Mr. George Dent, contributor to Model Rail Magazine, takes us along through this new DVD by Tele Rail demonstrating techniques that can help you create the best weathering finish possible. This is a "cross-over" topic, and this DVD is invaluably appropriate for all modeling genre: railroads, armor, naval, automobiles, diorama, aircraft, sci-fi, historicus, architectural--whatever oxidizes and gets dirty.
Many railway modelers like their engines and cars (carriages) factory-fresh. Those who enjoy the prototypical look acknowledge that railroad rolling stock and physical plants are outdoor entities. Simply put, there is no real way to protect them from the elements. By nature, they are dirt and grime and soot producing machines. The size of the vehicles and the loads they carry inevitably lead to damage of varying degrees, and a railway simply can not reasonably keep their vehicles clean and freshly painted, especially those involved in freight (goods) operations. Mr. Dent smoothly leads the viewer through nine chapters to affect these effects:
1. Light Diesel Weathering
2. A Distressed Class 37
3. Airbrushing A Dusty Finish
4. Weathering Track
5. Industrial Buildings
6. Freight Wagons
7. General Steam Weathering
8. A Polished A4 Pacific
9. End Of Steam 8F
Shown in these nine chapters are various products that may or may not be familiar to modelers outside of the United Kingdom, yet most modelers will no doubt have a similar product available to them in their country. Accompanied with nondistracting synthetic music, the DVD flows smoothing through the chapters. The scenes are not rushed. The speed of certain parts are increased to allow one to watch a technique applied without chopping the scene. Each chapter focuses on a particular subject except for Chapter 5. Industrial Buildings: herein soot, leaking gutters and rust are noted upon a variety of structures. While Mr. Dent uses many techniques that have been around for awhile, he shows some new tricks to achieve his outstanding results. Some are shocking, such as using liquid glue to purposely ruin a paint finish!
Vintage and current color video of prototypes in action present the viewer with actual examples of the effects demonstrated. Viewers will appreciate this documentation. As stated in the narrative, "... some weathering aspects may at first look highly unrealistic...too vivid in the extreme... ." Just how filthy some prototype equipment can become--obscuring all livery and markings--is extraordinary! The video of real locomotives charging past with 'unrealistic' and 'overdone' weathering should hearten any modeler who's work has been scoffed at by critics who have not spent time observing the real thing. And it is just plain fun to watch trains roar past!
Tele Rail's production of Model Rail's demonstration of Mr. Dent's skills is excellent. I greatly enjoyed this DVD as educational, entertaining, and inspiring. The techniques to achieve accurate and authentic weathering in this DVD are proper for modelers of any subject.
This DVD will play on U.S. format PCs--I watched on 3 different ones.
ISBN13 / EAN: 50193991049
Running Time: colour, 90 min DVD
Highs: High quality, easy to watch DVD of informative demonstrations. Vintage color video of prototypes. This DVD will play on U.S. format PCsLows: Paint products used may not be well known outside of England.Verdict: The techniques to achieve accurate and authentic weathering in this DVD are proper for modelers of any subject.
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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR) FROM: TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES
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