Street Furniture – Iron Work
Street Furniture – Ironwork
A detail that is often overlooked & missed on layouts, is the detail of ironwork. A look on any street & you’ll find such details as manhole covers, grates, grills, fire hydrant covers, sewer covers etc. These can be easily added to your street scene either using the pre-printed Ax013-OO Ironwork texture sheet:
Or if you have a printer, then the download & print your own version from the club shop with your points here:
On the texture sheet, you get a varied selection of the most commonly found street ironwork. Below you can see one sheet of AX013-OO that I’m currently using on my own layout.
To use, simply select & carefully cut out the ironwork texture you want to use using a pair of scissors or sharp craft knife. Use a dark coloured felt-tip pen, marker/sharpe pen to colour in the white edges. Also worth using a Woodland Scenics Tidy Track Steel Rail Paint Pen, to colour in the white edges.
Then simply glue iron texture to your street scene on your layout. I use a glue stick such as Pritt Stick, which allows some re-positioning of the ironwork texture. Another method is to cut out a recess in the road or pavement so that the ironwork texture will sit flush with the road surface.
On the Pavement kit KX023-oo & KX023-N a selection of ironwork is also included with the kit, including flush kerb grate/grilles. The OO 1:76 scale pre-printed Kit can be found here:
The N gauge pre-printed version can be found here:
Also, check out the club shop in which you can get these kits using your club points. Below is a selection of images of the ironwork textures in use on a layout. Another kit the LX064 available in scales N, OO, O, TT, & 1:24 scale, features laser cut & engraved raised details ironwork manhole covers. These can also be used for your street scenes. The OO version can be found here: https://www.scalemodelscenery.co.uk/lx064-oo-laser-cut-trackside-drainage-manholes-etc-oo4mm176-864-p.asp