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Kit Building / Campbell Scale Models Grain Elevator
« on: September 13, 2020, 08:25:57 PM »
On to the next big adventure.   While waiting for material to reorganize my paints, I need a project that wouldn't need a lot of paint.  So here I am with the Grain Elevator kit.  For those not all familiar, but back in the day, the last set of digits on the kit box was the retail price.  In this case a whole $17.95 or about %40 in today's dollars.

First the requisite box and contents.  Four bags of section specific parts, a bunch of strip wood, instructions, several pages of templates, and cardboard roof stock.  I won't be using the included sign, although they provide instructions on how one can hand paint it on instead.

Kit Building / Lake Junction Ozark Cafe
« on: September 12, 2020, 06:20:42 PM »
I would like to know if anyone here or if anyone knows of somebody who has Lake Junction Models Ozark Cafe kit?  I am needing the instructions and a list of the kit contents.

I bough as couple kit a number of years ago right after Bill's place caught on fire.  He had kit parts but lost the computer and instructions to the flames.  But now it appears I'm short several parts as well.

Kit Building / Laserkit Dabler Mill & Supply
« on: August 17, 2020, 09:45:55 PM »
Well, the siren calls were overwhelming and I just had to dig into it.  Another misadventure begins.

Nice set of instructions although not in a decent sequence.  The color photos are a must and greatly appreciated.

Inside were three thick plastic bags of parts.  Generally organized by wood type, one bag had most of the wall sections.   Another had a ton of laserboard(?) parts.  They did provide a nice set of drawings to indicate parts on each set of laser cut parts as well as individual parts.  I started by labeling each part.  Then it was a matter of placing all related parts into bags or plastic containers.

Of all the loose parts, only one was broken.  I was lucky to find 3 of 4 parts, and glue it back together.

Scenery: Vegetation & Trees / Static grass applicator question
« on: August 06, 2020, 11:29:45 AM »
As most already know, my first try at static grass application was a disaster.  I had a old railroad buddy came down to my area and stopped by for a visit.  He does a lot of scenery work on various layouts in KC, and thought perhaps it was the use of Woodland Scenic's material. 

Then I got looking at my WWS applicator and noticed there is no wire to the screen as I have seen on some others.

So now for my question, for those who have successfully applied static grass, what unit do you use and does it have a wire to the metal screen?

Kit Building / FOS Riverbend Chapel
« on: July 21, 2020, 08:12:42 PM »
Since the Highline goes through the bible belt, I felt I needed a backwoods church or two.  I already had a Blair Line Church which looks a lot like my Walthers Cottage Grove Church, which resembles my Timberline Church at Fairplay.  I was perusing FOS's site and noticed the chaple and cemetary kit.  Voila!  I added the cemetery extension kit as well.
So the typical box contents.  It took me a while to realize that the bracing diagram was from the front, kinda like an xray.  And yes, this is my first and only FOS kit.  I messed up and didn't get a freebie with it, but oh well.
The bracing diagram has the stained glass windows and what is shown is a scanned copy.  That is why there is a ruler on the bottom.

IN the next to last photo, the thick brown laser cut board also doubles as the foundation sections.  Remove the laser cut parts and the three rectangular remaining pieces form the foundation,  Very clever.
The last section shows the tombstones.  Some with names, some not.  But luckily any dates fit well within my era.

Kit Building / Bar Mills Bud Smiley's Gas Stop.
« on: May 18, 2020, 11:15:59 PM »
With the Saw Pit Store dirt drying (I seem to spend a lot of tie waiting for stuf to dry) I started my next needed structure - a small gas station.  The Woodland Scenics metal gas station wasn't an option at this point and JL Innovative Brownies Northside Service was a bit big.  So Bar Mills it is.  That and since Postalkarl provided the inspiration, it is a no brainer.
So first up the box and contents.  Whoa.  Not a lot of strip wood, that could be a good sign.  Good looking laser cut parts, metal casting, plastic windows and doors.  You know, the usual suspects.  One thing that is different is the roofing.  Roller roofing with nail holes.  Hmmm.  Also included are a handful of very good looking signage.

First thing was to clean all the metal and plastic bits with files and LAs Awesome Cleaner before they got a bath in the ultrasonic cleaner.

 Next up was checking the building sides for square.  And they were,  Just needed a little sanding to get rid of the attachment nubbins.  They do talk about bracing, I didn't see any that were included.  No biggie.  I dug out some 1/8x1/8 but noticed the close fit to door and window openings.  Hmmm.  Could be a problem down the road, but I'll glue it all up and check out the fit tomorrow.  Better to check and remediate at this stage than later.  I also added bracing on the other walls, even though the instructions didn't mention it.

Kit Building / JL Innovative Design Sawpit Store
« on: May 04, 2020, 11:19:22 PM »
This little kit has been staring me in the face for the past several months and time to scratch the itch.  That and with a new knee now scheduled for the end of the month, I'll need something fairly straight forward.
Single sheet of instructions with illustrations on the back.  Die cut opening guidelines, but final cut is on me.  Tape on the backside is an absolute must.  A small handful of color coded strip wood. plastic and metal parts.
Interesting rolled paper roofing and a ton of signs.

Come to find out that Sawpit exists in Colorado.  At one time it was a whistle-stop on the RGS.  The original store is long gone, but there is a new version of it there today.  The owner has a wicked sense of humor if his Facebook sign postings are any measure.  The now offer bar b q where they do the porkin' and you do the forkin'.  Sooooo, it would make sense for my version to have a bar b q shack on the premise, especially set in the backwoods of Missouri.  The kit has a covered area on one side and some tulle that could make a nice little eating area.  Our local  burger joint has something similar.
The openings have been cut out and bracing added and let set over nite.

Kit Building / RailroadKits Reese Supply Co
« on: April 26, 2020, 10:22:49 PM »
While I was mulling over the Gas n' Go kit, I came across Reese Supply.  Interesting looking kit as it is leaning to one side, with bracing holding it up.  Typical packages of cast (plastic and metal) parts, scribed panels, and strip wood.
There is no list of material and the instructions talk about color coded wood, but only one piece was color coded.  No biggie.

Instructions were several sheets of typed instructions and hand drawn figures.

Kit Building / RailroadKits Gas 'n Go
« on: March 21, 2020, 10:22:23 PM »
I ran across this kit by chance while searching the internets for something else.   I really don't need another gas station.  Yes, I said it.  I don't need another gas station.  But, it just wouldn't let me go.  And I could name it.  Okay SOLD.  I'll sell one of the gas stations in my stash.  Or two.
I named it after my mothers family and my middle name.  Mitchell's So here's the ubiquitous box and contents.  I really like the color on the enclosed signage, especially after my last build.  And strip wood.  Talk about a lot of bracing!  There is a separate sheet just on bracing. 

The instructions, oh the instructions.  First kit that they have to be downloaded from the internet.  Not in the box.  Not a problem.  Just never encountered it before.  The instructions mention paying special attention to the porch ends and that they are subtle differences between inner and out pieces.  Um. No.  They are  exactly the same.  The inner one will just have to be cut down to sit on the porch supports.

So, one to the bracing.

Kit Building / Built-Rite Models Wm Archer Co
« on: March 09, 2020, 08:13:17 PM »
To go with my grain elevator, I needed an ancillary business, most likely a grain/seed/feed dealer.  The guy behind Built-Rite was at our local Springfield (MO) show and had a two-fer deal going on.  This looked interesting, a local company, so what the hey.

The box touted Full Color East to follow instruction.  Pretty much sums up what's ahead.  So below are the box, a preview of the instructions (he does have a dry sense of humor), some samples of the Full Color instruction, and the kit contents.  It is sad that he couldn't get the margins correct.  Each left hand page is cut off.

Kit contents.  I'll give some credit for the little slips showing what should be loose in the box and in each plastic zip bag.  For the loose sticks, it made it easy to separate each size out , place them their own bags, along with a sticky note what they will go to.  Thankfully, he uses scale dimensional sizing, except for the 1/8" bracing material.  He even includes some Holgate & Reynolds brick strips for making brick piers.  He must of had a stash somewhere.

Kit Building / AMB LaserKit Silex grain elevator
« on: March 02, 2020, 09:25:49 PM »
Went through my grain elevator stash looking for one that will fit in an area 5.5" deep.  It's amazing how big some of those suckers are.  Anyway, I found this one.  A little plain Jane, but I have an idea to spruce up the outside a bit.
So here's the box and contents.  Yes, it is a laser cut styrene kit.  Clever how they cut in the panel lines for the corrugated siding and roofing. 

And yes, that is all of the instructions.  Easy Peasy.  Right? 

First step was to identify all the parts.  Some are real easy, some parts took a little fitting to see where they went.  I went ahead and numbered them.  Those parts in the bottom right are corner braces (never shown), two identical square pieces that I have no clue as to where they go, and another lone rectangular piece.  Later, I figured out that the last unknown bit must be a sliding door.  It isn't shown in the instructions, but in the box photo.
The long piece of corrugated material in the middle must be for the truck dump floor.  One must flip it over and use the smooth side.

Modeling Reference Pix / Run down garage
« on: February 09, 2020, 11:37:17 AM »
Here's a cool old, emphasis on old, garage.  The roof originally had wood shakes.  That's why the roof deck is made out of 1x4s, spaced 4" m/l apart.  The roof was recovered by 3 tab asphalt shingles that didn't stand the test of time.  Then of course, there is the tar paper brick patterned material covering the original wood.  This material really didn't like sharp corners.

Unfortunately, I didn't take any other photos as I was only interested in this corner detail. 

Kit Building / Builders in Scale G. W. Nichols Wood - build challenge
« on: December 31, 2019, 10:42:06 PM »
I had to have a change of plans and decided not to build the Dabler Mill.  At the present time, I just have no where to put it, while I do have a need for some type of lumber company for my Belton town area.  So, a lumber industry it will be.

I did have both SS Ltd Jennings Lbr and FSM Barnstead Lbr at one time, but apparently have sold them both.  So Nichols Wood it'll be.  It is a neat looking kit, but as typical, it is a bit on the small side to generate any amount of rail traffic.  But then, I still have a Timberline II, Richardson Lumber too and maybe I can combine the two.  Richardson is mainly a storage building and that's what's needed for rail  traffic.  So I made up templates to see how it would all work in the area reserved for this industry.  It's a siding off a siding, and since the track curve is the same as the curvature of a turnout, I could, relatively speaking. easily install a turnout to add a dead ended loading track.  But then why?  I decided to leave the track work as is.

Then it occurred to me that I really don't need to use the Richardson kit.  Nichols has a wood storage building, albeit small, that could be just made longer and enclosed, and voila, large enough warehouse building.

So, here's the instruction booklet.  Small print and all.  But it does have some halfway decent photos.  Rare for this era. (Except for FSM)

Then there are four sheets of details, templates and the like.

Kit Building / Blair Line Greene's Feed & Seed
« on: December 21, 2019, 10:17:17 PM »
While I was winding down from the Butler bins and waiting for Goo, I wanted something relatively simple that I needed, so this was it.

Typical laser cut kit with about 10 steps.  This one I will build stock.

It has adhesive back paper prints for the roof.  The siding is somewhat unique, in that Dale has laser cut it board ends, nail holes, knots, etc.  Among the parts included are some of the best looking wood pallets that I have seen.  He even laser cut a jig to aid in making the stairs

Although its shape reminds me of structure that I have seen in the deep south, it'll work for me.

Kit Building / Columbia Valley Models - Butler Bin
« on: December 13, 2019, 10:44:24 PM »
Building a granger railroad requires both feed mills and seed & feed stores and storage.  Part of a seed and feed store for one town requires a Butler Bin or two.  So here we go.
The instructions are very basic, but include two photos on constructing the bin top and forming the corrugated metal sides.  The kit makes 2 bins so there are pair of cardboard tubes for the sides, a couple of punched cardboard bases, four sheets of corrugated metal (oh joy), and some very nice cast metal parts.
The first step had one use Goo for the bin cast parts.  My Goo is over 30 years old and wasn't coming out of the tube as it should and I couldn't find my Pliobond.  So, I decided to glue two pieces together with Aleenes tacky glue.  Then use what Goo I can get to glue them all together.  The intent is the Goo would hold the parts just enough to get it all on the cardboard tube.  Not a good idea at all.  I just couldn't get the pieces to nest properly.  So I took everything apart.  Getting the Goo off the parts was going to be a royal PIA.  I remembered that I had a rubber cement pickup,also known as a rubber cement eraser,  from my drafting days which will aid in removing the Goo.  And yep, even at a ripe old age of 50 years, the hardened pickup did its magic.
By now I found my Pliobond.  I added a thin line along one edge, allowed it to set a bit, applied a coat to the other edge of each top piece.  I then started to put them together as in the kit photo.  Amazing how easy stuff can be if one follows the directions.  Once, all had been glued, it was a matter of carefully picking it up and putting it on the cardboard tube.  They have you use a 35mm film container or the other tube to get the pieces to set down evenly.  Easy peasy.  Give the Goo or Pliobond a little time to set, and then, the instructions say to use epoxy, one needs to glue the roof pieces together from underneath, but not to the tube as yet.
One caveat - there are two roof castings that have small grooves on the raised edge.  These will form a ladder and must be glued together.

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