Diesel weathering 2: LV (D&H) C420, part 2

20 Apr 2016

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51:20 - Diesel weathering 3: LV (D&H) C420, part 2 (2016)

Mike Confalone finishes weathering project 3, an ex-Lehigh Valley (now D&H) Alco C420. Mike adds oily stains down the hood side, grunges up the walkway and then moves on to the trucks and fuel tank. Mike adds some more shadowing wash, dusts up the rear and front grills, and finally adds the handrails and declares the loco done. Since this is the last project of the series, Mike ends with some concluding remarks. Part two of two.

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All the episodes in this series include:
Diesel weathering 1: D&H U23B, part 1
Diesel weathering 1: D&H U23B, part 2

Diesel weathering 2: B&M GP38-2, part 1
Diesel weathering 2: B&M GP38-2, part 2

Diesel weathering 2: LV (D&H) C420, part 1
Diesel weathering 2: LV (D&H) C420, part 2 (this episode)

Also see volume 1: Weathering freight cars.


I can't tell you how much I have enjoyed watching these videos and learning some great new techniques. Awesome work! Keep 'em coming!

Thank you very much!


Great videos! I wish some one would do a black diesel and a steam engine.

I too was hoping for some advice and examples from Mike on black diesel and steam locomotives.  The primary road names I model use black locos for freight.  Sure I could "figure it out" for myself, but this series has always unvieled some tricks I hadn't thought of and I'm hoping for an encore for the black locos.

For black locos and rolling stock, look at how Mike weathers the trucks and underframe of locos. He covers dirt, grime, dust, grease, oil streaks, even rust against black in these examples.

Just a little extrapolation and you will have what you need to weather an entire black loco body. The rest of the story would be to work from prototype photos.

You just need to extrapolate a little. For example, in looking at some prototype photos of black locos, we can see the seams are highlighted with dusty tones. So turn Mike's black shadowing wash trick into a highlighting wash trick using a very light tan wash to highlight the seams on black locos. Mike showed you the principle, so just apply the same methods using light colors instead of dark ones.

For better or for worse, Mike doesn't invent projects - he videos real projects he's doing for his layout. This does mean he won't be doing any videos on steam or black locos, because he doesn't have any on his layout.

As for black cars, Mike did weather a rusty black coal hopper. You can take some tips for modeling rust on black cars and locos from that project.

Loved all the weathering tutorials.  I have learned quite a few new techiniques that I'm anxious to try them out.

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I've really enjoyed your weathering series.  This last video on the ALCo was especially interesting as my whole fleet are ALCO's!!

I have recently went out and bought the range of Pan Pastels and Artist Oils you have used and am keen to give them a try.

Thanks again for a great series.


Ian Millard


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Thanks so much, Mike.  I can't begin to tell you how much I've enjoyed your weathering series. 

I've purchased all of the weathering materials in your videos, and then some.  (Yes..  I found the two different sizes of deer foot brushes as well.)  I've begun with some Genesis boxcars, using the texhniques in your videos, and I may never use my airbrush for weathering again!  I'm a convert!    The results I'm getting are just amazing!  Now...  Where are those 4 Bowser LV C-628's??    

I am a little reluctant to brush on dry pastels to my trucks as liberally as Mike does.  I have used an airbrush to weather my trucks, but I wonder if the pastel granuales and dust affects the electrical pick up or the gearing of the loco. My biggest and really only struggles in the hobby have been keeping the wheels, bearings, rail, etc. clean enough for good continuous electrical pickup resulting in smooth operation.

I am a little reluctant to brush on dry pastels to my trucks as liberally as Mike does. 

It's easy to make a shield using an index card - just cut slots the width of the axles into the card and slip it up behind the wheels and weather away. The shield keeps the pastel dust out of the gears. Then simply give the loco wheels a good cleaning when you're all done weathering (you should do that anyway) and you're all set with no worries that pastel dust got into the gearing.