Rust never sleeps

Discussion in 'Photos & Videos' started by zedob, Jul 8, 2005.

  1. zedob

    zedob Member

    I needed to paint and weather my bridge for my single angle photo shoot and I wanted to try and assimulate some of the bridges around my area. The particular bridge I am modeling is painted silver, but I wanted to paint it black to contrast the rust and weathering (I also didn't have any silver paint).

    I wanted the peeling paint effect, so I stippled water color masking fluid (rubber cement or liquid latex would work just as well, I just happened to have it on hand) randomly over the plate girder then concentrating on the vertical angles. After the fluid dried I airbrushed grimy black over the whole bridge. Once that dried for about an hour I rubbed the areas that were masked with a gum eraser to get the peel effect.

    But, it didn't look right, so...

    After some careful study of my pics I realized that there were a multitude of shades of rust inter-mixed with what WAS black paint (now it's more like chalky grey) into what I can best describe as mottled blotches.

    Without doing anything to what I had already done, I re-did everything again except I stippled the fluid in different areas while purposely overlapping some of the spots that were masked. I dusted the whole thing down with D&H grey then with grimy black. I waited for everything to dry, then removed the masking fluid. Oh yeah! Now it was looking better, so I repeated the process again, but varying teh masking fluid application.

    Once I was totally satisfied I reaplied the fluid, but this time I painted a thick coat(s) on the whole girder with grimy black and then dusted it with the grey.

    The last coat was thicker to get a good peel.

    It's a multi stepped process, but the effect was worth the effort.

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  2. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    WoW!!!! That is one of the best rust jobs I've seen. Even the protoype RR's would have to learn a thing or two from your process in order to achieve that old. rusted look.:D

    Great job....:thumb::thumb::thumb::thumb:
  3. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday Member

    Simply fabulous! Thanks for sharing your technique.
  4. zedob

    zedob Member

    Thanks guys.

    It's really too overdone for the era I was planning, but I was having so much fun with it I just kept going.

    I still have the other side of the bridge I can use for the earlier era pic I am working on.
    a few pics of the protos

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  5. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

  6. zedob

    zedob Member

    Thanks Ralph,

    I hope someone tries it out. If it doesn't look right, just keep working it. There seems to be a few layers of diff colored paint on some of the proto examples.

    BTW, I was thinking about your white spot dilemma on your carfloat section. You may want to drive some pilings there(I'm not sure where the spot is located). Every ferry scene I've seen is usually abundant with pilings, old and new. AS long as it's not in the way of float manipulation, it would probably be close to proto.
  7. Pitchwife

    Pitchwife Dreamer

    Hey zedob, looking at your work and the prototype pictures, I think that yours looks more real. :thumb: :thumb:
  8. JBBVry

    JBBVry Member

    the rust looks great. you sure the train will not fall through it? it looks kind of rusty.
  9. zedob

    zedob Member

    It's not nice to fool Moth....Father Nature.
  10. zedob

    zedob Member

    Nah, that scale 1/2" thick peeling paint is holding everything together. Should be good for another 10 yrs.
  11. brakie

    brakie Active Member

    Great balls of fire!!! That looks great!!! :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :D
  12. zedob

    zedob Member


    Took some pics of my progress on the diorama.

    I built the railing and finished weathering the building and abutment this weekend. I still have to figure out what I want to dress the storefront window with. I also need to back-date the road. I just threw in a piece of black mat board, but I'm going to make it all cobblestone.

    The pic is not the best. It's one of those six one way... things. Either the lighting is right, under the bridge, and the area where the two guys are is HOT (glaringly bright), or that area is right and it's way too dark under the bridge .

    I was using only one spot to simulate the sun, but must have had it too close.

    The lighting in the bright pic is alittle too bright and washes the weathering out of the abutment. Looks too orange. It's more of a darker brown. However, I do like the shadow cast by the bridge, but is still a bit fuzzy ( the spot I used had the faceted lens, so...)

    I do have some 200-300watt clear bulbs, but they cast a filament line (bright zig-zag hot spot) unless aimed at a slight angle. I didn't have the time to rig it up that way, so i just went with the outdoor spot rig.

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  13. Pitchwife

    Pitchwife Dreamer

    Hey zedob. A little photoshopping and..... :wave: :wave:

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  14. zedob

    zedob Member

    Hey thanks. Nice job, I had to look and see what you had done (the column gave it away) I was going to PS it , but it was late.

    Anyways, I redid the lighting and the shot. Found out I needed to set the cam to tungston, too. More like I found out what that setting did, by accident.

    Here's the new version

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  15. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    An excellent job of creating the look of a rusty bridge Zebob
  16. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Now photoshop some trees and sky into the black area at upper left, and you won't ever need to finish the scene... ;) :D

    That's a great looking building too...

  17. zedob

    zedob Member

    I'm ahead of you. I did this the other night, but didn't get to post it until now.

    I used the black background for contrast to help me crop out that area.

    The color is a little diff, but it came out pretty nicely.

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  18. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Must be hard to rent the premises next to the track. Can you imagine the noise and vibration. Neat photo and great modelling Zedob
  19. zedob

    zedob Member

    There's only one track there now on the prototype. There used to be 5. I assume that the proto building was built when there were 5 tracks during the railroad's heyday, so there must have been a constant racket.

    Maybe I'll make the place into a Fine China dealer, with a going out of business sign in the window and garbage cans full of broken glass.

    Thanks for the compliment Matthyro. It's been an entertaining and educational project for me.
  20. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    I like you thinking Zedob. The Fine China Dealer is a good choice.

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