Below are two pics of the real car we are
Both are in the standard Chessie scheme. Both appear very
probably just got repainted from the grey scheme to the Chessie
The blue stripe is supposed to be on all cars, but some shops
left it off
when they repainted them.
How to make an Accurail Covered Hopper:
1. Assemble the kit as per instructions.
2. If you are doing a Chessie painted hopper realize that it just got repainted in the Chessie Era and will most likely not be that dirty. Look how clean the two above are.
3. If you are doing a predecessor paint scheme, realize that it could have been in that paint for years. Weather it appropriately. Also the Accurail "Fallen Flags" kits don't come with the consolidated (2 black squares outlined in white) decals seen above on the right side of the cars. Add these with spare decals.
4. Covered hoppers tend to accumulate dirt in two places, on the underside and inside the ends (just to the left of the C&O in the upper right picture)
5. Spray the hopper with an overall very light tan. Concentrate on building up the dirt color in the ends and on the bottom.
6. Lightly streak the sides with dark grey or black. This simulates light grime.
7. Lightly streak some white on the sides too. This simulates spilled grain or flour.
8. That is about it. This is really just a good weathering project. The kit right out of the box is so good you won't need to do much. Enjoy mine below.