Weathered tractor

Discussion in 'Photos & Videos' started by spitfire, Jun 9, 2003.

  1. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Inspired by TrainClown on the chat one night, who was having trouble finding an HO tractor I agreed to send him this spare one I have.
    But wouldn't you know it, instead of a shiny new one rolling out of my Massey Ferguson factory complex, he wanted one that had seen years of hard service for a farm scene he's doing.:D :D :D

    So my friend, you should receive it in a couple of days. I think she's gonna need a tune-up!


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  2. Blake

    Blake Member

    That is TOTALLY outrageous!! Great looking tractor. Could you put one in the downsizer and bring it down....say...54%!!!
  3. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery


    That is awesome work Val...!!!

    It is almost a shame that the ones on your flat (if you are still doing this) are new from the factory 'cause they won't get that incredible weathering treatment.


  4. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    Looks fantastic Val.
  5. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    Only the wood grain on the table gives away the fact that this is a model!
    Beautiful weathering Val!
  6. davidstrains

    davidstrains Active Member


    That is fabulous. Is there any way to take a few years of tread off those tires? Let us know because I want to try it on some n-gauge tractors when I find the time.
    :) :) :)
  7. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Graet job Val, looks just like the real thing! :cool:
  8. TrainClown

    TrainClown Member

    FarmerClown is very happy!

    Wow Val!!!!!!

    That's just too cool! My wife got a lump in her throat when she saw the pic because it looks just like the tractor her grandpa had long ago. It's going to be the best weathering job on my layout! No lie! I know this because I have never tried it, but this will be a lesson for me when I can finally get a closer look.

    It's perfect! I love it! :)

    Now you have caused me to make a vital decision. I am going to make a farming diarama with a piece of track to put my big 4-6-4 on with some grain cars, beside the grain elevator. (big 4-6-4 won't run on the 18" radius curves on my layout) That tractor can be hauling a load of grain to the elevator. Just my first idea, more to come. I wan't to build a barn too.

    You have your choice of a bungalow style house, a large 2 car garage, a small garage, a corner store or an old storage shed raised on stilts. Just let me know what you would like and it's yours. I started making these buildings when my plan was for a small city, but now that has changed. Of course, you will have to weather it yourself. ;)

    Happy to make the trade,

  9. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Thanks a lot everybody! I must say I get a big kick out of weathering.

    Andrew, while it's true that the flats of tractors on my layout will be brand spanking new, pretty much everything else will be weathered to some degree. I think the contrast will be good.

    David, I would guess that you could just file the tread down. Notice that the front tires have no tread at all - they should really have that thin parallel stripe tread.

    TrainClown, I'm leaning towards either the corner store or the raised storage shed. Do you by any chance have any pix of those? If so, I'd love to see them.

  10. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member


    That is one exquisite weathering job, Val! Really nicely done.:)
  11. TomPM

    TomPM Another Fried Egg Fan

    Great job Val!
  12. RailRon

    RailRon Active Member

    Val, the Weathering Wizard

    How's about that as a second, well deserved title to 'Robber Baroness'? :D

    Fantastic weathering! My compliments, I'm bowing before you, Madam!

  13. Val, that's absolutely incredible weathering. It's not often that a model is that realistically weathered! Outstanding work. :cool:
  14. jmarksbery

    jmarksbery Active Member

    OH MY!

    That turns me on Val, jeeze it looks terrible in a great way. Need to do one on my N scale. You know as a trade in at Tyson Sales.
    :eek: :eek: :eek:
  15. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Some one said 54% less???
    O K >
    Nice job Spitfire:D ;) :p

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  16. TrainClown

    TrainClown Member

    FarmerClown is happy! and sad?

    It is here :D and a wonderful job you did too.


    FarmerClown was befuddled when he went out this morning to find the wheel had fallen off his tractor. :(

    Yes, it's true, by some strange coinkydink the rear left wheel had broke off. One of the cows must have tryed to take it for a joy ride and the old girl just couldn't handle the weight, I guess.

    But really, I guess it got dropped somehow in the post. Not to worry though, I can fix it. Or mabie not? It might be neat to have the wheel off like it was being repaired, or a sudden accident. The missing wheel really makes it look dilapitated. It sort of looks interesting sitting off kilter and I could work it into a scene.

    Now an update on your buildings. The shed is done except since I built it, I made a jig for making couragated tin out of tin foil and I want to put a tin roof on it. It will look better than the smooth printed paper it has now. I will let you weather it as you please.
    The store just needs some window casements and the sign put on and a chimny made. I wont get a chance to do any of this untill next week because from tomorow untill Sunday I am doing the clown act in Moose Jaw at a sreet fair. Actually I am doing my Mother Goose puppet show on Sunday so I have to do repairs in the evenings untill then.

    In the mean time you have the delight of anticipation and I have an even BIGGER grin than usual. :D

    Thanks again ;)

  17. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Re: FarmerClown is happy! and sad?

    Dang! I thought that packing job I did was pretty postman-proof. On the other hand, I had a wheel come off too when I was just painting one of them, so maybe that is a weak spot. In any case, it's easy enough to glue back.

    Glad you like it my friend. I will enjoy this state of anticipation as long as I can!


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