Friday, October 1, 2021

A New Approach at Extreme(ly) Realistic Weathering


Just a reminder for tomorrow's clinic at Hindsight 20/20. I'll be presenting at 5:45 PM my recent weathering project of an old ex-CN snow plow stored in Clermont, QC.

We will venture into texture and effects rarely used in model railroading but common in the wargaming and armour modelling communities.


  1. Matthieu, That is some incredible weathering to create all those effects. I very much enjoyed your presentation at Hindsight today. I don't know that I have any projects on the horizon that need that kind of extreme weathering, but the fact that you have come up with techniques that recreate the effects so well is impressive.

    I hope you are keeping well.

    Stephen Gardiner
    Toronto, ON

  2. Thanks Stephen, I hope it will be useful. It's certainly not something that can be used often on rolling stock. But maybe it could look good on some industrial buildings like these on your layout.

  3. Hello! I missed this presentation, but I'm curious to know the origin of the snowplow. My Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Railway had one that languished in the yard in Stellarton for a long time before finally being cut up. I'm looking for options on how to recreate it as it was in the MLW-ear 1993-1997!

    1. This specific snow plow appeared on Charlevoix Railway in late 1990s or early 2000s. It replaced a similar CC&F snow plow that was in use at least until 1998 (when I photographed it in Clermont in late summer/early fall). I don't know if the flaking paint pattern developed when in storage in Clermont, but all pictures I have seen of that specific plow when it was still used (i.e. circa 2008) show it was looking in exactly the same state of disrepair. Unfortunately, I don't know how and where Charlevoix Railway acquired this plow. It was probably traded with the old one for an unknown reason (mechanical failure, etc.). I hope I did know. I hope you the best with your project. The key is to isolate every effects in different steps and try to identify a method to replicate them. And try on scrap pieces of plastic or an old shell until your are satisfied. By doing small step by step, you manage the risk and build up the final result at your pace.