To Weather or Not To Weather?

Written by Elroy Davis on Dec 29, 2010 in - 0 Comments
GM&O Weathered RS-1
One of my favorite builders, Peter Norman (aka Swoofty), has taken at stab at giving one of my favorite locomotives, an Alco RS-1, a well-worn weather-beaten look.  The build has brought up some interesting discussion about the difficulties of weathering models in the LEGO medium.  How much is too much?  Is it even possible given the limitations in part sizes?  Personally, I like this model, though I think it looks less like natural weathering, and more like the results of many repaints and repairs over the years.  Since on some roads repairs like this aren't uncommon, I think the model works well.
For more examples of weathering in LEGO, see the Mini-Challenge 1: Weathering on the Flickr LEGO Train MOCs group.

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Elroy Davis lives in southern Vermont with his wife and two daughters. In addition to LEGO trains, his hobbies include board gaming, war-game terrain building, mask-making, photography, and, most recently, scratch-building traditional skin-on-frame kayaks. When not creating things, he spends his free time learning how to create things.


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