A Completed and Weathered PROTO:87 PIKO Tds Hopper

A key requirement for becoming a successful PROTO:87 modeler is patience. Adding detail parts, often applying multiple paint jobs, decals, and lastly a weathered look, can take a very long time. Sometimes, as is the case with this car, it can take years.

I’ve mastered many of the steps to make improvements to a model, but I don’t have any weathering skills. That’s why I reached out to Enno, a German modeler with excellent weathering chops, to have him put some grime on my first finished car from a set of three PIKO DB Td(s) hoppers after a photo featured in Carstens Güterwagen, volume 2, page 61.

The other day, I got an email from him indicating that he had completed the car. He sent along a number of amazing images showcasing the first completed car in my collection. I’m glad the project is done and I couldn’t be happier with the weathering job even though one step didn’t survive it. The lesson learned here is that it’s better to have the base of the car weathered before adding fragile detail parts that may not make it through the procedure.

The car has Günter Weimann PROTO:87 wheels and spring-loaded buffers, Weinert original couplers and brake hoses, Fränkische Modellbahn-Spezialitäten UIC steps and grab irons, and custom decals from Andreas Nothaft’s Decalshop. Enjoy the pictures.

PIKO Tds 928

Photo and weathering: Jens Enno Born

PIKO Tds 928

Photo and weathering: Jens Enno Born

PIKO Tds 928

Photo and weathering: Jens Enno Born

PIKO Tds 928

Photo and weathering: Jens Enno Born

PIKO Tds 928

Photo and weathering: Jens Enno Born

You can find more of Enno’s wonderful work on his blog, drecksbude.blogspot.de, the tws-rustbucket.com forum, or the Drehscheibe Online Model Train forum.

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