WEATHERING: Mike George shares his Weathering Technique

If you have been in this hobby for any length of time, you probablt been exposed to dozens of techniques for achieving the “well worn” look to your models.   Mike George was kind enough to share how he weathers house cars for his Louisville & Nashville branch.

The base coat was plain old Testor’s Gloss Brown Enamel, toned down with some white. I kept that basic mixture after airbrushing the model and then added more white and more of the base brown to add the subtle differences in color on the siding. Next came a thin wash of Testor’s black followed by dry brushing with a small amount of the base color in white. Then it was finished with Dullcote after applying Norm’s excellent decals.  It is Mike’s favorite car as far as weathering and overall color. It made me realize we paint most of our equipment way too dark for viewing in a normal layout room.

This same car is in the lead photo of the Model Railroad Planning 2019.  Mike has built several L&N prototype boxcars.   The double sheathed 36′ car is an example of his focus on prototype and using lighter colors to show all of the details.

The L&N had a sizable fleet of single sheathed boxcars based upon an ARA design.  Mike’s rendering of this important member of the fleet is shown below.

It seems that we obsess on getting the right shade of freight red or brown.   Mike uses Testors paint which is readily available in a good number of store.  He has avoided the costly search for certain brands of paint that is matched to car builder drift panel.   I am guilty of that myself.   The reality is that we need to reduce the intensity of colors for indoor viewing.  Adding gray or white shifts the basic color dramatically.   We all should consider buying a few basic colors and blending the appropiate shade rather than spending $$ for a one ounce bottle and more than that to ship it.   Lee Turner uses about five or six basic colors to create all his wonderfuls paint jobs.


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8 thoughts on “WEATHERING: Mike George shares his Weathering Technique

  1. Thanks to both of you for taking the time to share your knowledge and experience.

    BTW took the time late last evening to pull MRP out of the stack – – loved Mike’s layout article!

    You guys are going to convert me to SG after 45+ years in narrow gauge! West Coast GP 7/9, SW and F units in mid 1950s paint are what I remember from my early youth then it was B&O and Pennsy as a 15 year old when I moved to Delaware in 1962. Brick and curtain wall canyons and scruffy 2 and 3 story brick and metal buildings in urban industrial areas versus Rocky Mountain and Sierra Mountain gorges sure lend themselves to shelf layouts.

    Gotta go, a legislator is calling with some brilliant idea for a bill!

  2. we will see. The 9′ and a few inches of width in the train room is a limiting factor which then makes me look back at S Scale — a real return to my roots as I was the kid who had American Flyer when all the other kids had Lionel.

    Worthy of more thinking when I am not writing bills!

  3. The boxcars are beautiful – nice inspirations – thanks for sharing

    (can anyone suggest a source for drawings for the C&G car ?)

  4. The article states the model had dulcoat applied and then decals. Decals are typically applied over gloss to prevent fogging, are the Protocraft that good/thin that they can be applied over dulcoat?

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