Article Weathering Model Railroader Nov. 13 - Weathering Article | Page 5

PanPastels and one wedge-shaped sponge in hand, I triggered a stopwatch. When I had finished weathering the lo- comotive, the total time I had spent was only 8 minutes! I then located a second Berkshire and tried again, this time pausing a stop- watch at each step when I stopped to take a photo. My time improved slightly to 7 minutes and 13 seconds. I doubt that I’ll improve on that going forward, as I’ll probably find ways to enhance the pro- cess that will also add a bit of time. Emphasis on ‘easy’ To be sure, I’ve seen better weathering jobs, but that isn’t the point. The concern here was to find a simple way to get a lot of cars and locomotives weathered quickly. By using the same tools and materials but taking a little or a lot more time, I’m sure even better results can be obtained with a little practice. Even so, I doubt you’ll find an easier and quicker way to achieve acceptable results. Those of you who are pressed for time, don’t own an airbrush, or are in- timidated by the usual weathering pro- cesses might give PanPastels a try. Hard water creates white streaks as it runs down the boiler jacketing from the pop (safety) valves and blow-down muffler and dries. This effect is easy to get by using light applications of the white PanPastel color to simulate dried minerals. By the 5-minute, 29-second mark, Tony was applying Red Oxide and Burnt Sienna to simulate the rust on the locomotive’s pilot, cylinder heads, trucks, and other low areas to match his collection of reference photos. Associate editor Cody Grivno used Tony’s PanPastel methods on a locomotive on our new Model Railroader project railroad that will debut in January’s issue. To wrap up as the stopwatch ticked past the 7-minute mark, Tony applied a little more rust to the smokebox front and pilot, then did a bit more dry-brushing with light gray to ensure details stood out and everything blended together. NOVEMBER 2013 • Model Railroader 43