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Project:: Snow on my Passenger Car Roofs!
CandO
Joined: Oct 11, 2010
Topics: 5   Replies: 16
posted on Nov 14, 2010 02:55 PM:
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Here is a post on how I made my scale Polar Express cars look like they were out in the cold of Winter. I also posted this on the OGR forum.

While working on modifying my scale Polar Express observation car, I tried to come up with ideas for snowy roofs. I thought of completely covering the roofs with Woodland Scenics' snow, but I didn't want to hide all the details. In the end, I chose to give them a frosted look with some snow build up...like an extremely cold Winter's day.





To do this, I first took the shells off each car and masked off the sides, ends and bottom of them with Frog Tape(type of green painter's tape). Then I painted the exposed roof with Floquil Primer(rattle can)...then I airbrushed with Floquil Graphite color. Graphite is a nice black with glitter/sparkles into the paint...perfect to mimic the sparkles in snow/ice.
Here is a shot after spraying the Graphite paint:





Items needed:
Floquil Primer
Floquil Graphite paint
Small paint brush
1 inch paint brush
Doc O'brien's Highlight White weathering powder...comes in a kit from Micro Mark.





Following the instructions for the weathering powders, I touched the small brush to the powder and then tapped it on the lid then applied it.

For the lower roof parts(using the small brush), I put powder in all the little corners, using a stabbing motion. Then I brushed the seams where the lower roof meets the vertical part of the roof. After all the crevices had power, I then used the 1 inch brush to blend it. Using the 1 inch brush sideways, I aimed for the seam and brushed from front to end and back a few times.








Now, with the front end of my car to my left and the rear to my right, I applied the white powder to the left of each roof rib(as seen in the above photo with the brushes). Next, I took the 1 inch brush and touched it to the left end of my roof...the dragged it all the way to the rear of the car. This mimics snow blowing across a moving passenger car and leaves some snow pushed up against each roof rib. I did this dragging motion several times...until I was happy with the results.

Here is a comparison photo of the original roof color and my new roof color(before I decided to powder the roof ribs):





...and here is a finished, powdered roof compared to a roof sprayed with Floquil Graphite(no powder):





I will also be adding some "snow" to the window sills.

-Cand
Keith
 
JohnBoy
Joined: May 14, 2008
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posted on Nov 14, 2010 04:09 PM:
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Excellent effect Keith. Thanks so much for sharing the technique. I hope to be able to apply it some day to a Polar Express set.

John
 
CandO
Joined: Oct 11, 2010
Topics: 5   Replies: 16
posted on Nov 19, 2010 02:16 PM:
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Thank you John...and thanks for the compliments and ideas you posted on the OGR forum.
 



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