Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Newly weathered and a video

Taking advantage of the still mild Chicago winter, I was able to weather all three sections of new structure.

My weathering is about as basic as you can get: All the structure is painted with Rustoleum Automotive Gray Primer out of rattle cans. Once dry, I slop on a mix of water and black craft paint over everything. Once dry, I dab on some Burnt Umber acrylic paint using a foam brush to simulate rust. I let that sit for about 5 minutes and come back over this with the mix of water and black paint. This will wash away most of the burnt umber but enough will stick.

I have an airbrush, but too much work to set up then clean. Plus, the insides of the structure are hard to reach with an airbrush.

I haven't gone back and added any weathering with powders...but I might. I prefer a well worn look to my structure.

Shooting some hoops in the hood:

And finally, a new video I took showing the whole layout:

I've got some older videos on my YouTube channel, to which there is a link on the upper right hand corner.


  1. Outstanding! Beautiful work your doing there. That is going to be a one in a million layout when thats done.
    Thanks for the fun!

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  3. This is great. Seeing this traction layout makes me love traction more than ever. Traction model railroading is so interesting with so many different types of railroads, trolleys, interurbans and heavy electrics. I often wondered why the majority of railfans and modellers find steam and diesel railroading far more interesting. I think it's unfortunate that traction is in the minority when it comes to popularity.