Weathering Rolling Stock, a Continous thread

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CambriaArea51

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Lee- Your flat car reminded me of a load I did that was old Tyco boxes. I painted them on old wheel truck packing that was on some Walthers proto cars that I kept thinking they would come in handy someday. They fit perfect on this Intermountain flatcar.
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TLOC

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TrucTrain55

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Here’s a Bachmann platinum series Conrail I did the same day as the Penn Central. I did a light weathering on this one but noticed one side I did a heavier weathering job than the other. I see a lot of people weathering Rolling stock evenly on both sides and I’m guilty as well. On this one I want to be different. I noticed I need to weather the trucks.
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TrucTrain55

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I have received few pulp cars minus trucks, wheels and couplers from a Northeastern Wisconsin club. Turns out the 3 pulp cars I did for the FB friend went over great at his club. They gave me a list of the cars with reporting marks On Tuesday. I went online and found 5 of the numbers. They have approved the pictures as they would like those cars to appear. Free reign on the balance of the cars. This will be fun!

I had pulled my next batch of cars to weather off the layout.
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There is a Bulford transfer caboose, 3 BLMA before Atlas purchased them, one Atlas, a couple Accurail, 4 Scaletrains.com cars, 2 Intermountain that I really dislike, they roll terribly and it takes some work to fix IMO.

This will wait till we return

TomO
Tom you have a plate full my friend. Which one is first.
 

TLOC

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Tom you have a plate full my friend. Which one is first.
I am working on the pulp cars 1st. Last second decision by the client as he is broke but has tons of rolling stock and locomotives. We made a trade, gp38-2 for the weathering. I plan to send out 3 cars on Thursday late for his in person approval. I won’t start the final 7 as he is one of those guys who makes last second changes. So he can look at the first 3 and know ho the others should look.

I had told him I was leaving and they wouldn’t be all done in less then a week, I had asked for 3 weeks to complete the job when we 1st talked about it. Those 7 will be completed after the trip is done in April. I will feel good when the 1st 3 go out though

Tom
 

TrucTrain55

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I am working on the pulp cars 1st. Last second decision by the client as he is broke but has tons of rolling stock and locomotives. We made a trade, gp38-2 for the weathering. I plan to send out 3 cars on Thursday late for his in person approval. I won’t start the final 7 as he is one of those guys who makes last second changes. So he can look at the first 3 and know ho the others should look.

I had told him I was leaving and they wouldn’t be all done in less then a week, I had asked for 3 weeks to complete the job when we 1st talked about it. Those 7 will be completed after the trip is done in April. I will feel good when the 1st 3 go out though

Tom
Tom I know the feeling about Custom building done it for years build Custom HO trucks for eBay and personal individuals. I finally quit after 10 years of it the money is not worth the headache these guys demand. Now I Custom build for myself I’ve learned to start enjoying life.
 

TLOC

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Thanks Lee, it’s not a job yet! I enjoy it and definitely have the experience weathering pulp cars. These will be pulp cars 64 to 73.

I will put my duplicates or the cars not needed up for sale but I’m not advertising any weathering services. I am still not sure how I got into doing his 1st 3 pulp cars and now 10 more. But, I am making out on the trades and he had to pay for the 1st 3 units. His club was ecstatic with the pulp cars I just sent off Saturday and they received on Tuesday.

My system starts with:

all trucks and wheels off 1st.
Tune the trucks, clean all with Isopropyl Alcohol
then fade the trucks and paint the wheels both front and back.
Weather the trucks,
hit with Testors dull cote and re-assemble when dry.

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TrucTrain55

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Thanks Lee, it’s not a job yet! I enjoy it and definitely have the experience weathering pulp cars. These will be pulp cars 64 to 73.

I will put my duplicates or the cars not needed up for sale but I’m not advertising any weathering services. I am still not sure how I got into doing his 1st 3 pulp cars and now 10 more. But, I am making out on the trades and he had to pay for the 1st 3 units. His club was ecstatic with the pulp cars I just sent off Saturday and they received on Tuesday.

My system starts with:

all trucks and wheels off 1st.
Tune the trucks, clean all with Isopropyl Alcohol
then fade the trucks and paint the wheels both front and back.
Weather the trucks,
hit with Testors dull cote and re-assemble when dry.

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Those look great Tom. They should be ecstatic about them they’re beautiful. I’m getting ready to make some Great Northern Log/ pole cars. I think they may be fictional but I don’t care I really don’t lean on prototypical anymore I get burned out and lose interest so I quit doing that and trying to please everyone besides me. Any way could you sheld some light on the debris left from the wood. I’ve seen guys do this and have some ideas but yours is more convincing. If you don’t want to share your technique I understand I’ll post some pictures of my project later.
 

TrucTrain55

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Tom. Your thread had bit me with the weathering bug. Before I start on my Great Northern project thought I would weather up these old cars that I Acquired that has been custom painted and decaled. The first one I used Mig Gray streaking I like the way it turned out. This is my first time using the streaking method on a Boxcar. I’ll post the other one tomorrow.
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TLOC

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Those look great Tom. They should be ecstatic about them they’re beautiful. I’m getting ready to make some Great Northern Log/ pole cars. I think they may be fictional but I don’t care I really don’t lean on prototypical anymore I get burned out and lose interest so I quit doing that and trying to please everyone besides me. Any way could you sheld some light on the debris left from the wood. I’ve seen guys do this and have some ideas but yours is more convincing. If you don’t want to share your technique I understand I’ll post some pictures of my project later.
Lee, I have no secrets for modeling.

The debris on the pulp car deck is called slash. I use canopy glue and sprinkle/pour it on. I use a stick and tap it down into the glue. The picture shows that Pile. I do come back, (Thursday morning for these) and brush off whatever didn’t stick. Back into the jar it goes

I use a few materials to make the slash:

Branch material too small to be convincing model pulp wood. I shave off the bark with an xacto knife and then run the remaining through an electric pencil sharpener. (the bark goes to the pulp yard ground cover after going once through a hand cranked coffee grinder)

I take bamboo skewers and run them through the electric pencil sharpener

I take scrap balsa wood, shaved down to fit the electric pencil sharpener

Put all three materials in an empty clean peanut butter jar and shake it up, mixing well. I take pinches of the material and sprinkle it on the deck as I first noted.

It takes maybe 30 minutes to make enough slash for 30 cars. Today, I made my third big batch. I had done some experiments before settling on this method. DO NOT MAKE SLASH USING PENCIL SHAVINGS, that load still smells like pencil lead

The pulp yard crew generally could care less about slash on the car deck, it will blow off during the next car movement which puts it on the ground in the pulp yard

pictured below are a few old pictures of slash in the pulp yard and a prototype picture of a car with slash on the deck.



TomO
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TrucTrain55

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Lee, I have no secrets for modeling.

The debris on the pulp car deck is called slash. I use canopy glue and sprinkle/pour it on. I use a stick and tap it down into the glue. The picture shows that Pile. I do come back, (Thursday morning for these) and brush off whatever didn’t stick. Back into the jar it goes

I use a few materials to make the slash:

Branch material too small to be convincing model pulp wood. I shave off the bark with an xacto knife and then run the remaining through an electric pencil sharpener. (the bark goes to the pulp yard ground cover after going once through a hand cranked coffee grinder)

I take bamboo skewers and run them through the electric pencil sharpener

I take scrap balsa wood, shaved down to fit the electric pencil sharpener

Put all three materials in an empty clean peanut butter jar and shake it up, mixing well. I take pinches of the material and sprinkle it on the deck as I first noted.

It takes maybe 30 minutes to make enough slash for 30 cars. Today, I made my third big batch. I had done some experiments before settling on this method. DO NOT MAKE SLASH USING PENCIL SHAVINGS, that load still smells like pencil lead

The pulp yard crew generally could care less about slash on the car deck, it will blow off during the next car movement which puts it on the ground in the pulp yard

pictured below are a few old pictures of slash in the pulp yard and a prototype picture of a car with slash on the deck.



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Thanks for sharing your pics look great very nice modeling.
 

TrucTrain55

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Lee, how do you like the streaking grime? I have a bottle and I did try it on one side of the experimental weathering Guinea pig. Not sure if I like it.

TomO
Tom I just use a wash with a cheap stiff paint brush I don’t use too much then I wipe it off then go back over it the pigment powder of choice. I hope to get some pics tonight of the Great Western log car project. Now I’m thinking of making a Western logging operation my Grandpa had a Sawmill and Trucking company back in the late 1950s Early 1960s
 

TrucTrain55

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Finished this one this morning I’ll have more pics of it on the layout later. I wish the person who put the decals on would have done a better job I was going to try to give them a over coat but not not sure what the person used for their overcoat I wasn’t gonna take a chance of it crows feeting and destroying the decals so I live with the registers that are showing from the decals.
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TLOC

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Lee, very nicely done. Dirty but not destroyed!

I see the decal edges! I read where no matter how long the decals are on one of the micro-sol products will blend it in. Waiting for uber but when at the son’s place Tuesday I will dig that info up.

TomO
 

TrucTrain55

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Lee, very nicely done. Dirty but not destroyed!

I see the decal edges! I read where no matter how long the decals are on one of the micro-sol products will blend it in. Waiting for uber but when at the son’s place Tuesday I will dig that info up.

TomO
Thanks Tom. I didn’t put those on someone else did and I was afraid to spray them with anything considering how they would react. Here it is on the layout. Have a great weekend
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