Weathering freight cars step by step

Jon Grant Nov 29, 2006

  1. Flash Blackman

    Flash Blackman Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    It really is a good thread. The cars are excellent.

    I am surprised how nice the lower part of the car looks where you painted it with the brown sand/pale sand mix. Here:
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    It looks like it was airbrushed. I believe you did dry brush it? Thanks.
     
  2. traingeekboy

    traingeekboy TrainBoard Member

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    Jon, thanks again. I'm just getting a whole new take on how to make my cars look better. Most N scalers never even touch their trucks. although I did do some with bounce weathering accidentally. Have you ever tried that spray paint bounce weathering?
     
  3. Jon Grant

    Jon Grant TrainBoard Member

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    The trick is to do 45 degree sweeps with the (paint) brush, rather than up and down. It helps to hide any inadvertant brush strokes.

    Jon
     
  4. StickyMonk

    StickyMonk Staff Member

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    WOW!

    Not been here for a couple of days due to work, when I come back I am now inspired to try weathering with paint..... Never really been brave enough to do lots of weathering with paints, especially on a car I have spent a lot of time detailing and making sure the decals are in the exact placement, but now with the arrival of 15 sheets of decals from Microscale I will be at the weathering stage again soon on a few cars and locos so I may give it a go. :)
     
  5. StickyMonk

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    One quick question, do you find it best to do several cars in one sitting rather than one or two at a time?
     
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    Jon Grant TrainBoard Member

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    I find it's much easier to do them in batches of at least 3-4 freight cars at a time - it reduces the wastage on paint in the palette.

    I tend to do locos one at a time unless it's a matching pair of F units for example.

    Jon
     
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    A final few more action shots

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    Jon
     
  8. Wolfgang Dudler

    Wolfgang Dudler Passed away August 25, 2012 TrainBoard Supporter In Memoriam

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    marvellous, Jon.

    Everyone can follow your hints. If he does it slowly he has success. That's the good with weathering. When you hardly see your work, you can stop or go on.

    Wolfgang
     
  9. Cleggie

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    Hi Jon,

    Outstanding weathering, loved your step by step tutorial.

    I have tried the same methods to weather some of my rolling stock but have not achived your level of realism. I don,t think I have been patient enough.

    I am inspired to revisit my earlier efforts but after I get my layout up and running or a wet weekend or something.

    Keep up the good work and thanks for the tips.

    Cheers, Ken.
     
  10. StickyMonk

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    Jon, how do you do the inside of Gondolas? Do you use the same technique or some other way?
     
  11. Jon Grant

    Jon Grant TrainBoard Member

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    I hope to do something similar on hoppers and gondolas shortly - I have some Tichy gondolas mid-Atlantic (or sitting in a Parcelforce depot) at the moment.

    Andy Sperandeo did a good article on gondola weathering in the MR a little while back too.


    Jon
     
  12. Alan

    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Absolutely rivetting stuff, Jon. :thumbs_up:

    I have done a bit of weathering in the past, but nothing so comprehensive as yours. And the way you explained how you do it in words and pictures must inspire many others to have a go. :)

    I am interested in open cars like gons and hoppers, I could never get them to look convincing.
     
  13. FlamesFan

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    WOW... I think that about sums it up.
    Impressive job, Jon.
    Lots of useful pointers for beginners like myself.
     
  14. itdincor

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    Most excellent. You simplify education in this required ability. So soon as the check clears from selling my fishing boat, will buy various items of rolling stock, and begin practicing on an inexpensive model. Thanks for an instructive series of posts.
     
  15. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Welcome to TrainBoard!

    :D

    Boxcab E50
     

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