Weathering project 03: Milwaukee Road boxcar

02 Feb 2016

Average: 4.9 (23 votes)
55:03 - Weathering 03: Milwaukee Road tuscan boxcar (2016)

For project 3, Mike Confalone weathers a ubiquitous tuscan red Milwaukee Road boxcar. In this episode, Mike shows using PanPastels to fade the side of the car and do subtle weld seam and panel highlighting, how to fade the lettering on a car, and he demonstrates adding rusting and highlighting with oils.

Other episodes in this series include:
- Introduction: Workspace, tools & materials
- Project 1: Chessie covered hopper
- Project 2: Engelhard covered hopper
- Project 4: Seaboard Coast Line hopper
- Project 5: Grand Trunk covered hopper
- Project 6: B&O coal hopper
- Project 7: CP Rail boxcar
- Project 8: CN pressure-diff hopper

Also see volume 2: Weathering diesel locomotives.

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Enjoying this series very very much!

liverpool_range's picture


Another awesome video with some different techniques.



Really good explanation and presentation of technique.  I have enjoyed this series very much.

Let's not leave out STEAM LOCOMOTIVES in the series on weathering, though.  They are the" stars of the show" for a great many modelers. For what ever reason, I see less and less articles about them on-line and in the literature.

Mike doesn't model the steam era, so you won't get any steam loco weathering in this series.

We would love to do some videos on steam loco weathering ... Have anyone in mind?

You've done it again Mike! A very enjoyable hour watching you turn plastic into weathered steel.

One thing though: after the initial view of the prototype photo, we never see it again. It would be good to give us a view of it every ten minutes or so just to remind us of the look you're after.

I agree with Rick Dorsey, I would also love to see some steam loco weathering. Surely one of the Master Weatherers you have featured would be up to the challenge? 

Amazing work, very inspiring! Terrific series!!


Is this series going to be available on DVD through the MRH store?  I would love to add it to my Allagash collection for reference.

Bobby S

Concord NH

Yes, this series is coming to the MRH Store as a DVD set and as downloadable videos.

We're expecting the frieght car DVD set to be available by March and will be a 3-disk set.

Later, the loco weathering will also become a DVD set - we're expecting it to be a 2-disk set and be available by April.

Downloadable versions will also be available for roughly half the price of the DVD set.

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rklaiss's picture

Does Ralph Renzetti weather steam?

He would be a great compliment to this series. I've seen his previous weathering video on here. I know he generally models more modern equipment, but maybe we can persuade him.

Mike,  Great detailing!  I have been working with Pan Pastels for quite some time, but haven't gotten the unbelievable results that you have as I have been working more with the sooty and "dirty" colors for darker weathering.  Usually I use a liquid wash to tone down the car, your technique is phenominal.  Where did you come up with those color combinations?  I would've never thought of such a color of red iron oxide for anything other than very small areas of rust.  I ask becuase I have some older ATSF boxcars that are more of a "mineral brown"  and am wondering what type of color combination I could use to tone them down.




These videos by Mike are great but I would like to see more video on Steam and Transition Era weathering. There are a lot of weathering videos out there on 70's to the modern era but very few videos on Steam and transition era weathering. There is currently this huge wave of modern focus and extreme weathering within the hobby. Yes, some modern era weathering techniques can be applied to the steam and transition era but the weathering of the equipment is much more subtle with light to heavy powdering of soot. Equipment was better maintained. It faded and wore differently. Equipment didn't receive clear coat treatments so fading, chipping and rust streaks are more subdued. Cars were rebuilt and re-painted more often if the railroad had the revenue to maintain their equipment. There was a wide verity of materials that were used to build equipment therefore these materials and fixtures need to be weathered differently to achieve convincing, realistic weathering results. 

tpmarshall's picture

Hi Bryian.Sones:

We'll put that on the list of things to tackle. I'm sure we can do that. I've already hosted Al Houtz on a set of our airbrushing segments in which he's demonstrated steam locomotive weathering (to three different degrees - passenger, well maintained freight, and grubby). We have upcoming segments on Notch 8 in which Pierre Oliver joins me to demonstrate using military washes and other weathering techniques. And we can definitely do more.


- Trevor