Weathering Freight Cars - Techniques and Examples

corporaldan Oct 3, 2008

  1. GaryHinshaw

    GaryHinshaw TrainBoard Member

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    Muy beuno Jan! How did you do the bare section under the CSXT markings?

    -Gary
     
  2. jsoflo

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    Thanks Jerry, Thanks Gary! Gary, this was somewhat inspired by your postings I found over at railwire regarding acrylics and powders.

    As for the CSX hooper, this is an IMRC/PWRS unit, so the CSX paint out was already there and the car was yellow. I masked the CSX paintout before airbrushing the car with washes of weathered black and a rust reddish brown color. When I pulled the tape I had inadvertanly covered the small yellow area below the CSX patch, but I liked it! I than used a wide brush with an acrylic burnt sienna wash and painted down the sides around the patch and on the rest of the car. I than cleaned and used the same brush with a small amount of white acrylic paint applied unevenly on the brush to brush down the sides to make the "dripped" white areas. This was what I used as a rough prototype:

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    Thanks again guys, my best,
    Jan
     
  3. GaryHinshaw

    GaryHinshaw TrainBoard Member

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    [Blush]

    You really nailed it! [Except no tagging? ;)]

    -Gary
     
  4. DaveWonders

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    Jan, you got those dead on. I see those a lot around here. I've actually got 3 and I think you've inspired me...
     
  5. jsoflo

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    Thanks Dave and Gary, and graffiti decals should be here friday, than I decide if I wanna tag this car! This has been what I've been up to lately, I chose a 26 car manifest train and I am pulling proto photos of each unit (not necessarily the same road number) and weathering to match, some, like the SOO boxcar and Chessie hopper get the heavy treatment (I'm working on a heavy weathered CN Railbox and Southern hopper also) while others like my Ciment Quebec hoppers look fresh and new and got blue "new" hubs. Its been a lot of fun so far.



    So go for it Dave!

    my best,
    Jan
     
  6. subwayaz

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    Nice job Robert on these seems like that guide paid off. Thanks for the link also by the way, just haven't had the chance to read through and give thier methods a try.

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  7. Chad Cowan

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    Here are a couple of my freight car weathering attempts...

    Great pics everyone... lots of good ideas and techniques being displayed!

    Chad
     

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  8. jsoflo

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    Nice pics Chad!

    Here is a NW cement hopper I just finished:

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  9. Flash Blackman

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    Here are two boxcars I did today.

    The car on the right has been masked and airbrushed with "Dust" colored paint. It is similar to the appearance of a prototype car photo that has had repaint along the bottom portion of the car. I might like to do more, but I will wait for now.

    The car on the left has had multiple shades of blue washes. I was just trying the technique to partially obscure the weathering. Interesting result; I'm still thinking about that one, too.

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  10. wlal21

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    A 90 ton hopper painted out for my short line weathered with washes and dry brushing.
     

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  11. mtntrainman

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    A few of the ones I did with pastel chalks and a dull coat spray from a rattlecan...:tb-cool:

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  12. Flash Blackman

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    Wow! I want to do one like that! Nice job! :thumbs_up:

    Here is an H0 scale covered hopper (and boxcar) I did over the weekend. The stock Accurail DRGW hopper, modeled from a photo, is lightly painted all over in weathered black, but in the photo, the upper part of the body below the roof seems untouched. Perhaps if it was next to a new one it would show more contrast. I does look more weathered here in the "flesh."

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    This thread is getting a pretty good collection of weathering of all types. It's interesting to go back and view all the photos. Maybe we should move it to the inspection pit? Maybe just copy it over there and see how much gets added.
     
  13. jsoflo

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    Looks good Flash!

    Well, here is a SOO SD60 I have been working on from a couple of prototype photos, one of 6035 that is below, and another from railpace magazine that I had, combining aspects of each, using acrylics and powders,

    by the way, loving this thread and everyone's work, keep em' coming!

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  14. jsoflo

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    ... and here is a TTX gon I worked on to make it look pretty fresh from the shop:

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  15. jsoflo

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    and finally, a CSX boxcar:

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  16. Flash Blackman

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    What is the weathering result if you spray blue windshield washer fluid without any other pigments on a car?

    What about spraying alcohol as a weathering fluid?

    Thanks for the help.

    This is probably a good thread to resurrect. There is some really good weathering here! :thumbs_up:
     
  17. hegstad1

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    Alcohol will fade a car but be careful spraying it as anywhere it beads or collects will fade like a spot or dot so be sure that it is a very even application where you want it to go. There are previous threads here on TB about using alcohol as a fade coat after applying a coat of dullcote that explain the process very well, I'll see if I can find and post them.

    my best,
    Jan
     
  19. jsoflo

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    Here is a Fox Valley Railbox that I did with acrylics, but the blue and red "arrow" logo on the right I faded by dabbing on alcohol:

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  20. jsoflo

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    And this LBF boxcar was done using acrylic washes and a couple "cover" paint areas:

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