Yes but I'm comparing kits with pre-painted sides - Central Valley,
Silver Streak and Ulrich vs. Accurail, Walthers, Athearn, et al. I
don't want to have to redo all of the lettering afterwards. The
pre-painted wood sides of the former kits always look flatter than the
latter kits, which was my original point.
Rick Jones wrote:
[...] No matter how much Dullcote or flat finish I spray on
The trick is a light overspray of grey or brown primer, just barely
enough to cover, and then apply flat acrylic (waterbased) paints. When
mixing paint shades, stir just enough so that the paint is about 90% the
same throughout - you want those subtle variations that exist in real
life. They look even better applied with a brush IMO. A brush
automatically introduces subtle variations in colour that wood cars
develop almost as soon as they're painted. Spray paint in these
applications is too uniform for my taste. Oh, and wash the plastic first
- that mold release agent interferes with proper paint adhesion,
especially water based paint.
I overspray wood kits with a very light flat finish, and often do not
oversrpay at all. A heavy coat of even flat finish actually introduces a
sheen. I rarely use Dullcote - it just doesn't do what it's name says.
(Actually, I find its best use is to kill the glare on glossy photos.)
The flat finishes made for artist's use are better (and not more
expensive -- they just come in bigger cans than Dullcote.) It's
trickier to decal on flat paint, but it can be done, with careful
cutting out of the deacls, and repeated use of decal-setting agents
(which must be wipded clean after they dry, every time - don't put fresh
decal set over existing muck). Dry transfers are a snap, and preferable
if you can get them.
Granted. Great kits. Now, if they could afford to upgrade the whole line
to laser cut parts...
What brand did you use? I tried a spray can of flat clear finish
once and it made the decals crinkle. So I went back to DullCote.
Like you, I have good luck decaling on flat finishes. As you say,
trim it close, use SolvaSet, use great care in handling the wet decal,
work any air bubbles out, wait for it to get good and dry. Then a shot
of Dullcote to make the decal blend in.
Walthers DDV works fine.
Get some artists matte medium at an art supply store and thin it with Liquitex
Air Brush Medium. If they don't have Liquitex, Golden will work OK.
Go to a shop that specializes in aircraft and military models and get some Tamiya
flat overspray, Humbrol, Gunze-Sangyo, and others all make products that are
to Dullcote. Krylon has a line of artists coatings that work well also. there
UV resistant clear, a satin, and a matte finish as well.
You cannot find everything you need to build model trains at a train store. Even
best train stores in the country do not have everything you need to get great
results. Learn to think "Outside the box." I have to remind myself to do this
the time as I am prone to staying inside the box if I don't watch out.
One of the best posts on the subject I've read that covers all but one
Seems the name "Model Railroader" is on a mag that should be called
Most people are "Railroad Modelers" involved in greater degrees with
the art of modeling the railroad by creating dioramas with trains that
move through them.
Fewer people connected in the "hobby of models and railroading" are
First, I must admit that I seldom even flip through MR anymore so maybe
I'm way out of touch. The few times someone brings one to the club I've
seldom seen much on operations. Maybe i just miss those issues and am
speaking out of my butt.
If MR was really about "model railroading", operations would make up a
"majority" of articles. If not, then it's safe to say that they cater
more to railroad modelers.
Yes, I agree many do both, but from what I have experienced, most ( not
all ) of the people that are new to the hobby, say less than 3 to 5
years, are usually building a diorama with trains passing through.
Operators are usually ones that have been in the hobby for years and
have learned to appreciate "railroading". While many older model
railroaders do read MR, i would bet that most do not and only pick one
up when someone tells them of a specific article that they might be
To sum it up, most of the more serious, or more intense model
railroaders "that I know", seldom even speak of MR anymore. MR needs
the widest possible readership and it seems it's mostly to newer
While the newer editions of the past few years have really great
pictures and is more "fancy" in it's publication, I tend to go through
our collection and read articles back from the 60's on up.
If you think Model Railroader has changed wait till you run across an
old girl friend that was the hottest thing on legs 30 years ago. Makes MR
look pretty sweet. Bruce
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