welcome to buford's

 home of the Oxidation station

Hello and WELCOME! I'm Calvin, ("Buford" just sounds so much more authentic...) the man behind the creations you'll find here at Buford's Barn Cars, home of the Oxidation Station. I've always had an uncanny interest in creating a variety of artistic forms using complicated strategies with just as complicated tools. But there is nothing like creating something that tells a story. Scaled diecast modeling supplies me with an appropriate foundation to create just that. I add enough interior and exterior character along with detailed accents that it would be hard pressed not to think about your own personal story. Want to see samples? Have a look.

Buford's models have shipped literally around the world for to doctors, professors, executives and the everyday collector....and they are 100% unique. Never is a single model the same as any other.  

The Oxidation Station itself is comprised of all of the right tools to properly weather my diecast and 3D printed models. 

The workbench is a very old steel twin-drawer Lyon from what I believe is the mid-1920s. It has a rich history and was owned by only one family before I acquired it in 2013. 

The paint cabinet (seen above, closed) was a homemade machinist's bit chest from the 1930s. It contains all of my Tamiya acrylics as well as an array of special liquids. I also have several steel drawers of Testors oil paints as well as Ammo solutions for weathering. 

Weathering powders are used frequently for accenting, dusting and to make the appearance of rust. They are Oxidation Station (my own) powders. They have a high adhesion ability meaning less waste. 

I use a Badger Patriot 105 airbrush powered by a Campbell Hausfeld compressor. This has proven to be a reliable combination.

My 3D printer is a prosumer-grade Felix Robotics from the Netherlands. It was upgraded from a 2.0 to 3.0 which has injection molded hardened components that give it extra reliability. It is an exceptional machine for 1:18th scale and larger. 

I have been using Google Sketchup for my 3D designs for a number of years. It's not necessarily by choice. I'd  prefer SolidWorks; only the licensing costs are more suited for an engineering house; not a guy who piddles with toy models.


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"You do what?! Why would you do that?!" I suppose It isn't surprising that a description of one of my barn find models elicits a raised eyebrow. I say, "Yes. I take a perfectly good, polished and complete scaled model, sand it down to a scratchy mess and spend many hours making it look like...junk."  

I admit that I am addicted to the properties of rust and what nature itself does to steel, paint, rubber and cloth. I identified this addiction some time ago while perusing an online thread showing incredibly talented artists making an early 20th century model train appear as if it had seen 100 years on the railroad. Some of the skills I had witnessed simply blew my mind. 

A short while later, and using an encyclopedia's worth of information and several trials and tribulations, I had mapped out the start of my own version of weathering; a unique mix of airbrushed acrylic paints, oil based paints for streaks and environmental effects, weathering powders and chipping solutions. No longer dull and boring, these models now had obvious signs of LIFE

After many, many new creations and finely tuned weathering processes, Buford's Barn Cars and the Oxidation Station were built to share that exact experience by offering these models for purchase.  

It begins with a complete tear down of the base model. That includes the sub-chassis, door handles, windows, engine components, seating, grills, wheels...basically everything that can be removed. It is followed by a tedious finishing process that takes many hours to complete.

Read more about this process and see updated models samples by visiting the portfolio.


established 1913?! you're old!

1913 is simply synonymous with the date that my paternal grandfather and his parents first signed in to Ellis Island from Europe. My paternal grandmother and my mother's parents followed some time later. As I am an American I felt it was prudent to showcase my American roots.