The Kadee hoppers are beautiful models, but their weight is made up by the load, and therefore if you want to run them empty they are a bit too light to run reliably.
So I poured liquid lead into all the available space I could in the underframe, which helped to bring the model up to a light, but usable running weight. Adding the coal load brings the car up to the full recommend NMRA weight. Once I'd done this I ran the car through the weathering shop, trying out some different techniques I remembered from the past.
I have previously documented the interior weathering in a previous post.
And all I had to do was finish off that like so.
Well I think this looks suitably distressed now, and having modified the coal load placement height and adding real coal I think this looks pretty sharp too.