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Weathering A 26' Bachmann On30 Boxcar
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 Posted: Fri Nov 1st, 2019 06:46 am
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Sean W.

Joined: Wed Jul 5th, 2006
Location: Pasadena , California USA
Posts: 87
Hi everyone,

Here is my first attempt at weathering a plastic "wood" boxcar.
This particular model is a Bachmann On30 26' DRGW Ventilated Boxcar.

I was going for a heavily abused, almost forgotten boxcar.

Perhaps it's towards the end of the golden era,
and funds at the railroad are starting to get lean,
and they aren't quite able to keep up with their rolling stock,
but it is still in daily use.

Please be gentle as this is my first time, open to any input!

Thank you

Here is how it started.
A once proud and clean boxcar,
about to be put into service for a long time.

Haven't quite finished it yet.

Still need to do the doors and the trucks,
but I figured I could post pictures now.

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 Posted: Fri Nov 1st, 2019 07:27 am
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Joined: Sun Oct 20th, 2013
Location: Near Melbourne Victoria, Australia
Posts: 464
" Please be gentle as this is my first time, open to any input! "

WHAT, you want us to be kind and gentle, that doesn't happen here.

Sean I think you have done a great job on the boxcar, especially for your first try. 

:2t: :2t: 

It sounds like you and I are doing the same time line for rolling stock,
towards the end of its life which opens many different avenues for weathering.    

The only comment from me, apart from a great job,
is maybe on the metal steps, nuts, bolts, grab rails and brackets,
some heavy rusting.

What are you using for the weathering?  Looks a bit like powders.

Looking forward to more pics of the finished job,
after the doors and trucks are weathered.  

 :moose: :moose: :moose:

........... Peter

I aspire to inspire before I expire.
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 Posted: Fri Nov 1st, 2019 09:16 am
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Joined: Sat Jul 5th, 2014
Posts: 105

I think it looks like a well-crafted start as well,
and agree that rusting up the steps, grabs and other metal,
would be a great touch.

Also, when you get onto the trucks,
don't forget the coupler boxes and interior floor,
unless you plan on leaving the doors closed.

One thing that could also look good,
would be to silver up the roof walk.

My understanding is they were usually not painted,
so as to reduce the "slippery when wet" factor.

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 Posted: Sat Nov 2nd, 2019 02:29 am
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Tom Harbin

Joined: Sat Sep 1st, 2018
Location: Arizona USA
Posts: 302

Like everyone else said: very nice job.  Better than I could do for sure.

That said, I also agree that a little rust on some of the metalwork would enhance the effect.

Maybe even a bent grab iron or stirrup step.

I'd also tone down the coupler box face, and the floor if the doors will be openable.

You did a very convincing job of simulating individual boards on the sheathing.

Really nice. 


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