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This engine needs a nice base. This got me thinking. How about a base that looks the part and will hide an air pump?
An MDF box that is open at the bottom.
This was then covered in PVA glue and onto that I placed air drying clay that had been rooled to roughly 3mm think.
Into the clay I scored the bricks.
Then it was left to dry for a couple of days before I sanded the surfaces to a nice flat finish - leaving the brick lines visible.
The first job was to paint the whole thing in a mid-grey acrylic.
Once the grey was dry I then painted the bricks - this does take some time to do.
The bricks painted and with the engine balanced on top.
Now for the quarry tiles. A 2mm thick piece of MDF that was cut with 6mm overhang over the brick base.
The tile grout was then scored into the surface and the edges sanded.
Again I then painted the whole thing in mid-grey acrylic and then painted the quarry tiles with acrylic.
The bricks and tiles together are starting to look the part.
With the engine balanced on top I believe the colours are looking great.
I now need to construct the base plate and fix the parts together.
Maybe a ladder and an oil can......
If you have made a similar engine and would like to share your experience we would love to hear from you - ed.