VIDEO: Weathering a Fowler '7F'

VIDEO: Weathering a
Fowler '7F' 2-8-0

In this video weathering guide Mike Wild sets about giving Fowler '7F' 2-8-0 53808 a realistic weathered finishing using Lifecolor acrylic paints and an Iwata airbrush. Join him in the workshop here to watch the full process unfold.

The Fowler '7F' 2-8-0s were unique to the famous Somerset and Dorset Railway and fortunately we can model one of the signature locomotives using Bachmann's ready-to-run 'OO' gauge product.

March 2021 marks 55 years since its closure in 1966 and the April 2021 issue of Hornby Magazine celebrates the famous line. As part of our coverage we illustrate the sound installation process for the Fowler '7F' using a YouChoos sound profile loaded onto a ZIMO MX644D sound decoder. However, our project locomotive was looking much too clean for a realistic working engine, so we took it back into the workshop to give it a full weathered finish using a collection of Lifecolor acrylic paints.

Fowler 7F
Above: The Fowler '7F' 2-8-0s are a signature of the Somerset and Dorset route. In this video guide we show how we weathered this Bachmann model for a realistic finish.

In this video tutorial we go through the weathering process with our sound fitted model of 53808 explaining all the steps along the way including the paints, tools and equipment we use, airbrushing techniques, paint modulation and more.

Throughout the video we use products available from and you can see the full list of weathering products used in the project. Plus if you don't want to weather your own models, our video sponsor TMC will take on that work for you with its custom weathering services. Visit for more information or call 01947 899125.

We hope you enjoy the weathering video and seeing the finished model in action on Topley Dale - you can expect more weathering video tutorials on KeyModelWorld in the coming months.

Product Cat No.
Sparmax hobby spray both with extractor and turntable E-SB-88
Iwata Studio Series Smart Jet Plus handle-tank compressor C-IW-SMART-HT
Iwata Eclipse CS gravity fed dual-action airbrush IW-ECL-CS
Medea Airbrush cleaner (118ml) I-6500-04
Lifecolor Thinner (250ml) LC-THINNER-250
Lifecolor Rail Frame Dirt acrylic paint UA719
Lifecolor Burned Black acrylic paint UA736
Lifecolor Dirty Black acrylic paint UA731
Lifecolor Dirty Grease Effect acrylic paint UA262
Lifecolor Tensocrom Smoke acrylic paint TSC208
Lifecolor Tensocrom Oil acrylic paint TSC207
Lifecolor Reflecting Agent powder PG110