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Videos: Five ways to weather

How to simulate dirt, rust, faded paint, and more
Associate editor Cody Grivno demonstrates five weathering techniques to make your models look realistic. Click each image to watch the video.
weathering freight cars
Airbrush
  • Give your freight cars and locomotives a general coat of grime
How to model rust weathering with artists oils
Artists' oils
(Subscriber bonus)
  • Makes it easy to apply weathering washes and simulate rust patches
How to weather rust using pastels
Powdered pastels
  •  A popular choice for weathering locomotives, freight cars, and buildings without using an airbrush
weather with drybrushing
Drybrushing
  •  The easiest of the five weathering techniques shown here
How to weather with makeup sponges
Cosmetic applicators (Subscriber bonus)
  •  Use these to apply paints so it will simulate rust and paint wear or add grime and soot stains

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