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Quick & fun flat car project
« on: January 21, 2008, 09:14:28 PM »
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This weekend we actually had some snow in North Carolina (no, this ain't Pennsylvania so it actually makes the news!) so I had lots of modeling time.

I took a new Walthers N scale GSC flat lettered as a Pennsy F41 (front, nice little car, so I can forgive the incorrect deck for the PRR F41) and painted up and weathered the deck to look like wood.  I coated the deck with PolyScale matte finish and sprinkled on some sifted dirt and sand along with a few tiny bits of toothpick to look like old dunnage.

I also made a load of pipes from styrene tubes.

The other flat (rear) is an Athearn flat also representing a PRR F41. The load next to it is a slightly modified Hay Borthers Garage load.



Two obviously different cars representing the same car class and number series? The proto police are probably speeding to my house with a warrant right now...!
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Re: Quick & fun flat car project
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2008, 10:02:11 PM »
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Just like an airman... getting loaded and filthy...

 ;D

But seriously, folks...  What's the composition of the deck?  plastic? white metal? real wood?
Looks really good.  The toothpick splinters really do the trick.

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Re: Quick & fun flat car project
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2008, 10:09:32 PM »
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On the lower car (Walthers), the deck is part of the one-piece metal casting that is the car body.  It was originally painted in the same color as the sides.

On the top car (Athearn) the deck is plastic, and is a seperate casting from the car frame.
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Re: Quick & fun flat car project
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2008, 05:10:29 PM »
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Looks great!

So am I understanding correctly that you did not paint the decks a different color, but simply did the matte/dirt thing?  I'm trying to get ideas for what to do with the new IM 60ft flats when they arrive.  They have cast metal simulated wood decks.  I also have a few of the Athearns too.
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Re: Quick & fun flat car project
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2008, 08:28:38 PM »
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I didn't paint the Athearn deck; I just weathered it with chalks, Dullcoted-it, and then did the matte finish with debris (the matte finish acts as an adhesive).

I did have to paint the Walthers deck; like I said it comes in the same freight car red as the frame.  I used PolyScale Earth with some black wash, and then weathered it the same way I did the Athearn car.
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