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Ochre Rust
Ochre Rust Speckling Effect
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

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RailRoad Modeling

Wilder Product's Nitroline series Ochre Rust Speckling Effect, item NL 28, is a general light rust color intended for speedily improving the authenticity of rust and chipping effects.

Formed in 2011, Wilder Products produces effective finishing products and accessories for constructing, painting and weathering all types of scale replicas and dioramas. Mr. Wilder is well known across the modeling community for his elaborately weathered models, numerous 'How-To' demonstrative features, and collaboration with other well known vendors.

Recently the Airbrush Company Ltd sent a selection of products by Wilder Products for review. This review of the NitroLine series Ochre Rust Speckling Effect will demonstrate how the product can enhance a model.

According to the Wilder website, NitroLine washes are:
    Enamel based products for quickly and easily applying various weathering effects onto all types of models and dioramas. NitroLine products can be used straight from the bottle or thinned using enamel thinner. Works best over acrylic finishes. Thoroughly mix and shake the bottle prior to use for best results.

    Speckling can play a major role throughout the different weathering processes needed to finish a model. It involves flicking fine amounts of paint specks onto a surface using a stiff-bristled brush. Speckling can be used for a variety of purposes over most types of paints. It can enhance chipping effects and rust tones.

    Speckling is also a great means for creating earth effects such as mud spatter on the lower running gear of vehicles. If you apply too much of the effect quickly wipe it away using the brush dampened with enamel thinner. You can use Wilder Speckling effects straight from the bottle or dilute them to obtain less opaque specs of rust and earth tones. Use in conjunction with other weathering tones from the NitroLine for more authentic results.

NitroLine Ochre Rust Speckling Effect
This product is formulated to create a rusty surface. It is contained in an eye-catching unique bottle, more like an artists' ink jar, a necked square body plastic bottle. The attractive label adds to the aesthetics, although text on the side is so small that I can not read it without magnification.

Inside is a solvent-based liquid and a thin layer of pigment. The pigment is robust.

Having used these products I concur with Wilder's emphasis to thoroughly mix, or shake, NitroLine products prior to use to ensure that the pigments are completely mixed for the effect to work to its fullest potential.

Opening the bottle releases a mild terpenic odor, less intense than Model Master enamels, and less than the mineral spirits I use to clean my brushes.

Since Ochre Rust Speckling Effect is for any finish, I tested it on an undecorated gray hopper. For one side, following Wilder instructions, I loaded a stiff bristle brush with the paint and flicked it across the surface. While it dried I brushed against it, causing streaking and irregular patterns. On the other side I diluted it into a wash and brushed it over the surface, allowing it to run and pool. Please see the photographs to judge the effectiveness; the paint was applied and dried in about 20 minutes.

It left a slight shine, as expected with a solvent based product.

Results and conclusion
Ochre Rust created nice rusty blotches and rust eating through thinning paint finishes.

The product creates a unique effect and is easy to use. It was easy to clean from the brush with mineral spirits. The odor of the solvents did not give me a headache. It dried with mild sheen.

Bottle design is nice although I wonder if modelers, at first, will be dubious about the uncommon square bottom? Yet modelers who enjoy a product will always find room for it.

Modelers striving to create a varied rusty effect, techniques of color modulating and washes should appreciate this product. I have no complaint about this product and thus feel comfortable recommending it.

We thank Airbrushes.com for providing this product for review. Please tell them and Wilder that you saw this here - on RailRoadModeling.

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Highs: A good amount of paint in the bottle. It both flicked and flowed on as desired.
Lows: De minimis.
Verdict: Ochre Rust Speckling Effect allows modelers a good method of simulating rusted surfaces in this hue.
  Scale: N/A
  Mfg. ID: NL 28
  Suggested Retail: $6.60, 4.50 inc.VAT
  Related Link: Wilder Site
  PUBLISHED: Mar 12, 2015

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

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