The Weathering Depot

 

Welcome to the new page on the website to showcase HO scale models weathered by myself to be offered on EBay, or on this site to fellow modelers. My items for sale will be noted as such here on this page, and can be purchased by contacting me on EBay at StepheCampbel82. The first car completed was recently purchased by a good friend in Ohio! Photos here:

 

 

 

Another car completed!

Here is an Accurail PRR 50′ boxcar, type X58B. There are four types of weathering medium on this car, which took two weeks to complete. Complete except for semi-scale wheels which are on the way. Be sure to enlarge the photos to see all the grime and rust detail! This car is now available for sale for $45.00 plus shipping to lower 48 US only please!

 

 

 

Next Up!

My next project is this Intermountain Landmark covered grain hopper. Photos when finished with this one! Btw, on all my cars, I always, unless they come with fine running and looking metal wheels, replace the wheels with semi-scale wheels. I also , unless the car already has Kadee couplers, replace the couplers as well…

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Finished product!

One week to completion. Two layers of dirt wash on this guy. Rusted couplers and brake wheel. Rust spots and grime, plus dirt splatter on ends, bottom sill, and under body, rust texture on areas of car, especially logos. Semi-scale wheels added. Car is for sale for $65.00 plus shipping to lower 48 US only please via Paypal.

 

 

 

Another project complete!

Here’s my next project just completed, my Athearn Genesis PC GP-9. This loco started out with only very light weathering, mainly rust on the roof. I reworked the rust on the roof and cab sun shades, rusted the couplers, the exhaust stacks, and car body vents. Applied a black wash to the large PC’s on both sides to highlight the car body doors. Sprayed a dirt mix over the underbody and bottom sill. Applied dirt colored powder over the entire car body ala PC locos. Last photo shows how the loco started out. Locomotive not for sale.

 

 

 

A “beep” is done…

Here is the next finished model, an Athearn Genesis PC GP-9B. A week to completion as well on this one. Two layers of grime on this guy, including a dusting of dirt brown pan pastels as the top layer. Sprayed a grime mixture with mud splatter on the trucks, bottom frame, and underbody, plus bottom of pilots. I only need to add the ACI panels to the sides, and this one is ready to run at the next train show! Locomotive not for sale.

 

 

 

Next up!

This car is almost finished. Just awaiting decals to finish the roadname and number. Whitewash on car to fade paint, followed by a dirt wash. Underbody,  semi-scale wheels and trucks painted. Kadee couplers installed and rusted. Roof completely rusted with special rust texture. Rust spots on body. Patched areas for COTS stencils applied plus new roadname and number for shortline ALM. This car will possibly be listed for sale at a later date  Last photo is how the car started….

 

 

 

The Finished project!

Here are several photos of the finished ex-Galveston Wharves car, now ALM 2354, after one last coat of dirt brown powder on the sides of the car….

 

 

 

Next Up….

Next project in the works is a ScaleTrains TILX crude oil tank car. This car was taped off to create patched areas, then the car was faded with a charcoal grey using an airbrush. Wheels were painted and weathered. Safety striping from SmokeBox Graphics were added next. Today I added the appropriate placards. Only job left on this one is to purchase some blue paint to do the bearing caps, and this one is done! Photos of the completed car with painted bearing caps soon. For now, here is the current car. Update: this one is complete after painting the bearing caps and adding some rust to the car sides. This car is now for sale in original box for $65.00 plus shipping to lower 48 US only via PayPal! Buy both these cars for $100.00 plus shipping!

 

 

 

Another project complete….

Here is my latest project which I just completed. This one is an HO Scale Accurail PRR 50′ X58C boxcar, patched as PC 164370. The car was faded, then the PRR markings were patched with jade green paint. COTS stencils and new lettering applied, as well as BLMA ACI plates. Then the car was given a light dirt covering, while the underside, trucks, and couplers were weathered. A light rust texture was applied to the roof, along with some rust powder. The car doors were painted jade green and weathered. Finally, semi-scale wheels were added. Overall very pleased with this one!

 

 

 


Another locomotive hits the rails! Sold!

This time up I have an Atlas PC C425, just completed and sold to a friend. This one has faded paint, road grime, fuel, oil, and grease stains, ACI panels added, exhaust soot on roof, and rusted couplers. Three weeks on this project…


HO scale Accurail hopper

This is the first of a series of covered hoppers that will be weathered and offered for sale. This car is an Accurail HO scale GM&O covered hopper. This car has the trucks and wheels painted and weathered, the couplers and brake wheel rusted. Car also has ACI and COTS stencils added. The car was weathered with acrylics, oils, and pan pastels. Car is now for sale for $65.00 to lower 48 US only please via PayPal…

 

 

 

Another hopper completed! 

So here I have another of the hopper series completed. This one is an Intermountain HO scale Lincoln Grain hopper. Two coats of weathering went on this car, including airbrushing, oils, and pan pastels. The underside has been painted and weathered, the couplers and brake wheel rusted, some rust spots applied, new semi-scale 36″ wheels installed. Car also for sale in original box for $65.00 to lower 48 US only please via PayPal…

 

 

 

HO scale Walther’s Mainline boxcar: For Sale….

Here I have my latest project just completed, a Walther’s Detroit and Mackinac 50′ ft boxcar. This car has been done with acrylics and pan pastels. Coat of dirt applied to the entire car, then roof weathered. Couplers and brake wheel rusted. Under body painted and weathered. Trucks and wheels painted. New semi-scale wheels applied. Price for this car: 35.00 for the car, 30.00 for time and materials. Buyer pays the shipping to lower 48 of US or Canada only please! Car no longer available…

 

 

 

Just a quick note here: with the exception of the PC C425 locomotive, all the photos here will soon be replaced with photos of these finished cars on my layout….!

HO scale B&O coal hopper: For Sale….

Here I have an Atlas I believe B&O coal hopper with coal load. Car has been weathered with fresh paint patches as well to cover repairs. New semi-scale wheels and Kadee couplers installed as well as ACI panels. Price of this car: 25.00, 20.00 for time and materials. Buyer pays the shipping to lower 48 of US or Canada only please!

 

 

 

 

More projects recently completed!

Here are some recently completed projects. Several of these are excellent detailed Tangent cars. All of these were done with acrylic paints and an airbrush. There was a bit of pan pastels also used on the interior of the gondola. None of these are currently for sale…

 

 

 

For Sale!

This previous weathering project is currently for sale on my EBay account listed at the top of this page. This is a NYC geep by Athearn, part of their Genesis series, with sound and DCC. This locomotive has only been ran three times. It is lightly weathered with pan pastels and a tiny bit of oil paints. Available to ship to lower 48 in the United States only please. In original box. Cost is $185.00 USD plus shipping…

 

SOLD!

 

Notes on Weathering….

I thought I would post this to give a little bit of an insight on my weathering mediums, and perhaps a few tips. Also how I got into weathering to begin with.

I guess it helps to be a railfan for decades, observing what the prototype looks like, and from working on the prototype and seeing cars and locomotives up close. It also helps to take slides or photos of the prototype to use as reference. There are also great websites for prototype photos of both rolling stock and locomotives such as http://www.rrpicturearchives.net, which is a resource I tend to use. Whatever the source, it’s good to have a reference photo on hand of the car you’re replicating, or a similar car.

As far as weathering mediums, I tend to concentrate on only a few now. I’ve tried quite a few mediums, including watercolor pencils, but never got good results in earlier weathering projects. They may work for others, but not for me. I used to use chalks long ago as well, until I found Bragdon powders, which I still use occasionally. They have, along with powders by AIM, have a self-adhesive quality. The more you rub these on, the more they stick. I really only use these powders now on couplers for a rusted effect, and this sometimes on top of a rust colored wash.

I discovered the medium of pan pastels right when they first came out, tried them, and love them. They have a quality all their own. They go on easy, cover well, and are easy to work with. Just be careful with their use, as they are so fine, they’ll go everywhere, so have some newspaper down under your project!

The two mediums I mainly use the majority of the time now are acrylic paints, and water based oils. Why water based? Being water based, they’re more forgiving if you do make a boo-boo. They’re also easy to work with as well. You do however have to dull coat each layer of weathering you apply. Another advantage of acrylics? They’re inexpensive, plus they, along with oils, are available at any craft store. One other advantage is the wide range of colors.

For sealing everything, I used to use dullcoat liquid by Testors.  This product though you really have to use carefully, as imo, too heavy a coat can ruin a model. Dullcoat in a rattle can is really not the way to go. The medium I love to use now instead is matte varnish by Vallejo. This product is a milky, thicker product that thinned with water goes on very smooth and even.

Btw, all of my weathering is done with an airbrush, or at least the base coats. I then apply as many coats and mediums as needed to get the desired look. I started out only using powders applied with sponges and brushes, but nothing beats having an airbrush. Best investment I ever made. However, shop around for the equipment you need. I first purchased a full set including a spray booth, airbrush, and compressor at a discounted price. The airbrush and compressor both however turned out to be inadequate for the job. I pretty much immediately had to purchase a better quality airbrush and larger compressor to get the job done. Another important piece of equipment to invest in is a commercial grade respirator. Whatever paints and sealants you use, be sure to protect those lungs!

Finally, I use two more mediums which for now I’ll keep a secret. Last but not least, accurate, prototypical weathering takes time, an eye for detail, and patience. I’m not a believer in weathering in a day….

 

Next Up….

Here is the project I just started on the workbench. I have about 9 of these Bowser 100 ton hoppers, lettered both for PC, and PRR. I just started to apply a dirt brown to the sides and ends of three cars with my airbrush.
I’ll finish the sides and ends on all the cars, probably applying some road grime as well along the bottom sills, paint the undersides, then rust the interiors. I’m currently awaiting delivery on several new rust mediums I haven’t tried as yet.
When all is done, I’ll pick up some more removable coal loads. In the photos below you’ll see what the cars look like straight out of the box, and the three after a dirt overspray…

More photos when these are completed. Below are five completed hoppers so far:

Four more hoppers to finish. Three of these have excellent coal loads by Motrak:

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A dirty SP car is finished!

This car is an ExactRail SP boxcar that I had weathered previously with oils and acrylic paint applied with an airbrush. In my previous weathering, I had basically covered up the loading data and COTS stencils, so I decided to patch these areas, and re-add these with Microscale decals. I also added a rust texture to the couplers, and added a bit darker rust patches to the roof, plus added a bit more “dusty” spray to the car ends. Here is the car in progress and the finished car:

 

The TILX car almost finished…..!

Here is the companion to the other Scale Trains tank car posted above. This car was faded first with an airbrush. I then streaked pan pastels down the side with a stiff brush after applying safety stripes by Smokebox Graphics. The wheels and trucks were painted. Btw, new 36”semi-scale wheels were included. Couplers were rusted. I only have to apply patches on the right sides of the car for new “billboard “ I call it data info, finally, paint the bearing caps blue, then seal the car. This car has the original box, and will be for sale for $65.00 plus shipping.

Car is now finished here and for sale for the above amount:

 

Patched ex-CB&Q hopper completed and for sale!

This car is an Accurail car I believe, with two layers of weathering on the car. As with every car, I change out the couplers to Kadee couplers, and usually change the wheels to semi-scale wheels. Patched for BN. Also with every car, I paint the wheels, trucks, and underside. This car took two weeks to complete. As with the other cars, this one will be offered on EBay for $65.00 plus shipping to lower 48 US only via PayPal.

 

A Rust Bucket has been created…

Here is the most recent project. This car is a Walther’s Mainline car. Quite a decent car. I’m still working on this one, but so far, the underside is painted, couplers rusted, and the trucks painted. I’ve applied a special rust texture to the roof and car side that when dry has the look and feel of actual rust. The car is being patched for AGR #6346, and is being done from three prototype photos. Decals and visibility stripes are from Smokebox Graphics. Below is the car right out of the box, and the car today:

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