This page last updated: December 21, 2012 as of Mar 2016
HO locomotive and car weathering
I actually do not do much weathering. Blackened Exhaust residue on the roof is my normal extent. Maybe some rust-dirt on the wheels and fuel tank. Some things demand further attention. BNSF 555 presented itself as a weathered locomotive and I duplicated the effects.
oops, the sun screen has broken off.
- I would like to see the old Coca Cola ads on boxcars, Roger Dean art, YES .. Pink Floyd album covers, I do not like fish either.
- I print pictures of animals, anime, cosplay, girls, etc... and glue them to the cars.
- Weathering: it helps to view images of real weathered locomotives and cars to get an idea of where the dirt goes and what rust looks like.
- Internet railroad image sites
- Weathering Instructions
- Slop on some light color and wipe most off
- Slop on some wash and let it dry into the crevices
- blob some brown rust and let dry into contoured spots
- Slop on rust or grime and wipe most off
- just remember to clear coat with matte
- Loads for cars ... other than those already somewhere else
- Lumber loads
- Algoma Central in HO Scale blog has a Lumber Loads page that describes how to make the wood blocks and wrap them with the printed sheets you make from the pdf files he has. Lumber loads
- I did not have his tool set so bought 1/2" square dowels and used them at various lengths. All those days in the hospital making paper cranes laying next to those two kids helped a lot in making these loads.
- Additional details
- Wheel Insection Dots. These marks began appearing in March 1978 when a type of wheel was found to be defective, and all cars were reqired to be inspected. Cars without the banned wheels received a black square with yellow dots; cars with the wheels received a white dot, and these wheels had to be replaced bu December 1978. Cars built or repained in 1979 and later won't have this mark.
- ACL labels : Color bar codes started and ended during the 1970's.
- Consolidated Stencils : different types of boxes. The 3 box type : 2 above and 1 full beneath is the modern standard one.
- Reflective tape started in 2K and was required by 2015 on all railroad items (cars and locomotives) except passenger cars.
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