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detailing track?
Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, November 16, 2003 7:02 PM
Hi,
My first post on this site! I am currently working on a small HO bookshelf railroad in my apt. I am currently at the point of detailing the track (code 83 atlas) I am wondering want colors some of you have used to acheive a nice weathered rusted look?

I have layed my track in place and sprayed it with Floquil railroad tie brown and high-lighting the ties with an earth color. The rails, I am using a red zinc color from Polly Scale and toning it down with some grimey black.

Let me hear some of your input and suggestions!
Mark
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, November 16, 2003 7:15 PM
do a web search for "Micro Layout Design Gallery" this guy has gathered many many folks that are seriously into small layouts. I've found it very inspirational as in addition to the CHurch railroad ministry project I'm working on I've started a 1X3 foot ho switching inglenook setup.

For me I have been doing some acrillac paints on the ties and then inkwashing them with a dark wash (watered down india ink) I figure the more grimy it looks in the end the better. I've yet to do anything to the rails though. I guess even a small goof could be bright boy erased from the rails.
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, November 17, 2003 1:33 PM
i wnat to detail my track to but when u say one goof and bright boy erased from the rails wht do u mean speak in english!!!!!!!!!
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, November 17, 2003 3:00 PM
Cody...

A Bright Boy is an abrasive block like an eraser that can be used to clean paint or dirt off the railhead.

A different approach is to oil the track first using a bit of light oil on a rag. The paint will not stick to the oil, and then you can wipe off the rails after you are done painting or ballasting. Bright Boy erasers can leave scratches on the rail that may make the dirt build up quicker.

There are no silly questions here, so it is not really necessary to shout "speak in english!!!!"...

Andrew

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