Trainboard.com and Micro-Trains are proud to announce a monthly weathering contest, and the prizes are Micro-Trains weathered freight cars! We have a total of six prizes, and they range from single cars to a full train! The staff of Trainboard.com will be announcing the type of car that will be the monthly challenge at the beginning of each month. You will have three weeks to complete your car, and the fourth week will be for voting by you, our members. The votes will be hidden from view. Now, for the rules.... 1. N Scale only 2. All cars have to have an MTL product on it. 3. Each month has a theme. 4. No fantasy weathering, if the car has roofwalks, don't put modern graffiti on it. 5. You must post a before and after picture Shipping for the prizes within the United States is included, international winners will have to cover any additional postage costs. And since this is the first month of the weathering challenge, there is no better way to start it off than to weather a basic 40 foot boxcar. The Trainboard.com staff have selected the 40 footer since it was the first type of car that Micro-Trains produced. Please show before, during and finished cars in this thread and give basic techniques used.