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Weathering a Live Steam Engine

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So here I have my nice new Accucraft Mogul that has its perfect Museum Quality Finish and although it looks nice on a shelf, it looks pretty out of place running on the track. I would like to do some weathering like I have seen done by Jack Thompson (aka Big65Dude)my only fear is that with the high heat of the engine, any paint may just flake off. Now before you post any responses, please note that my resources are very limited as I have a very demanding household (a wife and 4 kids) so if your idea would envolve spending lots of money on fancy equipment then the process most likely wont work for me. I apologize if this question has already been asked, but I have searched the forums and archive and havent seen anything about the particular weathering techniques for live steam engines. Thanks in advance for your help. You guys always have great ideas! :D

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First you must realize that you will need an airbrush in order for you to achieve the desired effects.

Begin by first degreasing your locomotive with hot water and a solution like Simple Green. Alllow things to dry thorughly. Go to your local hobby store and purchase some Floquil paints, Buy colors like Engine Black (Matte Black) , Grimy Black (Matte Dark Gray almost black) , Rust (Matte Orangy Brown), and Grime (Matte Beige). With these few colors you can mix and simulate just about any type of weathering condition out there.

Practice on something like an old model car or something that you don't care too much about.

What you want to do is to layer on your weathering with thin paint washes. Like each successive rainstorm or season
a layer of soot, dirt, grease, and grime builds up. Layering also allows you to control the level of filth on the piece, it's personal preference to how little or how much.

Begin by spraying on a light mist of Engine Black, thinned 2 part thinner 1 part paint over the areas you want to weather if it's the entire locomotive. Spray lightly just to knock the gloss down. This will provide the base coat for each successive layer. Use vintage photographs to reference where water scale and stains and drips. Details like chains and rusted fittings can be sprayed with a mixture of rust and grimy black, there's no right way as it's your interpretation.

Thin washes sprayed of Grime, knocks down or provides a faded appearance to anything that is new, bright or newly painted. You'll find that you once you have weathered every thing you can always go back and reweather or increase the amount of layers of weathering.
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