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    • July 19, 2018 5:44 PM EDT
    • I like it , nice work Daniel . The rusty running boards and overall grime look very realistic.

    • July 19, 2018 5:15 AM EDT
    • Looks real nice.

      In order to get even weathering on the running gear, I set my engine on a wood block and powered her up. With the drive wheels turning at a slow to moderate speed while I slowly added layer after layer of grime, I didn't get the "shadow" lines on the drivers. You know, those areas of no weathering on the driver because a rod was between the driver and the airbrush.

    • July 18, 2018 8:38 PM EDT
    • I'll give it a try...

    • July 18, 2018 7:52 PM EDT
    • Me too ....Dan if you want to work the weathering like mother nature does wet down some 1000 grit (for starters) sand paper and work/drag from the top too the bottom just like mother nature does. 

    • July 18, 2018 7:31 PM EDT
    •    I'm liking it Dan.

    • July 18, 2018 6:24 PM EDT
    • Experimenting with my new airbrush and weathering. I'm using my 0-6-0 which is going to be the neglected work horse for my freight cars.




    • July 10, 2018 12:22 PM EDT
    • For a variety of hoses, fabric stores carry 'Piping' It comes in a variety of diameters and weaves. I found some that looked like hoses more than laces...

      In bulk off a spool can be less expensive too.

    • July 10, 2018 10:52 AM EDT
    • Thanks Sean. Great tips! Solder... I love it...

    • July 10, 2018 10:10 AM EDT
    • The suction hose , use some white shoe lace , over a #12 grounding wire , slightly bent to show sagging , then soak it in Tee.

      The smaller hoses , some use solder, painted .

    • July 6, 2018 10:43 PM EDT
    • Thanks guys for the pics. I'm enjoying those added details: storage, chains, hoses, oil and other liquid containers, tool boxes, etc. I'll have to see if I can pull some of that stuff together.




    • July 6, 2018 10:02 PM EDT
    • Jim,

      What your doing is looking really good, don't see why you were looking for input.


      Anyway I tried to find a picture of my old #7 but came up empty (in the Freight Sheds) so went out and snapped a couple.

      It is a 2 truck and I don't use it much anymore because it is still track power,  hmmm, gotta change that.


      Maybe you can see something here you might want to try.



    • July 6, 2018 9:03 PM EDT
    • Good stuff Jim.....Now wet down some 600 grit sandpaper and drag it from the top to the bottom over that white lettering and numbers....If you are scared then start with 1500 but it must be wet not dry.

      I model Amtrak but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night


    • July 6, 2018 7:16 PM EDT
    • Rick, Scott: those are fantastic looking Shays. Thanks for sharing those.


      Here's where I've gotten so far, overview:



      Closer in:



    • July 6, 2018 4:52 PM EDT
    • Scott,

      I think it looks perfect!

    • July 6, 2018 4:25 PM EDT
    •     Way to go Scott! The antlers aren't convincing and the weathering on the yellow looks more like smudges, but other than that I think it's perfection...I got you bookmarked and it's the background on my computer now!! Any more pictures?


    • July 6, 2018 3:10 PM EDT
    • Scott Johnson said:

      2 truck shay

      two truck shay with details


      Corrected the url so everyone can see it.

    • July 6, 2018 10:39 AM EDT
    • 2 truck shay

      two truck shay with details

    • July 6, 2018 9:47 AM EDT
    • Some suggestions:

      Water pump and canvas hoses for pulling water from streams.  Both for filling the boiler and putting out fires

      Tool boxes

      Re-rail frogs

      misc. timbers for helping re-rail

      oil cans (the kind used to oil around the engine) and where ever they set - an oil puddle

      pair of heavy leather gloves laying around the cab.



    • July 5, 2018 7:06 PM EDT
    • Jim, 

      Here is a shot of my sorta scratch built 3 trucker #9 working the mill turn on Dick Smith's Port Orford Coast line a couple years ago. Maybe it will give you some ideas on what not to do.


      You mentioned you sprayed it flat black, most of the flat colors I have seen and used have a tendency to mar very easily when rubbed or lightly scratched, and if your going to use water slides they will not work well on flat paint. If your going to use water slides you need a coat of Crystal Clear for them to set well, and do the whole area not just a section or the difference will show when all done.  After decals and some base weathering give everything a coat of Matte UV resistant spray.


      On this I used Satin Black and clear sprays as mentioned above.  Most of the rust and wear areas were put on using Acrylics, and the final dirt and grime was done with artist oil colors and terp thinner.  I don't try for a "dust" covering anymore because I have never found one I could apply to my satisfaction. 



    • July 5, 2018 2:08 PM EDT
    • Oooh, I'd love it if people would "hijack" this topic and show me their detailed and/or weathered Shays.