Airbrushing can add amazing realism and special effects to any model railroad
layout. An airbrush can be used for all sorts of projects from weathering
buildings, adding subtle effects to landscapes and backdrops, through to adding
realism to advertising signs and rolling stock.
Airbrushing is a skill that takes time and practice to master, but when done
well, results in a very good finish. However, don’t expect to get a good finish
first time... it takes practice.
Many airbrush artists create works that are so sharp in detail, so lifelike as
to mimic the real thing. An airbrush can also be used to get the opposite effect of
feather-edged, cloud-like softness... the type of subtlety that couldn't be
achieved with a paintbrush. So, whether it is detail, from fine lines to wispy, or
mere suggestions of color, an airbrush is a versatile tools to use on any model
Here is a sample page from the ebook...
Airbrush Spraying Techniques
The first important tip is to always start spraying before reaching the model
and continue spraying after leaving the model. This will give a more even paint
coverage on the model. It will also give you time to stop spraying if the paint
splatters or the color or effect doesn't look right. Here is what I mean:
Test the spraying again on a piece of old newspaper before spraying your
1. Start spraying before reaching the model.
When spraying hold the airbrush at an angle to the model being sprayed. The
paint cup needs to stay upright to avoid spillage.
The airbrush should usually be positioned between 6 inches to 18 inches from the
model depending on the size of the model being sprayed and the volume and intensity
of paint required.
2. Move the airbrush smoothly at a steady pace.
3. Don't stop spraying until you are past the end of
Don't try and coat the roof with just one coat of paint. Three or four light
coats are usually best. Make several smooth passes with the airbrush with the first
coat being just a light dusting of paint that might look very pale in color. Allow
drying time between coats by following the paint manufacturers guidelines. Repeat
process 3 or 4 times.
Model Train Help Ebook
currently includes a bonus
section on "Mastering An Airbrush Step-By-Step."
- The secrets
to using an airbrush for weathering buildings
- How to best
mix paint to stop it from spluttering.
- The easy to
use kitchen product that will save you money.
- Step-by-step diagrams for
controlling the flow of paint
- And, a
clever tip to stop moisture dripping on your
Rail Vacation Travel
Here are 9 top rail excursions and vacation
destinations to get you started (there are many more) :
Siberian railway tours
Alpine scenery by train
Express tour - Vietnam
4. USA Coast to
Rockies and a journey on the Rocky Mountaineer
& the Ghan Luxury Train
Japan by train
8. London to
Jordan, by rail
9. China by
High Speed rail
Click the above links
to read more above each of these rail journeys.