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Do any of you weather your cars? Im working on the theory that, maybe, I can hide some of my shoddy workmanship on scratchbuilds or resprays behind some fake mud or dirt?

Anybody ever tried it? If so what do you use? And, most importantly, is it easy???
 

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Simon Moss (Undisputed #1 Racer Fan)
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There are a number of ways to weather a model, it obviously depends on the type of finish, eg. dust, mud, stone chips etc. I have never weathered a slot car, but have weathered many Tamiya WW2 German Tanks and Games Workshop 40k vehicles. The method I used for these was to simply dry brush on various layers of colour. Building up the layers will give a much more 3-D appearance. Mud or dust never sticks on in one go, it builds up over time.

I would imagine the best method for a slot car would be to airbrush on a couple of lightish coats with the second coat lighter than the first. This would give the appearance of dust or mud (depending on you preference). Obviously you would only need to spray from one direction to give the appearance of the car going forward. You could flick some watered down paint from a brush, again from one direction to add water splashes etc.

Best thing is to practice on an old model, or purchase a cheap die-cast car from a car boot or something.

M
 

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Try mud coloured paint (brown)
Then mix with the smallest bit of thinners possable then add to a OLD toothbrush, use your thumb and run it back along the toothbrush to create a splatter effect on the car.

Doug
 

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Phil B.
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I`ve not done mud but I distressed a burago Porsche by mixing ground down rust with matt varnish to dull the bodywork and smashed the windows and mixed sugar with aforsaid varnish to look like broken toughened glass inside and on the ground.
The matt varnish also gives a good weathered look on chromework as well.
Dust can be mixed also and looks OK on paint and glass alike, so if on your layout you want a static wreck - have a go.
Cheers Phil B.
 
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