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 Posted: Sat Feb 21st, 2015 04:59 am
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Nice work. Like the look.



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 Posted: Thu Apr 30th, 2015 01:38 pm
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Thanks you Gents - the photography (and daylight) always helps!

This nice thing is that it's possible to get anything from a 'show-room' finish down to a rusty wreck......!





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Absolutely SPOT ON !!!

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A question--

And this is like someone who can't stay inside the lines on a paint-by-numbers, suggesting something to an accomplished artist,

but have you ever tried a mild abrasive (cleanser, toothpaste) on a cotton bud (Q Tip in the US) ?

Might be better in the corners, due to conformability--while kinder to the high spots ??

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Wow that looks good



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Very nice

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Bless you, Herb!
I have tried a Q tip, but it only puts a shine on, whereas the effect is gained by flatting the surface (getting rid of the minute unevenness) and you need something stiffer to do that. I did make a little tool about 5mm square with 2000 grit wet-and-dry glued to it to help get into the more difficult parts.

I then tend to give the final polish with a kitchen towel (paper) for exactly the reason you suggest - because paper is mildly abrasive, and that brings up the gentle sheen.

I like to use artists water-soluble oil paints for the basic weathering - just applying small dabs on rivet lines etc, then streaking it down with a clean brush, and wiping it off (always vertically) to get the ingrained 'dirt' look.

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Hello Giles,

I have been re-reading this thread.

Would you explain how you got the finish on the connecting rods et al on the Garratt?





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Hi all,

I'm a late comer to this thread as I have only just joined Freerails -
and only recently returned to modelling after a 40 year hiatus.

A preparation technique I use (suggested to me by Jerry Kits of Foothill Model Works)
is to "sandblast" kits using baking soda in an air eraser
(Jerry has an actual sandblasting cabinet that he uses for this - my cabinet is used for full size locomotive parts).

The air eraser method has the added advantage of enabling the removal of unwanted glue overruns etc.
as well as being able to get into all corners of a model.

I have an intense dislike for heavily rusted locomotives, as even those that sat in Barry scrap yard in the UK,
failed to look like some of the overdone "weathering" we see in competition and on forums.

In my own modelling I'm trying to replicate narrow gauge steam in the 1950's -
hanging in there, neglected on the VR narrow gauge
(just look at Weston Langford's photos of the Beech Forest line)
and less so on some of the industrial railways such as the Fyansford Cement Works.

At the end of the narrow gauge Whitfield line Na 15A was pretty neglected:





(above is a Haskell Na bought off eBay - weathered with custom number plates, DDC and sound)

Whilst others on timber lines like Millar Brothers in Western Australia were better looked after. 

Carriages were often not much better on the narrow gauge -
just have a look at this shot by PG Dow of the two NC vans and G41 at Crowes in 1954:





Photo references and more importantly, looking at the real thing where possible always helps
(even preserved locomotives are weathered - except perhaps in the UK!).

Oh, and Rod I used Molybond for weathering on the Na's rods -
the engine will be on Dan Pickard's display at the ANGC at Easter.


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 Posted: Sat Apr 6th, 2019 09:23 pm
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Hi David,

Do you use Molybond on the Bellarine Railway rods?  :thumb:


You should post a pic of your Blitz. 

I think readers would enjoy that too.




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