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 Posted: Sun Apr 7th, 2019 01:26 am
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Hi Rod,

No molybond on the real things - would cost a fortune!
 
Just hard work to keep Pozieres' rods polished,
and the other engines have them painted
(which was pretty much the norm).

Glad you remembered the Blitz - not sure if you saw the 1:32 scale one,
which was my first weathering job that got me back into modelling. 

My best mate and former business partner had bought an unrestored Chev Blitz,
which he thought his wife didn't know about.

When he fessed up I presented him with this:
(his wife knew all along by the way)





An Italeri 1:32 kit heavily modified - with a Crow River winch
(bit large for what is supposedly 1:48 scale),
1:32 drums and bits from Tamiya, chain from Tank Workshops,
and a variety of paints and weathering powders.

The custom decals are a nod to my my mate Roy -
he's talked about getting the finished truck sign written accordingly.....

The Blitz you are possibly referring to was the 1:48 scale one I did,
from a Trax fire truck kit - originally looked like this:





And ended up like this:





The winch is from a Backwoods Miniatures Shay dress up kit, with Tamiya 1:48 drums, etc. 
Custom decals with Roy's late father's initials.

I bought a couple of these trucks and the Army version with awning for later conversions -
including one to come with a crane on the back.


Got to go - just about finished weathering 2NC to look a bit like PG Dow's photo of 5NC at Colac.


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 Posted: Mon Apr 8th, 2019 03:52 pm
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Welcome to the forum, David.  

Great looking locomotive.


I am with you on "over-weathering".  
My usual initial approach is just a shot of Dullcoat. 
When I get ambitious I will very lightly airbrush on some light gray from a low angle.   

I also find that the natural accumulation of dust helps.

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 Posted: Thu Apr 11th, 2019 01:20 pm
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Hi Reg,

Glad you like the locomotive.

Unfortunately for me a spray of Dullcoat doesn't help achieve what I'm aiming for -
especially if you start off with something like a cheapy Bachmann Bumblebee in bright yellow.

This was my first foray into On30 -
a cheap well used Bumblebee bought off eBay requiring a complete dismantle and repaint
(and fitted with a TCS WowSound decoder):





Figured I would start off with something cheap to buy, so if I ruined it I wouldn't hesitate to throw it out or scrap it. 
Would have been easier if I had bought one of the other Bachmann 2-6-0's that weren't bright yellow! 
(or waited a few years and bought a new one in green with sound)

And if you kitbash or dress up a locomotive it inevitably needs an overall paint & weathering job for the new bits to "sit" properly.

This is a Bachmann Shay with a Keith Wiseman "dress up" to become a wagon top boiler "Gilpin" style locomotive -
resin boiler, lots of white metal parts and some wood:





It now has its custom "The Burra" transfers on the bunker -
this is an old shot taken back in 2016 when it was almost completed.


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 Posted: Thu Apr 11th, 2019 03:12 pm
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Yes, if you start off bright yellow, Dullcoat is not going to help much. 

Currently I am modeling HO diesels with a heavy emphasis on Great Northern. 
Lots of orange and green that I would not want to cover with a lot of weathering. 

On my previous On30 layout I did not quite get around to applying weathering. 
I will do some of that in the future. 

I really like what you have done.

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Great looking locos!



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I agree, very nice work.
The new boiler certainly changes the stock "T" boiler Shay.
The 2-6-0 has a great "squatty" look, great looking lokies.

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All those locos have what I want to try to do.
A well used but maintained appearance.

I like looking at heavily weathered stuff, some of it is brilliant!  :thumb:
But I have no idea how to start weathering locos and rolling stock without wrecking it.

I have always been the opposite.
All the equipment is clean and shiney.

Armorall dashboard protectant makes Locomotives and passenger cars look terrific!




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I have to learn a whole new skill set.

How to make stuff look like it isn't off the showroom floor!




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:bow:  :bow:

Deep respect to those who know how to do it!




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Hi Murray,

As I think I mentioned earlier, I bought the Bachmann Bumblee secondhand, to try my first weathering attempts -
if I mucked it up, it could have gone in the scrap bin.

Trick is to have a go - and there is some great reference material out there such as AK Interactive's "Trainspotting"
(although I don't think much of their advice on steam locomomotive weathering).

I picked up a lot of tips from reading a stack of Fine Scale Modeller magazines that I inherited when my father-in-law passed away -
I think military modellers are probably the top of the art when it comes to weathering,
but I also like to use real reference material wherever possible
(like the photo of the Guard's Vans and Garratt I posted earlier).


This is how my van turned out:





The van is an AMK kit (local Australian manufacturer) and the locomotive a weathered and detailed commercial model (Haskell Na).

For readers outside Australia, both are models of Victorian Railway's 2'6" prototypes,
that served on the Wangarratta to Whitfield line in our state.

15A and 2NC were on the last train out of Whitfield on the February 5, 1952 -
the line closed on October 6 1953, with both on the last train from Moyhu on that day.

Buy yourself a cheapy and some paints, look at the real thing
(Victorian Goldfields Railway is often a good spot for dirty and weathered steam locomotives and carriages)
and "have a go".




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