Ore wagons prove the perfect test bed for new weathering products
Using some little pots of acrylic medium, some rather dramatic rust effects have been created on a pair of OO gauge iron ore tipplers. The wagons, from Hornby and Bachmann, have been used as a proving ground for some new (to me at least!) techniques and products, namely AK Interactive's 'Worn Effects' and 'Heavy Chipping'. These are acrylic-based fluids that are sprayed onto the surface before applying the livery coats. Having covered the wagon in an approximation of a rusty finish at the outset, the livery - in this case BR grey - is then wetted and removed as desired.
Anything from a few peeling patches to a heavily corroded surface can be achieved and further weathering with paints and powders further refines the overall effect.
As with anything, it takes a bit of practice to get the hang of things and to appreciate how the two fluids behave. But, after these first two ventures, I'm really impressed by the possibilities. Indeed, I can see me using this method a lot in future, so look out for a demo in Model Rail magazine in the near future.
By the way, AK Interactive products are available from most model shops, especially those dealing in military or aircraft kits, or Model Hobbies.