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Realistic Weathering Project - Bachmann On30 Log Cars
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 Posted: Thu Oct 21st, 2010 10:02 pm
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I recently decided to get out of N scale after 7 years.  I've always been crazy about detailing things, and N scale got frustrating. I figured a scale change would be just the thing to keep my sanity, so after selling most of my N scale stuff off, I picked up a Shay and Log cars, and almost immediately set to work...

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I tried the painting tips on the Boulder Valley Models website, and I was pretty happy with the results for the wood. I did add a step, which was drybrushing with an artist's colored pencil in a 30% cool grey. The rust is Artists oils and Bragdon powders.

When I first started building models as a kid, A guy I knew who was a stellar modeller said "Anyone can take an expensive model and ruin it with a crap paint job. It takes time and practice to take a crap model and make it LOOK expensive."

As a bonus, earlier in the week, a large branch snapped off a maple across the street...



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Excellent transformation!

What a difference the more prototypical color makes


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The car looks fantastic. Great job. Looks too good to cover your work with logs.
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 Posted: Fri Oct 22nd, 2010 10:56 pm
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Rich,

Outstanding job on the

weathering! Clif is right on,

too good to cover up.

Those twigs look very authentic

Nice job all the way.

Carl,

Pasco, Wa.

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Thanks all!

It's very liberating being able to add detail in where I couldn't before with N scale. I've already started my first On30 scratchbuild as well...



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Very nice, looking forward to seeing more of your work!

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Rich wrote

" I've already started my first On30 scratchbuild as well..."

Excellent--something that many other modelers should try!


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Excellent painting job !

An idea :  change the couplers :)  (for a link & pin)



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 Posted: Sat Oct 23rd, 2010 07:46 pm
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An idea :  change the couplers :)  (for a link & pin)

 

I've actually considered that too Cail. Any suggestions for a good working link and pin arrangement?



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You can read a solution on Verne's site : http://members.cox.net/glniner/linkandpin.htm

A second option with a little more work : http://www.pacificcoastairlinerr.com/link_n_pin/





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