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Weathering

DCC Conversions

Mark’s Trains is now in a position to undertake full bespoke commissions to convert your locomotive or multiple unit to DCC/DCC Sound along with other extras (as listed on this website) and also provide weathering to produce an outstanding completed model that looks and sounds as close to realistic as the real thing. I can also renumber, name and add full buffer beam detail if required at extra cost. Weathering can also be undertaken as a stand alone service on any model you wish to weather, be it analogue DC trains or model vehicles. This weathering service is available for all scales, and a quote will be given for those scales that are not listed on the pricing table below.

Below you will find an explanation of the three weathering packages offered, the extent of weathering undertaken in each package and my prices for this service. I can also renumber, name and add full buffer beam detail if required at extra cost. Laser etched name plates can also be ordered through me, in various gauges, colours and styles. Contact me for a quote.

Weathering portfolio

Have a look through my weathering portfolio to see some great examples of weathering previously undertaken.

Weathering packages

Basic package (1 stage weathering)

Applied with an airbrush only with four colours used; frame dirt, brake dust, roof dirt & matt black. Finished with two coats of varnish.

Standard package (3 stage weathering)

Applied with both airbrush and hand brush using the same four colours above, plus any other colours as per prototype photos supplied. Body side oil streaks are applied and finished with two coats of varnish.

Complete package (5 stage weathering)

An initial wash of colours, depending on prototype photos supplied, and then the same application as per the above Standard 3 stage weathering. Then finished by hand to pick out rust areas and other detail before finishing with 2 coats of varnish.

Extent of weathering

Light weathering

A light dusting by air brush of associated colours and picking out by hand of relieved small detail, i.e. around marker light recesses, around roof panels, horn grilles etc. No body side streaking or fuel/coolant leaks applied with this level of weathering. 2 coats of varnish are applied to protect the weathering finish. A final touch is the addition of grease on the face of the buffer heads.

Light/Medium weathering

As above but with a slightly heavier application of the associated colours and also an additional level of picking out of fine detail as above. No body side streaking or fuel/coolant leaks applied with this level of weathering. 2 coats of varnish are applied to protect the weathering finish. A final touch is the addition of grease on the face of the buffer heads.

Medium weathering

A light wash of roof dirt is applied by hand first to pick out all the recesses and detail lines. Minimum cant level streaking is applied at this level of weathering, as is minimal body side streaking. Using the same associated colours as above a heavier application is applied. The same level of picking out the other fine detail by hand is also applied. Minimal applications to represent fuel/coolant leaks can be applied if required. 2 coats of varnish are applied to protect the weathering finish. A final touch is the addition of grease on the face of the buffer heads.

Medium/Heavy weathering

This is the same as Medium weathering except the cant rail and body side streaking is more pronounced and more widespread, and a heavier application of the associated colours is applied. The same level as medium of picking out the other fine detail by hand is also applied. Body side and roof fuel/coolant leaks can be applied if required. 2 coats of varnish are applied to protect the weathering finish. A final touch is the addition of grease on the face of the buffer heads.

Heavy weathering

A layer of Light/Medium weathering is applied and then rubbed off which leaves heavy staining around all the panels, grilles, etc. An application of Medium/Heavy weathering is then applied which allows the remaining layer of Light/Medium weathering to be seen through this layer to give a Heavy look to the finish. The same level of streaking as Medium/Heavy weathering is also applied. The same level as Medium weathering of picking out the other fine detail by hand is also applied. If appropriate a final stage of colours are applied to represent fuel/coolant leaks etc. on the roof, body sides and chassis. 2 coats of varnish are applied to protect the weathering finish. A final touch is the addition of grease on the face of the buffer heads.