Rusty Loco Made From card

Discussion in 'Railroading' started by prm57, Jun 4, 2013.

  1. prm57

    prm57 New Member

    Hi after the kind coments on my first post i thought i would post some pictures of my latest model. I just managed to finish it for my local transport show in May. I had done 5 card model locos and wanted to try something different. I like a challenge so i decided to see if i could make a rusty loco. There where many in a scrapyard at Barry Island Wales after the end of steam in the uk. Allot of which have now been restored. I hadn't got a clue how to go about making the rust effect or whether it would work on a cardboard loco. I had never seen it done anywhere. I tried many different experimental ways. I also tried the kits you can buy but you get very little and on a model this size it would have been far too expensive. After many tries i used this method. First i purchased some scouring pads (wire wool). I placed them in a dish in my greenhouse for a bit of heat. I then sprayed them twice a day with salt water for about a month. This reduced them to a rust powder. I then mixed this powder with some matt varnish and painted it on the part to be rusted. Two coats of this then left to dry for 24 hours between each coat. Then sanded the coated parts with fine sandpaper. I think it turned out ok and at a relatively small cost. it was a bit messy and time consuming though. I would think this method could be used on any card model. The parts do need to be undercoated first. The model is the same scale as my others at 20 to 1 and measures about 3 foot (915mm) long. It is built from scratch using scale dawings and photos and took about a year to finish.

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  2. mauther

    mauther Active Member

    Genial! thanks for these beautiful photos of your work!

    Greetings from Brazil!

  3. silveroxide

    silveroxide Well-Known Member

    As usual, fantastic work and your attention to detail is extraordinary, especially after seeing the real locomotive and your model.
  4. Rogerio Silva

    Rogerio Silva Active Member

    Is that made of PAPER? Paper, like NOT metal? REALLY??? Oh, man, I salute you with all the honor!
    IMHO, it's an honorary Model of the Month mention!
  5. mdsohio

    mdsohio New Member

    Outstanding weathering!
  6. zathros

    zathros -----SENIOR---- Administrator

    It's ironic how your model chronicles the rusted derelict engine before restoration. It's an excellent way of showing how so many things should be preserved. :)


    Excellent build! Was the train scratch built or modded from an existing model?

    You should offer it to the museum, it would be a great illustration of "before."
  8. prm57

    prm57 New Member

    Yes it was scratch built using scale drawings and photos. I have 3 models in a preserved railway museum but these are made from matchsticks to the same scale.
  9. prm57

    prm57 New Member

    We have dozens of preserved railways in the uk. One you can travel 21 miles behind steam. There are several hundred preserved engines here many of which are in steam. Some operate on the preserved railways and some on main line specials although lots are still in the condition of my model.
  10. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

    This is simply FANTASTIC!!!! The amount of detail and work you have put into it is remarkable. Major kudos to a very, very fine job.

    And we still haven't got a big "WOW!" smiley! :)
  11. scifimodelfan

    scifimodelfan Member

    Speechless, absolutely fantastic.

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