Second Go at Weathering - Box & Crate Factory

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by dwight77, Nov 1, 2008.

  1. dwight77

    dwight77 Member

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    Hi All:
    Took another crack at weathering a laser kit for our N Scale layout. This one is a "Box & Crate Factory" by Northeastern Scale. We have a modeler in our club who is exceptional doing weathering with chalks and powders and he has held a few clinics for our members.
    So far I have been using a box of chalk from the local arts and craft store and a box of Doc O'Brien's weathering powders. Using a very short bristle brush and basically dry brushing with chalk or powder seems to work relatively well. I have not had any problem with either sticking to the model and do not plan on spraying with dull coat.
    Any constructive critcism is always appreciated.
    dwight77
    Scale Rails of Southwest Florida
    North Fort Myers, FL

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  2. Mountain Man

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    I like that building! It looks like it belongs. :cool:
  3. Herc Driver

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    Nice laser building first off...and I like the weathering job...the building has that slightly uncared for and well used look to it. Throw some crates and some broken down boxes under the second floor building overhand and you've got a pretty realistic model.

    (I'm a big fan of using chalks too...I like the very subtle shading you can get - espicially on Nscale things.)
  4. dwight77

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    Hi Herc Driver:
    Thanks for the comments. I did add some boxes etc. Need everyone's constructive criticism.....to many?...I do want to try and find a couple of people to add possibly having one sit on one of the boxes etc. But before I glue the boxes in place....let me know what you all think.
    Thanks
    dwight 77

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    You asked for it.sign1
    If this building is around for a while which it looks like, the windows are a little to white and all the metal should have dirt and rust.
    And they could have bin just painted. You always have to have a story to tell if somebody asks how come.....................?
    Very well done

    Bill
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    Great work Dwight!
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    Another FANTASTIC job with build and the weathering and details Dwight!!! :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: keep it up :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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    OK....last set of pictures. Added some rust to the metal, dirtied up the windows a bit, and added a couple of guys and a handtruck. It goes on the layout tomorrow. Next pictures will be of the puzzel module and how it gets scenicked. The basic layout was shown in another thread dealing with the combined Inglenook / Time Saver puzzel module.
    dwight77

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    OK....so I lied. :oops:
    Here a four more pictures. But they serve a purpose. I took the model in to our club (see the pictures above) and had some of the guys take another look at it...after all, it is going on our layout, so I appreciate all the constructive criticism. Plus, I think this set of pictures from the start of the thread up to now, shows how a model can evolve from just what the kit gives you, to something more. As this was not a proto typical building, it allowed me to wander. Some of the crates and boxes are ones you can buy. But the stacks of black poles, the loose poles, and the green boxes are just scraps of wood cut up and painted.... and in N Scale, I think they pass.
    On what I think is the last scenario, I added another person carrying a shoulder load, the guys at the club thought company signs were in order, so there are now company signs on all four sides, and I took the liberty to add a ramp on the back of the building, where there was a door that seemed to be leading to open space. In building the ramp, I also used some 400 grit sandpaper on the incline to provide a slip resitant surface. And of course the signs and ramp had to be weathered.
    Anyway, I have had fun in turning a nice kit into something that I think is a little nicer for our layout.
    dwight77

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  10. Herc Driver

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    Wow...I think you did a great job. Espicially for nscale, I appreciate the tedious handwork that must have gone into that. The only other suggestion I could add is adding electricity...exterior light(s), maybe a meter or metal pipe containing the utility line into the building. Finally, a sign indicating the main customer entrance? Just ideas......
  11. dwight77

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    I know, I know, I know....:oops: I said no more pics. But a couple of great suggestions were made; add electric coming into the building, a sign for the office, and outdoor lighting. I have tried to add all three with the red office sign, the outdoor lighting over the center front of the building, and an electric drop and junction box on the side of the building.
    I do appreciate all the suggestions and I do believe it shows how a model can evolve.
    It has been fun...:mrgreen:
    dwight77

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