Santa Fe Cabooses

Discussion in 'Weathering Forum' started by Gary S., Nov 22, 2006.

  1. Gary S.

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    To me, these are my favorites of the weathering I have done so far. Interestingly, they were the first cars I weathered, and I spent a lot of time on them. When I started doing my boxcars, I was "man, let's just get this done."

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  2. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    They also look great, although depending on the era, they may be a little too dirty! ;) :D

    Andrew
  3. Gary S.

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    Too dirty? Oh man, that's what I get for not doing the research and just jumping into the paint bottle! ;)

    Here are some more:

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    and a couple more

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  5. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Not to worry Gary - I was just goofing. You have done a fine job!

    In earlier times like the 1920s and 30s (my preferred era), there was lots of labour available, and lots of jobs on the railway. Cabooses and engines were kept a lot cleaner than they were later - say into the 1960s.

    Andrew
  6. MilesWestern

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    Those are fantastic! What era (or year) is the Brown Caboose with the hearld?

    Also you might want to fade a few of the paintjobs on the older ones.

    Here's some sites that reinforce your good weathering job.

    http://www.urbaneagle.com/rrpics/atsf-cabooses.html

    http://www.oerm.org/pages/sf.html

    http://www.toltecimages.com/trains/9998.jpg

    http://www.kcmuseum.org/stories/storyReader$265

    http://www.geocities.com/bnsfnm/HScaboose.jpg

    http://www.railroadforums.com/photos/showphoto.php/photo/27752/si/Fergus

    http://www.sdrm.org/roster/caboose/cab371/c371-1.jpg
    Another Thing the think about is the paint cracking and peeling off the roof, rather being baked off in the desert sun.The last one looks like they did in service, notice the fading in the ultra-harsh Sou-Cal sun.
  7. Gary S.

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    Ummm.... well.... I don't know that the brown ones ever had the small herald. I think maybe someone got carried away with the MicroScale decal sheet.:oops: Also, a keen eye will pick up several other decal mistakes done in my ignorance.

    Thank you for the links, especially the first one. Good stuff. Wish I would have had them before.

    The first thing that jumped out at me from the first link was the peeling paint on the roof.

    My first attempt to fade the red paint was a disaster, I used a wash of white to do it. Obviously, the caboose quickly went to a faded pink. Then it dawned on me to use an orangish/yellowish wash to fade it some. I could have done more, the roofs are actually faded more than the car bodies. Plus, I used some rusty-orange powder on top of them too.

    Thank you for the comments!