Weathering a Diesel Locomotive

WEATHERING A DIESEL LOCOMOTIVE

One way for your model train layout to look more realistic is by weathering your models. Weathering gives your models a prototypical, “lived in” look that you do not get with models out of the box. This helps set your model train layout apart from layouts that others have. With this month’s report, you will discover techniques to weathering your model train locomotives.

The techniques you will learn here include an airbrush technique for fading the locomotive paint, learning how to apply rust spots and streaks, and making it look as if the engine has suffered from a blown turbo and sprayed oil all over the place.

In an earlier report you learned to weather model train cars. If you read that report on weathering model train cars and have tried it yourself, you’ll find a few similar techniques here. The main things that are different is the airbrush technique and the oil splotches. When you are done, you’ll have a realistic- looking, weathered model train engine with faded paint, rust streaks, and oil splotches. Your model locomotive will be unlike anyone else’s model, and you’ll have the skills and knowledge to weather your other models in the same fashion, further setting them apart and making them your own.

You will learn various techniques for weathering your locomotive. You can make the paint look faded, you can add rust spots and streaks, you can make it look it sprayed oil everywhere, and you can make the trucks look like they’ve gone thousands of miles between washes. By weathering your locomotives in this manner, you make your fleet of models stand out from others, you give them a personal touch, and you have something no one else has. You also now have the knowledge and skill to weather the rest of your model locomotive fleet and make sure that no two train engines on your layout look the same, and make sure your models are unique to YOU!

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Robert Thomson

Robert W. Thomson is a life-long railfan, the son of a former L&N Railroad B&B gang foreman, and an amateur photographer. He was born and raised in southeast Tennessee but now lives in Butte, Montana with his wife, Connie and cat, Charlie. Robert has worked as a park ranger, underground mine tour guide, freelance roleplaying game writer, and ran his own roleplaying game publishing company until selling it in 2012.

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Robert Thomson

Robert W. Thomson is a life-long railfan, the son of a former L&N Railroad B&B gang foreman, and an amateur photographer. He was born and raised in southeast Tennessee but now lives in Butte, Montana with his wife, Connie and cat, Charlie. Robert has worked as a park ranger, underground mine tour guide, freelance roleplaying game writer, and ran his own roleplaying game publishing company until selling it in 2012.