A few weathered cars

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  1. kitsune

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    Here are a few examples of cars I've weathered. Msot started with prototype photos as guides. My medium was Polly Scale paints mostly, though I did creative things with colored pencils on a few. All of these got sold on eBay last year to raise cash.
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    BN 481260
    55' ACF 3-Bay covered hopper
    Accurail Kit

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    BN 456769
    54' Pullman-Standard 3-Bay covered hopper
    Athearn RTR

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    BN 461909
    FMC 54' 3-Bay covered hopper
    MDC Kit

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    NP 119857
    61' Wood Chip Gondola
    Walthers RTR

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    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

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    Those look great, I am thinking of doing some graffiti on a couple of my hoppers too.

    Nice Weathering:thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
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    RBOX 34685
    ACF 50' Single-sliding-door boxcar
    Accurail Kit (Limited)

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    RBOX 37862
    50' FMC Single sliding door boxcar
    MDC Kit

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    SP 340000
    65' Mill Gondola
    Walthers RTR
    This car now lives on Joe Fugate's Sikiyou Line layout.

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    Thats the last one for now!
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    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

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    Sorry for posting in between

    Now that they are done for now, my jaw just about hit tha floorjawdrop
    Those really look cool and I am sure the buyers are very pleased with them.
    I really need to start chalk weathering and dry brushing.bounce7
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    My compliments...those look great.
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    VERY NICE WORK!, kitsune:thumb: :thumb: i have to admit, i am NOT one that goes for graffiti:rolleyes: , HOWEVER, i think you did a great job with it!:thumb: :D -Deano
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    FYI none of these used chalk. I know a lot of people use it and I've seen good results, but I've never liked working with it.

    The grafitti came from Berol colored pencils, the creamy, thick leaded ones, sharpened very finely with a hand sharpener. The best thing is to study real grafitti. I've taken many photos of the lower sections of freight cars in the area I'm modeling and used those as a guide for the style to apply.
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    I don't like the oversized grafitti you see a lot of, though I may do one or two cars that way for realisim. Normally, though, I restrict my grafitti to what I call "line" or "chalk" grafitti. A lot of this stuff is done by crewmen doodling on the cars with paint sticks, sometimes referencing car routings and spottings and switch moves, but more often just doodling for fun. This practice has its roots in old flat classification yards, where yardmen would mark cars for what track they need to go on with chalk.
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    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

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    Oops :oops: I didn't see the part were you said polly scale paints. Still look great and I am drooling over them right nowsign1
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    What colors of paint did you use and what colored pencils did you use?
    The reason I am asking I want to try my hand at weathering and need some ideas.
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    Generally I'll use a rust color and a grime color. Rust and Grimy Black work from Polly. A lot of it is applying the paint, letting it set for about 2-3 minutes, then wiping it off with a rag, leaving an evenly streaked dingy surface. I try to find a photo of a similar car either in my own photos or on George Elwood's site to see what patterns I need to try and copy the style of.

    The colored pencils were primarily used for the grafitti. I did however use colored pencils for spot rust and pock marks on some of the cars. For weathering, a black pencil and a few browns will do. (By black I mean black, not graphite.) Berol thick leads are the only ones I like because their lead is a somewhat creamy/greasy consistancy that sticks better to plastic.

    For grafitti, use pastel pencils. They have to be white or pastel colors that are based on a white pigment or they won't be opaque enough to show. Though yellow and red tones work too. I used primarily a white pencil, with a few select uses of pastel lavendar, pastel green, orange, red, and yellow.