Weathering Model Trains

weathering model trains

model railroad weathering

Weathering Model Trains

Weathering model trains makes your trains look so much more realistic. You don’t want your railroad looking brand-new as it will look unnatural. With the appearance of stains, rust, road grime, dirt and sometimes even graffiti, it will look like a really old train that’s been around for years. These older looking model trains will fit perfectly in any model train scenery.

You can buy your model train brand new, without any weathering on it, or buy them with the weathering already on it. The real model railroader will, of course, will do weathering model trains himself. Many model railroaders will think it is hard to do, but it isn’t that hard. You just have to give it a try and you might be surprised by the results you get.

Use Pictures As Examples

To make your train look old, you’ll need photos to use as an example. You can go outside and look for buildings, houses and trains with weathering already on it, take pictures, and use them as an example. You can also get them from the internet, just do a search in Google for ”weathering model trains” and click on images.

You’ll need paint, preferable water paint as it is the easiest to work with, paintbrushes and a clear, matte spray. The paint colors you need will be rust brown, black, orange, white, and green. You’ll have to mix the colors together to get the right color. You can also airbrush your model train, but the effects with a brush can be very much the same.

Prepare Your Model Train

Before you start weathering model trains, you have to clean your train from fat, fingerprints, dirt, and oil, to make sure the paint will stick to the train. If you have never done this before, or you are not sure, you should practice first on an old model train or on a piece of paper. You might be able to get an old train from a second hand shop, Ebay, a garage sale, or through the internet from a marketplace where they sell second hand items.

Take a hard brush and put a little bit of paint on it and remove excess paint. Make a streak from the top down, because weathering always goes from top to bottom. You can put a little bit more weathering on the roof as it normally will have more rust on it. You’ll probably have to practice a bit on how much pressure to put on it and how much paint to use.

With water paint it is easy to make the paint thinner, just by adding more water to it. Let the paint drip down and later remove the paint that went all the way down. Don’t worry if it looks too bad, because if you go on you will see the weathering coming through. When you’re done, spray the train with clear matte spray to protect the weathering.

Use Rustall To Make Rust

If you use a can of Rustall, you can create rusty spots wherever you want on your model train. This aerosol spray will make metal look like rusted metal, and the more you use, the more rusted the effect will be. Just be sure the surface is rough enough, so that the Rustall will stick to the object.

Another thing you can do is washing your trains to make them look older. You also have to use paint but mixed with thinner or alcohol. Apply a thin layer using a brush or a piece of cloth and put it on your trains. You can use multiple layers to get the right effect, but only apply a thin layer each time.

Weathering model trains is fun to do and you don’t need anything special for it, you only have to give it a try. Use an old model or a piece of plastic to try it on and go for it. Weathering techniques can also be used on buildings, vehicles, fences, and more. You can improve your scenery very much from using these weathering techniques. Click the image below for more info on model trains to build your dream model train layout.

older looking model train carriage

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