I will share my progress on the CSXT and SOU versions soon. I have been shopping for some additional "big ugly's" to add to my collection, as I just can't get enough of these.
One note about the NS thoroughbred version. This is a Bluford N scale model, which is a Pullman Standard design. Trainworx makes a different version of the 86' boxcar which follows the Thrall design. I couldn't find a PS prototype photo with the grey NS paint scheme, only a Thrall version. So it appears that Bluford took some liberty when adding this to their offering. Through out my limited research of 86' boxcars in general, it appears that both Bluford and Trainworx added some paint schemes to their offerings that don't actually exist on that specific builder's car. While this isn't a show stopper for me, I also like to find prototype examples of rollingstock that I weather, so that I can at least replicate the general age, condition, and appearance of the item in a current day fashion.
I will say that I have really enjoyed collecting both versions of 86' boxcars, and plan to add more as time permits.
My weathering steps are as follows:
- Fade with white tinted mixture
- Black and dark grey chalk on body
- Sealed with Microflat (I find that when I airbrush dullcoat over chalk, it leaves a white haze on the model. Perhaps it is going on either too dry or too heavy. Dullcoat works well over oils and non-chalk applications, in my experience.)
- Burnt Sienna oil on roof and body (replicate newer/brighter surface rust)
- Brush black acrylic around door hinges and detail to replicate grease and grime
- Graffiti and stripe decals
- Seal with dullcoat