Two light coats of primer got me to the point where the insides of the hoppers are now finished. I used a mix of Polly Scale Rust and Reefer White under a fine coat of straight Rust. I was satisfied that the interiors looked fine. I was most concerned about the texture of the floor, but everything looks good and it’s time to move on.
Has anyone else ever noticed that its tough to get paint into the corner where three planes meet at right angles? I might have to make a mask in order to get paint down into the bottom corners without soaking the sides with too much paint. I just need enough paint to cover the rough materials underneath.
The cars look like they’ve been hauling cinnamon, but that will change when the final weathering is applied. I have no intention of applying any Action Red to the interior of the cars, but to weather them to look like rough-polished and slightly grimy/rusty steel. This brings up an interesting question. Does anyone know whether the freight car builders painted the interiors of ore cars? It seems wasteful because the first few of loads of ore would have completely removed the paint.