This is a rake of ten Bachmann PNA and other than my usual Spratt & Winkle fixed system between wagons, they are completely standard. The rake includes each style of side reinforcements, five and seven bars.
This rake is an exercise in weathering using ‘Designers Gouache’, which is a water based paint that behaves like an oil based paint. The best thing about these paints are that they mix very well. You can create depth and texture and if you don’t like your results you can wash it off with warm water. When you are happy with your results you make them permanent using enamel varnish. The only down side – they are a bit expensive for the best brands. I only use six colours!
As well as weathering the outside and underframe, I used this paint on the inside to look like wear and distress. I will eventually add some weathering powders to the inside of the wagons. I have tried to vary the amount of weathering so that the rake looks realistic.