the sleepers and ballast.

Really depends on how much detail you want to put on what is a secondary feature.
 
With traffic running over them wouldn't the tops of the rails be shiny steel? Also can I just stick an 'Excellent' every couple of pages please? The quality, speed and quantity of your work is amazing.
you raise a very good point, the top surface of the rail would bear against the full pressure applied from the passing bare metal wheels, so I'm considering running some bare steel over the top, but what of the sides of the rail? I'm going for rust, the constant steam, and water spilling from the Loco, and the sleepers would catch a lot of similar coloured weathering, all guess work, AI need pictures to back it up, what colour for the track ballast.

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first of many layered colours on the track between salt.
 

Helm

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you raise a very good point, the top surface of the rail would bear against the full pressure applied from the passing bare metal wheels, so I'm considering running some bare steel over the top, but what of the sides of the rail? I'm going for rust, the constant steam, and water spilling from the Loco, and the sleepers would catch a lot of similar coloured weathering, all guess work, AI need pictures to back it up, what colour for the track ballast.

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first of many layered colours on the track between salt.
Where's the gun in that camo based? then maybe look at rails for the area, I doubt the ballast has changed too much.
 

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Depends on where you are. Could be a dirty white, dirty yellow or it could be a dark red. Whatever material the nearest suitable quarry has.
Anzio, according to Trumpeter, who do the same scheme for their 1/35th kit, My kit by Hobbyboss are a bit light on information, I miss the little history lesson you used to get with Airfix kits.
 
Polished steel rail uppers, rust depending on age for the sides. Those I've seen over the years were often quite rusty.
Rail chairs don't rust the same way; russet brown highlighted with a touch of powdered graphite when aged, not so bright polished steel when new.
Sleepers would depend on whether they were treated with creosote, otherwise weathered wood stained with oil and rust coloured brake dust.
 
Anzio, according to Trumpeter, who do the same scheme for their 1/35th kit, My kit by Hobbyboss are a bit light on information, I miss the little history lesson you used to get with Airfix kits.
On the premise that Anzio isn't far from Rome...

It seems that the railways around Rome use limestone ballast. That would suggest that the colour would be a dirty white. I'd also expect the surface to be smoother than the moulded finish but I suspect that that is something that you're just stuck with unless you build the track bed from scratch.
 

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Thinking back to my time as a railway trackman in the early 70s, the road was actually quite complex with the ballast only the top layer, on top of small stone, which was hammered and driven underneath the sleepers and was used to set levels and inclinations - and sharp sand. The ballast wasn't necessarily all that neat and tidy and a regular piece of work was to sort it out, pushing it back on to the road from the sides where vibration and the like tended to shake it.
 
I'm not satisfied with the finish of the red over yellow, had clogging problems in the nozzle of the airbrush, very frustrating, may have to overspray and start again.
red over yellow fisrst attempt.jpg
 
so, moving forward with a terracotta colour that doesn't cause the airbrush to splutter and clog, This time I'm using sticky labels, drawing the shape from the artwork in the kit, cut out, peel and stick and airbrush Desert yellow over the masks.
terracotta.jpg
 
with a second coat of Terracotta, left to dry overnight, the tight curves of the pattern were cut out on white sticky labels and applied over the red.
masks over red.jpg

after a couple of hours, the peeled off easily. finally I'm happy with the proportions of the cam scheme, now for a dark wash to highlight the detail.
final cam scene achieved.jpg
 
Here's a general view of the gun trial assembled to the track, just to get a sight of what it will look like.
finished assembly and cam trail fit b.jpg

crazy how a enlargement shows up all the faults you didn't notice with the naked eye, the right hand decal needs re seating.
small decals.jpg

the larger decals look ok
decal a.jpg
 
general view of the components decals applied. The kit will not be assembled until it's base and glass case are ready, as it'll be vulnerable assembled, in parts it fits in the box until I'm ready to finish it off.
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