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Hi all,


Had a free afternoon, so decided to bite the bullet and try to weather some of my RTR locos.


First attempt was a Bachmann split-chassis 4MT 2-6-0 which is a non-runner, so I wouldn't lose much if I made a complete mess of it.


Having read loads of threads on this forum, I decided to use artists watercolour paints, which have the advantage that they can be washed off with warm water if it all goes horribly wrong, so I bought a beginners set off a well known auction site.


After various experiments, I settled on using just two colours initially, Burnt Umber and Black. I found that mixing these in different quantities allowed me to produce most of the colours I would need to weather the loco, which is in BR black.


So, for a basic wash, I mixed roughly 20parts Burnt Umber to 1 part Black, without diluting it. I applied this to the loco, and let it dry, which it did very quickly. I then used Black on its own to emphasize the smoke blackened areas, and then the Burnt Umber on its own for rusty bits.


Here are the results:


First, the loco before I started:




Oops, forgot the tender!




Then after weathering:






And a close up (which looks bl**dy awful, to be honest)





After doing this, and being fairly happy with the results (at a distance), I thought I'd go for a bit more of a challenge.


I found this picture on Flickr


R1381.  43865 at Toton. 18th April,1964. by Ron Fisher, on Flickr


and as I have an old Airfix 4f (albeit it's a left hand drive, not like the one pictured) I thought I'd have a go at copying the general state of that loco.


For this, I got a bit more adventurous, and added Burnt Sienna (for bright rust) and White to my colour choice.


Here's the 4F before I attacked it:




and 4 hours later:






I built up various layers, letting each one dry in between.


Not an exact copy of the photo above, but similar in age and condition, don't you think?


As in all things, practice makes perfect, and I'm a lot happier with the 4F than I am with the 4MT.


If I keep doing this, I might be as good as some of you lot in a few hundred years.



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Hello there,


I only use Phoenix enamels, well mixed and thinned with their own brand of thinners. I mix 6 to 8 slightly different shades of one colour and have small quantites of each in a dimple palette ready to apply simultaneously.You can see some results on page one of my Flickr site (link below). I would suggest getting to grips with a technique such as this. At the very least it will give you an alternative.





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