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 Posted: Sun Dec 30th, 2007 02:55 pm
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I'm approaching that stage where I will be painting the rails of my track a rust colour. I have seen so many variations on this ranging from almost orange through to near black. :?

I know much depends on the area, era, main/branch line etc but I just wondered what other members have used for colour?

I've searched the index etc and there dosn't seem to be much on this topic, especially members preferences.

Any views? :) :) :)

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 Posted: Sun Dec 30th, 2007 03:15 pm
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I use acrylic paint, a mix of orange, brown and black. The brown and orange mix goes on first and then I dry brush with black. The amount of black depends on the area that the rails are in. The more used the rails the more black. However it all comes down to what you think looks right. Practice on a bit of spare track and you can always wash the acrylic off and keep trying till you get the effect you like.



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Les, I'm sure I've seen a posting or a website reference here somewhere so hopefully someone will come up with this.
Don't know if this is of any help but in my watercolour paintings I use a mix of Crimson and Light Red to get a good rusty corrugated roof colour.
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I'm not really sure what will look best, Les, but what I am sure of is that I've seen some pretty dire attempts at this.
Even on exhibition layouts, you often see a uniform "dirty orange" sort of colour, that looks like its been applied with a 2" brush :!:
Better not to do it at all, than end up like that.

Bob's method sounds about right, but like you, I await some more input from the members :!: :!:

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Les have you seen these they came out a few months ago i dont know anybody who has used one but if you ask john at bromsgrove im sure he give you honest opinion.
cheers Brian
http://www.bromsgrovemodels.co.uk/pd-720232795.htm?categoryId=35

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Gwent Rail wrote:I'm not really sure what will look best, Les, but what I am sure of is that I've seen some pretty dire attempts at this.
Even on exhibition layouts, you often see a uniform "dirty orange" sort of colour, that looks like its been applied with a 2" brush :!:
Better not to do it at all, than end up like that.

Bob's method sounds about right, but like you, I await some more input from the members :!: :!:


I'd certainly agree with that, Jeff. 'Orange' track looks, in my humble opinion, worse than unpainted track. :shock: Untreated, unpainted track, actually 'weathers' itself after a while. I not suggesting one shouldn't paint one's track, but it makes one wonder........... :roll:

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I've used all sorts of colours on mine such as brown mixed with black + a touch of red, and maybe some green. I have a tube of cheap acrylic Red Oxide that's also a good starting point. Bob's colours sound right to me too.

It might help when mixing any colours to remember that if your mix is too red, add a little green, if it's too blue add some orange , and if it's too yellow add some violet - and vice versa for those mixes.

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I use Phoenix Paints P977 Track Colour (rusty rails)











You pays your money and you takes your choice :wink:

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Bryan wrote:......................You pays your money and you takes your choice :wink:

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Exactly! :D

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Speaking of ... I like the look of that rusty rail painter tool from Bromsgrove Models. I've never seen anything of the like 'over here' but it must exist. I'm on the case :wink:



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Well i think to save me doing the painting think i just put me track outside for a week in the rain :D , way i see it be so natural then wont it.
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Exactly how long does it take for nickel silver track to rust :?:...:roll:

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Thanks guys for your responses. :D

Jeff/Perry - me too I'd rather leave it alone than paint it bright orange. I think it severely detracts from the modelling.

Bryan - An interesting point about Phoenix P977 Rusty Rails. I have Phoenix P951 Dark Rust and this is the reason why I started this thread because I assumed Dark Rust would be just that but it has come out too orangey. Your 977 looks much better.

Bob - yours sounds good and I agree with your comment that the more used the rails the blacker it is - again hence my desire not to be too orange (I'm modelling a busy main line).

Phil - I cant leave my track out in the rain cos its stuck down to the baseboard - mind you we've got plenty of rain at the moment.

MikeC/Ken - good advice thanks.

Brian/Tim - I am about to order a couple of decoders from John at BromsMods so I'll check the painter out. If I use it I'll update you all later.

Incidentally if you go to the web site link Brian gave and then to the last film (No. 7 I think), a guy is demonstrating an experiment with track but in the film he is using a loco with a smoke unit (Seuth possibly) and this will give anyone thinking of these a pretty good idea of how they look in action. I think I'll wait for the technology to improve. :(

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Les smoke units have been out for years,hornby used to fit
them in their models,you can still get them at swap meets,
i am still waiting for technology to improve too :roll: :roll: :!: :?: :idea: :lol: 8)

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