16 years ago
- these things make their way slowly to Australia. It has an article by
John Pryke on weathering locomotives. The part of the article that deals
with diesels is useful enough, but the steam part is a disappointment.
Like so many other modellers, Mr. Pryke's weathering that doesn't
reflect the way real steam locos look when they get dirty. It's more his
interpretation of what other modellers have done before him.
Now I know that most US Class 1 roads had dieselised by the mid 1950s,
and therefore there aren't all that many modellers around who have
first-hand experience of what steam locos looked like in regular
service. But there are many colour books on the market from publishers
like Morning Sun and the like, which have good clear photos showing
typical steam loco weathering. Likewise there are increasing number of
colour photos published on the web. The information is not hard to get.
It would be nice to see more models with realistic weathering, and less
with the stereotypical model weathering of airbrushed grey stripes,
white streaks from washout plugs, red streaks below the tender tank
filler hatch, and so on...
All the best,