|This 40' PS-1 boxcar with a 6' Superior door from Kadee Quality
Products Company is a fantastic ready-to-run car.
Yeah, yeah, I know... I didn't do any real modeling work on this car;
Kadee makes a very fine ready-to-run car in the 1950s GBW scheme. But I
did like the weathering effect I put on this car, especially the faded GREEN
BAY ROUTE heralds, so I'm sharing it with you.
I weathered the car by drybrushing Delta Ceramcoat
paint available at the craft department of Wal-Mart, a 2-oz bottle is
less than a dollar) "charcoal" along the weld lines of the car,
mainly along the upper half of each weld line. I made a mask out of a
piece of manila folder to keep the drybrushing to a narrow band right at
the weld line. The results was just a hint of rust/dirt at each weld,
barely visible in the photo.
Then I took some masking tape and masked off the GREEN BAY ROUTE
herald on each side. I arranged it such that the edge of the tape was on
the white border. Then I drybrushed Delta Ceramcoat "white" on
the heralds to give a faded look. I really like the results I got doing
Next, I tried to achieve the look of the paint from the lettering
washing down the sides of the car. (Yeah, yeah, I know - the prototype
cars had Scotchlite lettering which wouldn't streak, but I wanted to
practice trying this effect.) I used the same mask that I used to
drybrush the "charcoal" on the weld lines. As you can see, I
could use a lot more practice on this technique. The effect looks more
like the opening credits to the TV show "The Munsters!" Oh,
Next, I got out the airbrush and lightly sprayed Badger Modelflex
"weathered black" on the car body, with emphasis on the black
ends and roof. Then I spayed a little "rail brown" on the
sides, just to tone down the drybrushing effects. Lastly, I sprayed "reefer orange"
on the trucks and couplers to simulate rust. I
protected the car body with a hand-held piece of paper when I sprayed the
Looking at the photo of the car, I can see that the last step I have
to do is close the door tightly!