Building a Walthers Merchant's Row Kit for a Model Railroad

Building a Walthers Merchant's Row Kit for a Model Railroad

I begin work on a Walthers Merchant’s Row kit for my model railroad layout. It’s been quite a while since I’ve built one of these types of kits and I’ve never really modelled brickwork before. It should be a test of my detail painting skills and learning experience. I had to do some problem-solving to get my paint and weathering for the sidewalk. I also provide some tips and tricks on painting fine details on these molded kits.

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Walthers –
Vallejo –
Iwata Airbrush –
Micro-Mark tools –

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Edited with Davinci Resolve


  1. Alicia Beauchamp on May 7, 2023 at 4:04 am

    Very good detail and worth the effort. Well done 🙂

  2. painter662 on May 7, 2023 at 4:10 am

    Especially with Vellejo use primer on plastic. Watered down paint needs something absorbent plastic is not.

  3. Chris Thomas on May 7, 2023 at 4:25 am

    Foo Fighters and the Chiefs, you have good taste!

  4. Medway Model Railway on May 7, 2023 at 4:27 am

    Like the upload.Thanks for sharing.

  5. John Banicki on May 7, 2023 at 4:29 am

    Great ideas for the painting techniques. I have a number of structures I will be building soon and these will come in handy.

  6. The Train Freak on May 7, 2023 at 4:35 am

    Brick isn’t a total waste. What could help next time is adding a few drops of IPA to your wash, that makes the wash spread much better. I also use mission model paints and I have been very happy with them. They aren’t geared to model railroading but more geared to military models. Project over all looks pretty good! When you start gluing, make sureyou scrape paint off your glue joints or it won’t adhere properly. Didnt know if you knew that or not. Keep up the great work! – Jason

  7. Giulius71 on May 7, 2023 at 4:37 am

    The sidewalk looks great. As for the brick, try wiping it off with a damp cloth. It’s easier when the paint is fresh …. But I still think it look fine. !! Nice work.

  8. cbeach512 on May 7, 2023 at 4:42 am

    If only you knew someone with a 3D printer that you could collaborate with. 😉 Fun watching you build this brother!

  9. EntityCreations on May 7, 2023 at 4:43 am

    DON’T store brushes upright. Excess water and any paint still in the bristles will get into the ferrule and could cause the bristles to lose their tip. Brushes should be stored laying flat.

  10. ap 74f20 on May 7, 2023 at 4:45 am

    Great painting tips! I’ve never been good at painting, but your basic skill suggestions such as how to hold your hand steady, good paintbrushes and how to use them, etc. will be very helpful. Thanks much!

  11. Ron Atwell on May 7, 2023 at 4:51 am

    I have watched a number of "pros" paint brick fronts like this and I would rate your method up there with them. After applying the white mortar wash, I like to use a barely damp cloth to daub the brick with. You have to be very light or you remove it from the mortar joints, too. Unfortunately, it is a slow task to do structures like this, but oh the delight of having well done structures on a layout rather than some crudely done ones. Old eyes and unsteady hands(even when resting your bush hand against something) are making my finishing take longer than in younger days. LOL

  12. William on May 7, 2023 at 4:54 am

    I don’t remember where I saw it, but I saw a tip somewhere over a decade ago that a way to do mortar was pretty much what you did, but to then take an eraser and rub off the face of the brick. I can’t remember if they specified a type if paint, but I imagine acrylics would be better than enamels

  13. Crooked River & Eastern RR on May 7, 2023 at 4:57 am

    Nice work. I liked and subbed. Thanks for sharing! David

  14. Georgia Sun Belt on May 7, 2023 at 5:01 am

    Great work….enjoyed watching

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