The red does seem to "pop" more. Are you going to paint the underside too?got the stake pockets epoxied on. next to paint a quadrizillion NBW castings and drill more holes than I can count.
I'll paint the NBW castings black, and after they are installed, give them a dry brushing with the cars basic red color, treating the stake pockets the same way. later they will get a touch of rust.
I'm liking the red, I have two almost completed cars, both of them are green, like my HO state line cars, they may need a repaint
many techniques I've used in the past, but none that I ever mastered...I used to scrape the rust dust off of old cars, and paint certain vehicles with the rust suspended in a satin finish paint, more like a past, but a bit thinner, it gave amazing results. These were plastic models, usually tanks and Jeeps, etc, I also used hot pings to simulate bullet holes. You get the idea.
The ore doors and the rough roof are nice touches. Nice job. Doc Tomstarted putting the ore doors in the second of six ore car frames.
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using leftover wood I cut and painted for my Russian river box car kit. the milled wood roof material seemed to uniform. so O used some of my home cut lumber, which gives a rough look. like a car that will need a roof replacement in a couple years.