Weathering Model Trains – Rust and Rust Streaks (Step 6)

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Painting rust streaks and rust on your model trains is often the main entry point for hobbyists to get into weathering. Doing rust well can take some time, but the payoff is definitely worth it. This video is another weathering tutorial in my “Weathering Basics” playlist. While there are numerous techniques for weathering model trains in the area of rust, this entry explores two, one with an airbrush, and one without.

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Music: “Engine No. 9” by Les Hooper
© 1981 Birch Island Music Press, Sole Selling Agent: C.L. Barnhouse Co., Oskaloosa, IA
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Some Products Featured in this video:

Games Workshop Paints:
Mournfang Brown
Skrag Brown

Abteilung 502 Oil Colours:
Rust Weathering set –
(This set has both light rust and dark rust, plus a few other colours, a good value)

Grex Airbrush Starter Kit –

Pledge Future Clear Acrylic Floor Polish: –

Tamiya X-21 Flat Base: –

Equipment & Software:
Sony SLT-A55 DSLR (Link is for the A68) –

Manfrotto 190X Pro Tripod –

Boya BY-M1 Universal Lavalier Microphone –

Adobe Creative Cloud:
Photoshop CC 2018, Premiere Pro CC 2018, Audition CC 2018, After Effects CC 2018.
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Special Thanks:
Ron Marsh of Ron’s Trains N Things:

Eric Hall of IMMROcom:

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M&M Rails says:

I just keep mine outside and let it rust naturally. 🙂 Great video. -Mark

Joe G says:

What is the brand of air brush do you use? Keep up the good work, I thoroughly enjoy these series

Ron's Trains N Things says:

Great explanation, John. That is exactly how I do rust streaks.

Ed Halley says:

First, it's useful to do rusting in multiple passes, a little at a time. Your final photo of the Soo gondola showed some sponged darker rust over the airbrushed layer. It looks good. One detail I would stress is that when it comes to nature, vary your hues. Each pass should have a slightly different formula of rusty colors, not just dark/light tone, but more red or more clay or more brown. Compare with your "what is a halo" photograph.

Second, an idea for another video should be what I call kickup. When a train car sits in a wet yard, or travels across a wet landscape, the rain spatters and moist dust are kicked up from the ground and settles on the undercarriage and lower sides of the train car. Depending on the geology of the area, some of it is clay, some of it is pulverized ballast stone, and some of it is rust. The moisture accelerates the rust of the ironworks as well. This is quite different from the colors you see about 2m or 6ft from the ground.

Jack Berlien says:

What model Grex airbrush are you using (or do you recommend for use with acrylics)?

JC's Riptrack says:

What are your favourite ways to apply rust to your model? What works well? What hasn't? Let us know!

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