Security Screens For The Drill Co.

by | Jul 9, 2019 | Modeling Techniques, The P48 Experience | 2 comments

At one time, metal security screens protected the ground floor windows of the Hoosier Drill Company building. These were nothing more than a heavy steel mesh welded to a frame of bar or angle stock.

To make one I used some 1/64” by 1/16” bar stock for the frame along with some brass micro-mesh screen from Scale Scenics. The job was simple on the surface but I took pains to make an accurate frame that is a press fit for the window opening. I soldered the corners and used gel CA to attach the screen. I would have preferred to solder everything but wasn’t certain my skills were up to that extensive of a job. Since it’s a static detail, the CA is fine.

I gave the screen a bath in Blacken-It™ followed by a mix of Tamiya browns and flat black paint. A final dusting with rust colored chalk completed the work and I’m happy to hide the crappy workmanship of that window sash.

With the major work on the cameo done, I can add details like this at a leisurely pace when the mood strikes. That feels like a good place to be in the craft.