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Kit Building / Re: FSM #130 - Ezra Coopers Garage
« on: Today at 11:38:58 AM »
Thanks Bob.....glad to know that you aren't going anywhere anytime soon, especially since you're staying off those darn ladders.  ;)

Any help with the airbrush and other things will always be greatly appreciated, chat soon.  :)

Layout Tours / Re: The Atlantic & Southern Saturday Report
« on: Today at 09:13:09 AM »
Great story Bill.....I can understand Tater trying to save a buck, but penny pinching can sometimes bite ya in the butt.  ;D

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Sunday July 5, 2020
« on: Today at 09:04:34 AM »
Morning all.....

Kit Building / Re: FSM #130 - Ezra Coopers Garage
« on: July 04, 2020, 02:55:02 PM »
The help is always appreciated Tom.....I'll be using the Iwata on it as I need the practice, but stand by for questions and/or solutions.  :)

Rolling Stock / Re: C&O K3, 2-8-2 Mikado Painting
« on: July 04, 2020, 02:50:58 PM »
What fun..... 8)

Kit Building / Re: FSM #130 - Ezra Coopers Garage
« on: July 04, 2020, 11:13:01 AM »
Thanks Bob.....I'm definitely having a good time.  :)

Some thought was given to the method you are referring to, but I intend to spray paint the exterior as well as the interior of the walls and figured it would be done after they are all assembled.

I am anxious to give your method a try, but I need to wait till I do one of the buildings for the boom town area. These communities generally didn't bother spending the time or money on paint for their buildings.

Kit Building / Re: FSM #130 - Ezra Coopers Garage
« on: July 04, 2020, 11:03:00 AM »
Thanks is fun and I'm sure you'll be there in no time.  :)

Kit Building / Re: FSM #130 - Ezra Coopers Garage
« on: July 04, 2020, 11:01:01 AM »
Thanks is quite an eye opener, after looking at the pictures and instructions for so many years, I had it pictured as a much larger structure and the reality is that it's only about 4-1/2" wide and 6" deep. Amazing.....good things sometimes do come in small packages :)

Kit Building / Re: FSM #130 - Ezra Coopers Garage
« on: July 04, 2020, 10:50:42 AM »
Thanks Curt.....another installment coming soon.  :)

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Saturday 4th July
« on: July 04, 2020, 08:59:45 AM »
Happy 4th all.....

Kit Building / FSM #130 - Ezra Coopers Garage
« on: July 03, 2020, 11:29:22 AM »

Happy 4th to all here.....

It seems that we are having a rash of FSM builds on the Forum and I will be adding to the mix with this build, the Fine Scale Miniature kit #130.....Ezra Cooper's Garage.

I got this kit, along with the Rail Car Shed and Flagstop Station about 5 years ago when Bob Butts had a fire sale of a few of his FSM stash that he didn't think he would ever get around to building. Thanks Bob, these are fun kits and some of George's early works that I missed when he originally released them.

I had intended to rifle these kits for the castings to use on other builds, but after the my less than satisfying results with the CCK Low Company kit, I think this kit can be better used for practicing on my structure building skills. Also, none of the kits that I have ever built have the number or level of detail as the castings that are in this kit and it will be a new adventure for me.

So here goes.....obligatory box & content photos.

Exhibit #1 - (ECG-001)

Exhibit #2 - (ECG-002)

To demonstrate how the kit should look as completed, I have included a photo of Frank Baker's build. I don't remember getting this from you Frank, but thanks for the photo and beautifully done.

Exhibit #3 - (ECG-003)

To begin.....I made copies of George's templates and instructions. I then checked the templates to make sure they were the exact size as the original.....sometimes when they are reproduced, the process can make the copy a bit smaller or larger.

I started with the wall framing on the rear wall. The structure has post and beam type construction and I mostly followed the instructions as George wrote them. The bottom and top plates and studs are 6"x6", however, I thought that since the local of the scene on the layout will be in the Rockies, the top plate should be more substantial too handle the snow loads, so a 6"x8" was specified instead.

I checked in the stash and I have everything but a 6"x8" size.....what to do? Only one choice, call my LHS and inquired if Mr. Langford had that size in stock. As luck would have it, he had an unopened bag in his stash from 30 years ago. Thanks Tom.....

The other change I made was to the horizontal blocking for the siding. As you can see in the photo of the template below, George didn't include the blocking required for nailing the vertical siding onto the framing. The wall scales out to 11'-6" high. When nailing on vertical siding a minimum of 4' center to center spacing is needed. In the real world, using 2' on center is a better choice, but for a model in HO, that seems to a bit of overkill.

Exhibit #4 - (ECG-003b)

I struck parallel lines at 4' and 8' from the bottom plate and used this as my guide for the blocking placement. Note the thicker 6"x8" top plate in the photo.

Exhibit #5 - (ECG-004)

The vertical siding, furnished in the kit, is a scale 1"x10". I stressed the lumber and cleaned the pieces and began applying it to the wall framing, adding nail holes as I went.

Exhibit #6 - (ECG-005)

A decent start, but a lot to go, as the stick built wall framing and siding is a bit time consuming to cut and put together.....thank goodness for the ole' chopper.

Next time.....

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Friday, July 3, 2020
« on: July 03, 2020, 08:44:11 AM »
Morning all.....

Layout Tours / Re: PRR Bellevue Sub Build
« on: July 02, 2020, 03:28:11 PM »
Great job with the bench work Curt.....hope you have the track down by the 18th when we all come over to run trains.  ;)

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Thursday 02JUL2020
« on: July 02, 2020, 08:47:03 AM »
Morning all.....

The names may have been changed to the protect innocent.....looks like a line-up at the ole' 12th precinct..... ::)

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