Re: wheel weathering (was Photo: Boiler On NYC Flatcar)

Tim O'Connor

A fun experiment would be to put the wheelset in a drill chuck and get it rotating, and then drop a tiny
drop of thin paint exactly in the center - just to see if it replicates this look. :-)

On 7/23/2020 9:18 AM, Matt Goodman via wrote:

Agreed on the “no rusty wheels”. I’ve been working on prototypically modeling/weathering wheel faces for solid bearing trucks recently. Every time I think I have an accurate and easily reproducible method, I find another well-lit photo illustrating some new oil pattern. In this case, it was the radial streaking - different than the more common “soft” circumferential wicking from the hub outward and tire inward. 

This wheel face is relatively clean - maybe there simply hasn’t been enough dirt/dust yet collected to absorb and distribute the oil more evenly. In any case, another well-lit reference. 

Matt Goodman
Columbus, Ohio

Tim O'Connor
Sterling, Massachusetts

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