Category: Weathering

All The Stuff I Didn’t Blog About in 2021

Admittedly I spent a lot of my modeling time last year working on P48 projects, a departure from my HO…


My work desk has been occupied by about 30 HO scale containers I’ve been weathering over the last few weeks….

71.275 + 71.023

HVAC Colors

I’ve been experimenting with colors to paint rooftop details. While most of the pipes and vents will be painted a…

Patrick chipping barriers.

Chipped Barriers

I decided to try Vallejo Chipping Medium for some of the Jersey barriers on the layout. I used paint to…

BLMA K-Rail Barriers


Thousands of traffic barriers are placed throughout the Seattle Terminal. They keep the trains and the traffic separated and serve…

Staining Wood Ties

Finishing & Staining Wood Ties – Video

Finishing & Staining Wood Ties I’ve already glued my ties to the roadbed. I used Kappler 8′ 6″ wood cross…

Humbrol #98 applied to the ties on the left

Tie Coloring – Humbrol #98

I’ve tried a new two step method to staining my ties. Paint the ties with Humbrol #98 Enamel Paint. It’s…

Test tie strip

Tie Color with Leather Dye

I decided to try a little leather dye mixed with alcohol for tie coloring. I bought Lincoln Black Leather Dye…

Distressed and Weatered Ties

Tie Color and Distress

My first attempt at getting a realistic looking railroad ties. I distressed the ties with an exacto knife, wire brush…

Left to Right: Unfinished;Aim Blacken It;Neolube

Track Color Test 1

Testing out some rail colors. I tried PolyScale “Dirt”; AIM Products Blacken It; & Neolube. I kinda like the Blacken-It….