Joppa Iron Works A Fracture in History

February 8, 2012

Weathering Walther’s torpedo cars…

Filed under: Uncategorized — mike @ 10:28 pm

Tonight I finally gathered enough nerve to heavily weather a brand new Walther’s torpedo car. They look so nice out of the box I was hesitant to touch them, but they didn’t look right without grime.

When hot metal is poured out from these cars there is residue on the outer lip of the spout. I have heard this called “skull”. After looking at some actual pictures I decided to use a brush to paint dilute white glue around the opening of the torpedo car and sprinkle on Highball N Scale Cinder ballast. After letting the first coat dry overnight I reapplied more ballast today and let it dry. I heavily flecked chalk onto the cars with a dry brush – first rust color over the car and grey around the spout. I hit the car with Testor’s Dullcoat and applied more chalk. Afterwards and while the car was still wet I misted rubbing alcohol over the car. The created the mottled look that I was hoping for – albeit a happy accident.

Here are some results:


Paper Surfaced Buildings

Filed under: Uncategorized — mike @ 10:27 pm

There have been a lot of posts on the Yahoo! boards, and rather than clog the boards with my post, I have added a post to my own page with pics of the buildings that I have built. The building with the RC logo on it is Plexiglas as are the other two with strong white vertical stripes. The three tallest ones are photos over FoamCore made with pics downloaded online.

We’re back up again!

Filed under: Uncategorized — mike @ 12:50 am

I had a problem with my prior setup and switched to 1&’s service. After a  rocky start, I am back up again.

Keep posted since I will be getting the site back together.


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