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Grain elevator' storage bin without doors

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Posted by ModelTrain on Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:29 PM

Hi guys!

I have just began weathering my grain elevator. I am using a metal brush to try to remove a little bit of paint like the paint is chipping.

What do you think? Should I continue like this or stop right now and do something else?

Thanks for your help!

Bin

Stef

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Posted by Lastspikemike on Thursday, May 6, 2021 8:53 PM

That effect looks exactly right to me.

Alyth Yard

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Posted by ModelTrain on Friday, May 7, 2021 4:05 AM

Lastspikemike

That effect looks exactly right to me.

 

Thanks.

Do you think I should add more color like rust or any other colors that could improve the elevator?

Stef

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Posted by Lastspikemike on Friday, May 7, 2021 8:19 AM

Depends how old a look you're shooting for. 

Your model is of a prototype made from galvanized sheet steel.  Rust spots with streaking down from the spot would be appropriate but only if the paint is really old. Galvanized steel tends not to rust on large areas especially if painted. The zinc galvanizing takes a long time to corrode away exposing the underlying steel to rusting.

So, there's a suggestion to use weathering pencils (Tamiya makes several packets of these for different effects but the ones I'm thinking of are actual pencils and made by AK Interactive) and these work well for spots and streaks.

The weathering chalks that come in powder form are harder to apply in small streaks which is the look you are already producing.

Best to experiment with very light rusting effects. You can always add more but removing too much weathering is less easy. 

Finally, you might wonder why these structures were painted rusty brown to begin with.......

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Posted by ModelTrain on Friday, May 7, 2021 8:57 PM

Lastspikemike

Depends how old a look you're shooting for. 

Your model is of a prototype made from galvanized sheet steel.  Rust spots with streaking down from the spot would be appropriate but only if the paint is really old. Galvanized steel tends not to rust on large areas especially if painted. The zinc galvanizing takes a long time to corrode away exposing the underlying steel to rusting.

So, there's a suggestion to use weathering pencils (Tamiya makes several packets of these for different effects but the ones I'm thinking of are actual pencils and made by AK Interactive) and these work well for spots and streaks.

The weathering chalks that come in powder form are harder to apply in small streaks which is the look you are already producing.

Best to experiment with very light rusting effects. You can always add more but removing too much weathering is less easy. 

Finally, you might wonder why these structures were painted rusty brown to begin with.......

 

Thanks for the info. In fact, I was just in the first weathering step. I wanted to know if I was in the good direction or if I should stop right now.

I have not continued to weather the grain elevator but I have just finished painting and weathering the storage shed that was included in this kit.

I added the paper decals (in fact they are not decals, they are just paper).

Here is the result.

One

Stef

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Posted by York1 on Friday, May 7, 2021 9:31 PM

Nice work, Stef.

You should post one or two of the pictures on the Weekend Photo Fun thread.  It is a nice thread each weekend with pictures from different layouts.  It ranges from beginners to masters.

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Posted by BATMAN on Friday, May 7, 2021 10:04 PM

Stef, I don't think you have anything to worry about as far as you thinking whether or not you have it right. I think you have a solid future ahead if this is your early work, good job.

 

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Posted by ModelTrain on Saturday, May 8, 2021 6:33 AM

York1

Nice work, Stef.

You should post one or two of the pictures on the Weekend Photo Fun thread.  It is a nice thread each weekend with pictures from different layouts.  It ranges from beginners to masters.

Thanks, I will check that thread.

BATMAN

Stef, I don't think you have anything to worry about as far as you thinking whether or not you have it right. I think you have a solid future ahead if this is your early work, good job.

Thank you very much. I love this new hobby. It's just sad that I didn't discover it earlier.

Stef

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Posted by richhotrain on Saturday, May 8, 2021 7:26 AM

ModelTrain

 I love this new hobby. It's just sad that I didn't discover it earlier. 

Sad? Nah, it is never too late to discover this hobby. Just think how much money you have saved before discovering model railroading. Laugh

Rich

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