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#10505 Feb 3

Weathering tank carsrequires some techniques not used on other freight cars. Here are some tips fromBruce F. Smith on weathering tanks cars. Keep in mind this is just one of manyapproaches.



1) Start with an overspray of weathered or grimy black. These cars got very grimy from smoke, dirt,dust and road grime and were rarely washed or repainted. This also dulls the markings.

2) Add additional grime from spillage in the dome area. I like oily black for this.

3) Add bearing oil grunge to the bottom and ends of the tankwhere leaky bearings on the car, or neighboring car would have spun oil outonto the tank and frame.

4) Add a rust wash to the edges of the tank bands toindicate where expansion and contraction have rubbed the paint off allowingrust. Also rust the truck springs.

5) Add fresh spills with gloss paint.

6) Add appropriate placards and chalk marks.



And Tony Thompson also has some illustrated recommendations:



---Links-Are-Forbidden--- are some prototype tank cars weathered by the hand ofman and nature:



---Links-Are-Forbidden--- some models:



---Links-Are-Forbidden--- any of you have stories about or photos of weathered tankcars, please share them with us.



Bob Chaparro

Moderator



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#10506 Feb 3

On 2/3/17 10:49 AM,thecitrusbelt@... [Model_Railroads_Of_Southern_California]wrote:

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2) Add additional grime from spillage inthe dome area.. Ilike oily black for this.3)Add bearing oil grunge to the bottom and ends of thetankwhere leaky bearings on the car, or neighboring carwould have spun oil outonto the tank and frame.

These are great tips. But not all tank cars carry oil, correct? Somecarry ethanol, others liquid natural gas, others corn syrup, andmany others a certain kind of chemical. Unless the type of car isspecified by the model manufacturer on the package, how are we toknow what kind of commodity each type of tank car is supposed tocarry in the prototype world? I would also assume that each tank carcarries that certain liquid commodity for life (i.e. one tank carwouldn't carry crude oil in one shipment and corn syrup inanother...at least I hope not!).

Elson






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