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Weathering Using Paint Highlights (NW Box Car)

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I weathered this car as an experiment with Polly Scale paint using a wash and dry-brush method to apply weathering effects. I also tried the Bragdon brand weathering system to give the roof a rusty beaten look.

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Brush Painted Weathering (CO Hopper)

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This article demonstrates what you can do to weather your models without an airbrush. I experimented with techniques that use thin dark colors to create shadows combined with highlights to accentuate details in the model. I have used the highlighting techniques to paint miniature figures as well as military models. After seeing the results by other modelers on the internet using the wash and highlights I tried applying the techniques on model railroad themed equipment. I found the results interesting. Let's take a look step by step on how I weathered the Chessie hopper to show some age.

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Rolling Stock Maintenance

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coupler gaugeThere are a few basic tips and topics to keep your freight cars running smoothly. I have compiled this pages with information from many talented hobbyists, articles and my own experiences. This is not an exhaustive resource on freight car maintenance but this is what I do to keep my cars running reliably. 

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