Friday, 28 March 2008

The colour of rust...

What colour is rust?

It's a difficult one to answer - there's 'rust' coloured paint but I'm not sure that rust is that colour. I think the truth is that rust is all sorts of colours, from dull, dark browns to vivid bright oranges.

Rust is hard to convincingly portray. Many modellers get it wrong or not quite right. This can spoil the overall effect of a model. Subtlety seems to be the key to achieving the right result. But how is this best achieved?

I'm currently thinking about the colour of rails. Even when new, rails are rusty -

That's a view of a reasonably complex junction being assembled at a factory in Scunthorpe - not been used but definitely rusty! When in use, of course, the running railheads will be polished from wheels passing over them.

The relevance of all this is that I'm trying to work out the best approach to the rust issue for Botanic Gardens. We've decided on a winter setting for the layout (but not one featuring three foot of snow or Christmas trees!). So the colour will have to be suitably subdued in order to look 'right'. It's not an easy one to get succeed with either... Once I've made progress I'll be adding details here

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