Kaustav’s been in touch again.
Today he shows us how he turned a clean looking toy train into a dirty gritty workhorse:
Typically I like a challenge when it comes to model making as you already know, but at times it’s OK to take it easy and just be on the ‘relaxed’ mode!
That’s what I did when I weathered my Atlas VO-1000 – a tiny little N scale locomotive that not only runs well, but boasts a lot of fine details.
I feel it is comparable to my all time favorite N Scale switcher locomotive Kato NW-2, except the blocked cab – if only they could make it a proper, see thorugh cab it could be on the top of my list!
Anyway, I wanted an easy, fast, over the weekend job for my next how-to, but I also wanted to do something uncharacteristic of me – really heavy weathering without relying on rust.
Even the most manhandled and poorly maintained locomotives in service didn’t have a lot of rust unless they landed on the graveyard, but they did have other aging like crud, grease, grime, dust, dirt and chipping.
I focussed on these elements for this locomotive to give it a very weathered, ill maintained, yet a revenue earning work horse look. And of course there was the right amount of rust and streaking as well.
I was also lazy enough to set-up my airbrush for this, so I did a a classic wash-pastel-chalk weathering that is within the grasp of almost everyone without any special tools or even skills.
The methods are not only easy, but also forgiving, meaning if you mess it up, it’s easy to ‘wipe’ it and start over.
And as always, a quick video showing how I did it.
Hope you and the folks enjoy this.
A huge thanks to Kaustav.
I do love his stuff – his models have such character. His vids are just as good too.
If you missed his barge post, it’s here. It really is worth a read if weathering is your thing.
That’s all for today folks.
Please do keep ’em coming.
And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide is here if you’re tired of everybody else having all the fun.