ARTIFICIAL DIRT

Modelers of miniature

Things want to ensure…

Things look old

From wind and cold,

One can’t wait for the effects as long as were.

Instead of dirt, wind and snow,

We thin down paint and go slow…

Dry brushed details

Make model sales,

Varied powders to bring out its glow!

Everything has its place,

In climate, time and space…

Study the real

Then match its appeal,

Don’t forget engine phase.*

–Jonathan Caswell

*Engine phase, or phases of an engine or model, refer to the variations within the production life of a particular locomotive. Late or early, First through Third phase, etc. are all referring to these variations which may or may not be noted in the locomotive builder’s catalog.

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