slsf 7669 weathering highlights

Discussion in 'Modeling Tips' started by modeltruckshop, May 28, 2017.

  1. modeltruckshop

    modeltruckshop Member Frisco.org Supporter

    A couple of you asked about in progress or how to threads for some weathering projects. I actually remembered to take some pics in progress on the latest FRISCO car I finished. http://www.frisco.org/shipit/index.php?threads/slsf-7669-may-1969.10411/#post-66685
    So here goes nothing maybe someone will get some use from it?

    This was the motivation for the model:
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    First off I removed the factory number to replace it with the correct for the prototype. After solvaset for the decals I gave it a spray of dulcoat, this will protect everything underneath. If something goes wrong I can strip it back to just the clear.
    To fade the paint I use a technique I learned from Gary Christianson of "the weathering shop". Using just cheap craft store acrylic paints I mix a rather terracotta color and dilute it to a very watered down mix. With a wide flat brush coat the entire car slowly top to bottom in even strokes. It will look UGLY at first. once more UGLY. Don't give up. This coat needs to totally dry. It can be sped up with a hair dryer if you really want to. It should take a couple coats to find a color you like. Sometimes several coats.
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    You can see here after a couple coats the color is faded and starting to have a more realistic chalky appearance. Make sure it is totally dry before anything else and be careful not to handle the piece and leave fingerprints. One thing to note is how the color also covers the lettering and heralds. After it is 100% dry take a damp toothpick and gently rub the wash off the white lettering. It comes off easily, becareful not to remove it from anything else. Go slow and use a steady hand.
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    You can see it starting to take life now. The paint faded but not loosing the lettering or making the model monochromatic. Now a light coat of dulcoat.

    The roof on this car was not going to be peeled or heavily rusted. I made a wash the same way but with some grimy dark colors. Not just pure black though, it will look fake.
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    This will get blended with pastels later to smooth the colors. Dulcoat the roof.

    For 7669 the streaked paint was the highlight. To do this I used thinned artists oils. I put drops of paint on paper or cardboard to soak some oil out of them. Then I can mix them with odorless thinner to the consistency I want. With this I wanted very thin and wipe to basically a drybrush. Slowly making streaks as vertical as you can.
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    Once you are happy with the streaks.(typically not this heavy) spray a light coat of dulcoat again. I then add some dark artist oils lightly around the door tracks, latches etc....and dulcoat.
    As a final step for the carbody, I use chalk pastels. I buy the cheapest I can find at any art or craft store.
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    Using a #11 or sandpaper make some powder from the sticks. These can even be combined for more fine tuning of the color. I like the dark browns, and the olive drabs. For rust the orange and rust colors.
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    Take your time and apply heavier around the bottom sills and places that collect more grime. DO NOT dulcoat this. The pastels should be the last to go on. With clear they will vanish or discolor. Be careful not to touch them. I try to leave the doors pastel free just for handling.

    For this car it had plastic trucks. I painted the tread chrome and basic rust on the axles and faces. The frames I painted with a gray wash followed by a rust color. Then a very dark wash to highlight the low spots. Then I drybrush the sides to show highspots.
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    After this is dry.Lightly dulcoat. Then go back to the pastels and make a rusty dark blend. Rub this firmly onto the faces of the wheels and axles. Then a grayish blend on the truck frames.
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    For older journals a little black oil paint can represent grease easily.
    Hopefully this will come in handy for someone. I would love think everyone will be adding a streaked 7669 to their layout soon!!! Thanks for taking time to check this out. More photos below. Steve
     
  2. modeltruckshop

    modeltruckshop Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Here is a few photos of the nearly finished car to check out. You can see some of the howto in practice here. The biggest recomandation I could make is always use a prototype photo. The results will look vastly superior to your imagination.

    Here you can see the stock unweathered car beside the new weathered version. you can see how the paint fade works out. As well as usimg the pastels to blend the colors together.
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    This shows the streaks close up. Also the grime around the door hardware. I rubbed a little graphite on the track for the door itself.
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    On the ends you can see the streaked paint. Also I added a little bit of pastels to look like wheel spit up.
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    Finished product:
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    I hope someone gets some use from all this. I will add some more like this if anyone wants. I figure rusted roofs, peeling paint etc.........??????

    Thanks,Steve
     
  3. FriscoCharlie

    FriscoCharlie Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Very interesting. :)
     
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  4. modeltruckshop

    modeltruckshop Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Thanks. Hope its of use to someone.
     
  5. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Very good thread! Should be pretty inspirational to people wanting to improve their weathering skills. Great photos as well.
     
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  6. modeltruckshop

    modeltruckshop Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Thanks Jim,I hope so. I need to talk my wife in to taking pictures in action I think.
     
  7. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Steve, your attention to detail is pretty stupendous. Thanks very much for the details and "how-to;" looking forward to trying some of these out.

    Best Regards,
     
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  8. modeltruckshop

    modeltruckshop Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Thanks Chris. I hope you get some use from it. Post your results sometime.
     
  9. Sirfoldalot

    Sirfoldalot Frisco.org Supporter Frisco.org Supporter

    That is simply wonderful work, and the results show it.
    PLEASE >>> MORE!
     
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  10. modeltruckshop

    modeltruckshop Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Thanks! I will add some more projects soon.
     
  11. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Just stunning modeling Steve! A great showcase of you methods.
     
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  12. modeltruckshop

    modeltruckshop Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Thank you Tom. I appreciate it, especially from a modeler like yourself. I will try to add some other stuff soon.
     

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