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Finished up the locomotive servicing pad.
The Woodland Scenics kit was a real pain in the neck, the casting was really very poor and took a lot of work to clean up, also the fuel cranes were so very poorly cast that I couldn't get them straightened out enough to look acceptable let alone to clean the flash off of them as they are very delicate.
Replacement fuel cranes from Alexander Models were substituted and are much nicer in my opinion.
Big shout out to Mike Confalone for the tips on "weathering" the fueling area. After ballasting I liberally spread Charcoal colored sanded grout on top of the ballast to give it that ground in dirt look. Afterwards I stippled full strength Lamp Black artists oils were there would be oil/fuel/grease spills. I also dipped the brush in turpentine and brushed oils where I wanted a lighter spill. I did the oils over several days after they dried overnight to build up the effect. Also the sand spills were done prior to the oils and I "spilled" some oil and grease into the edge of the sand and blended them as I remember them being when
The pictures captured this okay but in person the effect is even more dramatic.
Note: The sanded grout has a real good resemblance to "industrial dirt" and I'm going to give it a try in a couple places and post the results in the future.
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