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Necessity is the mother of invention. Bachmann log cars seem to be sold out everywhere so I made a master, and started casting...



The chain is cheap jewelry chain from the bead section at AC Moore...


I have a little more info on that at my blog

http://marshcreekrr.blogspot.com/2014/02/late-to-party.html


And finally, I needed some mine cars for my micro, so I did the same...


Prost!

Rich

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Forget Bachmann, those cars you built beat the pants off of any On30 I've seen. And that ain't BS either, I have never seen that much detail in On30 before.

By the way, you should add a "subscribe" gadget to your blog. I'm a fellow blogger as well and would like to follow along.

--James:java:

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Wow, very nice work! That log car especially looks great, can't tell it's a casting!

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Thanks guys!

Yesterday I was finally able to put it all together when the trucks arrived. These are Kadee 501, and the couplers are link and pins from the Grandt Line Koppel cars.

Finished pic:



This is how they start:


James, you're right, there are some things I have to add yet to the blog. A contact and subscribe form are both on the to do list for this week.

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How did you do the rust on the "metal" hardware?

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The chains were soaked in PCB etchant from Radio Shack for about an hour, then dunked in water. They rust on their own, but it's a bit too "orange". I applied a heavy wash of raw umber artist oil paint, then dusted with bragdon powders. The eye pins were just painted with a dark gray, then washed and powdered the same way. A-West's Blacken-it works fine on the chain too, but I only had a tiny bit of it left, and it's at least a decade old, so I only was able to do one small chain.

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Thanks. I'm interested in how you painted the rusty "metal" parts of the casting.

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5 Mooses Rich !!!!!

Fab cars ... great painting dude.

Cheers

Si.

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Class work !!

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Thanks everyone.

Ray,

The rust is a layered effect:

1. Paint metal area dark grey (I use Panzer Schwarzgrau or Grimy Black)

2. Tint with Burnt Umber artist oil (thinned to a transparent ink consistency)

3. While oil is still wet, apply Bragdon rust powder (Black, Dark, Medium and light) by tapping a loaded brush over the part so it "rains" powder. blend with a crappy brush in a stippling motion

4. Add raw umber or burnt umber oil spots, repeat 3 and 4 until you like it.

5. Worn metal: 6B artist pencil.

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Thanks, Rich.

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Very nicely done! That's one of the best rust jobs I've seen. If you don't want to use PCB etchant, I've used salt in a small small amount of water. Put the chain (or unpainted metal item) in the shallow water and place in the sun until the water evaporates. If you want a little green patina, add lemon juice to the mixture.

D.A.


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