Weathering – Autumn 2022

Weathering is a topic that is growing enormously in popularity among railway modellers. 

We provide tuition in a wide range of weathering techniques including a limited number of places with airbrushing equipment provided. You can learn in a relaxed environment where you work at your own pace or simply take the opportunity to progress your own projects.

There are normally up to 12 places on this course which is suitable for all levels of ability and experience.

We will look at tools, equipment and materials which will help in the creation of realistic weathering effects, discuss approaches to weathering and then go on to use them on your models. 

We offer two course options:

Weathering without an Airbrush

50495346182_e1f90ecd81_oMany modellers do not want to use an airbrush to weather their models so Andrew Thompson will provide tuition in a wide range of weathering techniques that do not require an airbrush. He will cover such topics as washes, oils, pan pastels, pigments etc


Weathering with an airbrush – including introduction to airbrushing

31954417427_f0c55c2d98_cChris Hopper will focus on the use and care of airbrushes but will show how other techniques can be used to complement airbrushing. 

You are welcome to bring your own airbrushing equipment including spray booth, compressor and airbrush etc. but we do have some airbrushing equipment for you to use if you wish. Many modellers come along to try airbrushing before they buy their own equipment. Please contact us at the time of booking to discuss the suitability of your spray booth or if you would like to use our airbrushing equipment as places are limited.

Course members will get the opportunity to work with both Chris and Andrew if they wish and any formal sessions or demonstrations will be organised to suit both groups.

A list of materials and tools you will need bring to the course is provided below although we do provide a wide range of weathering materials for you to try. One of the tutors will be happy to advise before the course if you wish.


All our weathering is based on observation of reality, so it’s essential to bring along a selection of photographs showing your prototypes in the kind of condition you’d like to replicate. These pictures are invaluable as reference and inspiration while weathering your models. A little pre-course research always pays off!



The use and care of airbrushes is a key element of the weekend and  we will provide a number of relevant but short structured sessions during the course.