Weathering tips

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The un­der­frame and ends were weath­ered with Rail­match enam­els (402 Frame Dirt and 403 Roof Dirt), plus a lit­tle Hum­brol Me­tal Cote (27004). In or­der to pro­duce a worn ap­pear­ance to the body­work, the body­sides were rubbed in light, ver­ti­cal strokes with fine 1000-grit sand­ing sticks. To add a care­worn as­pect to the roof, I sprayed it ini­tially with a metal­lic sil­ver to rep­re­sent bare me­tal. Us­ing pho­tos as a guide, I cov­ered the roof in ‘ran­dom’ patches of Hum­brol Maskol. When this was dry, the roof was sprayed in Rail­match 261 Vir­gin Grey, which pro­duces a more con­vinc­ing ap­pear­ance than pure black. Once the dark grey coat had dried, I picked off the Maskol to re­veal the sil­ver. This cre­ated the im­pres­sion of a peel­ing Mk 1 roof. The large roof ex­haust panel was weath­ered with a mix of Hum­brol weathering pow­ders (Iron Ox­ide, Rust and Dark Earth), while the rest of the roof re­ceived an over­all dust­ing of Hum­brol’s Smoke weathering pow­der, with the odd streak of Rust/dark Earth creat­ing some tonal vari­a­tion.

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