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Thread: How do you weather your rolling stock?

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    Default How do you weather your rolling stock?

    I use chalks and washes, how about you?
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    Boy, that could be a whole book! But to make it short - I use two basic techniques. And remember, I love my airbrushes.

    First, I'll give a light overspray of the basic under color of the car: Boxcar red, Tuscan red, Chinese red, Reefer yellow, etc. This tones down the overall intensity of the lettering, giving it a faded from the sun look. Then I use a "grunge" color, made up of the combined leftovers and brush cleanings. It constantly varies in color but is basically a muddy gray rusty brown. I'll spray the underside of the car and along the bottom edge of the sides to simulate kicked up dust. Depending on the roof color, it may or may not, get a coating of "dust". That's pretty much it. In my world, things are still prosperous enough that heavily weathered rusted out hulks have no place.
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    Maybe not heavily rusted out; but, dirty and heavily weathered freight cars just mean they are too busy to be cleaned up on my railroad. My railroad must be more prosperous than yours, Kevin!
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    Chet's (montanan) method with an airbrush, otherwise known as the "Quick and Dirty" is probably the most effective to convey the message you are after.
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    Weathering essentials:



    • M. Graham & Co. transparent iron-oxide oil paints (e.g., #186 orange) are high on my list for painting rust-streaks.
    Quartet Alphacolor chalks, shaved with a razor, also make for highly realistic-looking rust.
    • Acrylic craft paints, thinned with Testor's acrylic thinner (or even Windex) for washes.
    PanPastels' weathering powders.
    Cala make-up sponges, Sofft applicators, and Q-Tips.



    I've accumulated a huge assortment of PanPastels' powders (many more than shown), including their super-neat metallic powders (not shown). Their Sofft foam-tipped applicators work really well. I also really like the Cala make-up sponges I got on Amazon. I use PanPastels a lot on structures and roadways as well:



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    Actually my starting this post was simply a method of moving the Freight Car Weathering Contest out of the Lime Light. I don't have an airbrush! I have a selection of weathering chalks: dust colored, black, gray, white and a couple of rusty colors. Then I use acrylics as washes. I'm happy with my results. Maybe we could show some photos of our best work.
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    I took the thread as starting a helping hand for those new to weathering. We could each share some of the techniques we use and hopefully learn something new in the meantime.

    I also have both Alphacolor and Pan chalks, but use them more for structures than rolling stock.

    I'll see if I can find a spot to take some pictures and dig out a couple of examples. Right now all the rolling stock is boxed away while I focus on structures.
    Kevin

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    Quartet Alphacolor chalks:

    Here's the Alphacolor chalks used for rust, as shown in Gary Christensen's photo from his Rust Bucket thread:



    Below are the orange and black chalk sticks from my Quartet Alphacolor earth tones set. So, I believe the author used the color labeled simply as "orange" (and, of course, black) from the Alphacolor earth tones set.

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    Using Alphacolor chalks to make roof-rust:



    This is a re-post of my "extreme weathering" thread from another forum. As I've said before, I'm really liking this Gary Christensen technique of using the two Alphacolor chalks for rust-texture. His roof-rust technique is rather simple:

    • Brush M. Graham & Co. transparent orange iron-oxide oil paint onto your car's roof (this Bachmann Railbox roof came factory-painted in galvanized-silver).
    • Make some shavings from Alphacolor orange and brown pastel chalk sticks, available in Quartet's 12-color, earth-tone kit.
    • Sprinkle shavings onto the wet paint.

    Again, this is my resurrected, overly acrylic-painted car I first attempted, so it already had some espresso, brown, and gray Craftsmart acrylic paints underneath (some of which I removed after soaking the shell in ammonia for two days). I also applied a previous wash of M. Graham & Co. transparent yellow iron-oxide oil paint. But I think the general effect can be achieved with just the media described above.
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    Photo #1 shows my New Your Central 40 foot box car. This is a Branchline Blue Print kit. I was trying to make this car appear like it has seen a lot of use and this use reflects it's overall weathered appearance.
    Branchline Blue Print freight Cars are somewhat difficult to build, lots of small easily broken parts. However of the highly detailed kits that used to be available, Branchline Blue Print was my favorites!

    Photo # 2 shows one of many of my Northern Pacific 40 and 50 foot box cars. I wanted this car to look fairly new and so the weathering is lighter on this car. This is an simple to build, Accurail Kit.

    Photo # 3 shows a simple to build Athearn wood sided roof load bunker Bill Board reefer. It's likely these Bill Board Reefers where no longer in use by my 1953 time period. I don't care if they were no longer in use, because I simply like them! In 1953 these cars would have been pretty old and I have weathered it to appear so.
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    Mark D.

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