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Layout Tours / Re: Cypress Creek Railroad
« on: April 13, 2021, 09:44:59 PM »
Hello Steve, another great addition to your layout, it just keeps getting better.   Jeff

Scratchbuilding / Re: Farm outbuildings
« on: April 13, 2021, 09:43:18 PM »
Nice job on the replacement buildings, Jeff.

I particularly like the destressed cladding.

Cheers, Mark.

Hello Mark, thank you, I had fun making the siding boards.

Hey Jeff:

Looks like A chicken coop to me. Great job.


Hey Karl, I liked John's coop so much I just had to have one for myself. He did a great job.


Very nice work. I have one suggestion. Get out the A&I and give the frame work for the fence on the chicken coop another coat.  I had to hit mine with three coats to get it dark enough, once it was on the layout.  I use my camera as my guide as I fine tune the details, especially once the project is in place on the layout under the layout lighting. Fantastic modeling!

John, thanks so much for the kind words and the suggestion. I used some weathering chalks to age the coop framing after one coat of AI solution.

Great job all you have to do is add the aroma and you'll have it nailed.  ;D

Hello Greg, I don't have the desire for chicken coop aroma effects. I know from experience they do not smell all that good. Thanks for looking in.

Scratchbuilding / Re: Farm outbuildings
« on: April 11, 2021, 02:06:30 PM »
The next farm outbuilding that I replaced was the chicken coop. I was inspired by the great job that John Siekirk did on his highly detailed farm scene on his Superior and Seattle Railroad Build thread. If imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, then I humbly bow to a master modeler and blatantly attempt to copy his work, though I'm sure my chicken coop is not as good as John's. So here we go...

Again, I drew out a template for the walls. I again used 1/16 square strip-wood for the framing.

Here two of the walls have been glued together. You can see the other wall and the roof in the picture. I used some leftover material from a Walthers chain link fence kit for the chicken wire on the walls. It doesn't show up very well in the pictures. I used full strength wood glue to attach the "wire" to the framing.

Another view of the first two walls attached to the coop building. I used the plastic coop building from the Bachmann kit, I figured that the wire coop area would draw all of the attention here.

The walls have been glued and the roof attached. The door frame is some 2x4 strip-wood pieces glued on the assembled wall.

Another view of the assembled structure

A top down look at the coop. I used the same black tissue paper for the roof as on my hay barn. This was a fun little scratch-build of two farm outbuildings. I have to admit that when I saw the great job John did on his farm scene, that I had to improve mine. Thanks, John. I will have some pictures of these two structures placed on the layout as I get to that area on my layout tour. That's it for now more later

Scratchbuilding / Farm outbuildings
« on: April 11, 2021, 01:34:11 PM »
As I'm going around my layout with my layout tour I have been doing some small upgrades in areas that I had done many years ago. One of these areas is a farm scene along the upper level shelf. I decided to replace a couple of the plastic farm outbuildings from a Bachmann kit with scratch-built wood structures. Here are two of them...

First is a small hay barn. As always I drew out a template for the walls. I used 1/16 square strip-wood for the framing and 2x8 boards for the siding. I aged the siding boards by cutting them at the corners and in the middle.

Here are the completed walls. I next sprayed them with a rattle can tan color for a primer base and then I dry brushed them with a craft paint barn red color.

Here the walls have been assembled and a roof card cut out from the cardboard from the back of a yellow legal pad. I really liked the roofing job that Steve Custer did on one of his recent builds with gift wrap tissue paper, so I thought I would give it a try. I used some black tissue paper and distressed the edges with my Exacto knife and then glued the 3/8 wide strips with full strength wood glue. As you can see I cut a ragged hole in the roof card and then glued some 2x6 strip-wood below the hole for exposed roof joists. I was pleased with how this came out

Another view of the assembled walls and the roof.

A closer look at the roof. For a detailed tutorial on how to do the tissue paper roll-roofing look at Steve Custer's FSM Branchline Bucket Coaling Station build thread in the Kit Building area of the forum, he does a great job explaining the process.

I finished my hay barn by cutting a piece of foam to a good hay pile shape, spread wood glue on the foam and then sprinkled some sawdust on the glue for the hay. This little structure is a big upgrade from the plastic that I had. More in a minute.

Hello Tom, Frank sure did a great job on those two structures, I am looking forward to seeing what you do to finish them.   Jeff

Kit Building / Re: Sewall's Foundry using RailroadKits castings.
« on: April 10, 2021, 09:36:25 PM »
Hello Steve, another very nice build. I'm looking forward to see what you do for the support columns.   Jeff

Kit Building / Re: Micro-Scale Models Two Stall Engine House
« on: April 10, 2021, 09:34:48 PM »
Hello Marty, great work on the interior walls, can't wait to see what's next.    Jeff

Layout Tours / Re: The Atlantic & Southern Saturday Report
« on: April 10, 2021, 09:33:03 PM »
Your Honor, another great story. So glad you're getting better.   Jeff

Layout Tours / Re: nycjeff layout
« on: April 10, 2021, 09:31:48 PM »

Very nice work.  I am enjoying the layout tour.

Hello John, thank you for looking in and I'm glad you're enjoying my layout tour


All looks beautiful. Love the lumber yard.


Hey Karl, thanks for the kind words. I did the lumber yard many years ago and I am planning on updating and improving now that my modeling skills have improved.


Enjoying the journey around the layout.

Tom  ;D

Hello Tom, glad you're along for my journey. I'm sure enjoying yours

Good stuff, Jeff.  You can almost smell the sawdust in the lumber yard.

Your Honor, lumber yards are sure a lot of fun to build. I'm so glad that you are well on your way to recovery.

Layout Tours / Re: nycjeff layout
« on: April 09, 2021, 10:45:43 AM »
Continuing on with a short update...

Moving logs from a truck onto the track leading into the saw mill is done with this small traveling crane from Durango Press. I want to further detail this little lumber complex at some time.

This is the town water tower, it is a kit from Bar Mills. The fencing around the tower is more from central Valley. The town name is on the tower- Killbuck. I placed individual letters from a decal sheet on the tank. Killbuck is the name of the small town in Holmes County, Ohio near the location of my old family cabin.

Next to the water tower is some abandoned track-bed that runs through a small wooded area. 

Behind the lumber mill area is another wooded area with the approach road to a grain elevator located in the corner of the layout. That's it for now, more later.

Scratchbuilding / Re: Building an REA Freight House
« on: April 07, 2021, 05:03:00 PM »
Hello John, thanks for looking in and for the kind words. I'm enjoying this build very much.

Hello Greg, sorry for the loss of your puppies. One of the worst things about having pets is that they do not have as long a life span as we would like. My wife and I have had to go through what you are presently going through many times in the 40 plus years we have been together. We always get "free to a good home " dogs and they are usually not very young when we get them. It hurts a great deal to lose a member of the family and that's what our dogs are, but after about 6 months we miss the companionship and affection that dogs give us and we get another one. I hope that you and your wife can do the same.    Jeff

Layout Tours / Re: Twin Mountain Barge & Navigation RR
« on: April 06, 2021, 03:49:27 PM »
Hello George, when looking at your layout photos, I kept thinking that they looked familiar. Now that you said that the town from the Popeye movie was your inspiration, I totally get it, You're doing a great job and I love that you and your grandkids are enjoying it together.   Jeff

Scratchbuilding / Re: Scranton - N Washington Avenue Project
« on: April 06, 2021, 03:44:47 PM »
Hello Eric, I like the bay window even more now that it's been attached to the wall. Can't wait to see how your build comes out, it looks great so far.   Jeff

Kit Building / Re: Micro-Scale Models Two Stall Engine House
« on: April 06, 2021, 03:42:29 PM »
Hello Marty, great job on the interior walls and I like your idea of using back to back windows for a more realistic look.   Jeff

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