Weathering Locomotives

Colonel Mar 10, 2021

  1. Colonel

    Colonel Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Thought i would commence this topic on locomotive weathering. I use pan pastels for my weathering, here are some examples. Feel free to post your pics here[​IMG]
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  2. Bookbear1

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    Nice work!
     
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  3. minesweeper

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    Dull lighting, that fits an early march winter day in the mountains of central Italy.
    Freelance railway FRA Diesel 6280 is off the shed ready for revenue service after a stack fire took her off duty for some days.
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    Yes, I forgot the short hood handrails when I shot the picture.

    And here, on the workbench.
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    The stack fire damage is more evident here.

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  4. Hytec

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    Maurizio, that weathering is fantastic. I first wondered why you would post a photo of a prototype in this modeling thread. Then I saw the second photo. :cool:
     
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  5. minesweeper

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    Thank you, (y) I bought the model used with some delicate spray on top of it (it is on the underframe, that I did not touch), then I patched it up (removed the huge NDEM lettering and symbols), put the stack fire damage and some more fading, soot streaks on top (as they belong to stack fire issues) and dust.
     
  6. micktropolis

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    Hi folks. I recently finished detailing and weathering an old Broadway Limited Blueline USRA light UP 2-8-2. This locomotive was a guinea pig of sorts so I could try a few new techniques in scratchbuilding, detailing, painting, DCC installation as well as knowing when to stop!

    I don't use an airbrush. I'd like to get a nice one at some point but for now I just used what I've learned building and painting WWI and II tank models. Dry brushing and some Vallejo carbon black pigment applied, no flat clear coat. The paint is just .50 cent acrylic craft paint from Michaels craft stores. No issues with paint coming off either when handling the model or when running and it has run a lot.

    I was never brave enough to paint a locomotive before this, but I'm happy with how it came out. I'm trying to come to terms with if I'm going to do any weathering to the brass-hybrid 4-12-2 or if it should be perpetually post-wash rack clean, or just dust the wheels some...

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    I used the same dry brushing techniques on this Walthers Gold Line CA-1 caboose, in addition to handrails and modifying the trucks to not hit the corner steps!

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    Cheers!

    -Mike
     
  7. Hytec

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    Great looking, Mike. Well done.
     
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  8. Kurt Moose

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    Great lookin' mike, Mike!:D
     
  9. micktropolis

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    Thank you guys! I try to stick with Tamiya spray cans for base coats but when it comes to weathering, using basic craft paints and some dry brushing and dot filtering really does the trick (at least in my opinion).
     
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  10. Shortround

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    Lookin good to me. I may have learned something.
     
  11. dalebaker

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    I did this guy a while back. I used a mix of white and ghost gray to over spray and pink the red. I bit of soot black on top and finished off with powders in rust and dirt. The air screens were hit with a black wash. I love to run this guy.

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  12. Colonel

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    This is my custom painted GP35 originally BN now NW[​IMG]


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  13. minesweeper

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    Hey Colonel, you just got me started again.
    I had recently bought an Atlas KATO RSD5, and gave to a friend of mine for a spray of faded red. He returned it last week, and this weekend, just to have a break from buildings, I took the inspiration to weather it as it pertains to a very old locomotive that is taken off the revenue roster. (I will use mainly for MOW and the Snow removal train).
    Here it is awaiting refueling (still need to work on the underframe, do not really like it)
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    and here a better picture
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    I took inspiration from this D&H ALCO C630 , especially for the underframe.
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    I think it needs another wash to make the truck frames more even colored and with a brownish, rusty look. Before you ask I do not have an airbrush due to the "family chief" being against spraying at home.

    Suggestions welcome
     
  14. Colonel

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    That looks sweet I love ALCOS


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  15. minesweeper

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    Me too, even if I had to "mistreat" this one, but actually got more value in my roster.
     
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  16. Colonel

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    It adds so much more realism to the layout


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  17. dalebaker

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    If you want to add more rust without spraying, use a pastel chalk. Just buy the color you are looking for, get a piece of sand paper and make some dust. Rust to your hearts content. Being on the truck, no need to seal it as you will not really handling that with your fingers. Bonus, unsealed the chalk has more texture to it. I have pretty much decided to quit using Dullcoat on my rolling stock as a final seal coat for that reason. If it needs a bit of touch-up, out come the pastels and I brush some on.
     
  18. minesweeper

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    Good idea, will try next weekend.
    Thanks

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  19. minesweeper

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    Before the chalking just got the unwanted "sandbox" effect muted with grey and later rust washes.
    Got better, but definitely some chalking will improve it further.
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  20. Shortround

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    Thanks for all the help, I will use some of it when I start get more into N. I think the HO Steamers will remain the same.
    Though I am wondering why it is that the CN (Canadian National?) engines that come through Green Bay area are all so clean and rust free. They look like the one posted by Minesweeper, number 608, but are orange with a black front cab area. Also what ever happened to all those box cars with the graffiti paint jobs? They were entertaining.:)
     

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