Wagon Planking

We have all no-doubt, seen the weathering offerings from Bachmann whereby timber-planked wagons are depicted as having had some of their planking replaced with new timber.
In this article, we show how simple this is for modellers to do themselves on their own wagons.

The wagon shown in this article is an early Bachmann model which dates from the 1990's. At that time, all wagons were supplied as 'prestine' condition.

To apply the effect of replaced planking, I used Humbrol 93 'Desert Yellow' which is a beige/timber colour and good approximation to timber.
The key to the effect is to use a very fine paint brush to paint a single plank.

The following tips may be helpful while painting:

  • You are aiming for an effect whereby planks sit behind the steel braces which hold the body together: don't get paint on the steel bracing
  • Remember that planks go behind the steel bracing, therefor, a plank does not stop at a bracing unless it is a corner or a side door opening, so continue painting the entire plank
  • Ends had planks as well as sides!
  • You only need to paint a few planks. If you do the whole wagon, it may look overdone
  • Remember that wagons have insides too - if you paint one of the upper planks as I have done, remember to paint the plank inside the wagon as well because it is the same plank. The pictures on this page show boths sides
  • Painting a plank which goes straight through some critical lettering on the wagons side give a really great effect
  • Apply some weathering powders when the paint is dry to tone down the paint colour - I used a very light dusting of Carrs black, this being a coal wagon. A light dusting gives a very reallistic effect


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Graham Plowman (11/05/2019)

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