Airbrush model trains

Pete’s been in touch. He shows us how to airbrush model trains:

“Here’s a brass gondola I airbrushed and decaled, something I’ve been doing for years to my trains.

The junk is a combo of many things. Plus an OMI 2nd generation A unit completely coverted from a Burlington scheme to WP with all the redone hand rails, window shades and roof detail including and new P & D pilot and nose door. Hope you like?

Here’s a sample of my On3 too.


airbrush train

airbrush train

airbrush model trains

airbrush model trains

airbrush model trains

airbrush model trains

model railroad bridge

model railroad bridge

model railroad bridge

Wow! Would love to see more of Peter’s work – really impressed with the airbrush model trains pics.

I was curious about the ‘Galloping Goose’ so I had a look on youtube and found this:

Now on to Jim, who has appeared quite a few times on the blog now, and for good reason too:

“Greetings, Al.

It’s getting hot here in the Southwest so working on my layout in my non air conditioned garage is limited to the early AM.

As with any model railroad, there is always something that could be at should be done.

At this point with mine, it’s just the little things.

But for now I thought I’d send some pics of the B&B Depot/Excursion enterprise.

Jim AZ”

model railroad

model train layout

model railroad town

model railroad town

(If you missed Jim’s last post, it’s here.)

A big thanks to Peter for showing us his airbrush model trains and to Jim too.

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming because it’s getting very quiet again this end.

And if today is the day you peel yourself off your chair, roll your sleeves up and start laying track, the Beginner’s Guide is here.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

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

26 Responses to Airbrush model trains

  1. NJ Mark says:

    Absolutely beautiful work! You are truly talented. Thanks for the inspiration. Cheers NJ Mark

  2. Bruce says:

    Porter, your work on the engines is an absolute inspiration. Please post more of your work and layout plan. Thanks
    Bruce in SC USA

  3. Jim says:

    Wow!!! What great talent. Love the weathered gondola too.

    Jim AZ

  4. Don J says:

    I agree with the other people who praised you.

    BUT did they notice the sexy engineer on Engine # 50?
    I did . A good thing to see if people notice things on your layout.

  5. Thomas Murphy says:

    Well done Peter! You can surprise us any time with your creative genious, thank you so much for sharing your talent.
    Regards, Tom (USA).

  6. Howard Schultz says:

    Absolutely beautiful careful work

  7. Warren Ferguson says:

    Beautiful work, Peter! Can you send in a video of you doing the re-sprays? I would very much like to see a master at work. Keep up the wonderful work!

  8. Paul Selwyn Otway says:

    looks nicely well done.

  9. Steve Lindhurst says:

    I liked the girl best

  10. Ian McDonald says:

    very nice spray work so precise. the waterfall, the fly fisherman and the man on the tyre so realistic. good video on the galloping goose.

  11. Thank you very much, Tom, Mark, Al, Bruce and those of you who didn’t leave your names. Very much appreciated ! I will certainly have my GF video a paint job for you as I do take special care with prototypical engines and rolling stock etc. Right now I’m learning how to make O scale #6 switches which is a task because I like to put tie plates and spikes on every tie. The fast track videos help a lot, so kudos to those folks. I assure you I’m noticing everything Al sends along of everyone’s work as we all learn from each other, even though I’ve been in the hobby for many years like the rest of you, it never ends picking up on any technics. I’m sending some more paint jobs for Al to post and the gentleman who observed the sexy engineer…I have a surprise for you. Take care, Peter

  12. Stephen Halcrow says:

    Absolutely superb, Peter! I have never seen such a perfect paint job on a model locomotive. Far better than makers’ factory job.

    Steve from Down Under

  13. Michael R. McCabe says:

    Galloping Goose is a real hoot! What great work! Enjoyed all of it.

  14. Peter Theodore says:

    Hey Steve from down under…cheers my good man! I wish they were as good as the factory jobs. Those are impeccable with less paint, I wonder how they do it? You know, the process the Koreans have. Anyway, happy modeling to all.

  15. David says:

    Super’b. Like the green 676 and the way you put that rust streak in the bottom right corner looks so realistic.

  16. Gene Pinson says:

    I absolutely love the female engineer . Very difficult to NOT notice!

  17. JW Snyder says:

    Excellent work! It is nice to see “Ol’ Wobbly” (WP) in models !

  18. Howard Espin says:

    Great work. I would be very interested in how he prepares the brass for painting and what kind of paint is used as I have several old brass steam engines/tenders I would like to paint, but so far have not found any prep directions on line or how to separate bodies, etc for painting. If anybody out there can help it would be greatly appreciated. My email is Please put “Painting Brass” in subject line so I can spot the emails in case they wind up in spam. Thanks.

  19. Gary M from Long Island says:

    Love your pics Pete…….especially the woman engineer

  20. Absolutely marvelous…..great talent… just an observation, perhaps adding some distress to the gondola car…. using a soldering iron to create “dents” to the top edges or slight bulging sides… not a criticism, youur talent is obvious…. just suggestions…. awesome engineer on #50
    Richard, Oklahoma.

  21. Brian Rockey says:

    Hi Peter
    Wonderful airbrush work.
    I am still struggling a little with airbrushing using acrylics only. I use Vallejo paints mostly. My main problem for me I think is mixing the paint to the right consistency. The standard Vallejo clogs the airbrush quite quickly, although their ‘air’ paints seem better. I have tried using their products which improve flow and thin the paint, but I’m still not getting the mix right. Maybe a tutorial video from you might help if you could find the time???
    Regards to all.
    Brian, Wokingham

  22. KenG says:

    Beautiful airbrush work – Just amazing!

    The Galloping Goose (Geese since there were many) were used on narrow gauge lines for track maintenance crews and other work and there were several variations.

    The is one near me, in Southern California at Knott’s Berry Farm who operate a narrow gauge line with original historical equipment from the Rio Grande railroad.

  23. Mark T. Pianka says:

    Great work a job well done!

  24. Will in NM says:

    Peter: Absolutely beautiful airbrush work! Are the brass F units O scale too? Your On3 layout / diorama also looks top notch. If you haven’t applied for NMRA Master Model Railroader status, I think you should. You obviously have the skills to master anything you set your mind to. Also, I love your sense of humor with the lovely female engineer. I might have to “borrow” that idea from you for my HO railroad. 🙂

    Al: Thanks for the Galloping Goose video. I’ve been aware of them as models for a long time, but that’s the first time I’ve seen the prototype in action. They do look a bit high-centered like they might tip over if they go around a sharp curve too fast.

  25. Erick says:

    Looks awesome.!!!!!!

  26. Benny Rosario says:

    It looks great, we need more projects like this one it’s something that not to many people do so if we saw more people doing it maybe more people would get involved, again great job thank you.

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