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Brass Model Train Painting & Weathering by Jeff Lemke

Brass Model Services

At Jeff Lemke Trains, Inc. it is how you finish that counts.  I work mainly in HO and O scale. When models arrive here they are immediately unpacked, inspected, and photographed before entering our insured inventory of projects. Our business process is consistent. This is a full-time professional business. Referrals are appreciated.

In case you missed the NEW LINK at the very top of this page, we also buy and sell brass models and have some great ones in stock right now. SEE IN-STOCK MODELS NOW.

Helpful links:

PAINTING & WEATHERING E-BROCHURE

HOW BRASS MODELS WERE MADE IN KOREA 

SAFE SHIPPING OF BRASS MODELS

BRASS MODELS FOR SALE RIGHT NOW

TWIN PORTS RAIL HISTORY

GN 441 LOCOMOTIVE LODGE REPAINT PROJECT

MODEL AND PROTOTYPE IMAGE ALBUMS: 2.2 Million Views

This video demonstrates the collaboration and capability between my studio and ELS Train Service to create lovely finished models for our clients.  I performed the paint, weathering, and had custom decals made for two very rare PFM Climax Locomotives.  Dennis Bartholow installed DCC, added a double speaker sound system, and lights. We can handle any job including straight 12vdc, DCC, and PFM sound.

PLEASE NOTE… At the present time my pipeline for new model work is completely reserved but if you have a serious need and would like to discuss any of our services listed below then please call me at 630-893-5719 or use the CONTACT window (below) to start a dialog.

Our business hours are 7:30AM to 4:30PM CST Monday thru Friday and if I don’t answer your call on the first few rings then please leave a message. When I’m in the shop painting or grit blasting my phone goes to voice-mail so please leave a message and I will return your call.

My core competencies in this field include…

  • Subject Matter Expert on green-box brass models imported by Overland Models 1976 to date

  • Researching Prototypes for Overseas Production

  • Designing Brass Models, Parts, Decals and Tools

  • Importing Models from Abroad

  • Teaching and Training Brass Model Painting

  • Painting & Weathering Brass Locomotives, Rolling Stock, and Structures

  • Providing DCC, Lighting and Sound Installation Recommendations (ELS Train Service)

  • Strengthening and Repairing Solder Joints

  • Modifications to Stock Brass Models

  • Deskirting Streamlined Passenger Cars

  • Requartering Steam Locomotive Drivers

  • Installing Replacement Gear Boxes

  • Part and Decal Sourcing

  • Paint Matching

  • Stripping Old Factory and Custom Paint Jobs

  • Micro-Grit Blasting

  • Restoring Tarnished Brass Surfaces to Like-New

  • Mitigating Model Surface Foam Damage

  • Evaluating Brass Collections for Resale

  • Appraising Individual Brass Models Trains

  • Model Valuation and Identification Consulting for Retired Collectors and Their Families

  • Private and Consignment Sales of Legacy Brass and High-End Plastic Collections

  • International Model Shipment Staging

  • Short and Long-Term Model Warehousing

  • On-Topic Public Speaking and Presentations

Brass Model Resume

My painting resume includes work on more than 3,575 models. I am a life long model railroader, research specialist, and industrial historian who specializes in the Hill Lines and the railroads and industries of Duluth, Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin. My true calling is collaboration with associates and clients to create positive results. I have taught custom painting to well-known brass model train importers and their builders in South Korea. This is a full time, professional occupation for me and I love what I do. Referrals are encouraged and appreciated. Thanks for visiting today. Cheers!

 

Experience

Brass Model Train Artist
3,575+ models serviced to date
Paint, weathering and soldering repairs

Factory Paint Design Engineer
Ajin Precision Mfg. in S. Korea
Factory Set-Up and Paint Instruction

Historical Photo Restoration
www.TwinPortsRailHistory.com
The Railroads of Duluth-Superior

Research Specialist
Overland Models, Inc.
OMI "Green Box" Expert

Independent Consultant
Brass Model Train Designer
400+ products created

Contributing Author—Railroads & Industries of Duluth-Superior
www.ZenithCity.com

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Testimonials

Your pictures don’t do these models justice. The lettering looks painted on. The satin finish is exactly what I was hoping for. I couldn’t be more pleased. 100% professional. The bar is now very high for anyone else. Thanks, Jeff!
— Tony H., Katy, TX.
Jeff, I just received my passenger cars and I can say without a doubt, they are the most beautiful works of art I have ever seen. You put “Factory Paint” to shame. Thanks for the fantastic work.
— Tim F., Jamul, CA.
This is one serious class act. I take picky to a whole new level. Jeff took a few monster caboose models and turned them into works of art. Easily on par with the best painters for PSC, OMI or CIL. Decals were so well done they look like the lettering was printed on the model. Highly recommended.
— Steve B., Walnut Creek, CA.
Well, I have to admit that I finally found someone who does better weathering than I do. The models are absolutely superb! The models look exactly the way the prototype looked. You nailed it right on the head. Congratulations from the person who is probably the most particular customer you will ever have. Thanks a million!
— Bill McKown, W&R Enterprises
Awesome! Beautiful work! I’d wager to say these are now the two nicest painted and weathered examples of these particular models in existence!
— Dan Glasure, BRASSTRAINS.com

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