N scale weathering

Kaustav’s been in touch with a wonderful ‘how to’ on N scale weathering.

“Hi Al,

Few weeks back you found and posted the part 1 of my barge making video and the response was very positive from your subscribers.

I just realised that I haven’t followed up on it and sent the part 2 and 3 of the build series, so here it goes.

Once the barge was built, it was time for painting and weathering. I used my airbrush for the base coat and top coat which was pretty easy and I did it pretty fast since I couldn’t wait to get to the next step – weathering!

Weathering an old sea vessel is like the holy grail of weathering in miniature. There are so many elements – dried algae, fading due to salt water, different types of chipping, dust, rust, heavy corrosion – whatever you can think of when you think of weathering can be found in an old vessel.

Moreover, unlike larger models, I had a very tight space to work with and had to hit that fine balance of the size vs. the right amount of weathering. You need to keep the scale in mind during weathering too.

So, this project is really a one stop shop of weathering techniques!

This was not the last part thought, after this one I had to add a ton of details to the barge to bring out the best in the model (which also includes a little bit of weathering on wood). But let’s keep that for my next entry.



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A big thanks to Kaustav for his N scale weathering ‘how to’.

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.

And if today is the day you get started on your layout, the Beginner’s Guide is here.



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PPS More N scale layouts here if that’s your thing.

17 Responses to N scale weathering

  1. Rich B. says:

    How real is that! I was using pastel chalks and though they weathered things quite well; this episode takes things to the next plateau, gee that barge looks authentic.

    Only thing it has no scuppers pumping out water; must be ready to sink by now lol……


  2. Sid Pratt says:

    Very creative. Thanks for the lesson.

  3. James Richards says:

    YOU SIR are a genius!!!!!!! WOW….. what FANTASTIC detail. It looks as if that model is actual steel that has rusted. AMAZING!!!! I was riveted by the video. Thanks for sharing all those tips.

    Jim Richards

  4. Gary Manganiello says:

    Wow………for me that was a fantastic weathering lesson………..great job.
    I have not been very good at weathering and your video really showed me sosme great techniques.

  5. Frank says:

    You were right! One cup of coffee lasted the video. Enjoyed the video very much and look forward to the next lesson.

  6. Mike says:

    Outstanding work – looks real!

  7. Richard Coerse says:

    That is the most realistic job of weathering I have ever seen. Having lived on and near the water most of my 70 plus years I can say that I have seen more than my fair share of vessels that have suffered from the elements as well as lacl of maintenance. You are indeed a master of maritime weathering sir.

    Dick (from the shores of the Chesapeake Bay)

  8. Kaustav says:

    Thank you everyone for all your wonderful comments and appreciation – I am so happy that you all liked this demonstration and hope that this remains a ready reference for you whenever you need to do some weathering on a miniature. Dick, it definitely gives me immense pleasure that the pair of eyes that has been seeing old and weathered vessels for 70 years approves of this 6 inch little barge.

    Right now I am working on weathering some N Scale vehicles – the video should be ready in a few weeks time so yes there’s lot more to weathering than just locomotives and rolling stock – however, that definitely a very important part in our hobby and something that I am eager to do again when I start my new layout. Bottom line, a lot of weathering coming up, along with everything else!


  9. Mike RICHARDSON says:

    WOW ! That is amazing work you have done on this barge. I really learned a lot from this video. So glad you shared this with us.

  10. Gary O'Connor says:

    Wow! That is simply amazing. I am not only super impressed I am also super inspired. Thank you.

    As someone said earlier, you Kaustav, are a genius.

    Gary – Australia

  11. Gopal Daga says:

    Can some help me in planning & designing 4’ x 6’ layout for creating a Marshalling yard with number of loco will be shunting wagons & passenger cars
    With auto reverse option, using AR2 circuit from Circuitron, USA.
    Gopal Daga

  12. Geoff says:

    Just WOW. Magnificent job!

  13. Robert Brady says:

    excellent weathering very impressive.I myself don’t weather anything I like the new look..

  14. Jaw dropping work!
    Beyond amazing!

  15. NJ Mark says:

    What artistry!!! I am in awe. But, the best idea was using that sticky stuff to hold the barge on the dowel during the weathering process. I cannot tell you how many ways I tried to temporarily hold things together unsuccessfully. Thanks! Cheers! NJ Mark

  16. Robert Foster says:

    I didn’t get the part 1 video

  17. Kaustav says:

    Thank you very much folks! I’m really glad that you all enjoyed the video. More coming your way soon. 🙂

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