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JohnReid
02-09-10, 01:26 PM
Here is something a little different!1gramps1

JohnReid
02-09-10, 01:28 PM
Sounds like Barnam & Bailey but I think that I am going to go with this idea.
I am just going to let it go and see what happens! Why not? I haven't seen this idea before.Most modelers would stop the process by spraying something over it. Why bother? it has a life of its own.Nothing is forever.
It kind of reminds me of the TV series "Life After Man". Believe it or not but this represents the future of all man made structures.Here's to the future!

JohnReid
02-09-10, 01:31 PM
http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/80.jpg

JohnReid
02-09-10, 01:33 PM
This piece has been in storage for awhile but left open to the atmosphere.to my amazement it has continued to weather all by itself.Compare this pic with the earlier ones and you will see what I mean.
The problem is I can't really remember how I did it! I will have to go back in my notes and see if I recorded it somewhere.The other problem is,how do I stop the process ?or do I just let it go and see what happens?

JohnReid
02-09-10, 01:35 PM
http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/115.jpg

JohnReid
02-09-10, 01:37 PM
For more pics see my photobucket album Diecast Weathering.
Weathering in real time! who would have thought this was possible.It was stored in my basement which tends to be a little more humid in the summer(I have AC even here in the GWN) and dry in the winter.

JohnReid
02-09-10, 01:39 PM
http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/116.jpg

JohnReid
02-09-10, 01:41 PM
This will be its new home,an old 40's style radio.I will place a glass in front to protect it from handling as this natural weathering process is very delicate to the touch.The knobs I will use for lighting,overhead,to the sides and the front all individually controllable for dramatic effect.

JohnReid
02-09-10, 01:43 PM
http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/117.jpg

JohnReid
02-09-10, 01:45 PM
The back I can finish as a shadow box diorama with a picture frame kind of thing.The floor I will leave new for visual contrast between old and new.The white foam board on the sides will be replaced by mirrors.The lower part of the base I will leave for pictures of when it was new and newly weathered ,with a brief storyline. :D
Darn,this is fun!

JohnReid
02-09-10, 01:47 PM
http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/118.jpg

JohnReid
02-09-10, 05:20 PM
http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2008/12/172.jpg

JohnReid
02-09-10, 05:24 PM
Actually it is a 1/18th Signature diecast.I took one apart and aged it like you see in the above pic.The natural aging took over from there.
I call it "living" because it seems to have a life of its own.

JohnReid
02-09-10, 05:32 PM
http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2008/12/173.jpg

JohnReid
02-09-10, 05:34 PM
This is the original weathering before nature took over.

JohnReid
02-09-10, 05:45 PM
http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/119.jpg

Mrfish55
02-09-10, 07:33 PM
That's awsome, great idea using the old radio for the case, I think it looks better with the moss looking stuff for the base tho, what was the total time lapse from when you originally weathered it till now?

JohnReid
02-10-10, 10:21 AM
Yes ,I think maybe you are right! The contrast between the dying car and the green grass is quite nice.I will have to look back in my threads because I usually do them in real time(day by day)but it must be about 3 years or so now.1gramps1

JohnReid
02-10-10, 11:19 AM
http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/122.jpg