|Some of JD's new cars
|Jake and Alex use prototype photos
as a guide to weather a flat car
After the delightful dinner, we descended to the basement for a weathering session. The primary purpose was to jump start John Drye's conversion to HO scale by weathering a bunch of HO freight cars. Jake and Alexandra offered to help. Paul Dolkos watched the festivities and got inspired to go home and do some of his own cars.
In a few hours we managed to weather about a dozen cars. Probably my favorites were the covered cement hoppers that I weathered in part with a slurry of white chalk dust and water. When it dries it creates a most convincing look of dried dust.
Hopefully, this gave JD a good head start on his new layout.
|Love these cement hoppers
Speaking of travel, we will be in Connecticut for the NERPM next weekend. I'll be presenting a clinic on Saturday evening. On Sunday, we plan to visit Mystic Seaport. I haven't been there in over 50 years.
|JD posing by his new freight cars