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Let’s Restore an Old DPM kit: The First National Bank

December 4, 2010

This classic iron front building is typical of those built from the 1860’s through the 1900’s. Design Preservation Models did an excellent job with this kit, as there’s lots of great details cast into these four simple walls. A challenge for most modelers to do well, these kits are made from cast resin. If you’re just beginning the kit from scratch, make sure to sand all edges flat and give them a generous scrubbing in warm, soapy water to get things all nice and ready for priming.

What I’ve started with is an old kit I’d built as a kid and adorned one of my later childhood layouts. It was repainted a couple of years ago, but it still didn’t look as good as I wanted it to look.
DPM Bank Building

However nice the hand written signs (done in prismacolor pencil) looked on the side of the building, the gray color for all the brickwork bothered me, so it was time for a change. I liked the color of the trim, so I decided to go with a similar color. First things first, cleaning the old paint off the building. One stiff bristle brush, 10 minutes in warm soapy water and it was all gone. Next I shot the building’s walls (which were broken back apart by now) with a variety of spraypaint colors. Rustoleum Cream, Bare Metal Primer& Moss Green were used.

Next came the more tedious part, painting the Iron Front. Now, this isn’t for the impatient, and you can skip this step if you want to model a more conservative looking iron building, just paint the facade a creamy white instead, like many buildings were. I tackled the next step with a Microbrush and charcoal paint, highlighting the relief on the columns whilst staying out of the windows.

Next came the layer of soot and dirt in the form of a light wash of dark bunt umber craft paint, then sealed with dullcote.

Stay tuned for the next installment when we install venetial blinds, and paint an advertisement on the side of the building. We’ll also letter it for the “State Bank and Trust Company”

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