The weathering I use is not new, just Alcohol and india ink. Make it to the strength that you want. I first ran my razor saw down the length of the balsa to add some grain in the wood, a light sanding to remove any fuzz and then apply the solution. I try and make various shades and split my timbers into three or four piles and soak each pile for a different amount of time, this will make some darker and some lighter it all depends what suits you. Once all of the timbers are dry just lump them all together so as you build you get a random level of colour. I have added some green weathering powder at the bottom of the bents trying to show some degree of moss.
There will be many examples by more experienced modelers elswhere on this forum than me but thanks for asking.
Well still not much to report as there has been very little progress this past week on the LCRR.
Thought I would drop in a couple more images of stuff.
I pulled the new Bachmann log skidder apart added some straps across the cross timbers with some nut and bolt details along the sides and just had at it with some weathering. I first sprayed the plastic timbers flat primer grey followed by a spray of flat black but very lightly. When this was dry I gave them a wash of weathering powders (earthy colours ) scrubbed in until they went dry as I was brushing.
Assembled it back together and hit it with my own blend of flat black with a touch of red/brown followed by some light rust.
Nice little improvement to what's not a bad version of a donkey for the price Bachmann are doing it for. Only advice I'd suggest, lose the small skids and put it on a decent set of larger log skids. Not sure if you've ever seen a copy (or own) "In Search of Steam Donkeys"...but many log skids you see modelled are generally way under size. Have a look at some of the shots of crew that posed on these donkeys, and the guys look quite tiny alongside the giant sleds. There are a lot of pics in the Clark Kinsey collection which are good examples of this as well. This link should keep you busy for a while...
First of Rod WOW! I love every new picture! Im starting on the benchwork myself and hoping to have that done in the next couple of weeks. I am doing a U shape point to point. I will be doing some of the same things you have done since your layout is fantastic! Also Guys his Pine tree are some of the best ive seen just gorgous! Keep up the good work brother!