HO weathering & detailing, vol 3: Diesels (TSG)

01 Jul 2017

Average: 4.6 (9 votes)
01:38:58 - HO weathering & detailing, vol 3: Diesels (TSG 2014)

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TSG's weathering and detailing part 3 covers aging and applying additional details to HO scale diesels. Follow along as TSG's Dan Cortopassi demonstrates his techniques for painting and aging wheels and trucks, adding dirt, dust, and exhaust stains, making paint appear faded, and more!

But weathering is just part of the story: many locomotive models can be made more accurate by using aftermarket parts to add details.

Dan takes you through four diesel builds from start to finish illustrating a variety of techniques. Dan painstakingly ages and details each loco to match a specific prototype at a specific time. Along the way, Dan shows ways to improve factory lighting and how to add speakers to models not originally designed for sound.

NOTE: This video was produced in 2014 using standard definition video. We have upsampled it to HD, but the video appears soft and may have a few moire patterns occasionally. Even so, the techniques illustrated are quite valuable -- we believe you will agree this video series, even at the old lower resolution, is packed with helpful diesel loco examples.

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•Vol 3 - All chapters (1h 39m) ...


•Intro: HO detailing and weathering, volume 3 (3:04)

•Chapter 1: Atlas GE B40-8W (36:45)

•Chapter 2: Athearn GE P40 (15:11)

•Chapter 3: Kato EMD SD40 (26:48)

•Chapter 4: Atlas GE B23-7 (17:10)


P Hanzlik's picture

Not bad

Excellent videos. Makes me think about HO and the amount of details that are available that we do not have for S scale


Another excellent video. Looking forward to the new N scale volumes on the TSG website.


bart's picture

I found the videos quite informational and well done.  The fact that the mfg. and part number for each detail part is a big plus!  That and the size of the brass wire for all the plumbing and handrails is great.  I disagree about the vocal intonations.  These are instructional videos, not entertainment.  A false excitement in the voice, or even worse, some blaring music background, would be a mistake.  Now you have my opinion.

LV.U23B.501's picture

Great job Dan!!  

I really enjoyed this video!!   I picked up a couple excellent modelling tips along the way.  I like the 1/16th inch tubing as a pilot for the fiber optics.  I'd be curious to know how many times you've had to drill out the headlight holes to accomodate the 1/16th aluminum tubing?  I'm sure each manufacturer uses different sizes for their headlight castings.  I also liked the speaker enclosure.  I'll usually buy the speaker and enclosure together.  But the smaller enclosure may be limiting the sound I'm getting.  Something to think about. 

Lastly, I'm going to take a different slant on an earlier comment regarding your voice being "monotone" on your videos.  I do a fair amount of public speaking in my career, and I vary my tone in order to direct attention to a particular point, or to motivate my audience to listen more closely.  For an instructional video such as this, I actually prefer a calm, balanced instructional tone.  Unlike public speaking, my watching what you're doing on the video is just as important as what you're saying.  The calm voice helps me pay attention to both.  Anyhow, I think you're fine, but for others, YMMV.   

Looking forward to the next video!!   

Nicely Done!

Back in the day, I spent many hours at Tehachapi chasing Warbonnets.  You have captured the look very well.  Most folks are used to seeing the Warbonnets looking showroom new, as Santa Fe kept them washed and clean.  However, the desert sun will take its toll after a few years.  There was a period of time when they had peeling paint and the red was faded until it was nearly pink.  I will use your techniques for weathering my own models.  Using pictures of the actual prototype is definitely the way to go.  ;-)

I was only expecting weatheriing tips, but the addition of sound was a very nice bonus.  Good tips on constructing a speaker enclosure.  Must be air-tight, as you instructed.

Your narration is great.  (No need to sound like a barker at a carnival...)

Appreciate the mfg part numbers being mentioned, as well as how to install them, and the reasons for choosing them.