NYC 399574

I visited my friend Pierre Oliver on Saturday, and he presented me with two new S scale freight cars for my layout, including this New York Central gondola:
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Pierre built this from a Funaro and Camerlengo resin kit. I finished the car, adding fine scale wheel sets, flexible air hoses (BTS part 02302) and Kadee couplers. I also did the weathering – I like doing that so all my rolling stock uses the same palette.

Gondolas are the workhorses of North American railways so I really attacked the interior of this model with rust-coloured weathering powders. I’m pleased with the result. This is the first gondola on the layout, and it’ll be busy carrying everything from poles, ties and lumber, to scrap metal and pipe.

I will be adding more gondolas to the layout. I have another one of these kits, which I may have Pierre do as the Michigan Central version. I also have a Funaro kit for a Pennsylvania Railroad class GR composite gondola. Both of these were given to me by my friend Matt Matthews. (Thanks Matt!)

I would also love to do a CNR gondola. There’s a nice HO resin kit from Westerfield, but nothing in S. I smell a scratch-building project… but not just yet. Too many other things to do first.

Thanks for the gondola, Pierre – you’ll see more kits on your bench in the near future!

(By the way, Pierre has built several pieces of rolling stock for me. In fact, he does this full-time under the Elgin Car Shops name. If you have a pile of resin freight car kits – in any scale – why not talk to him about doing a few for you so you can focus on other aspects of the hobby… like building your layout?)

4 thoughts on “NYC 399574

  1. I especially like the “rust” job on the inside of this gon. Very close to what I’ve seen on the real thing. Pierre does very nice work, and your finishing touches enhance it.

    • Thank you, Steve. I’m pretty pleased with the rust effect, too.

      To create it, I started with airbrushed applications of my typical palette of weathering colours. I use a concrete colour, a medium brown, and a grimy black for these. I lightly dusted the inside of the car with these while doing my normal weathering job on the outside.

      Then I finished the interior with Bragdon weathering powders. I have a set with three different rusts in it. I dumped a bit of the darkest rust into the gondola and scrubbed it everywhere with a paintbrush. Then I added spots of the other two brighter (newer) rust powders. Finally, I used the airbrush to shoot the inside with air – NO paint – to blow out the excess powder.

      I have used similar techniques to weather hopper cars in coal and stone service. I like the textured effect these powders leave inside gondolas and open hoppers.


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