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Section Hand

Posted - 12/16/2020 :  09:08:27 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi everyone,

1st On30 rolling stock project here using an 18' low-side gondola as a basis (more like a practice item). It is still work in progress so i will keep you updated on this.

I originally planned for having the sides painted and then having paint-peeling effects but the more i look at the current state of things the more i lean towards painting just the metal parts.

I used acrylics in order to represent the weathered wood alongside with enamel/oil weathering. At selected parts a wire brush was used to restore wood grain and to add more finer grains where needed.

Many thanks for stopping by.

And with enamels added

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Posted - 12/16/2020 :  11:00:42 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very nice Yannis. I really do like the coloring.


"And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." A. Lincoln

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Crew Chief

Posted - 12/16/2020 :  11:29:22 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yannis that's a really nice looking piece of rolling stock; you made the right coloring decisions. Must have been much easier building with the larger scale.

My current build:http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=53479

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Posted - 12/16/2020 :  1:12:37 PM  Show Profile  Visit friscomike's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Howdy Yanis, The gondola looks terrific. I like the colors you picked. ~mike

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Posted - 12/16/2020 :  5:43:32 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wow! Great job.

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Posted - 12/16/2020 :  10:20:41 PM  Show Profile  Visit Philip's Homepage  Reply with Quote

Bring it to the Quarry and we'll break it in!


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Engine Wiper

Posted - 12/17/2020 :  02:53:22 AM  Show Profile  Visit BreizhSteamer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Yannis, that looks marvellous!

I believe you're quite justified leaving the wood in a raw condition. As far as I know, railroad managements tended to save money where they could, that included painting only the outside of a waggon in the railroad's livrée and leaving the rest as it was. Taking it one step further and only painting the metal sounds like a consequent choice.

I'm also in the process of painting, I'm working on a flatcar. I've found that taping the edges of the stakes helps to get sharp borders between the colors. Check my website for an example: https://zamit.eu/en/2017/06/porter-tender-paintwork/ - maybe you find it useful.

Please keep us posted, this looks great!


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Section Hand

Posted - 12/17/2020 :  06:02:27 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you all for the very kind words!
Philip will do!
Frederic: Many thanks for the information on justifying the lack of paint! I indeed plan to mask the wooden areas with Tamiya tape before airbrushing red-oxide on the steel (or iron?) stakes that hold the side panels together. Thanks for the example.

Out of curiosity (it is a generic early rail question), did they paint the trucks back at the time (1860s 1870s)? I am trying to decide on an appropriate color pallete for the trucks and the underbody details.

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Posted - 12/17/2020 :  06:10:00 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yannis, I guess you are now officially an On30'er.
Nice job on the gondola.

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Michael Hohn

Posted - 12/17/2020 :  09:08:54 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote

Yes, trucks were painted either black or matching the body color. The underneath of cars was probably not painted except the ends of body bolsters and needle beams for about a foot or two from the ends.

Very nice job on the car.


Edited by - Michael Hohn on 12/17/2020 09:18:45 AM

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Tyson Rayles

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Posted - 12/17/2020 :  09:33:15 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nicely Done!

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Bill Gill

Posted - 12/17/2020 :  10:13:47 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yannis, nice work, looking good.

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Section Hand

Posted - 12/17/2020 :  12:05:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Rick, Bill, Tyson and Michael many thanks for the feedback!

Rick heh yes I guess I am an On30er now indeed! It is a fascinating scale.
Michael many thanks for the info on the painting! Much appreciated.

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