Painting and Weathering Using Common Household Items

paintingAlways on the lookout for cost effective ways to enhance their model railroad layouts, modelers continue to come up with unique methods for weathering.


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 to touch them while the paint was wet.


Here’s how John Hanks adds depth and detail to his layout’s cars and other components:

It’s easy to forget to highlight a car with white paint (other colors work too).

Scratch brushed white paint has a dramatic effect when upper surfaces of trucks, roofs, grab irons, and even human figures are highlighted. It is like adding perspective to a drawing.

Take a stiff brush, put a small amount of white paint on it, and then brush most of it off on some scrap cardboard. Brush upper surfaces with the little that’s left.

Ideally the effect is subtle enough to be imperceptible to the visitor. Cheap water-based craft paint is fine.

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