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    Default You know that sketchy eBay listing for $9.99 per car weathering? I tried it.

    Hi guys, for a long while I have cautiously considered this ebay listing http://www.ebay.com/itm/Custom-Freig...-/152461299365 but needless to say I was slightly frightened by the concept of sending my cars off to a guy I've never worked with. About 5 weeks ago I bit the bullet and said screw it figuring the worst I lose is a couple cars,o I sent off a DJJX scrap gondola and two chessie cabeese to be weathered. For the cabeese I told him I wanted the supplied grates over the windows, ASCX (armco steel) reporting marks and both weathered to look worn and tired, with the scrap gon I was a but more free and asked him to change the road number to 1166 and make it look beaten but not unrecognizable (sorta wanted to see what he would do with this one if left to his own devices).

    I sent these out:


    and got these back:










    Now originally I was told it'd take about a week for all three, that turned into five but I'd say it was worth it. They look great, he didn't change the road numbers on the ends but the scrap gon's end road numbers are so small you're not gonna notice unless it's under modification and the cabeese while it would have been nice it doesn't take away from the look (not to mention actually changing the numbers would have been a massive PITA). I'm beyond satified with the cabeese, they're perfect but I do wish he would have done a bit more with the scrap gondola, while it looks worn it doesn't quite look beaten. At $9.99 per car I don't think you'll find a better value especially considering he'll make the road numbers and marks whatever you want. If you've been wondering how that listing works out there you have it
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    Looks good.
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    Very nice!

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    He did a very nice job on the cars.
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    Wow. what a difference weathering makes! those look really good!
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    Did he paint over the windows?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mobile One View Post
    Did he paint over the windows?
    No, the windows have anti vandalism grates over them, the did on the ends though, a little bit foggy but nothing too bad
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    Quote Originally Posted by Intermodalman View Post
    the windows have anti vandalism grates over them
    OK, I got you now. I would never send my cars off to have someone weather them, because to me that's part of the hobby and why would I pay someone else to do my hobby? But for someone who can't or doesn't want to mess with it, $10 is really very cheap to do that work. It probably took 3-4 hours per car for that. That is some cheap labor and obviously done for a hobby on his part. You can't even buy weathering supplies for that if you are just talking about doing a single car. I'd hate to pay for a 500 car fleet at that price, but still, he is doing it very cheaply when you factor his actual time, he's probably making $2-3 an hour. That's a bargain for a paid service and the results look nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mobile One View Post
    OK, I got you now. I would never send my cars off to have someone weather them, because to me that's part of the hobby and why would I pay someone else to do my hobby? But for someone who can't or doesn't want to mess with it, $10 is really very cheap to do that work. It probably took 3-4 hours per car for that. That is some cheap labor and obviously done for a hobby on his part. You can't even buy weathering supplies for that if you are just talking about doing a single car. I'd hate to pay for a 500 car fleet at that price, but still, he is doing it very cheaply when you factor his actual time, he's probably making $2-3 an hour. That's a bargain for a paid service and the results look nice.
    I'm picky with weathering because It can decimate the value of a car if done wrong plus I like running, collecting and getting creative with the scenery/structures. as far as the trains go I want things done, why I farm stuff out. My genset is going on a year now and it still needs work, I don't want that happening with every single item
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    If it wasn't for shipping being a whole lot more than $9 a car I'd seriously consider this!

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    Who pays for return shipping? Does the $7+ shipping cost include shipping to him and return shipping to you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 69Z28 View Post
    Who pays for return shipping? Does the $7+ shipping cost include shipping to him and return shipping to you?
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    No, you have to pay to ship it to him and that 7 covers covers him returning it to you
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    Okay... Here we go again, sent three more:





    I'll update you guys when they come back
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    Nice cars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mobile One View Post
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    Okay, they're completed and on their way back to me. I'll post the after shots once they arrive.
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    Okay, they're back!
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    Now the winner here is definitely the procor tank, love how it looks, absolutely beautiful. The hopper is good, the placement of the stripes isn't right and the underside of the hatches weren't done (which I specifically asked him to do) but beyond that it looks great. In all honesty I am a bit disappointed in the caboose, the color looks too bright, the rust seems off and the windows are painted over. I copied and pasted the instructions from the first cabeese which looked gorgeous for this one hoping to get a result that looked just as perfect but I can't win em' all.
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    The tank car ain't bad. The rust streaks are a little to crisp for my likings, but not horrible.
    "Underside of the hatches" The discharge chutes on the bottom of the car? Not a fan of graffiti.

    The caboose is not good, to my standards and compared to the first caboose.
    What I'm seeing is he didn't fade the paint before applying the weathering because you can see the silver roof is kind of shiny?
    The fact that he painted/dull coated the windows blows.
    You might try using 70% alcohol on a "Q" tip or small stiff brush and work the windows over and see if you can get any of the finish off them. You may not get all the finish off in the corners, but that may make it look like dirt in the corners???

    For $10, it's not bad, but compared to the others he did for you, meh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allen H. View Post
    "Underside of the hatches" The discharge chutes on the bottom of the car? Not a fan of graffiti.
    that's an MT car, the top hatches lift up to reveal the inside of the car (the plan was to have this one positioned at an elevator with hatches open being loaded)



    Quote Originally Posted by Allen H. View Post
    The caboose is not good, to my standards and compared to the first caboose.
    What I'm seeing is he didn't fade the paint before applying the weathering because you can see the silver roof is kind of shiny?
    The fact that he painted/dull coated the windows blows.
    You might try using 70% alcohol on a "Q" tip or small stiff brush and work the windows over and see if you can get any of the finish off them. You may not get all the finish off in the corners, but that may make it look like dirt in the corners???

    For $10, it's not bad, but compared to the others he did for you, meh.
    My thoughts exactly, I noticed the lack of fade right away which sorta kills the look right off the bat
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