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I've been a model maker for many years, aircraft, ships, trucks and cars. And a not so good model railroader for years as well. Weathering models seems like a natural step forward in the modeling process, as you try to make a miniature anything look like their prototype. My first weathered model was made as a gift for my Dad and Mom. Our family made yearly Summer visits to The Great State of Maine so I got a O scale red white and blue Maine box car to frame in a shadow box to hang in my parents den. As I was setting it up, I thought it would look better if it looked more realistic, more prototypical, more weathered! That was before internet and easy access to all the examples of weathering practice we share today, so I made it up as I went. Something about that process, of turning store bought into real life, became an important part of the fun I got from modeling. Working layer after layer of effect, learning how they interact, and pushing a model through it's stages, till it looks the way you think it should is what drives my love of modeling, even today.

I'm a freelance modeler for sure. Unlike my fellow model rail road artists, I rarely have a picture of the exact truck I'm working on. Rather, doing research online to get photos of the type of truck, the year, the make, the paints that were used, then bringing all that together to make a representative model, is how my weathering work is based. Being fifty four this year puts me right in the middle, growing up, of the great years of transportation and trucking in the US. The late fifties and early to late sixty's saw a million different types of colorful vehicles on the road,and it's from those years that I do most of my building. I also look at the truck model first, I find a model truck I really like, then plan a build around that model, and how it was used. Ideas can come slow sometimes, I don't have a schedule for a project. I've had several on my bench that have sat looking back at me for a year or more, waiting for a spark of inspiration! I build one model at a time, not a cookie cutter approach, and I sell with some success the trucks I build on eBay. But I'm not driven by the selling.

The modeling comes first, the enjoyment, and sometimes the challenge, then when it's done I can try to find it a home through my friends on eBay. I only still have the first three weathered trucks I built from years ago in a display case. Two of the three won awards at a local model show, the rest are spread out across the country on layouts and folks' model truck collections.

I build in all the popular hobby scales. Don't be surprised to see 1/87, 1/43. 1/25 or even 1/16 models in my Gallery or current work from time to time. Also I/32, 1/50 or 1/72nd scale .Plastic or Diecast, I like them both! In fact a fantasy project of mine would be to find the same model in all four scales, and weather them all to look the same. I also like the challenge of weathering in larger scales, dealing with the effects is so much more involved when you have a lot more factory fresh metal or plastic to work on! My MO for weathering has changed over the years, new techniques work their way into the effects from time to time. My current work will feature oil based pin washes, pastels, pigments, Rust All, and Grumbacher graphite sticks. I also have embraced scratchbuilding and kitbashing to make my models look the way they should.

Thanks for looking at my work, and the work of the other Artists here at TWS!

Rod