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Dioramas / Re: 3rd Business Card Diorama
« on: May 22, 2020, 09:13:08 PM »
Thanks John.  It has been a fun contest for sure.

Dioramas / 3rd Business Card Diorama
« on: May 22, 2020, 05:37:13 PM »
My parents were part of the people who left the Oklahoma/Arkansas region during the depression in the 1930s.

The shack we lived in when I was very young still exists today.

The size was 9 feet wide and 20 feet long.  No indoor plumbing.

A shack that size will fit on a standard business card in HO.

Here is my version of my childhood home.

Dioramas / 2nd Business Card Diorama
« on: May 22, 2020, 05:31:32 PM »
Another small diorama which fits on a standard size business card.

Dioramas / Business Card Size Diorama
« on: May 22, 2020, 05:28:25 PM »
A small group of friends are having a friendly contest for building a small diorama on a base the size of a business card.

That seems like such a small area but there is much that can be done in that space.

Here is one of the dioramas I am working on.

Kit Building / Re: Interaction Hobbies Moonshiners Cabin
« on: May 10, 2020, 12:30:01 AM »
Little cabin next door to my house as a child was lined with newspaper.

I guess it was a common treatment to cut down on cold.

Modeling: Signage / Re: Printer Suggestions
« on: April 10, 2020, 02:53:47 AM »
Printing signs for buildings is one of the most pleasurable part of the hobby for me.

I have both HP and Epson inkjet printers.

Both do a fine job but the Epson is noticeably better when it comes to printing HO scale signs.

Really imaginative model building.

Looks great.

Thanks for sharing.

Kit Building / Re: Bar Mills Jerry's Tractor & Small Engine Repair.
« on: March 08, 2020, 09:42:45 AM »
Great progress.  You should be done about the time my kit gets here.  Thanks for sharing.

Kit Building / Re: HO Model Power Rooming House addition
« on: December 31, 2019, 11:46:42 PM »

The pilot models for many Campbell kits were assembled, painted and lightly weathered by Sherri Collins in the late 1960s.

There were several on display at Frank's Hobby in Tustin, California, in the early 1970s.

Sherri somehow achieved a very distinct shadow under the clapboard siding on her structures.

I never met Sherri but I always wanted to ask her how she got the distinct shadows.

I watched Tom Yorke weather automobiles at a convention when I let him use one of my two tables.

He used very fine Rapidograph pens to achieve distinct shadows under the "chrome" trim of the autos.

Sherri did not build a lot of models and each was featured in ads and on the kit boxes so I know she spent a lot of time on them.

At this point I can only assume she also used very fine Rapidograph pens to very carefully put the shadows in place.

Glad you enjoyed the tutorial.

One thing that makes this a great hobby is that so many people have little tricks.  Plus they are willing to share them all.

Jaime, come visit me in Idaho and we can build models together.


Kit Building / Re: HO Model Power Rooming House addition
« on: December 31, 2019, 10:29:55 AM »
Thanks Tom.


Scratchbuilding / Re: Company houses
« on: December 31, 2019, 10:05:48 AM »
Mike, nice idea about cutting out windows.

I think that is the only part of model building that I do not like to do.

Your method may fix that problem for me.



Kit Building / Re: HO Model Power Rooming House addition
« on: December 31, 2019, 09:59:28 AM »
Janbouli, Karl,

Thanks for the kind words.  I do appreciate them.

I was surprised at how well the plastic kit matched the wooden structure.

Now to work it into some sort of diorama.


Kit Building / Re: HO Model Power Rooming House addition
« on: December 31, 2019, 03:20:11 AM »
If you look at the earlier photo of the man standing in front of the door, notice the wall to the right of the man.

You can see the dark shadow under the bottom edge of the planks and also the faint white drybrushed onto the edge of the green boards.

Kit Building / Re: HO Model Power Rooming House addition
« on: December 31, 2019, 03:17:37 AM »
Final thoughts about the walls.

I usually use a soft brush to apply a black stain onto the walls.  This stain is black ink mixed in alcohol.  No formula.  I just add black ink until it looks right to me.

When I apply this stain, I lay the wall flat and then lift the bottom edge a little so that the stain gathers in the "shadow" between overlapping boards.  I don't brush the stain on, I let gravity draw it down onto the flat wall.

I try to simulate the shadow shown in this photo of clapboard siding.

This shadow is readily seen in clapboard siding in the direct sunlight.

When I build board by board in O scale, I paint the bottom of each board black to try to show this shadow.

Hard to do in HO.

After the black ink and alcohol stain is dry, I very lightly drybrush the painted siding using downward vertical strokes so that I just highlight the very edge of the boards.  If I can see the drybrushing, it means I added too much.  I try for just a hint of highlights on the edge of the boards.  I use the off white that I use in the trimwork on the structure.

Kit Building / Re: HO Model Power Rooming House addition
« on: December 30, 2019, 03:50:20 PM »
Hard to see the door with the guy standing in front of it.  Sorry.

For the door I painted the door a very dark grey and let dry.

I then applied my mix of green and white to the door.

I let it dry for about two minutes and then put some blue painter's tape onto the door and firmly pressed down on it.

I then removed the blue tape which took most of the green off the door sides but left the green mix in the the small panels.

This helps it look like I spent a lot of time carefully painting the door.  But I didn't.  Quick and easy tip.

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