The flat car syndrome continues. I finished up #6312 today with some weathering. When I did the deck, I tried a different technique. After graining the deck with a plumbers brush and adding two Vallejo smoke washes and two washes of Modelflex weathered black, using a fiberglass eraser, I lightly went over the decking. I was surprised at how well it highlighted the grain. I think it worked better than drybrushing.
That's the story I'm using. Actually I had overweathered the deck and I wasn't happy with the way it looked, so I used the fiberglas eraser to remove some of the wash.
Once I had cleaned it up, I went over it again with the black wash. It took just a little more time but I'm glad I re-did my work. I wouldn't have been happy with just "good enough" on this car. My friend Derrell Poole is correct, most good modeling is 10% talent and 90% tenacity.
Although the phone camera doesn't take the best photos, I think you can still see the effects. It looks much better in person. I'm also glad I built the two #6200 series flats first since this kit doesn't come with directions. It does come with a large color coded drawing. An option is to buy the DVD that PBL has for this kit. Since I've built a "few" of their kits I was just fine.