Rooming House - First attempt at weathering

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by dwight77, Sep 13, 2008.

  1. dwight77

    dwight77 Member

    Our club, Scale Rails of Southwest Florida (Ft. Myers, Fl) has added a module to our N Scale layout. Since operations are often a little more difficult with N Scale, we built a 2' x 4' module that has both a modified "Time Saver" and an "Inglenook" switching puzzle. They come together on a common track and enter our layout. It will allow us to have two members working on a switching puzzle at the same time from opposite sides of the module and at the same time, have members running trains on the rest of the layout. I hope to add some pictures of the switching module soon.
    But we also wanted it to be more than just a switching puzzle and wanted to add scenry. I got the American Model Builders Laser Kit - Railroad Rooming House. This was the first time I had actually built an N Scale laser kit. I will say that I found the kit fun to build, and AMB did a respectable job with instructions and the quality of the kit seemed pretty good....especially in n scale.
    This was also my first time weathering a building so I have attached some pictures and would be appreciative of any constructive criticism. The building has not been placed on the layout yet, so there is still time to correct any glaring errors.

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  2. MCL_RDG

    MCL_RDG Member

    Really nice...

    ...looking building. The wife just looked over my shoulder and said so as I was admiring it.



    P.S. I would add a little wear to the hand rails to make the stair case look used as well as the treads and walkways down the center. That's quite a climb and I'm sure those rails get a lot of use. There's usually a bit of soft spatter near the bottoms of doors from rain and people shaking off. A few light splotches of hand wear near the doors, between the shoulders and waist is always nice.

    Don't forget that not all the roomies keep their places up to par with the landlords standards. A crooked window shade wouldn't hurt. Not to mention a chair or three just to sit out and watch the trains roll by before "floppin".
  3. csxengineer

    csxengineer Member


    Love it!!!!
  4. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    Looks great to me! I'm with Mark on maybe dirtying up the white hand railing a little. Nice building!
  5. dwight77

    dwight77 Member

    Thanks for the comments. I know it doesn't show, but the handrails are really not at clean at they look...they are a bit dirty....guess it was the lighting. But I will dirty up the doors a bit. Thanks again.
  6. willy4

    willy4 Member

    Any bit of weathering makes a model look better.
    The pipes with the white running down the roof should have a little rust mixed in.
    All in all, very good, NICE

  7. dwight77

    dwight77 Member

    Thanks for the suggestion. It does look a little bright with the white.
  8. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Active Member

    If I may, I would tone down the white streaks on the roof under a little more weathering. Other than that, a very nice job. Are you sure this is your first? :thumb:
  9. dwight77

    dwight77 Member

    Hi All:
    I appreciate the constructive criticism and have tried to put them to work. Below is the latest stage of my weathering.

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  10. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    I think that looks very good Dwight :thumb: :thumb:

    I love the streaks on the roof from the vents, very nice tough :thumb: :thumb:

    Keep up the good work :wave:
  11. willy4

    willy4 Member

    Looks very good. Keep up the good work.

  12. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Active Member

    Excellent! :thumb: It's hard to believe this is your first attempt at this!
  13. tetters

    tetters Rail Spiking Fool!

    That looks really good. It boggles me how small n-scale stuff really is. Good work.
  14. john12212000

    john12212000 New Member

    How did you do the roof? It looks great!
  15. dwight77

    dwight77 Member

    Hi john12212000:
    Thanks for the compliment. The kit included roof material, a paper product with a sticky back. While the strips were long enough to go the full length of the roof, I cut them and overlapped them laterally and of course they overlapped top to bottom. I painted the roof with acrylic black paint. I first tried to make the stains running down from the metal chimneys with light strokes of white paint and then dust with chalks. That really was not very good, the stains were much too white and bright (see the first set of pictures).
    I repainted the roof black. I got hold of a box of Doc O'Brien's weathering powders and went to work with those, using a short bristle brush and basically dry brushing. I used mostly "rusty brown", "dirty brown", "muddy red", and "grungy gray". They also have a "highlight white" that I used to make the chimney stains.
    I have since used the weathering powders on another model (Second Go at Weathering - Box & Crate Factory) that I wrote about in this forum on 11/07. I really like the Doc O'Brien's powders. They are easy to use, stick well, as I do not intend to spray the models with dull coat...I do not think it will be necessary. If you don't like what you see, you can easily wipe it away with a damp cloth and start over.
    Hope this helps.
  16. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    Looks great dwight!! Thanks for describing your weathering techniques. I'd love to see a pic of the structure on that module.

  17. dwight77

    dwight77 Member

    Hi Ralph:
    Check my post in the N Scale forum under " Inglenook / Time Saver Switching Combo" I have posted some pictures of how our switching module is coming together. It has both the rooming house and the box & crate factory on the module.
  18. TrainGuyRom

    TrainGuyRom Member

    I like to use weathering chalks. The kind I use has a built in adhesive that lets it stick to wood, and plastic. Just take a fine paintbrush, dab a little chalk on the end, carfully aply it as you would paint(but without the runs) if you put too much on you can blow some off.
    A word to wise: Do NOT weather on a table in a carpeted room. I weathered the carpet a couple years ago, and it never came out.
  19. pjb

    pjb Member

    Nicely done! The structure mimics C&O structures
    located at THURMAN, W.V. adjacent to where the
    junction with mine run branch comes in. That is
    1500 ft. East of the engine house.
    If you saw the classic film MATEWAEN, then
    you are familiar with this site. It has also been
    covered exhaustively in MAINLINE and other
    magazines, and there are many kits
    made for many of the diverse community,
    or railroad related structures.
    Regardless of that matter, a good job with this structure.
    Good-Luck, PJB:wave:
  20. Kanawha

    Kanawha Member

    Looks great.:thumb: I particularly like the rust stains coming off of the chimneys. I've never quite been able to make realistic looking rust stains.

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