Been working on weathering a few more cars this month and also trying out some techniques with acrylic washes that I had not tried before. This months trainboard.com weathering challenge was to complete 3 to 4 box cars for a short line. These could be of any era or type of box car. The natural place to start is to look through one's collection for at least one short line car. All cars needed to be either Micro-Trains cars or at least have wheels or couplers from Micro-Trains.
Next I started looking for prototype images on the Internet of ASAB box cars. This particular railroad was a good choice as there were quite a few both in the scheme showed above and also box cars purchased from other railroad and patched. I enjoyed learning a bit about a railroad that I did not know anything about before.
And this is how the weathered model came out. I ordered the replacement 10 ft Superior door from Micro-Trains, they come in a 12 pack so I think I now may have a lifetime supply of those.
Here's the finished model of the 2nd car. Patched and re-numbered to match the prototype. All the cars in this project got BLMA metal wheel sets with the wheel sides painted rail brown. This car got one axle set painted oxide red to simulate a recent replacement.
Here's the finished model of ASAB 7401. After patching and re-numbering as needed all of these cars received acrylic washes, dull-coat, and weathering powders.
Everything done the same way on this model just a bit lighter. Also added Microscale reflector decals to match the prototype photo.
These weathering challenges have been fun but I have not been doing so much on the layout so unless the one for May is particularly interesting this will be the last one for me for now anyway.