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With detail additions and changes completed the underside of the model is spray painted with Polly Scale Railroad Tie Brown. This is done before starting weathering on the sides, ends and roof of the model.

MODELflex Rail Brown and Roof Brown are the two paints that were used for the weathering of the sides, ends and roof of our model. Two small paint brushes and cotton swabs were used to apply these paints. p lastic ladder rungs until after the holes are drilled for the new formed-metal rungs. Rule #2: Remove only one plastic ladder rung before installing its replacement wire rung. If you do not follow these two fundamental rules, you will most likely live long enough to regret it! A simpler solution may be to remove the ladders and install replacements that have scalesize rungs. I did not find any in my scrapbox or parts collection that had the proper ladder rung spacing, so I took the approach of retaining the ladder frames and replacing the rungs with metal. Another detail that is a must with extended draft gear freight cars is the trainline air hose. I used a Details West AH-268 air hose intended for a diesel locomotive. It was secured in place using Cyanopoxy. The soft metal that Details West uses is flexible, but will break if bent too many times. So be warned and do not bend it unless you have to. As long as you are adding the trainline air hose, you should consider fabricating the coupler cut lever. Here, the cut lever was fabricated from two pieces of .012 brass rod and held together with Cyanopoxy. A Detail Associates metal eyebolt secures each end. As you can see in the accompanying photo, I added the cut lever after the model was nearly completed. I did this by oversight and not by design. I retained the grate platform above the draft gear and also added a Kadee brakewheel. The biggest difference in my present and former weathering is the obvious realism. The second biggest difference is that while I may have weathered this model in five minutes in the past, I probably took two or three hours to weather this particular model. Both are dramatic changes. I find the improved realism well worth the added time. While most of the weathering on this model was performed with paint brushes, the underside of the car and the trucks were airbrushed. All weathering paints used were acrylics from MODELflex and Polly Scale. Once the underside is weathered it is time to address the sides, ends and then the roof. I like to see progress as the weathering process evolves so I do half of a side at a time. Weathering on the body of this model (including its roof) was done with two small paint brushes and several cotton swabs; an airbrush was not used. MODELflex Rail Brown and Roof Brown were the two basic colors used, although some Polly Scale Railroad Tie Brown was mixed in at times.

Now for the most important aspect of this project...adding the weathering and finish to the model. To be honest with you I used to take about five minutes to weather a freight car. I would simply airbrush on grungy weathering colors and call it quits. That worked for a long time, but in recent years some mighty fine new weathering techniques have come along that put my older weathering to shame. I had to change, and change I did.

JUNE 2004


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