Painting and Weathering Using Common Household Items

Always on the lookout for cost effective ways to enhance their model railroad layouts, modelers continue to come up with unique methods for weathering. Painting Here’s a tip where Palmer Schatell describes one way he paints some components of his layout: When airbrushing HO [cars & engines], with a little hand molding, the soft cardboard rolls that toilet paper comes on fits into the cars and locomotive bodies and provides a way of holding these objects. I used the cap from a spray can fastened to the center of an inexpensive Lazy Susan to allow me to turn the bodies without having … [Read more...]

Model Railroading Scenery Tip: Painting Brick on Your Layout

This scenery tip came in from Robert Herring. Robert shared a technique he has used for painting brick on his model railroad layout that will give your brick walls an aged appearance. I’ve added this tip to the Scenery Techniques page as well as posting it here: The easiest way to paint brick, even N scale, that I have found is to: Paint the base color of the building. Use flat latex interior paint thinned about 2 to 1 with water and a drop or two of liquid detergent. After the base coat has dried, use a paper towel dipped into the mixture and rub the brick areas. The finish … [Read more...]