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Weathering Blog 3 - Hints and Tips

Posted on June 17, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Hello and welcome to part 3 of the weathering blog series,first of all I would like to apologise for the massive time delay between thisblog and the last. Real life events (namely my wedding) had to take priority oversome of my time – fortunately Leeds Weeklyn Hill was still able to get out toshows. One of the biggest issues with weathering is knowing what to do duringthe course of tackling your models, here I am going to give you some hints andtips on how to get the best enjoyment and results from your time with the brush.

 

1.      Cleaning– seems obvious but keeping your airbrush in pristine condition will improveyour work, a clogged up airbrush will not perform as well as a clean one. Atthe end of each session flush the brush with thinners to get the paint cup andnozzle clean. Every so often strip the brush right down and clean each partthoroughly, the brush instructions should tell you how to dismantle it.

2.      Patience– take your time; don’t expect perfect results over night. My work to datecompared to the professionals is proof of that but I can get close to theseguys someday.

3.      Practice– old models that are not fit for running anymore are perfect for trying outideas on. You can find out what works and what does not before stepping up tothe real models. Always keep a couple of spare models around to try out ideason; models from your spare/scrap box are ideal for this.

4.      Conquer your fear – we have all been there, these models cost £100 each and that isa lot of money to waste for the sake of a few drops of paint. But whatever youput on can be taken off again, practice on an old model (as above) first andwhen you come round to tackling something permanent you will know what to do.

5.      Learn –if you make a mistake learn from it. We have all done it; it is how you takethat matter on board that will improve your work. Any mistake that is made canbe corrected either with more paint or taking it off and starting again

6.      Don’t panic – mistakes can be removed; a piece of kitchen roll soaked in thinnerscarefully rubbed on the still wet paint should bring the original finish backto any model.

7.      Take a Break – might sound crazy but every so often just step back from the model,go watch a bit of telly or read a magazine or whatever you fancy. Sometimes ifyou spend to long on the model you may miss something that needs doing and thisbreak can refresh your eyes to the subject.

8.      Share your work – there are many great forums out there (such as RMWeb) or even someof the many groups on Facebook where you can post pictures of your progress andsomeone else may be able to identify any shortfalls in your work. Just rememberto take what they say as helping you improve and not a criticism of your work.

9.      Enjoyment – make sure you are enjoying weathering; if you do not enjoy it you will notget the best results. Treat it as a hobby not work – we all know what work doesto us so try not to make any part of your model railway the same.

10.  Find a suitable place to work – whatever you do, don’t spray paint indoors withthe windows shut on your wife’s best table cloth! Either purchase a spray boothand place it in your garage or shed or anywhere it won’t affect others.Alternatively work outside, you will get fresher air and no lighting bills topay while you work.

 

 

This brings us to the end of another blog;hopefully the next one will not take as long to produce. However with “summer” now here I may get out in the garden at long last and set up my workstationagain which means I can produce some how to guides to get you all started insteadof just talking about the basics. Leeds Weeklyn Hill is back on the road in 2weeks so hopefully I may get time to tackle 1 or 2 engines for the layout.

 

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