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Weathered Rolling Stock - Weathered by Rob

Making a little something from rather poor 3 Aitch Kits


A couple of years ago I bought a selection of plastic wagon  kit's from the GOG Executor and Trustee Service. In amongst these were a couple of unknown kits (to me at least) that I took a punt on.

They were a couple of 3 Aitch mouldings open wagon kit's. Upon receiving them and having a look it quickly became apparent that they were not up to today's kit standards and I popped them on one side while I pondered what I might do with them.

Months later I had the thought that I might add some internal detail and then distress them to turn them into condemned wagons. They scrubbed up quite nicely in the end. - Although scrubbed up may not quite fit as a description.

North of the Border


I seem to have built and weathered quite a selection of stock from North of the Border.


Taking The Plunge


Back in March (2014) I decided to take the plunge and have a go at weathering stock myself instead of relying on Chris to do it for me.

It all started with the only open wagon in my collection and the desire to see if I could paint weathered wood...

All the weathering on this page has been done using a mixture of Acrylics from Vallejo, Games Workshop, and Anitas Acrylics.

Slaters Midland/LMS Open Wagon.

Midland/LMS open Wagon - Slaters lit

Developing The Techniques


Having made a start with the Midland Open, I was keen to try different techniques and listen to constructive criticism’s from friends and fellow modellers.

The next wagon that I had a go at is another Slaters kit, this time of a Midland 8 ton covered van.

A Startling Discovery


My next victim was a Parkside LNER Plate wagon. I again went for the well used wood look inside but had to look at representing both dirt and rust around the exterior panels. It was at this point I made a discovery that changed my weathering completely.

I have known for sometime that white spirit can be used to remove enamel paints as long as they haven't been on for more than a day or so which is used quite extensive'y in weathering to drag dirt downwards to create streaks etc. that are common as rain washes dirt off in streaks as it runs down vehicles.

What I didn't know at this point was that you can do the same with acrylics - up to this point I had been using washes  and moving them while still wet using cotton buds. I keep on my work bench a jar of methylated spirit that I use for cleaning parts before metal blackening them and I am not sure what made me dip a cotton bud in to see what it did to the paint but the result was nothing short of fantastic. Even when the paint had been on for an hour or so and "dried" the meths allows it to be cut back etc.

This is the Plate wagon having used the technique described above.

No Stopping Me Now....


Having discovered the meths trick there was no stopping me!

I took advice on the colouring of the underframe dirt and toned it back a bit, but developed the paint on remove with cotton bud technique further.

The load was made from cheap "pound shop" bamboo barbeque skewers - all of 65p per pack!

Parkside LNER Bolster Wagon.

Still developing and becoming addicted - unless it's the smell of the meths?


Still working on  the back log of Parkside kits that needed weathering. The next up is a 20 ton Hopper wagon. I am surprised that the LNER was building these in the 1930's with single sided brakes.

I had the suggestion of using a "flattie" type brush to use as alternatiove to using cotton buds so I tried it to good effect on this.

I have a couple more of these to build but they are brass/whitemetal kits from the DJH/Piercy stable.

Something Slightly Different


Feeling that I had mastered "grubby" and "rusty" my next effort centred on trying to get that faded washed out look that you see sometimes on paintwork that has been left uncared for, for some considerable time.

I feel that I managed it?
This is yet another Parkside Dundas kit that I picked up 2nd hand - it still has solid unsprung buffers which I made look like they are sprung by the use of Johnsons Klear floor polish - I was lucky to buy several bottles before it was withdrawn and replaced.

It's All Been Wagons Up To Now, But I Have Taken The Plunge And Weathered A Loco.


Having concentrated my learning on weathering wagons I felt sufficiently confident by this point to have a go at weathering a loco. The only other loco that I have that is weathered is the J63 which Cris kindly did for me.

I make no apologies for the photo overload on this one as I am particularly pleased with both the loco and the weathering....

Connoisseur Models - Starter Loco Nellie finished as a fictitious LNER Loco.

A Couple of Cattle Wagons


I have a desire to model a cattle train and to that end I have been gathering and building a selection of cattle wagons. 

These are still to be finished but they are a couple of Parkside LNER Fitted Cattle Wagons - I am still working on painting a herd of cattle to fit in them....

Taking The Plunge, Revisited


Feeling more confident in having developed my techniques and skills I decided to revisit the Midland open wagon that had started my weathering journey off.