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First-timer: Weathering a Thrall All-door boxcar
« on: December 24, 2006, 03:17:36 AM »
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Here is my first attempt at weathering feight cars. This is a Lifelike Thrall All-Door boxcar that I won at a local club auction some years ago. It's king of a "dumb" car to start a first time project. Something smoothside, or with verticle ribs might have been easier.

This is only the first layer of weathering and it consists of an enamel wash with lots of reworking just to get to this point. I do want to add small amounts of rust, not a whole lot as pictures of the cars I have seen really have little or none at all.


I'm sure there are easier ways to do things, and I look forward to learning more!
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A little closer...
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Re: Fisrt-timer: Weathering a Thrall All-door boxcar
« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2006, 03:58:48 AM »
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Well, you pretty much nailed a wash.  Nice work.  Next time, concentrate on fading the paint before the wash.

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Re: Fisrt-timer: Weathering a Thrall All-door boxcar
« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2006, 10:06:13 AM »
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Re: First-timer: Weathering a Thrall All-door boxcar
« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2006, 08:07:34 PM »
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Hi Tom and NandW, Thanks for the compliments! Tom, I am a fan of yours and appreciate the advice. I have a lot of ground to cover on this weathering thing and hope to learn a lot more from this forum and MTW.

As for fading this car, this is the only photo of the actual car I could find:


Here is something similar...




Anyhow, hopefuly It will be okay when I am done...

Donnell

Well, you pretty much nailed a wash.  Nice work.  Next time, concentrate on fading the paint before the wash.
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Re: Fisrt-timer: Weathering a Thrall All-door boxcar
« Reply #4 on: December 24, 2006, 08:55:44 PM »
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The bottom two cars, BCH 705 and 732, are not the same design as the top two, BCH 510 and 507. Either the doors were completely replaced and the cars renumbered or they represent cars from different manufacturers. I note that on the 700 series they have been converted from all-door to double door cars by permanently fastening the outer doors closed. While these were excellent cars from a customer's standpoint, they were a royal PITA to maintain and led a comparatively short life.

BTW, I agree that you did a great job on the wash. Appearance is going to depend on how old the car was on the date you are representing. Looks like a car that has seen high mileage in the first year or two of its use.

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Re: Fisrt-timer: Weathering a Thrall All-door boxcar
« Reply #5 on: December 25, 2006, 02:13:34 PM »
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The bottom two cars, BCH 705 and 732, are not the same design as the top two, BCH 510 and 507. Either the doors were completely replaced and the cars renumbered or they represent cars from different manufacturers. I note that on the 700 series they have been converted from all-door to double door cars by permanently fastening the outer doors closed. While these were excellent cars from a customer's standpoint, they were a royal PITA to maintain and led a comparatively short life.

BTW, I agree that you did a great job on the wash. Appearance is going to depend on how old the car was on the date you are representing. Looks like a car that has seen high mileage in the first year or two of its use.

BCH 501-510 Blt. 2/1973 Thrall Car Co.
(there's also cars up to 599 in piecemeal series which may also be Thrall cars, dimensional info is similar)
BCH 700-749 Blt. 6/1978 US Railway Equipment.
(more cars in 800-882 also appear to be built by USEX)


Either way, the paint scheme is the same, so the USEX cars do offer a good idea of how this colour scheme weathered.

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Re: First-timer: Weathering a Thrall All-door boxcar
« Reply #6 on: December 25, 2006, 09:43:07 PM »
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sd80mac, the wash looks good!  I think painting the wheels and trucks would help a lot.  I like Tamiya flat brown as a base coat for trucks and couplers.  Then you can brush on some chalk and/or drybrushing to finish them off.

  Frank

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Re: First-timer: Weathering a Thrall All-door boxcar
« Reply #7 on: December 25, 2006, 10:54:29 PM »
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Looks very good.


I paint my trucks Grimey black then dry brush Floquil rust on them. Makes a nice effect..
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