Category Archives: Paints & Painting

Site seeing – September 11 – The cause weathering is cool edition

Weathering is cool. Having said that, it is an art that takes time and experience to master. Today’s modeller has a very skilful eye and has nailed so many subjects that I just had to share.

Site 1: Dean Bradley’s Rails in Scale blog

Courtesy of Dean Bradley (
Courtesy of Dean Bradley (

Focused primarily on NSW railways in the years between 1986 and 1989 Dean’s work is very skilful. I showed a teaser image at the end of my post from September 09 this year of one of his 46 class electric locos. Got some nice feedback from that and having had the time to look over Dean’s other posts wanted to share his work.

There are not a lot of ‘instructions’ regarding his weathering technique which is a shame. However, Dean’s results speak for themselves. About the best blog post for understanding Dean’s full weathering process is from 24 October 2013 and titled ‘On Track models NHEF Hopper – weathering tips‘.

Site 2: Dean’s Facebook page

Apart from being a very good modeller and weathering artist, Dean is also a manufacturer and contract weatherer. Have a look at his Facebook page for more information and for lots of model photos of his work.

Site seeing – August 26 – Weathered and downright dirty

If you’ve followed the blog for any length of time, or know me personally, you’ll know that I don’t like clean things (my personal hygiene excepted). Every model I touch ends up weathered to one degree or another. And so onto todays sites of interest.

Site 1: Dirty stuff by Martin Wellberg – A German Gmhs 53 Boxcar in scale 1 (1:32nd scale)

This is part 1 of Martin’s so far 3 part treatise on weathering this large railcar. Wait till you see the photos. That’s all I’m saying on the matter.

Site 2: This is part 2 of the weathering of said German boxcar

In part 2 there is a little more of what Martin has been up to. Drool people, just drool.

Site 3: Part 3 from above

More train eye candy as Martin gets on with the weathering on the Gmhs 53 boxcar.

Site 4: Freerails Forum posts by Martin on other large-scale rail subjects

You should not need to be a member to view the posts. Definitely to post or reply though. Lots more pictures in what is now a 6 page post by Martin and those of us following him. Not to be missed.

Here’s a taste of the work Martin is creating:

I hope you enjoy Martin’s work.

Modelling diversions – and why they are needed

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It’s been some time since I modelled anything other than railways or railway related stuff. A couple of years ago at the local scale modelling club’s Annual Show (full disclosure I am a board member there) I purchased a cheap and cheerful 1:48 scale F-111E for very little money from one of the club members who was looking to offload it.

It has been a frustrating, and yet a strangely enjoyable process to go through building an aircraft for the first time in over 30 years. That it happens to be in the same scale as my 0 scale railway endeavours doesn’t hurt.

Work on this has been one of the reasons why I’ve been so quiet here on the HVL and Andrew’s Trains. I got into a bit of a rut and realised that I needed a break away from modelling and making trains for a bit; the joy of modelling went stale.

If you’d like to follow along with that build process and all the frustrations and pitfalls I’ve met along the way head on over to my other modelling site for the build process and what I hope will be a unique model at the end of the Boneyard Build.

Here’s what I’m aiming for as a model and diorama (although not sure about the paint scheme yet).

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There’s a lot of weathering on these aircraft that I’ve noticed as I researched. And that I am really looking forward to.

Site Update – 17 July 2016

I’ve been quiet the last month; too much work and not enough time to focus on more enjoyable things in life such as modelling. Additionally the weather in Ballarat has been amazingly cold and that has put the brakes on any outdoor activities including spraying and other painting tasks that I have waiting to be done.

In the meantime I’ve been working on a couple of models and updating the site; adding several new pages and a new section and a gallery. Enough of the blather and let’s move onto what’s new on site.

Update 1: New section – Weathering

BLI Trackmobile weathering
BLI Trackmobile weathering

I’ve been asked by several people to show how I weather my railway models (at my local model club, and online) and I’ll be building up the information here about how I weather using weathering powders, pastel powders, graphite and acrylic and oil paints. For now there is a gallery of some of my HO cars fleet. There are other cars (in HO and O scale) not yet complete that I’ll add over time.

Update 2: New subsections in Ballarat Trams

IMG_1674_2&3 Road_Bergonia's Monday_In the morning LightAs a volunteer conductor on the Ballarat Tramway Museum I have unprecedented access to the trams, and the infrastructure of the tramway museum. Slowly but surely I am collecting tram and infrastructure photos of the tramway. Each tram and the tramway infrastructure have their own page. While mostly empty I’ll be filling each page with images taken over the last several years. Mostly my images were taken in the last 9 months and are representative of the current state of the museum fleet, grounds and infrastructure..

As always use the links on the menu at the page top to get around.

Site seeing – June 3

I’ve made mention and blogged about weathering on the HVL before. I consider good weathering to be the epitome of model railroad painting and finishing. Without some weathering freight cars and passenger cars simply do not look lived in, run and used. Thus on to today’s site…

Site 1: Model Railroad Hobbyist Forum – Weathered Covered Hoppers for the L&IN [+ Link]

Do I need to say any more?

Make sure your Tetanus shot is up to date, put on your overalls and get stuck into this thread. Amazing stuff and Tom Johnson’s tutorial is outstanding.

You can skip straight to the tutorial by clicking the link here: [+ Link]. My advice thought is not to. This thread is like a great steak, or a nice chocolate cake, it should be enjoyed, and not devoured.

All the best and read the entire thread, this is really a master class in weathering in Oils.

Site Seeing – April 17

Extreme weathering on our models is sometimes criticised as being unrealistic, and to a degree I can understand why many people would say that. But, that is not always the case so long as you have a modelling situation, or photographic evidence to the contrary. Today’s site seeing looks at prototypical examples of extreme weathering.

Site 1: – image by Logan Allen

In the first image by Logan Allen an ex ATSF CF7 #2627 returns to service on August 8th 2014 after being “dead-lined” for months prior, due to engine and truck issues. Click on the image for the full size photo.

To be noted in this photo are:

  • Faded and worn out paint surfaces, note the mismatched colours and faded nature of all of the surfaces
  • Rust patches and rain marks from the large surface rust patches under the degraded paint
  • Dirt, dust and grime on the undercarriage and trucks, specific to the area (note the light brown colour of the dirt matches the dust on the unit)

Thanks to Logan Allen for allowing the use of the image.

Site 2: – image by Joe Vittitoe

This photo is of former Southern Railway SW 9 (SOU 1177) as she sits in a scrap yard in Harriman, Tennessee on April 20 1988. Items of note on the locomotive:

  • Rusting on the bottom of the hood doors, and lower body side nearest the photographer
  • Dirt and dust picked up on the coupler face – note how the painted stripes have worn off by the abrasive nature of the stuff
  • On the top of the hood there’s oil and dirt and soot, and its run down the side of the hood due to rain
  • Extreme fading of the originally black paint to a dusty grey, and the same applies to the bogies and under carriage all are now a standard dusty grey

I’ve sent Joe an email from the Railpictures site asking him for permission to use the image, but have not heard from him by post time. Image is copyright Joe Vittitoe. Let me know if you have any information on the photographer. If needed I may have to take the image down if later contacted.

Site 3: – Image by Ron Flanary 

Quite apart from the great rust and weathering detail in the picture there’s lots of history. L&N 2376 was new in 1941 when purchased by the Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis. Then she carried the number 1, the lines first ever diesel-electric locomotive.

When that road merged into the L&N in 1957 the loco became L&N number 30. The last change for the old girl was during the late 1960s when she was re-engined with an EMD 567-C prime mover from a retired E-unit.

This photo taken in 1974 shows the EMD 567 engine shoe horned into the hood. Three years later in 1977 number the railroad retied and scrapped 2376. Here endeth the history lesson.

Onto the weathering lesson:

  • Faded paint all over the body, note the different shade on the top of the loco by comparison to the sides,
  • There’s roof rust here too but not so much as the RS-3 in the background (at least I’m pretty sure it’s an RS-3)
  • Oil spills and dirt accumulation around the base of the cab near the walkways as well as road-grime and muck on the trucks, under-body and on the coupling faces, and finally
  • Look at all the rain weathering dragging down the sides of the locomotive

Thanks go to Ron Flanary for allowing me to share the photo.

I hope that you enjoyed the photos and the weathering lessons that you can learn from them. Drop me a line in the comments if you feel so inclined. All the best and a good Friday night from a cold and rainy Ballarat.

Weathering takes an oily turn…

I tried using oils for the first time last night on a new car that I’ve been working on building. And I must say that I am impressed with the ease of use and the ease of working with weathering, especially for rust, in this medium. I really wish that I have gotten into this medium earlier. To be honest I was afraid of committing to it because of the sense of not being able to go back, and of course the smell. But what I’ve found is quite the opposite. Smell is not an issue. Using odourless solvent, and a little common sense no one in the home has complained once. As for cleanup – same thing. Easy to reverse course and back the weathering out. Still learning though.

 Need to add this file too: weathered hopper
Image 1: The hopper roof with base weathering (old rust) in place

For a larger view of the image go here –> – once on the page click the image to bring it out to 1024 pixels wide.

Really quite pleased so far and look forward to posting more photos as I roll forward with the weathering scheme. I did find an image last night on the web of a similar car in the same basic time range that I am modelling mid 1970s but it has friction bearing trucks, the only 70 ton trucks I have on hand are roller bearing trucks so I may have to change these out for another pair before it is released to traffic.