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Weathering Märklin 4679

Weathering of a Märklin freight car 4695 from Württemberg of the Länderbahn era.

According to the example of a standardized freight car build from 1860 and later added to the Deutsche Reichsbahn Wagen Verband (DWV), or the German Reichsbaan Association. The cars were intended for the transport of fruit and vegetables. The loading volume is 45.7 m3 or 15 tons. This specific type, referred to the Württenberg type and served in Germany from 1922 to 1945. This type of freight car with brakeman’s cabin has been released in many different versions of flat roof-, hinged lid-, stake-, beer-, low side freight-, high side gondola car and passenger car. Some of these freight cars were unfortunately used for wrong purposes in WW2, as we all know.

Before weathering this freight car, it was first disassembled and cleaned. You can simply clean with some soap and warm tap water. Always dry completely before starting to apply any paint product. The first action is to cover everything with the airbrush or aerosol with a transparent matte acrylic lacquer. After drying we start with the housing of the car.

We will paint almost all planks with different brown tones with a thin brush (00000). This is a time consuming job and takes a few hours. In this project we only use Vallejo products. The first color will be a mix of 3 drops of Medium Green 71092 and 5 drops of Black Green 71021. Dose and mix these colors until a color is almost identical to the color of the wagon. We carefully fill plank by plank with the thin brush where we can make a pattern ourselves. Do this carefully and do not touch the boards with any paint that you do not want painted with this color. All 4 sides of the wagon will be done in this way. The second color is what is left of the first color and we divide it into two portions. In one portion we mix in 3 drops of Olive Green 71265 and then paint planks in the same way. The third and last color we use the portion of paint that is left over from the first mix. We add 3 drops Flat Yellow 70953 and stir until it is an even colour. Then we will again apply this on the planks as the previous 2 steps. Ultimately, the result is that 1/4 has had no treatment and the other 3 x 1/4 the described colors. The freight car immediately starts to get a much better appearance.

We are now going to give all planks a light drybrush with the color Concrete 71131 to simulate a little more wood structure. Always work in the longitudinal direction of the planks.

The next step is to apply the same colour as used for the second colour on the planks to all the metal fittings of the car with the same fine 00000 brush. To keep the paint fluid, we mix it with 1 to 2 drops of Air Brush Flow improver, so that the paint flows better, is workable on these small parts and does not dry too quickly. Again, take your time for this, because recovery is impossible. Don’t be surprised if you just spend an hour on this.

After complete drying, a wash is applied in the seems of the planks, so that they get even more depth. This wash is the colour Light Grey 76515. When ready let it dry well again.

The roof is treated with the Pigment 73110 Burnt Umber and some 73116 Carbon Black. We brush in the width direction of the roof with a brush, because we want to imitate as many rain stripes as possible. Then we take a flat soft brush, dip it in clean water and go in the same direction of the roof. Clean the brush a few times. When everything has dried, the roof has an appearance with rain stripes. We will now cover everything with Matt Clear Coat, so that it is fixed and the color of the pigment becomes less hard. Also small rust spots will be applied on the roof with the colour German C Black Brown 70822. For this application we use a small piece of a sponge, pick it up with a tweezer, dip it in the paint en push it slightly on a paper sheet to remover most of the paint until almost no paint will come of anymore. Now we can add with almost no pressure very small rust pitting spots on the roof. When dry finally we apply some extra Pigment powder in the colour Burnt Umber 73110 to get some extra weathering effect on the roof. After that all is sealed with Matt Varnish.

The next step is to apply Pigment powder Burnt Umber 73110 along all ironwork with a narrow brush.

Some extra details will be applied by using the 00000 brush all around the ironwork in the colour Orange Rust 71130

A thin veneer wood sheet is glued on the metal plate of the bottom of the freight car and apply a layer of wash Dark Grey 76517 on it to get extra detail. We spray the chassis lightly with the Airbrush in the color German C Black Brown 70822, whereby we only lightly mist over the decals, so that they remain visible. After drying, we treat the entire base with Pigment Powder Burnt umber 73110. The pigment powder is sealed with mat varnish. The application of using mat varnish is only done on the trains and cars because we don’t want to damage this when we must pick-up one.

The spring package is treated with paint colour Orange Rust 71130 and Pigment Powder Rust 73117 and the backs of the buffers with a paint mixture of ratio 1:1 Rust 71080 and Orange Rust 71130 and finally Pigment Powder Old Rust 73120. Seal everything again with Matt Clear Coat.

In places where grease accumulates, we apply Train Color Oil & Grease 73002 with a fine 00000 brush. The front of the buffers also get a dot of grease.

Also immediately paint the inside walls of the car with Medium Green 71029. Later the wagon also receives cargo, consisting of barrels, boxes and bags. The total look of the freight car is now changed from a shiny plastic look to a used weathered car which fits in the scenery.

And of course the the freight car is immediately picked-up by the BR81 steam locomotive for duty. The BR81 is also weathered and the description can be read here.

Of course we still have the original packaging of the freight car.

Overview weathering freight cars.

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