222 Tips for Building Model Railroad Structures (Model by Dave Frary

By Dave Frary

Specialist advice and strategies for development plastic, wooden, plaster, paper, and steel buildings. comprises roofing, portray, weathering, and detailing info.

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When all but the last traces of paint have been removed and the brush is "dry," stroke it lightly across the surface of the model, using vertical strokes. Touch the brush to the surface only on the down strokes, so that you deposit paint only on the top edges of raised detail, highlighting them. As the paint disappears from the bristles you'll have to scrub harder and harder to deposit paint on the model. It's easy to go too far with dry-brushing, so stop before you think you should. You can build up heavier applications of paint to make streaks of bird droppings, rust, soot, or cargo, but until you become comfortable with the technique it's best to quit while you're ahead.

DR. WESOLOWSKI'S WEATHERING GOOP 60 drops brown shoe dye 2 oz. Denatured alcohol ALL-PURPOSE WEATHERED 1 part WOOD STAIN Brown Stain 2 parts Black Stain The September 1977 issue of Railroad Model Craftsman included an article by well-known modeler Wayne Wesolowski on his all-purpose weathering toner. The toner consists of one part black leather dye thinned with 15 to 20 parts isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol. Wayne says to use the cheap rubbing alcohol (70%), or to add water to the more-expensive kind (91%) so it's about the same.

Color the trim the same way by brushing individugrain. boards with contrasting chalk. Paint parts to match the trim. al all plastic To seal the powder into the wood, spray the parts with a clear flat finish I've used Testor's Dullcote, Pactra Clear Flat, and Floquil Flat Finish, all of — them work fine. The fixative leaves a little shine, so it dries dust the walls with some of the leftover powdered chalk to get back to the realistic dead-flat look of weathered (but intact) paint. after DEADENING A COLOR AFTER THE FACT — for — USING HARDWARE-STORE PAINTS ON YOUR STRUCTURES Don't be afraid to try painting your structures using flat paints sold in spray cans in hardware stores.

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