After staining all pine timbers with Colron - Indian Rosewood, the surfaces were distressed with sandpaper and wire wool. After the removal of all dust particles, a second overall coat of Colron -Yellow Pine. Again when dry, the surfaces were lightly abraded to render a variegated and distressed appearance.
Next a light coating of Polyvine Acrylic Varnishing Wax was applied an allowed to dry. This was then rubbed flat with a medium grade wire wool. A second coat of Varnishing Wax was brushed on and, after drying overnight, the final burnished effect was rendered with fine grade wire wool. This process gives the lustrous appearance of natural wax, but without the regular commitment to upkeep of the surface.
After a final cleanup of all the dust and debris, all components were able to be re-assembled and the brass handle could be fitted.
At this stage I am happy to put the plinths aside, leaving the finer details of batteries, switches and other wiring issues until a later time.
But next I will get started on the actual model. As soon as we have finished eating turkey and mince pies, I will return.
The two virtually completed plinths with simple massing maquettes
in place to give an impression of the models overall impact.