MODELING: Lee Turner on Weathering

turner side view

Lee Turner is one of the best in the model building hobby for creating realistic weathered modeling.  His work is so good that many get fooled thinking it is an actual car and not a model.   He draws upon techniques demonstrated in other model domains like armor and aircraft.  Lee uses acrylic paint for the base colours and weathering.  Tamiya is a favored brand. While they don’t make railway colours you can pick out from a range of browns that Tamiya offers.

La Technique

The object of this posting is to shine a light on the talents of Lee Turner and to debut a technique he developed for a special custom finish for a client.   Follow the pictures and text to learn how to apply the ghost of lettering past.

To start with, Lee made a photo copy of a decal set.  Then with a sharp #11 blade and steady hand cut a stencil out of the copy.

lt stencil

Lee then shot Tamiya Hull Red through the stencil.

lt ghost

The new decals were applied.  At this point, you will realize that the contrast needed some attention.

lt new lettering

The car base colour was thinned a applied lightly over the car side including the lettering.  This was followed with a thin application of tan and dark brown.   The Hull Red was applied lightly with a sponge over the ghost of lettering past.  A final touch is to apply a highlights with an airbrush.

lt weathering

One of the key aspect of Lee’s weathering approach is that you can remove a layer with a sponge and little Mean Green Super Strength Degreaser from Wal-Mart.

it topside

lt broadside

I think you will agree that Lee Turner is a master at his craft.   The artful application of colour creates highlights and shadows to add realism.  He can lift a nice model to an extraordinary work of model art.

My blog is now two years old.  It has had over 31,000 views in the past twelve months.  Thank you for support.

Happy Trails,


4 thoughts on “MODELING: Lee Turner on Weathering

  1. excellent technique, i’d like to see him do a vid and put it on youtube. this’ll make some of the military modellers sit up and take notice.

  2. Gene,
    Thanks for posting Lee’s technique which, while giving awesome results, is actually fairly simple when presented step by step. Presentation of your and others’ methods on your blog is an incredibly useful education for modellers attempting to attain P:48 scale skill levels.


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