reefer madness...

Discussion in 'Photos & Videos' started by Art67, May 4, 2006.

  1. Art67

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    Hello everyone, here is a reefer that I have been working on the past week. It was weathered with acrylics,oils, and pastels. I have been working on achieving a believable rust effect that has texture. I also added cal-scale air hoses and Kadee #58 scale couplers and will be adding Kadee's semi-scale wheelsets as soon as I can get to the LHS.

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    This car is a freelanced attempt at a reefer as might have been found in the late 60's when a lot of railroads were facing bankruptcy and mergers .

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    I was particulary happy with the roof -I used a reverse weathering process on this car and I think I am getting closer to achieving the many shades of rust found naturally on cars

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    Art, those are believeably unbelieveable. If they were setting on a weedgrown siding I'd never believe they were models. I run out of words for them. FANTASTIC.

    Lynn
  5. Art67

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    Lynn, thank you so much for your kind words and encouragement. I really appreciate your comments very much!

    Stuart
  6. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

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    Stuart, it is beautiful! Great work, would love to see a how I did it.
  7. lester perry

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    I am very impressed. The only addition I might suggest is some damage somewhere. A bent step, some dents in the doors. But who am I to complain I couldn't do what you have done.
    Les
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    TomPM Another Fried Egg Fan

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    Awesome job!:thumb: :thumb:
  9. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Wow! A "how-to" would be great! The texture of the rust is very realistic. Looks like holes will start appearing on that car before too long... :thumb:

    Andrew
  10. Russ Bellinis

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    Wow!! I've looked at these pics a few times before I realised how realistic the rust flaking and bubbling was! Awesome, I think we have seen a breakthrough weathering technique.
  11. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

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    If you only posted the first pic, I would of asked where you took it.
    Great work.
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    UP SD40-2 Senior Member

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    HOLEY SMOKES! Art67, that has gotta be the most REALISTIC looking rust i have EVER seen put on a car.:thumb: i have seen rust jobs on cars & engines at shows and other forums, but compared to YOURS, they are just mear factsimalties. thats just slap OUTSTANDING work!:thumb: :thumb: THANK YOU!:thumb:
  13. RailRon

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    Art, I'm joining the choir of the others. What you do must be the ultimate technique for rust-weathering. The combined impact of the different color shades PLUS the appropriate surface structuring produces the most realistic rust I've ever seen. :thumb::thumb::thumb:

    A question: Do you really see frequently such a rolling junk box in US freight trains? Here in Europe we also have freight cars which are VERY dirty - moving dirt heaps, so to speak. You see oil stains, whitish concrete powder, dirt from the ground, and rust-colored brake dust, of course. BUT almost never are there cars with structural scars by rust like your model. Such a car would be taken out of a train in the next classification yard by freight equipment inspectors.

    Perhaps European and US RR enterprises have different security philosophies?

    Ron
  14. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    Fantastic effects! I agree that these are among the most convincing pictures of modeled rust I've ever seen!
    Ralph
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    WOW, what a great job. Flat out, that has to be one of THE best rust jobs I have seen. You must definitely put together a tutorial. Your technique msut not go down as a mystery to us.
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    Thanks to everyone for their feedback. I appreciate the kind words and constructive remarks from everyone. RailRon brings up an interesting point about prototypical railroad weathering. His question referred to if there are prototypical examples of such a weathered car. I think he makes a good point, however, I was a professional railroader for several years and happened to see quite a number of heavily rusted cars in use or along the right of way. In fairness most of these were of the gondola variety-I have seen gons with actual rust holes in the sides of cars. I good many boxcars were suprisingly rusted, but probably not to the extent of my modeled car, But in general, I would agree with RailRon. In my second entry, I did explain this car was from the late 60's when railroads were facing mergers and bankruptcy and there were many rustbuckets plying the rails in those days. I actually plan to have this car set out on an abandoned, weed riddled spur. Basically a forgotton car used most likely as a storagecar or perhaps just a general nuisance that noone has bothered to fuss with. This car is an attempt to perfect a rust technique I am working on-I wanted to see how much texture and variety of rust hues I could create, with the more delicate rust holding up to actual handling of the car. I am so far very pleased with the results. I normally go a lot easier on the weathering on most of my cars on my layout, as I prefer more of a clean look to things. But I think a super detailed rustbucket makes my other cars "pop" if you will. I am already using this technique on three other cars, this time with more FRA friendly rust. I must say, they are coming out pretty cool looking. I will post them when they are ready to hit the high iron. Thanks to everyone for the comments and suggestions.

    Stuart
  17. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    Stuart,
    I recall seeing an article a year or two ago in Model Railroader that featured a weathered Penn Central box car that looked just as decrepit as your example. There is a prototype for everything! :)
    Ralph
  18. Art67

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    Ralph, thanks for the tip. You also reminded me of a very good point. I need to keep better track of my prototype photos. I can't tell you how many times I go to look for a certain picture, only to find it has mysteriously vanished only to return when it's no longer needed. The only problem is that it cut's into already limited layout building time. Thanks for the heads up on the Penn Central boxcar. And I agree, there does seem to be a prototype for just about everything.

    Stuart
  19. wclmrr1209

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    Absolutly fantastic! I just found this while searching fro reefer photos. In referance to some of the comments, I have found several proto pics that were a cloce match to yours.
    Again gerat job!
  20. Art67

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    Wclmrr1209- Glad you enjoyed the Wabash reefer. I am still trying to get consistent results, but each car gets a little bit better with more predictable results the more I work at it. I am a big advocate of these new water based oil paints, and can't recommend them enough.

    Stuart