A SHADY BUSI­NESS

Model Rail (UK) - - Skills Station -

As an ab­so­lute min­i­mum, I em­ploy three shades of weath­er­ing paints. Many are branded with use­ful names, such as Frame Dirt or Weath­ered Black, while oth­ers can be cho­sen purely by sight. Ba­si­cally, we need an earthy brown, rusty red and var­i­ous dark greys, along with a matt black. Each of these can be in­ter-mixed to fine-tune the shade to suit your own tastes and the de­mands of the model.

Rail­match enam­els have long been a favourite of mine and my usual palette con­sists of 402 Frame Dirt, 403 Roof Dirt, 412 Weath­ered Black, 405 Dark Rust and 419 Matt Black. With these five colours, all man­ner of lo­co­mo­tive and rolling stock projects can be tack­led with sur­pris­ing va­ri­ety of tones achiev­able by in­ter-mix­ing.

It can be con­ve­nient to thin a small num­ber of weath­er­ing shades be­fore work com­mences, al­low­ing you to switch be­tween the tones with­out in­ter­rup­tion. Thin to the usual con­sis­tency, us­ing the tech­nique ex­plained in MR260.

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