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All Aboard! A Comprehensive Introduction To Model Trains


your have a box car is made of plastic that is per-colored and not
painted you're going to need to pain the inside of the car as well to
prevent light from seeping in through the thin plastic and creating
a “glow” effect.
If the mode train you've purchased is one of the more expensive types
it will probably come painted and look all nice and shiny. While this
does look neat, it isn't realistic and you may want to eliminate the
shine. The best way to remove the “new train shine” is to apply a dull
cleaner coat to the model.
Buildings and Other Objects
It would look pretty silly to have a weathered train going around
the track in a pristine, utopian looking city. If you're going to
weather your train, you're going to want to do the same for the rest
of your display. This also includes scenery such as mountains, trees,
and other natural objects as well.
Weathering buildings and cars can take a bit of work but isn't too
hard. There are techniques to make buildings appear weathered
that involve using two separate coats of paint which work
incredibly well. Also, rust can be applied to “metal” objects either
using a rust colored paint or actual real rust which can be
obtained from allowing steel wool to sit in household vinegar for
about a week.
Start With Cleaning
Before you get started on your weathering, make sure you
thoroughly clean the object you're going to weather first. Dust,
fingerprints, grease and other substances can interfere with the
weathering process. This is because weathering techniques require
very precise applications of paint and sometimes other chemicals,
and unwanted substances can cause negative effects.
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