Doctor Ben's Weathering Solution:
Weathered Rust #1154
Ready-To-Use Weathering Solution for Wood, Plastic, Hydrocal©,
Metal & Much More-4oz Jar & 8oz, too!
When I first began
building Fine Scale Miniatures kits (manufactured by George Sellios) many years
ago, the part that I enjoyed the most was the weathering. Nothing irked me more
than to build a model in a brand new, pristine condition. I began looking for
something more that what the FSM instructions offered. Don't get me wrong, I
owe a great deal of what I learned about building models from building early
Thomas A. Yorke kits, Model Masterpieces kits, Builders in Scale kits,
Timberline kits; heck, there's even a thing or two to learn from building the
In my quest for the
ultimate weathering process I remember that I found a four-step, four bottle
product back in the 1980s that stated it came from the guy's driveway and I
tried this for a while. I then I tried the 'Steel wool & vinegar rust' process.
This I really liked, but the thought of the rusting processing continuing even
after the application scared me. I tried flushing with water, but this washed
away, and I still was not sure that the rusting process had been stopped. I even
tried sealing the finish with a dull coat—too labor intensive. And then one day
I literally fell over an idea as I was helping my brother install some custom
cabinets on a commercial job site.
The long story short
is that although my formula has changed over the years, AND, a lot of folks have
tried real hard to copy my Doctor Ben's
products, but they still haven't come close. Several even posed as 'friends' to
get the formulas. Today, you can buy various weathering powders (NOTE: some are
just ground artists chalk and/or tempra finger paint powders), and there are
folks are offering stuff used to tint wet concrete (yes, really!), but
nobody—nope nobody— has a weathering solution OR an industrial weathering
pigment that will perform anything like the Doctor Ben's products do.
And for the record,
these are the very same Weathering Stains & Solutions that I have demonstrated
in the many Clinics and Model Shows and used to finish the plethora of Fine
Scale Miniatures (FSM), Master Creations, Sequoia Models, Downtown Deco, Thomas
Yorke, Scale Structures Ltd, Evergreen Hill Designs, Model Masterpieces Ltd,
South River Model Works, and many other kits (including quite a bit of Athearn
the years that have been recognized as award winning, museum quality models.
this Doctor Ben's Product:
differs from Realistic Rust in that it is more like the rust that you would see
on old farm equipment sitting out in the field—dampened by the morning dew
slowly etching away at the metal surface. This product is a topical application
that does not affect the surface integrity of the model. This product has built
in adhesive polymers that enable it to stick to any surface. Get too much on
and want to remove it? Not a problem, read on about all the great uses in our
How To #1 booklet and in our website
Blog.. You will not be disappointed.