MODELING: Heavy Load by Lee Turner

When you have a model of heavy duty flat car like the Pennsylvania Railroad F33 class, you need to come up with a load commensurate with the capability of the car.   Well, Lee Turner had a client who want an old Alco Models brass import done up with paint, lettering, weathering and an appropriate load.

The load suggests a steel casting or fabrication that would tax the capacity of this flat car.  I was curious what Lee used to create this impressive cargo.   As it turns out, He heavily modified a fishing reel to create the basic shape. It was augmented with styrene to disguise the original purpose.

The finishing helps create the illusion of a heavy steel part.  Lee used Vallejo and MIG products.  He spray on a rusty coat as a base then applied chipping fluid and a top coat of blue-gray to simulate the scale found on steel recently fabricated.  At this point, the light top coat was chipped off using water or old tooth brush.

A load this heavy needs an appropriate cradle to keep the assembly from moving or being damaged.  This cradle was made from Evergreen styrene “I” beams.  They were rusted up and a special technique was used for creating the assembly welds.  Lee sprayed a very thin line of black to create the soot marks that occur during welding.

Thank you Lee for the photos of your flat car project.  It is an impressive model.

Next time, I will show you the decaled Rio Grande Automobile Car.  Weathering will be in a subsequent posting.

Thanks for looking in,



13 thoughts on “MODELING: Heavy Load by Lee Turner

  1. sorry, dude, but that’s not a believable casting — what would it be used for? a steel mill wheel? maybe, a turbine blade… too few fins. you need something that’s got both detail and yet isn’t recognizable as a human-scale part from something else. i’m thinking something designed and 3D printed and painted or plated to look whatever?

    • Michael

      It is a liquid that reduces adhesion of a top layer of paint that has been applied to a base coat.   The idea is to allow the modeler to create a chipping paint effect.  

      There are several way to create chipped paint.  Hairspray applied over a rusty colored base coat works.   Coarse salt can be used. Rubber cement was one technique I used 40 years ago. 

      You can buy chipping fluid from MIG, AK and Vallejo.  

      Here is a video that shows how to do it.

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