Charles has been in touch, and shows us how to paint a model train:
Reading your post every day, I’ve noticed 99% of the contributions are layout oriented. I have attached some pictures of a different facet of the hobby that I truly enjoy. Painting and decaling model railroad equipment in N scale.
I have been an N Scaler since the mid-1970s. Back then there wasn’t a lot to choose from as far as equipment and paint schemes, so, I painted a lot of stuff myself. Fortunately, there was a good selection of N scale decals to choose from.
One of the best things about N scale is you really don’t need an airbrush to do a decent job. All of my paint jobs are brush painted.
When I have a piece, I want to paint I look for photographs online, I try to get it as close to the prototype as possible. Some “Nit-Pickers” I’m sure will find fault but that’s OK, I don’t do it for them, I do it for myself.
I paint all types of equipment, locomotives, freight cars, and cabooses. Sometimes I start with an undecorated model, sometimes I repaint an existing model.
The photographs I included show some models before and after I painted them. It’s a fun aspect of the hobby that I enjoy, I hope your readers like what I’ve included.
I leave the weathering paint jobs to my son, he has an airbrush and knows how to use it.
Now on to an update from Will.
Only yesterday I posted how he’d made a start – here’s what he’s done in the few weeks since sending me the pics:
“Making headway, foam board, leftover styrofoam and plaster of Paris from home depot (cheap). Dries fast, so you must move along.
All painted light grey than a black wash, followed with a white dry brush.
Double track trestle from MTH. Bumper Lionel street car upper level.
Will be adding waterfall and small town.
Will be adding some type of casters as the the plaster of Paris added
Quite a bit of weight, plus the transformer.
It just goes to show making a start is the only way you’ll get the most from this hobby.
A big thanks to Charles for sharing how to paint a model train.
And if you want to make your start today, the the Beginner’s Guide is here.
That’s all for today.
Please do keep ’em coming.
PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here (still going strong).