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The Weathering Expert
Model Rail: The Weathering Expert
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

RailRoad Modeling

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!

closing thoughts

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

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Highs: High quality, easy to watch DVD of informative demonstrations. Vintage color video of prototypes. This DVD will play on U.S. format PCs
Lows: 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.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: Other
  Mfg. ID: EA1049
  Suggested Retail: 25
  Related Link: Tele Rail
  PUBLISHED: Oct 22, 2009
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

Copyright 2020 text by Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of Historicus Forma or Silver Star Enterprises. All rights reserved.


This is 90 minutes of cross over material. Nice review.
NOV 09, 2009 - 11:07 PM
Definitely looks like a good DVD to pick up. Weathering is weathering, and from the little bit of the video I saw it looks like it's something every modeler could learn a few new tricks from. My only question is would this formate play on US DVD players or computers? I guess I'll find out as I just ordered it.
NOV 13, 2009 - 01:09 PM
Yes. It played on both of my PCs, and on one at a hotel.
NOV 15, 2009 - 04:58 PM
Well, my DVD arrived today, I throughly enjoyed it, and it certainly does have excellent weathering techniques to apply to all interests and areas of the hobby.
NOV 21, 2009 - 08:59 AM

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