Please post pics of your weathered steel bridges

Discussion in 'Weathering Forum' started by Biased turkey, Jul 27, 2008.

  1. Biased turkey

    Biased turkey Active Member

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    I want to weather my N scale truss and my deck plate girder bridges.
    I checked the ( long ) thread about all kind of prototype bridges , but there is no detail enough for weathering the scale models.
    So if you happen to have the above mentioned bridges on your layout could you please post some pictures of them.
    Posting a quick weathering procedure won't hurt either :smile:

    Jacques
  2. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

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    Mine is an Atlas bridge that I put wood ties on. They were stained with a magic marker then the whole thing was drybrushed with some Testor's Rubber paint. After that I dusted it with some brown, black and gray pastel chalks and sealed it with DulCote. Hope that helps you a little, keep us posted.

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    Here's a few of mine. All were painted outdoors, with the "rust" colour applied first. This was followed by the off-black (like off-white, only even darker :p;):-D ). Unfortunately, under the layout room lights, not much of it is noticeable. The camera does catch it, though.
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    Wayne
  4. Biased turkey

    Biased turkey Active Member

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    Thanks shaygetz and Wayne for takin some of your valuable time to reply and post the pictures.

    Here is what I did so far.I used earth tones oil paints. Maybe I overdone it. Should I tone the rust down with some light gray wash or... completely repaint the whole bridge ?

    Jacques

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  5. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

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    Without seeing the piece, I can tell you that I've rescued many a weathering job with a dusting of black or dark gray pastel chalks. It tends to soften the brush stroke very well.
  6. Biased turkey

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    I have pastels at home but so far never tried them ( I'm afraid the chalk will vanish at the 1st spray of Dullcote ) Here is the way I tried to rescue the mess.
    1) Diluted wash ( 1/16 ) of grimmy black
    2) diluted airspray ( 1/8 ) of engine black
    3) Diluted airspray ( 1/8 ) of roof brown
    4) Diluted airspray ( 1/8 ) of L&N gray.
    At the same time I weathered the plate girder bridge.
    Here is the result:


    Jacques

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  7. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

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    I think they look great, nice and subtle without looking decrepit.
  8. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

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    I agree: they look good to me, too, Jacques. :thumb::thumb: Of course, now you need to get a set of Preiser "painters", then set up a scene with them starting to re-paint the bridge. ;):lol:

    Wayne
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    Jacques...How do you like the weathering on this one...?? I did a pretty good job..No..?? :mrgreen:
    Actually, one of my brothers was wandering around in South Carolina when he ran across this...
    That's what I call real weathering..!!! sign1

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  10. Biased turkey

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    Thanks for the nice words Shaygetz and Wayne.
    It is a subtle weathering . I think I avoided the the newbie trap: overweathering.
    Following Wayne's suggestion I transfered my paintcrew from the DPM Roadkill Café to the bridge.
    Talking about overweathering, here is a pictur of my weathering guinea pig. I assigned the CPR Pacman car to that job because I'm modeling ( mostly ) Canadian National / Canadien National so I like to bash the competition :).
    I want to reassure Wayne that I won't submit my TH&B engines and rolling stock to the same treatmant.

    Jacques

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  11. Biased turkey

    Biased turkey Active Member

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    Sorry Gus, I didn't see your post before I replied.
    Thanks for the picture that remind us that Mother Nature is not always that subtle when doing her weathering job.

    Jacques
  12. railBuilderdhd

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    Here is a link to the bridge I'm working on now. I've got plans to do more weathering to the bridge but you can see what I've been able to get done with only washes. I will add rust spots and I plan to use chalks and paint for that.

    http://rbdhd.t35.com/girderBridgeUnloader/

    Dave
  13. Biased turkey

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    Very well done Dave. Thank you for posing your work.
    That's what I call "ScratchBashing" , combining scratchbuilding and kitbashing, to copy an interesting prototype.
    Could you please tell us what kind of paint you used for the washes ?

    Jacques
  14. Gary Pfeil

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    Just saw this thread and thought it was a neat subject. I've done several bridges over the years, and thought I'd post pics in the order they were built, to show my progression in weathering them.

    The first one done for my curent railroad: A model of a bridge located on the NYS&W in Butler, the graffiti was hand painted per graffiti on the bridge. The weathering is a bit heavy and later efforts were less so

    http://www.zealot.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/9105/cat/758

    http://www.zealot.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/9106

    The next bridge I built was one inspired from a photo in Erie Power, ove a street in Clifon, NJ

    http://www.zealot.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/9109

    The next one was just a freelance bridge built using Atlas girders glued to a plywood deck.

    http://www.zealot.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/9108

    Then I built a scene bookended with bridges, at one end is this model inspired by CNJ crossing beneath the NE corridor

    http://www.zealot.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/9113

    http://www.zealot.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/9110

    The other end:

    http://www.zealot.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/9112

    http://www.zealot.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/9114

    All bridges were first painted a flat black, the last one I mixed (Floquil? I don't remember) dust with flat black. I then painted the rust/weathering, and you can see I developed a lighter touch with each bridge as I progressed. The last efforts were true drybrushing, the earlier were supposed to be drybrushing but in reality the brush was too wet and the effect too heavy.
  15. doctorwayne

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    Nice to see some layout photos, Gary. ;):-D:-D

    Wayne
  16. railBuilderdhd

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    Thanks for your comments and looking at my work. I used gouache paints with a little artist chalks and I plan to add some pigment powders after I get more built on the bridge.
    Dave
  17. Biased turkey

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    Thanks Gary for sharing the pictures of your work.
    It's good to see the progress made at each new bridge weathering attempt.


    Jacques
  18. Biased turkey

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    Thank you Dave for the information. Mixing pastels with gouache looks like an interesting technique.

    Jacques
  19. railBuilderdhd

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    I like to try everything I got on supply because you never know how it will end up and sometimes you just get that perfect look. I'm going to build a mold for the embankments for the bridge and cast some hydrocal for the bridge. We'll see how that turns out soon.
    Dave