During the Epping Model Railway Exhibition, Martin (hartleymartin) gave me two 7 plank wagons as he had too many in his collection. Both these wagons were ready for painting and weathering, having only primer applied. I decided to paint and weather a wagon to see what results could come from a few hours work. This thread details how I went about the process. The model I have here is a Cooper Craft 7 plank open wagon. The individual planks do have a faint wood grain finish to them, but I wanted to enhance the model with more distressing of the individual planks. Using a scalpel, I dragged a few lines along the individual plants, running with the length of the planks. A light sanding may be necessary to remove any flash that is created when scribing the planks. I also scraped some of the top edge off the planks to represent damaged timber. Once complete, the inside of the wagon is painted with a variety of colours. I used this selection of paints (excluding the crimson red), occasionally mixing a few together to get a variation in the timber planks. The paint is applied randomly and I gradually built the layers up. I painted the odd plank on the outside of the wagon to imitate a replaced plank. Allow this to dry thoroughly, or do what I had done, use a hair dryer to speed up the process. Mixing 70% crimson red and 30% brown earth and thinning down with water, apply the paint in several applications right across the wagon including the steel corner sections, allowing each application to dry between coats. The idea here is to have some variation between the individual planks and four sides of the wagon. Where a replaced plank was painted on the top row, make sure to paint the top of that plank the same colour. Allow this to dry thoroughly. Next up I mixed 60% Mr Hobby Tire Black (no.77) with 40% earth brown. This was thinned down enough to paint all the chassis, brake rigging, buffers and also the steel corner ends of the wagon. You will notice that the pre painted red corner supports will show through slightly, giving a semi rusted look. Once this had thoroughly dried, a wash of black was applied over the red painted areas and the inside of the wagon. The outside dries fairly quickly whereas the inside you will find the excess wash will build up along all the corners along the floor. To overcome this, drag a paint brush through to spread the excess along the floor boards. This may have to be done at least 2 or 3 times to allow the wash to dissipate into the floor boards grooves. Do not use a hair dryer on this process as you want the wash to find all the grooves and between the planks. keep the wagon upright at all times. Once completely dry, powders were used to high light the steel parts of the wagon. Mixing red rust and black together gives a good weathered rust look. This can be applied over the brake rigging, around the axle boxes and also on the steel corner supports. The straps on the wagon sides, ends and chains (wagon sides) can be painted with the same mix with a little isopropyl alcohol added. This can be applied with a fine tip paint brush. Apply a small amount to the chassis rails where bolts are present to high light these. Apply sparingly as it does not look like a lot, but once the isopropyl evaporates, the colour will come through, as shown below. Last of all, a light dusting of black weathering powder inside the wagon is required to give the floor planks a well worn look. Concentrate this in the middle of the wagon between the doors and also along the lower planks and corners. A light application of tan (dirt) weathering powders can also be applied inside the wagon to soften the washes. Now it is up to you to decide if you wish to seal the model with dull cote or similar product. Job done. Cheers, Gary.