Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Weathering experiments

I got a Vallejo weathering kit for yellow and gray models, and wanted to try it out. I haven't really weathered any freight cars, so I used the body of a Red Caboose reefer that I was planning on stripping anyway.

I weathered one side heavier than the other, and pretty much just followed their directions, and I wasn't working from any photographs. Mostly this is to understand their process, and use it as a foundation for other approaches.

Overall I'm pretty happy with the first attempt. Because these are acrylic washes, there's a bit of the rounded edges in a few places since the color pools there. So I'll want to address that.

I also added some Pan Pastels afterwards to see how that would alter the weathering:


  1. Looks great, Randy! Too bad you're gonna strip it, that'd look real good all built. I've been using at lot of MIG and AK washes and filters lately.

  2. What is the name and product number of the "Vallejo weathering kit for yellow and gray cars" ?
    John Riddell

    1. Hey, John -

      You can get it here:

      I also added the info to a new post and experiment:

  3. I have a large number of plastic PFE reefers. They have two issues. First, they are slightly transparent, so they look "plastic" and that needs to be remedied. I intend to paint the insides with a flat paint of similar color; don't know if that will work.

    Second, I note that the prototypes show lots of color variation from, I suspect, exposure to the sun. When I get the chance, I'm going to put a couple of the plastic cars out in the sun to see if they will fade in the same way (I believe red tends to fade faster than yellow, thus the cars become...less red.)

  4. I tried putting some scale stripwood in the sun for a summer to see if it would fade from the natural yellowish color. Didn't seem to do anything. I'm curious as to whether the paint will fade.