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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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Always enjoy a weathered engine much more than the shiny out of the box. Can't wait until Ryan does our AC-11
Would rather model the "road warrior" over the museum piece any day. Most of the time a revenue loco was in the yard, out in the elements and probably not wiped down unless it was in for maintenance.
Museum engine do not represent the daily work horse of freight which had to keep a schedule nor does it represent the express that did not have time to set still to be cleaned. A museum engine goes out once in a while on excursion.
Think of it this way, look at the fleet of trucks on the road running daily. I doubt that they are clean or get clean daily when doing a haul across many states or a long interstate run.
That said, all of us are free to choose the era and characteristic of a given engine according to its service.
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