Weathering an O gauge open all steel wagon.

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  1. jakesdad13

    jakesdad13 Staff Member Moderator

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    I have had this Peco O gauge wagon for many years, in fact it is my first O gauge anything, I was never really happy with the finish so when Gary started his weathering tutorials I thought I would have a go, I have used paint and powders to get the effects plus a product called maskol by humbrol but I will come to that later.This is quite photo heavy so bear with me, first the victim wagon.
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    My first job was to rough up the paint and decals.
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    Next using Railmatch rusty rail enamel paint I blobbed patches at random on the body.
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    I took the opportunity to paint the wheels and axles at the same time.
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    Once the rust paint had dried I used the Maskol, it is designed to mask areas you don,t want paint to get on, it dries quickly and feels like rubber, I dabbed it on top of the rust paint.
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    Once the Maskol had dried I painted the whole body, taking care to leave the decals clear, with light grey, a closer match to BR freight grey.
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    Next after the paint had dried, where the Maskol was I peeled the grey paint and Maskol off.
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    One of the effects by doing it this way is that the paint lifts in the same way as the real thing, and the rust looks more effective, ideally I should have started with an unpainted body, cover it with rust paint of different shades, but I used what I had.
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    Sorry for repeating a pic.Next I used a dye to give the whole body a dirty wash.
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    After the wash and while it was still damp I dusted it over with weathering powders.
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    I gave the chassis a light weathering though I might do a little more to it, one will see.
    I still need to do something with the inside yet, but it needs a lot of weight so I might give it a fixed load with some lead under it.

    Thats it for now, cheers, Pete.
     
  2. tanygaer

    tanygaer Full Member

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    I would sell that wagon Pete before it collapses completely, even with all that rust a scrappy is bound to give you something for it.
     
  3. Toto

    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    Hi Pete,

    Nice how to. I will invest in some of the liquid masking stuff. A great product and an excellent result.

    Very nicely done kind Sir.

    Cheers

    Toto
     
  4. jakesdad13

    jakesdad13 Staff Member Moderator

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    Thank you chaps, Tany, I reckon with steel prices so low at the moment I might have to pay the scrappy to take it away! :giggle:.

    Pete.
     
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    ianvolvo46 Staff Member Moderator

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    Hi Pete great idea using the masking 'thingy' the wagon looks great, its used a lot in watercolor painting, never occurred to me, the idea should also go in the tips section.

    Ian
     
  6. paul_l

    paul_l Staff Member Administrator

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    Hi Pete

    Looks good, I've seen youtube video's using hairspray for similar effects, but recommends an airbrush for best effect.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwr61o2Hp_k

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0f1MVUb5TA&ebc=ANyPxKqhm3Q3KznDBBY-cQiZQXX0Y4Ei53FSRcusM8LV3COMou07MN8iPv_Zb0HhCMVLDycSCzC9twmWSWNdUlg-56u-V6j7yg

    Paul
     
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    Cracking result there Pete ! amazing difference at the end :thumbs:
    Cheers
    Matt
     
  8. Steve Fay

    Steve Fay Full Member

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    That's looks great, I need to build a load of these
     
  9. jakesdad13

    jakesdad13 Staff Member Moderator

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    Thanks Steve, if I was to do it again,(and I probably will, I like these all steel minerals) I would go for Parkside Dundas, the Peco wagon is very nice but I have had to put a lot of lead inside to get all 4 wheels to sit on the track.

    Pete.
     
  10. paul_l

    paul_l Staff Member Administrator

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    Hi Pete

    What weight are you aiming for in your wagons, hopefully my Dapol 7 planks will arrive soon, so will need to aim for a certain weight, then see if the 4F can pull them :avatar:

    Paul
     
  11. jakesdad13

    jakesdad13 Staff Member Moderator

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    Hi Paul, to be honest I don,t weigh them I just put "some" lead, either inside or underneath, and the amount that feels right, I think for OO around 25 gms is recommended, so I think 50 gms would be about right, this particular Peco wagon has built in suspension, springy axle leaf springs but they don,t sit equal on the rails so I put slabs of lead flashing inside until all wheels sat on the track, I put 4 layers inside the same dimensions as the wagon floor! it is flippin` heavy!

    Pete.
     

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