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Weathering Märklin 4695

Märklin 4695 of the Germanische Reischsbahn weatheren

According to the example of a standardized freight car of the Deutsche Reichsbahn Wagen Verband (DWV), or the German Reichsbaan Association. The cars were built from 1910 to 1927 in a number of about 120.000 units and 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 DRG G Kassel according to (design) Munsterblatt A2 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 (0000). 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 German Red Brown 71271 with Mahogany Brown 70822. 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 4 drops of Chocolate Brown 70872 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 German C Black Brown 70822 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 colour German C Black Brown 70822 to all the metal fittings of the car with the same fine 0000 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 wax is a mixture of 2 drops of Olive Brown 70889 with 1 drop of German Grey 70995 and enough airbrush thinner or water to get a good liquid wash. When ready let it dry well again.

The next step is to apply Pigment powder Burnt Umber 73110 along all ironwork with a narrow brush. We also immediately apply on the roof 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. We will dry-brush the metal grids with a small piece of sponge between tweezers in the color Silver Grey 70883 and when it is dry, give a light touch in the same way with German C Black Brown 70822. We also immediately bring light rust spots on the roof, especially along the edges.

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 spring package is treated with Pigment Powder Rust 73117 and the backs of the buffers with 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 0000 brush. The front of the buffers also get a dot of grease.

There was a metal weight at the bottom of the car. We remove this and replace it with a wooden floor. This gives a better appearance when the sliding doors are open and you can look into the wagon. Also immediately paint the inside walls of the car with German C Black Brown. Later the wagon also receives cargo, consisting of barrels, boxes and bags. The doorstep at both sliding doors have a wooden board and we paint it using first a layer of concrete and then two light brown colours. After completely drying give it a dark grey wash.

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

Overview weathering freight cars

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