Wednesday, 16 June 2010
Here's an interesting comparison of before and after weathering for ready-to-run items. The wagons are both of Bachmann's latest generation of short wheelbase wagons and as such need very little doing to them - in fact aside from couplings these two are exactly as they come! I bought both of these at Pecorama last Saturday so I'd have them in time to weather them so I could give them to my Dad for his birthday.
If you exclude the work required to get the vans ready for their new couplings (not fitted in the 'after' photo) then it was probably a total of half an hour for each wagon spread over a couple of 'sittings'. Obviously with more than one wagon you save time by not having to mix separate batches of weathering mixes, although it's worth just varying the mixes ever so slightly for each wagon to give a little bit of variety whilst retaining a consistent overall look.
The chassis were sprayed away from the bodies to speed up work - these were just sprayed with a dirt mix varied slightly over the two wagons. Remember to paint the wheels at the same time.
The bodies were sprayed with a dusty coloured mix and left to dry for half and hour or so (though overnight would be fine too) then the paint removed with a wide chisel brush moistened with thinners. This process isn't instant and you need to go over it a number of times with the brush before begins to look right. Use vertical stokes as any brush strokes left visible will mimic the action of rain running down the sides. I finished off using moistened cotton buds. The final things before reassembly was to coat the roof in grime.
So for an hour's work here are two wagons which are ready to go -they won't stand out from the crowd whatsoever, but that's the point. They will become part of the overall scene. I think this alone makes it a worthwhile exercise.