Weathering a grain hopper fleet
One of my friend is in the process of building a small switching layout based on an agricultural community located in Southern Quebec. It used to be a MMA branchline.

The fleet is made of old Athearn Blue Box kits, Accurail and Intermountain. The weathering was intended to blend together the cars, thus narrowing the huge difference in detailing. The weathering is based on real prototype pictures shot circa 2002-2006. It was extremely fun to try to replicate the effects using various techniques. I also tried my hand at graffiti even if I'm not particularly fond of that kind of "art".

I believe nice weathering can truly bring back to life old freight cars. Taking in account how much a new grain hopper cost nowadays, we can no longer afford building large fleet without using some ingenuity.

I'm also impressed by Accurail's ribbed hopper. They really did a great job in terms of balancing fine details, easy assembly and affordable price. Their new toolings are particularly interesting and I hope, one day, they will bring some of their classic boxcars up to the same level of quality. 

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I like those patch jobs.  Nicely done, Matt!   Applause Applause Applause

looks realistic for modern era . I model the late 50's early 60's the most I weather grain hoppers is a light dusting of the thinner I wash out brushes in.

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