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Q-tip weathering on left half of car.


After adding Rust highlights on dents and airbrushing with grime wash.

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Completed car before installation of load. The prototype pictures were used to match the lettering and a second Rail Yard Models decal set was used to better match the capacity, load and light weights and repaint date. Spare N scale boxcar door lettering was used for the small lettering above the G47 lettering (see Photo 7). Flat clear acrylic was applied to seal and protect the decals during weathering and also to provide a nice fading effect (see Photo 8). feathering with the Q-tip. Apply very lightly and build up as desired, working in an upand-down pattern. The last weathering step is to airbrush the underbody, and dust the rest of the car with the grime wash, including the interior of the gondola (see Photo 10). When finished, let dry and seal again with Dullcote. The wheelsets were painted with the grime wash and then drybrushed with a little Rust to give each wheelset a different rust/weathering pattern. Highlight the trucks by airbrushing with the grime wash and highlight the springs with Rust before installing the trucks. Check the coupler height and adjust as necessary (see Photo 11).

Finishing Touches
After removing the mounting peg on Kadees air hoses, drill a #78 hole where the mounting pegs were and bend each air hose to slightly curve inward. Paint the glad hands and angle cocks silver before mounting the air hoses on each end of the train air line. Paint the end loops of the air release rods white. Lightly drybrush the chain below the brakewheel and the chain on the underbody brake rigging with Rust and then highlight the glad hands and angle cocks. After removing the trip pins from Kadees #78 couplers, airbrush the couplers with the grime wash and then drybrush with a little Rust before installing in the coupler boxes.

Making a Gondola Load
While many different gondola loads are available, I decided upon the Coiled Wire load made by Chooch Enterprises (see Photo 12). (Caution: This load is on the heavy side (3.6 oz.) and when added to the empty car weight of 2.6 oz, results in a car weighing more then the NMRA standard for a car this length (4.6 oz.). The load is a tad too long for the model, so remove the partial bundles molded on one end with a razor saw. Using a Dremel tool with a router bit, reshape the cut end to better represent two end coils before hollowing out the inside of the coils on both ends. The simulated bandings were extended on both ends using .010

Start the weathering process by applying a grime wash to the complete car using the Q-tip weathering technique. I make mine with one part Railroad Tie Brown and one drop of Weathered Black to which I add two parts water. It is applied with a small brush, one section at a time. Then, use a dry Q-tip to remove the wash, waiting only about ten seconds. A Q-tip with decal setting solution can be used to remove more of the wash, but be careful around the decals (see Photo 9). The next step was to highlight dented panels by drybrushing on the Rust and



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