Riveting Detail

Faux Finish Fascia

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bronx terminal fascia

I decided to do a faux finish on the fascia to mimic an old rusty piece of steel.  To start I used hardwood plugs to imitate rivets along the edge of the layout. 1/2″ holes were drilled 3″ apart along the top and bottom (top only completed in this image)

bronx terminal fascia

216 rivets were used. I counted.

bronx terminal fascia

Being short on time (I was doing this on Thursday for a show on Saturday) I decided to use a spray on primer that would dry very quick. One of the nice effects of this primer was it created a authentic texture to the surface.

bronx terminal fascia

Once the primer was dry I gave the edge a base coat of an orangy rusty colour.

bronx terminal fascia

Once the base coat was dry a watered down reddish browny paint was brushed onto the orangy rusty colour.

bronx terminal fascia

After applying the reddish browny colour the colour is blotted off with a damp sponge creating a texture.

bronx terminal fascia

I worked my way around layout applying 3 or 4 layers, each layer would create a deeper red colour to the rust effect. This image is after about 2 applications.

bronx terminal fascia

The next day a few more applications were added, along with some dark gray colouring along the bottom edge.

bronx terminal fascia

bronx terminal fascia

The dog barked his approval.

bronx terminal fascia

bronx terminal fascia

bronx terminal fascia

bronx terminal fascia

bronx terminal fascia

I’m quite happy with the results, it seems right at home on this style of layout, it looks like the front edge of a car barge that has seen lots of use in salt water.

This pretty much wraps up the benchwork construction for the layout, at least for now.  Next up, rebuilding a brass boxcab for the terminal!

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About the Author:

I'm your host, Tim Warris, a product developer in Port Dover, Ontario. Since March of 2007 I have been documenting the construction of the former CNJ Bronx Terminal in HO scale. For my day job, I design track building tools for Fast Tracks, a small company I own and operate. Fast Tracks makes it fast and easy to hand lay your own trackwork. Stop by our website to learn more!

Posted by: Tim | 04-06-2008 | 09:04 PM
Posted in: Benchwork Construction | Latest Posts


  1. GREAT! I really like how it came out. The rust and rivets are more than plausible. Good job Tim!

    Comment by Denny Turani — April 7, 2008 @ 7:38 am
  2. Looks great, can’t wait to see finished photos from the weekend tours.

    Comment by Kurt Konrath — April 7, 2008 @ 9:11 am
  3. Agreed – looks fantastic Tim. Hey – don’t forget to weather that crate a little!

    Perhaps you might want to create some sort of padding system that can be attached, (velcroed?) underneath the layout, to prevent the fascia from getting dinged up. Hate to see such a nice job get scratched, even if you’re only moving it into a shipping package.

    This is gonna blow people away…

    Comment by Chris Arsenault — April 7, 2008 @ 5:04 pm
  4. Tim –


    Not only do you really need to share your info and talk about this on my Rail-Marine Yahoo page (don’t be shy, people will eat this up!), but you should think about sharing it with the Layout Construction Yahoo Page http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LayoutConstruction/,too

    I hope you find a way some day to get this down to the NJ/NY area, maybe the 2009 Hartford Convention? There is probably going to be a HUGE Rail-Marine faction at Hartford.

    Again, beautiful work…..

    Ralph Heiss
    S. Plainfield, NJ

    Comment by Ralph Heiss — April 8, 2008 @ 7:45 am
  5. Brilliant!

    Comment by Shane — April 8, 2008 @ 9:51 am
  6. I have to agree, it looks wonderful.

    Too bad I won’t see updates for a while…the internet at sea sucks even worse than dial up. (well, take 112kbps & divide it 300 ways, and see what is left…)


    Comment by James Powell — April 9, 2008 @ 10:14 pm
  7. Looks real nice in photos…..In springfield it was fantastic…see you in hartford.

    Comment by carter sawtell — January 28, 2009 @ 6:50 pm

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