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M ODERN M O D ELING

DETAiliNG FlAT CAR DECKS ON THE WALTHERS 50-FOOT BUlKHEAD CARS
By Bob Rivard

T

he inspiration for this project came I found some very helpful photos of

d eck. M y mode l s came w i th the decks painted b lack. The prototype shot on the Fal le n Flags site revealed a true wood deck, not painted deck boards. I decided to try to simulate this indi vidual board look by using a combination of pai n t a n d my n e w A I M Products weatheri n g powders. Fol l ow along a s I describe this lJ!J!t simpl e straightforward process.

from the Fal len Flags website.

these Canadian flat cars on this site. The Walthers car can be greatly improved by adding a few simple detail s such as p i n lifters a n d a i r hoses. For my mode l i ng era ACI plates and a bashed l ong l u be stenc i l . J needed to backdate my models by adding

The highlight o f this project i s the wood

BILL OF MATERIALS:
Walthers:
932-40052 50-foot Bulkhead Flat

Scalecoat II:
Black

Testors:
704-1260 DuliCote AIM Products: 3100 Weathering Kit

PAINT & DECALS:
Floquil:
270-110011 Reefer White 270-110013 Grimy Black 270-110030 Reefer Orange

Photo 1 . I start by using masking tape to mask off the steel portion of my decks, leaving the wood areas exposed. Photo 2. Next I airbrush the deck using Floquil SP Lettering Gray to serve as a base or primer coat. Photo 3. I observed the prototype deck and decided that the wood should have an off-white look with a slight very faded orange tint. To simUlate this raw lumber color, I mix two colors of Floquil paint. I used Reefer White and add a few drops of Reefer Orange. Photo 4. I airbrush this mix onto the wood deck. This coat serves as a base coat for my first application of the AIM weathering powders.

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