Card-kit ‘white edges’ can be such a pain!

It was only when it was pointed out by a reader of a well-known modelling magazine that Pete Kelly realised what a difference painting out the white area left by the folds in card building kits would make – especially if you like taking pictures of your layout.

Many modellers’ first attempts at creating buildings for their layouts start with one of the excellent card kits available from the likes of Metcalfe and Superquick. The end results can be so satisfying that it’s easy to overlook the white areas left at the corners of buildings and chimneys, and the edges of roofs.

If you look carefully at the grey retaining wall, not a single ‘white line’ was painted out when ‘Cathedral City’ was in its early days — and now it’s virtually impossible to get at it to put it right. Sorry there’s no coal in the wagons in this picture, but at least a decent attempt was made to ‘weather’ the coaling tower, which when bought had an impossibly light grey finish!

Yet a simple and inexpensive set of watercolours, some suitable small brushes (sable if possible), a jar of clean water, a steady hand and a little bit of patience can make all the difference in the world.

I don’t pretend to be an expert modeller, because I’m not and probably never will be, but if you look at the long ‘Cathedral City’ retaining wall, with white edges standing out like sore thumbs (sorry there was no coal in the wagons when the picture was taken, by the way), and then the front of ‘St Werburgh’s’ station after all such edges had been appropriately painted, you’ll soon see what I mean.

Until only a few weeks ago, the station front had no signs because I didn’t even realise that sets of bespoke railway station signs in N-gauge were available, and I must thank Sankey Scenics ( for putting me wise on this and enabling me to purchase a full set of such signs.

For the full article and to view more images, see the June edition of Modelling – available now!

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