Tonight we have the third very special blog post brought to you by Edward Farms. Edward has a fantastic website that I urge all Locoyard Followers to check out ! If you missed it previously, you can catch up with part 1 of this series by clicking here I will now leave you in Edward’s very capable hands, with the second excellent blog post on the art of weathering…
Weathering Blog 3 – Hints and Tips
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 this blog and the last. Real life events (namely my wedding) had to take priority over some of my time – fortunately Leeds Weeklyn Hill was still able to get out to shows. One of the biggest issues with weathering is knowing what to do during the course of tackling your models, here I am going to give you some hints and tips 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 improve your work, a clogged up airbrush will not perform as well as a clean one. At the end of each session flush the brush with thinners to get the paint cup and nozzle clean. Every so often strip the brush right down and clean each part thoroughly, 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 date compared to the professionals is proof of that but I can get close to these guys someday.
3. Practice – old models that are not fit for running anymore are perfect for trying out ideas on. You can find out what works and what does not before stepping up to the real models. Always keep a couple of spare models around to try out ideas on; 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 is a lot of money to waste for the sake of a few drops of paint. But whatever you put on can be taken off again, practice on an old model (as above) first and when 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 take that matter on board that will improve your work. Any mistake that is made can be 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 thinners carefully rubbed on the still wet paint should bring the original finish back to 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 if you spend to long on the model you may miss something that needs doing and this break can refresh your eyes to the subject.
8. Share your work – there are many great forums out there (such as RMWeb) or even some of the many groups on Facebook where you can post pictures of your progress and someone else may be able to identify any shortfalls in your work. Just remember to 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 not get the best results. Treat it as a hobby not work – we all know what work does to 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 with the windows shut on your wife’s best table cloth! Either purchase a spray booth and 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 to pay 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 workstation again which means I can produce some how to guides to get you all started instead of just talking about the basics. Leeds Weeklyn Hill is back on the road in 2 weeks so hopefully I may get time to tackle 1 or 2 engines for the layout.
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