Former Railway Station of Béjar, Salamanca, Era III

The former railway station of Béjar, in the south of the province of Salamanca, an important urban centre that borders on the north of Cáceres, that has traditionally had an important textile industry.

Former Railway Station of Béjar in 3D

The model is in HO scale from the Spanish firm Modelos Velasco, which specialises in reproducing buildings, auxiliary installations and bridges of the spanish national railway network at different scales (I, O, H0, TT and N). It has been designed with 3D software and printed on PLA-type plastic, taking the measurements of the original building which is still preserved, although it has not been used as a railway station for years. It is set in the 3rd era -from 1945 to 1970- based on graphic documentation of those years..

The building that represents the old station is quite large, about 350×122 mm. It also has a platform of about 442×221 mm finished off with some side stairs to go down to the track. It also has a curious and atypical third staircase in the middle of the platform, in front of the main doors of the building.

Painting the whole set 

For the painting of both the old station of Béjar and the platform, acrylic colours have been used. After a primer which always helps to fix the following layers of paint correctly, the base colours have been painted with an airbrush. The stone mouldings, doors and windows are painted with a brush. Different techniques have been applied for ageing, ranging from dry brush with acrylics, washing with enamels and pigments.

The building roof 

Three self-adhesive Arab tile sheets in 3D texture and HO scale, also from the Spanish firm Redutex, have been used to reproduce the roof of the building. This solution reproduces very well the typical tile that was used in the past in this type of building and gives a very realistic touch to the whole. Once the sheets of tile have been cut to the size of the different roof waters, they have been fixed with the very adhesive that they implement. As for the painting, as the sheets are already quite well painted, it was only necessary to give them some touches to integrate them into the building as a whole.

Final details

The platform includes four expansion joints, two at the front and two at the back, to which a mixture of different colours of grasses to scale with some natural beach sand has been added with a liquid glue. Once dry, two coats of airbrush matt varnish have been applied. Finally, before the building is glued to the platform, door and window panes have been prepared with transparent acetate film and glued inside with cyanoacrylate glue.

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