Monday, June 19, 2017

Amazing weathering references at Steamrail Victoria


On the weekend I found a treasure trove of weather-beaten, abandoned-looking vehicles. I was in rusty heaven.


A friend at work mentioned to me on Friday that there is a rail restoration workshop at Newport, in Melbourne's west. (Thanks for the gold-plated tip, Patto!) It's called Steamrail Victoria, a not-for-profit organisation that repairs and restores old trains. As long as you sign the vistor's book and don't touch stuff, you can just wander around the workshop and railyards there. I'm sure if you are a rail buff, the guys volunteering there would share literal shed-loads of information with you.  If you're interested in going yourself, it's just off Shea Street, Newport. If you like engine oil, old machinery and antique industry, I heartily, heartily recommend it.



Weathering references for scale models
It gets the Dave's Model Workshop "Thumbs Up".


I would have enjoyed it regardless, but as a modeller the Steamrail Victoria yards are just chock full of perfect weathering references. I tried to photograph a little of everything a modeller could want: sun faded paint, mouldy streaks, damp, rust, dirt and dust, decaying metal, faded lettering and numerals, scratches.

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Weathering references for scale models

Weathering references for scale models

Weathering references for scale models

Weathering references for scale models

Weathering references for scale models

Weathering references for scale models

Weathering references for scale models

Weathering references for scale models

Weathering references for scale models

Weathering references for scale models

Weathering references for scale models

Weathering references for scale models
Rust!

Weathering references for scale models

Weathering references for scale models

Weathering references for scale models

Weathering references for scale models
Moss and lichen.

Weathering references for scale models

Weathering references for scale models

Weathering references for scale models
Grime.

Weathering references for scale models

Weathering references for scale models
Weathered wood.

Weathering references for scale models

Weathering references for scale models
Rust, glorious rust!

Weathering references for scale models

Weathering references for scale models

Weathering references for scale models

Weathering references for scale models
Scratches!

Weathering references for scale models

Weathering references for scale models

Weathering references for scale models

Weathering references for scale models
This was my favourite.

Weathering references for scale models

Weathering references for scale models
Oh, that greenish fading!

Weathering references for scale models
Even my daughter thought it was (relatively) interesting.
Not as interesting as My Little Pony, but somewhere on the spectrum of interesting.

Weathering references for scale models

Weathering references for scale models

Weathering references for scale models

Weathering references for scale models

Weathering references for scale models

Weathering references for scale models



I've filed these all away for my next abandoned armour model, but I thought I'd share them as someone out there might find just the weathering reference they're after for their current scale model project.

Now I want to model something beaten up just so I can try to replicate some of these shots!

Cheers,

Dave

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