Weathered Freight cars

Jim’s been back in touch with his weathered freight cars (he’s sent in quite a few videos and pics – here’s one you’ll probably remember).

“Greetings, Al.

I’m still weathering freight cars but it’s heating up here in the desert and so is my garage. So it’s time to scale back.

This video highlights a flat car converted to a wheel carrier using I beams and plastic bolsters from shade brackets and cafe tables with the legs cut off for anchoring bolts. And of course, old plastic wheel sets, painted and weathered with powders.

The cars were weathered with dull cote, layers of powders, light washes of white paint and more powders.

Hope you all enjoy and looking forward to more of your posts.

Jim AZ”



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A huge thanks to Jim – his videos really are stunning stuff, just like his weathered freight cars.

That’s all for today, folks.

Please do keep ’em coming. And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide is here, if you want to get going on your own masterpiece.

Best

Al

21 responses to “Weathered Freight cars”

  1. Robert Brady says:

    Great photog wish u panned out and made it longer,Captured my attention.Great layout from what I could see!

  2. Cary B says:

    Very nice looking weathered cars, Loved the video

    Cary B

  3. Frank Cortese says:

    I like the realistic touch . You did a great job! Just wondering, why aren’t weathered cars available from the manufacturers???
    Frank, Florida near Micky Mouse.

  4. Webster Morton says:

    They look like real ones, the car with the wheels is very real.
    Web

  5. This is the best weathering I have seen. Thanks for sharing it with us. I’d like a more detailed description of exactly how you did it.

  6. Warren Ferguson says:

    Really fine work! Could you do a demo of how you do it? Thank you for sharing.

  7. Tom says:

    The weathering is great!

  8. steve joyce says:

    I have to concur. Great job but would like a video on how you did it. I model tanks so I have skill there but it is twice as big and one can easlily “over weather”

  9. Kevin McArdle says:

    Makes all the difference in the world, takes the cars from toys to craftsman models. Beautiful work. Get an air conditioner for the garage.

  10. christine says:

    That was cool, looked very real.

  11. Thomas Murphy says:

    Now this really got me thinking ~ what have I missed with my weathering project?

  12. Peter Evangel says:

    Very very nice. Your work rivals the things on seen at the weatheringshop!!!! Love the old rust looking stuff. Makes it real. OK, now for your next video. A “how to”!!!! Would love to know how you do it.

    Pete
    Sunny Silicon Valley.

  13. tom in az says:

    Well Jim great work! I don`t know where in AZ you are but today in Phx. temp will be 107. I left valley to live in Payson. Still warm but not as bad. Love your layout. I have two a large N scale and a HO that goes in 2 buildings via a glass bridge.I wish I could weather as well as you, great job. Tom in Payson AZ

  14. Arthur Rago says:

    Great job! How about doing a couple of “live” demo’s actually creating the weathering?

  15. James Groseclose says:

    Great job !! Look really good !! Now for some graffiti

  16. dave says:

    Very nice done vid and the cars Yes get AC out there !!

  17. Cary Price says:

    Hey Jim, some of the best weathering I’ve seen, especially love the mix of both new and old cars, very realistic. Wish I could get results like that but much of my weathering always seems to be overdone and looks like a bad paint job. Kudos on mastering the technique! Cary in KY

  18. Steven Schaeffer says:

    Weathered Freight Cars video was fantastic. The music towards the end was wonderful, but credit should be given to the band or musician!

    “Doc” Schaeffer

  19. Ian McDonald says:

    great video very good weathering. thanks for sharing.

  20. Bill Roberts says:

    I thought it was a full size train until I saw the bolt heads on the sides of the table. Simply the best I have ever seen. I thought that nothing rusts in Arizona!

  21. Jim says:

    Thank you all so much for your gracious comments and questions. Weathering is a much like trial and error process. And how heavy or light you want the cars to look. Your time period for your layout is key. So some cars can actually look relatively new. Photos of the cars you want to weather helps too.

    Perhaps a video of my process is in the future and down the line.

    Again, great thanks for comments.

    Jim AZ

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