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Shiny new locomotives no matter how finely detailed will look and feel like a toy at some level. In the real world the elements have a very significant impact on how the prototype looks. Our objective has always been to build our layouts and trains as close to the real world as possible. So somehow a spotless layout with immaculately clean locomotives and rolling stock leaves a lot to be desired for. There are many who fear weathering because they believe it will devalue their priceless possessions. No one ever ventures into this hobby as an investment. You model a particular era, favor certain class' of locomotives, etc. because it pull at your heart strings & nostalgia. You have to have to have that class 65 of the DR no matter what. So ask your self how many of your prized possessions are you willing to keep locked up, never run, and part with it willingly for more money down the years? I am sure there are not many. So fear not if you desire to dirty up your $250 era III class 4-6-4 steam locomotive and suspect your capabilities to achieve quality work. The skills required are not as artistic as you may perceive it to be. An average eye for detail, patience and a relatively steady hand and a picture as a reference is all that is needed. If you screw up it can be easily reworked and rectified.
In the coming chapters we will discuss ....
Some tools need for the job at hand are...
1) Rotary tables to mount the job on
2) Various grades of soft and stiff brushes
3) Pipets and eye droppers
4) Air Brush set and compressor
5) Various enamel, acrylic based paints, pastels and thinners
Make sure you have a moisture trap on your compressor. The rotary tables depicted here are made by Tamiya and costs approx. $20/- (both types included). The brushes are standard soft and stiff bristled from your regular art supply store. Preferably the air brush should be a dual action type where you can control the air flow and the amount of paint with the same trigger.