Re: Degrees of Weathering


arved_grass
 

I think it's against the law to wear a tie here in Florida, Mike. But if you feel compelled, I think you'd look best in a Bolo. :-D
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Arved Grass
Fleming Island, Florida

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On Sun, 8/24/14, 'Mike Brock' brockm@cfl.rr.com [STMFC] <STMFC@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

Subject: [STMFC] Degrees of Weathering
To: STMFC@yahoogroups.com
Date: Sunday, August 24, 2014, 12:07 AM


 









Lots of opinions today. Frankly, I'm just
concerned that I was almost

referred to as a gentleman.



I guess we ought to get back to frt cars. And, having said
that, I am NOT

taking issue with the degree of weathering that one might
wish to apply to a

steam era frt car, but I will note that I see in many photos
a surprising

lack of really heavy weathering...i.e. with paint jobs
obscured by dirt,

rain, sun faded, various commodities, and even the result of
traveling

through many tunnels. There is no doubt that steam era frt
cars were not

clean by anyone's criteria. OTOH, when viewed from a
distance, the lettering

is often not concealed by extreme weathering although
sometimes it is.

Probably my favorite weathering photo of the 40's is
that on the May '92

cover of MM, the Proviso frt yard in Chicago in May '43,
photo taken by

Delano. The numerous cars are fairly easy to determine their
owners from

their lettering. I seriously doubt that the C&NW cars
were recently washed

nor do I believe that Chicago was a strong leader in clean
air policies in

'43. Let me hasten to add that the numerous cars shown
in the photo are NOT

spotless as a model might appear straight from a
manufacturer. I will also

note that one nice aspect of weathering is its ability to
cover up flaws by

the model's builder [ gasp ].



I'll add that the case for weathering [ probably
primarily sun fading ] is

vividly displayed on the long trains of PFE reefers which
seem to contain

every shade of Daylight Orange that could possibly occur.
Nevertheless,

usually the PFE lettering is visible.



Mike Brock...Do gentlemen have to wear ties?













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