Avertising board on water tower?

Avertising board on water tower?

Postby Arseny » Thu Apr 23, 2015 2:40 am

I am trying to assemble water tower from Sazmodel/KB-Model

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But I've got some painting defect on the tank side.
(I suppose, I had dropped a bit of glue on it, so my attempts to paint it by "oak" stain failed)

Maybe I can mask it, hide it by some advertising board. But I wonder, if it will be acceptable. Will it be realistic?
I tried to find some photos of old water towers, but could not find any boards. Some painting, graffiti, but no boards.
Did they ever hang any advertising boards on water tanks/towers?..
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Re: Avertising board on water tower?

Postby TiTan downunder » Thu Apr 23, 2015 7:17 am

Arseny,

Just looks like a weathered water tank to me - AND it looks great.
You could always put a decal / herald for your railroad on it. The Northern Pacific never seemed shy of advertising itself so, I assume other roads did the same.

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Re: Avertising board on water tower?

Postby Arseny » Thu Apr 23, 2015 7:28 am

This picture is not mine, I took it from sazmodel website, just for illustration
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Re: Avertising board on water tower?

Postby Arseny » Thu Apr 23, 2015 8:08 am

My one is here:

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So do you think the "SOO Line" banner will be good on it?
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Re: Avertising board on water tower?

Postby Richard-B » Thu Apr 23, 2015 3:41 pm

TiTan downunder wrote: The Northern Pacific never seemed shy of advertising itself so, I assume other roads did the same.
Not very common... water seepage and the elements conspired to weather wooden water tanks quickly, making them a less than optimal choice for any sign. The examples I'm aware of have either simple block letters with the railroad name (not a fancy herald) or a white signboard with the station/town name. I'm not convinced just applying a herald decal works... (on a non-steel tank).

My solution: I would lightly sand the current paint vertically ... just enough to get some variation in the color coverage; then dry-brush (again vertically) grey, brown, and white streaks... You want darker at the top and bottom... lighter in the middle.

You can also apply several wire bands around the tank.. along with the turnbuckle used to tighten them, and have some rust streaks coming down from the metal.

THEN... decide if you really need a sign!!!
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