Weathering Freight Cars - Techniques and Examples

corporaldan Oct 3, 2008

  1. OC Engineer JD

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    I used pencils, pens, paints, and chalks on these lids....
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  3. OC Engineer JD

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    With weathering, anything goes really. :)
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  4. HarryII

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    my frist weathering :embarassed::angel:
     
  5. Biased turkey

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    Powersteamguy1790: good subtle weathering work, I like the carload too.
    OC Engineer JD: I didn't know there was some boxcar wooden kits in N scale.
    HarryII: Don't be ashamed, here is a picture of my 1st attempt at weathering:
    Maybe we should start a thread about "My 1st weathering attempt" . This should be funny lol.

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    Here is a picture of my tankcar:
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  6. OC Engineer JD

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    Gloor Craft made them some time ago. Not sure if they still do. I picked mine up on EBay and still have another I haven't built. It is an all-door boxcar if I rememeber correctly. :)
     
  7. GaryHinshaw

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    Thanks BiasedTurkey. [Can I call you Biased? ;)] The wash on those box cars was done with acrylic tube paints thinned with windshield washer fluid (as described in Rich Yourstone's weathering article in NSR magazine a few years ago). However, prior to the washes, I apply a fade coat (actually several thin ones) with an airbrush using Microscale Flat finish with a bit of zinc-based white acrylic paint added, all thinned with WW fluid. The zinc-based paint is semi-transparent and I'm finding it to be an excellent fading medium. Your paint/alcohol mix probably plays a similarly important role in your nice results.

    Best,
    Gary

    P.S. Nice coil car Jerry! Is this the beginning of a coil train for Pittsburg? If so, runby film please. ;)
     
  8. OC Engineer JD

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    You hit the nail right on the head! :)
     
  9. MP333

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    Great thread! Some nice work here, guys. ConrailDan, I love the use of that real-world scrap load, that looks fantastic!

    I like seeing the various ways of using heat to cause distress. It's a fun way to weather, but you have to be careful. These hoppers were distressed with a warm soldering iron. Not too hot, not too cold...

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    I like to ding up the top edges pretty good. These type of cars are usually far from pristine.

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    I still need to beat up the exteriors some more! :)
     
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    One more:
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  12. denny99

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    Great job everyone!
    I especially like Robert's boxcars as well as Dan's FGE reefer, great washing effect. Here is a couple of boxcars I weathered last summer:

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  13. Flash Blackman

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    JD: Did you add the air brake line on that one? I have done that on some of my covered hoppers. Nice touch on the truck springs being a slightly different color.

    My weathering is usually heavy and I am trying to lighten up a little. One of the things that Tom Mann does is to work from a prototype photo instead of just doing general weathering.

    Here is Mike Rose on fading freight cars. He is using the Dullcote-alcohol technique. Also, I suggest using "Dust" paint color to fade. It seems to work and gives a slightly different look.

    Mike Rose - modeling rust.
     
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  15. Tudor

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    heres a couple of mine.

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  16. GaryHinshaw

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    Nice job on the NP box Andrew, especially the peeling door paint. Just out of curiosity, do you have access to decent photos of period cars to use as a guide? I always like to have 1 or 2 samples photos on hand for reference, but it's a lot easier for us contemporary modelers.
     
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  18. Biased turkey

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    Of course you can, I won't be upset.
    Thank you for detailing your weathering technique.
    I use acrylic paints, except for the rust where I use artist's oil paint.
    Artist's oil paint take a long time to dry , so striking a brush damp with mineral spirits down the side accentuates the streaked effects of the rust colors.
    A negative point for oil paints is that they are thicker than acrylics and on N scale rolling stock that paint thickness is more obvious. That's why after the oil paint is dry ( it can take several days ) I slightly sand it with a #600 sanding paper.

    May I suggest that you apply more dust/grim on the trucks and the bottom of the car.

    Jacques
     
  19. Biased turkey

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    Tudor, I like the weatherd boxcar.
    About the gondola and the tankcar, may I suggest that you use darker shades for the rust, such as burnt umber, burnt sienna or raw umber.

    Jacques
     
  20. Tudor

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    Yes you may suggest that, because in a nutshell, I agree.. Those were a few of my first weathering jobs. And I had a new bottle of rust orange, lol....
     

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