Some Weathering Ideas (Part I)

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Model railroading is primarily an indoor sport. Oh, sure, there are some folks who have quite extensive outdoor layouts in the parts of the world where temperature and other elements are conducive to do so. But for the vast majority of us, we do our modeling indoors. So the question is, what do you do when it’s too cold to do anything outside? Well, you work on your model trains, of course!

A few days ago, the Pirates were treated to some very nice weathering by Aaahric (that’s pirate lingo for Eric) as he was working on some new techniques to age his rolling stock fleet. Not only did he do some very nice weathering on the car that he sent us photos of, but he also added a little “battle damage…” damage sustained form the rough service that gondolas are often placed in.

The damage along the floor-line of the car on the car sides was simulated by carefully placing a few drops of super glue on the car side then letting it puddle up and dry. He laid the car on its side for this application. Eric did coax it into the shape that he wanted to achieve then left it alone to set. Once the glue set up completely, he turned the car over and did the other side.

When the glue was completely set up, he added several coats of weathering using the “slather & wipe” technique. This is where you literally slather on a coat of weathering wash then wipe most of it off with a paper towel. Using the right colors will also give the weathering a bit of a regional look as well. By allowing different drying times after the slathering but before the wiping, Eric was able to control the amount of weathering wash that stuck to the car.

A few days later, we received another photo of the same car with some additional red added to it. He wasn’t so sure if he liked the addition but I thought it might be reminiscent of red Georgia clay or perhpas some good old red iron ore dust from Minnesota. Many gons were pressed into iron ore surface when the shorter iron ore jimmies ran short. The cars were simply loaded by weight, not volume, and went on their merry way.

The truly surprising thing about all of this is that the car we are looking at is one that Eric says no longer “fits” his model railroading scheme. The car in question is too new for his selected timeframe so the nice weathering job he did on this car was strictly for practice!

Some of the other Pirates shared some of their weathered cars and those will be part of Some Weathering Ideas Parts II & III coming up next.




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