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Realistic Painting Tips :- ' Hunkered Down ' U.S. Army On30 Boxcar
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 Posted: Sat Jan 26th, 2013 10:50 am
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W C Greene wrote: Dallas, it looks fantastic. The other day, I ... got "involved" in a "discussion" with an "expert" who had the opinion that styrene and resin couldn't...COULDN'T be distressed and painted to look like wood. This fellow has never seen anything like what you are doing and with his attitude, he won't become enlightened.
I couldn't agree more.

Let's guess - this guy hasn't managed to work out how he can do this stuff - therefore, by definition, there can't possibly be any way in which anybody can do this stuff (or something like that).

When I worked in a university, I occasionally came across jokers like this - thankfully, not many of them.

Very few of them seemed to "stay the course" and finish their degrees, HNDs or whatever - for some reason which I don't need to explain (and these guys wouldn't have listened to / understood).

Thankfully, most people here are ready to learn - whether from their own experience or other people's.

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 Posted: Sat Jan 26th, 2013 12:59 pm
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W C Greene wrote: Dallas, it looks fantastic. The other day, I was at the LHS (poor excuse for a train shop) and got "involved" in a "discussion" with an "expert" who had the opinion that styrene and resin couldn't...COULDN'T be distressed and painted to look like wood. This fellow has never seen anything like what you are doing and with his attitude, he won't become enlightened. I admire your work and my humble opinion is that you have proven him wrong, very wrong! Keep the faith, I can't wait for more "wrongness"...

Woodie

Thanks Woodie! 

The castings have very subtle distressing on the surface, which can be brought out rather easily with a few brush strokes.

I've made SIGNIFICANT progress on all of this, but have held off on posting updates for two reasons:

1) REALLY busy with this & a bunch of stuff! :old dude:

2)  Believe I can pull it all together & simplify the approach a bit ... which is really the whole point of making it a tutorial.  :)

So, more to come ...



PS -- Back to the "expert" that Woodie encountered ... above photo is taken from a thread right here on Freerails.  Rich (screen name "brungarda") took the Bachmann On30 log cars and "gussied them up" using a tutorial on my site:

http://bouldervalleymodels.com/index.php?main_page=page&id=13

And, he added some of his own personal touches to the process.  Here's his thread:

http://www.freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=2865

So, I guess the lesson here is "Beware of Experts!"  (I'm no expert, but I'll gladly share what I've learned ... or "think" I've learned ... and keep trying to improve.) :cool:

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I absolutely LOVE seeing threads like this. Seeing the detail other modelers can acheive is a real insipration to people like me who are just getting into it. Dallas, thank you very much for sharing these tutorials with us. Judging by the results of that logging car, I'm not the only one here who appreciates your efforts.



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 Posted: Thu Jan 31st, 2013 11:54 am
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Greetings!  Sorry for the lack of updates ... been busier than a one-legged man at a turtle-stomping contest! :)

Have done some more work to simulate fading & peeling paint on the wood parts ... oxidizing & chipping paint on the metal parts and so forth ...

Just added those bold white decals to the letter boards.  They'll get "faded" in like the decals on the doors ... then a few finishing touches, and we'll be ready to "wrap up" the painting tutorial ... which means, I'll go thru the zillions of photos and pages of notes and try to put it all together in some sort of sensible way! :w: :cool:



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It looks really good, Dallas. Thanks for sharing your techniques with us. I'm sure ill be referring back to this thread many times in the future.



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nice! like that logging eq to!

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I'm loving this tutorial. I am a fan of Boulder Valley Models stuff and have assembled 4 log cars and used their painting tips. They came out ok for me as a first timer using these techniques.
I have learnt so much but a long way to go to match the work done here.
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It's guys like you Dallas that makes
Free rails a most interesting place to visit.
I always look forward to logging on and learning from
you and many others here.
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Dallas,
How does the powder and washes hold up to handling? I might of missed it but do you have to apply any type of sealant like dulcoat on the final product?
Thanks,
Randy

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slatecreeklogger wrote: Dallas,
How does the powder and washes hold up to handling? I might of missed it but do you have to apply any type of sealant like dulcoat on the final product?
Thanks,
Randy

Randy --

The Bragden pigments used in the log car tutorial have a binder (dry adhesive) mixed in, and they'll tend to grab & hold the surface whether they're applied dry or mixed with alcohol as shown in that demo.  So, unless there's going to be a LOT of handling, they really shouldn't need any sort of sealer (which tends to mute the effects).  NOTE:  Because of the binder in those pigments, you do have to be careful not to dust or blow off excess as it will stain carpet, clothes, etc.



Meanwhile ... remember this prototype shot?  I couldn't help thinking that the scene would make a great photo diorama ... it has "color" but all the winter tones are earthy and allow the equipment to be the center of attention ...



So ... Friday night I was struggling with shooting promo pix for the new car on a white background ... trying to get the lighting even, blah, blah ... late Friday night, I gave up and painted a backdrop on a scrap of foamcore ... picked up a piece of Micro-Scale code 83 flex at a train show yesterday and made a bit of progress on the quickie diorama ...



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