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January 2008 - Page 6

By Mont Switzer
The Kadee covered hoppers are fully detailed and accurately painted all that's needed for a truly realistic model is proper weathering. There's an index of all previous articles on Freight Cars of The Fifties and on painting and weathering on our website at The factory-painted Kadee car comes painted as it was delivered to the FEC in 1956. I wanted to change the reweigh date and appearance of EAST the Load Limit (LD LM n and Light Weight (LT ORl 0.\ W n to reflect a car being operated in the late 1950s. Several steps are required to achieve these effects. First, simply cover the LD LMT and LT WT numbers with masking tape. This protects the numbers during the weathering process. When the tape is removed, the numbers and background appear to have been freshly applied as is the case when a car is reweighed. Second, modify the reweigh location and date. Scrape off the Kadee factory-applied "NEW 656" with a single-edge razor blade as shown. Replace it with a reweigh date and location that fits your operating scenario. I wanted my car to reflect reweighing on the Monon at the Lafayette Shops (LAF) in April 1958. Once the new decals have set, apply a protective coating of Testors DuliCote over the entire car. This protects the new decals like the dimensional data previously covered. Apply masking tape over the new "LAF 4-58" reweigh date as shown so that when the weathering is complete it will appear fresh like the LD LMT and LT WT numbers.
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nce i n a great while when traveling, I will treat myself to a model that I might not otherwise have ever seen let alone plan to buy. Such was the case during my annual pilgrimmage to Prototype Rai ls last January in Cocoa Beach, Florida.



8626 Covered Hopper, decorated FEC REBOXX: 8A Henshaw Street Woburn, MA 01801-4624 WS2-1025 .088-inch double-insulated wheel sets Bragdon Enterprises: 2960 Garden Tower Lane Georgetown, CA 95634 Weathering powder, Ash Gray Weathering powder, Black Weathering powder, Light Rust Floquil: 1 10013 Grimy Black 110073 Rust Testors: 1 160 DuliCote


With a l l of the lettering modifications complete, begin the weathering process with the underside of the car. Airbrush the underside of the car with Floquil Grimy Black paint thinned 90% with their Dio-Sol thinner or lacquer thinner. Apply this "weathering mix" in light coatings until you see the color begin to change. Apply the mix to the slope sheets and end details also. This represents dirt and grime that accumulates in these areas usually due to wheel spray. Continue modeling the weathering effects of phosphate spilled on top of the car during the loading process. Use Bragdon Enterprises Ash Gray weathering powder to represent the spilled phosphate. First open the hatch covers-a nice feature of the Kadee models. The covers don't usually see an accumulation of spilled product because they are open when the spilling is going on. Then apply the weathering powders around the hatch openings. The underside of the car around the hoppers accumulated both cement dust from unloading and black road grime previously applied. Using a soft paintbrush, apply Bragdon Ash Gray weathering powder to represent phosphate dust. Weather the car sides in the same manner as the underbody. Overcoat the sides of the model with Bragdon Ash Gray weathering powder applied with the soft wide brush simulating phosphate dust residue. Then apply additional weathering powder in the panels below the loading hatches where spilled phosphate is more likely to wash when it rains. Accent the heavy phosphate dust accumulation found on the panels around and below the hatches with a little Dark Gray weathering powder. Apply a small amount of Light Rust weathering powder at any location that may have had two metals rubbing together such as at hatch cover latches and hinges. The amount of weathering applied during this step is a combination of such things as the length of time since your car was painted, how the car has been used, and even your own taste in weathering your rolling stock.

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