Sheep blokes weathering.

NHY 581

Western Thunderer
Morning all..

I thought I would, from time to time, post some images of weathering.

I generally use just Humbrol weathering powders, sealed with Humbrol acrylic powders when done. The only paint that is used is the Humbrol Dark Earth aerosol sprayed on the underframes of some of tge wagons and the underframes of the coaching stock.

The locos are reliant on simply the powders and varnish.

I also yse the same colours for building, vehicles and track. I feel that this gives a uniform look to the layout.

First up are a selection of images of a Bachmann 3F. Pretty much stock aside from crew and coal.

I hope you like.


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NHY 581

Western Thunderer

The subject is a standard Hornby Maunsell brake coach.

The sides were masked then the bogies and underframe were sprayed with Humbrol acrylic Dark earth from a rattly can. A light dusting was also given to the lower third of the ends as well..

The roof was sprayed with matt acrylic varnish, again rattly can.

I then played about with Humbrol weathering powders. Black was applied to battery boxes and uderframe detail with highlighting using white.

Roof was coloured using black applied first around ventilators, rainstrips and water pipes to provide a bit of shading. Then smoke was applied over the whole roof with a bit of highlighting with white. A light dusting of dark earth also went on.

Pretty much the same for the ends really..

All was then sealed with a light dusting of matt acrylic varnish. Too much, it all gets too wet and you lose the colurs that you've spent so long applying......this I know....

The masking is removed and the sides are polished using Autoglym resin polish. A little at a time using a cotton bud.

And that is that really.....

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Western Thunderer
Warm and subtle, Rob. Nice.

Luv too the patina of cast iron. Most effective.

I’ve often thought of mimicking the effect with a mixture of acetone (that pear drop smelling glue that plastic modellers use) mixed with say Humbrol modelling filler, but thought it might be a little too coarse for little ol’ 4mm scale. Your method seems just right.

Thanks for sharing and best of British for your forthcoming exhibition. Looking forward to seeing a short vid of the layout if you have the time. Just a shame I’m so far away.



Yorkshire Dave

Western Thunderer
A rebuilt Maunsell brake coach.

Is it? Looks like an ex-LSW carriage rebuilt by Maunsell. :)

All this 4mm RTR Southern stuff has come out 35 years too late......:oops:. I had to make do with the old Graham Farish corridor coaches based on Maunsell 8'6'' Eastern section Thanet stock. Even to the point of converting the full third to a seven compartment composite (four 1st, three 3rd) by removing a compartment and inserting extra panels to make up the 1st compartment width.


Western Thunderer
I've said it elsewhere Rob, your subtle weathering gets better and better and well worth the effort to enhance your stock.