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Messages - mark dalrymple

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Kit Building / Re: 2020 Build Challenge - FSM kit 145 Coal Tower
« on: February 27, 2020, 10:48:33 PM »
Looking really good, John.

I can't quite see from the photos so I will risk wasting my breath.  I agree that putting the fly rafters/ barge boards on the edge of the roof card and the roofing material on top of the barge boards yields the best results aesthetically.  My suggestion (moving forwards on upcoming builds) would be to try to obtain the same perceived thickness of timber as the rafter tails, either by swapping out the barge board material for something wider, or swapping out the rafter tail material for something narrower.   This would compensate for the thickness of the card.  For example, if 6"x2" timber is supplied for both the rafter tails and barge board, use the 6"x2" material for rafter tails and use 8"x2" for the barge boards (or maybe 10"x2", depending on the thickness of the card).  Hope that is all as clear as mud!  Its a tiny thing - but really no extra work - and tiny things make the difference.

Cheers, Mark.

Kit Building / Re: FOS Bandits Roost
« on: February 27, 2020, 12:05:31 AM »
Coming on very well, George.

Cheers, Mark.

Kit Building / Re: Builders in Scale G. W. Nichols Wood - build challenge
« on: February 24, 2020, 01:22:51 PM »
I like the positioning of the office building, Bob.  It should like very neat when finished.  Are you going to pile under the main part of the office or build the scenery up?

Cheers, Mark.

Dioramas / Re: Great Lakes Lighthouse Diorama
« on: February 22, 2020, 11:48:24 PM »
Looks really good, Jim.

Lots of believable action going on without it feeling over done, and all looking very natural.  There is some really nice weathering and the signage looks especially well done.

I use 4"x2" for railings.  I think they would be happy with that???

Cheers, Mark.

Scratchbuilding / Re: Great Lakes Lighthouse Build
« on: February 22, 2020, 07:46:50 PM »
I'm running out of superlative's, Carl!

Surprising, stunning, staggering, shocking, startling, stupefying, shattering, sensational, spectacular and stupendous!

Cheers, mark.

Kit Building / Re: FSM Westside Auto
« on: February 22, 2020, 01:03:23 PM »
Looking good, Jeff.

I like the trim around the dormers instead of tar.

Cheers, mark.

Scratchbuilding / Re: Beginner
« on: February 19, 2020, 04:37:15 PM »
Hi Jim.

A lot of modelers use 6"x6"'s to represent the corner trim of the walls.  It works pretty well and looks pretty good.  If doing this glue it to the gable end walls and trim to the rake when the glue has set.  Also remember to allow for its thickness when cutting your walls to length.

I don't know how you will go tracking down Grandt line products at the present.  Tichy Train Group might have something very similar.

Cheers, Mark.

Kit Building / Re: 2020 build challenge - wharf and cannery
« on: February 18, 2020, 01:41:48 PM »
Quote from: JimF on Today at 02:27:38 AM
Beautiful, Mark.

I avoid waterfront scenes, I'd have to do them at ultra low tide, my water modeling is the pits LOL


But imagine what you could do with one of those "scent generators" for a low tide scene  ;D


Thanks Jim and Dave.

Jim - I recommend the medium I used and Troel's video as a guide.  It really isn't hard.

Cheers, Mark.

Kit Building / Re: 2020 build challenge - wharf and cannery
« on: February 18, 2020, 01:36:47 PM »
Hey Mark:

That is coming along very nicely. Beautiful job so far. Can't wait to see what comes next.

Thanks for your comment and stopping by, Karl.  I'm hoping to get a bit more done tomorrow.  I've been debating colours - mainly how much I want to add.  I like the unbleached titanium as a trim colour.  Its amazing how off white it looks on its own, and how white it looks when placed next to a bright colour.

Cheers, Mark.

Kit Building / Re: 2020 build challenge - wharf and cannery
« on: February 18, 2020, 01:22:49 PM »
The posts and beams look especially good with the aging & distressing you did.....well done Mark. 

Very good work on this, Mark.  Agreed that the distressed wood looks top-notch.

Thanks, Gregory and George.  My power drill with a wire wheel technique works well on the larger timbers.  I must remember to look at wire dremel wheels next time I'm at the hardware store.  They could be just the thing for the smaller timbers.

Cheers, Mark.

Kit Building / Re: Bar Mills Delancey St - Rickett's
« on: February 18, 2020, 01:15:25 PM »
I'll be watching your progress, Jim.

Think of it as practicing for a Master Creations kit.  With those you photocopy the wood sheets as a reference, throw the instructions away and wing it!

Cheers, Mark.

Kit Building / Re: 2020 Build Challenge - FSM kit 145 Coal Tower
« on: February 17, 2020, 07:25:00 PM »
Hi John.

Here is the photo of Jock Oliphant's flotation mine.  Oct 1975 MRR.

Cheers, Mark.

Kit Building / Re: 2020 Build Challenge - FSM kit 145 Coal Tower
« on: February 17, 2020, 01:37:14 PM »
Looking great, John - and so nice to receive a letter from George.

Jock Oliphant is a legend!  His flotation mine is probably my favourite ever structure.  Maybe I'll get the courage one day to attempt to recreate it.  If anyone has a set of plans for it...???  Really enjoying watching you build this masterpiece.

Cheers, Mark.

I stumbled across the picture of Jock's flotation mine yesterday.  Page 44, Oct 1975 MRR - for anyone who might be interested.  It says the model was based on drawings published in MRC, but doesn't specify which issue.  Does anyone know? and could maybe email me a copy???  I can see potential for a this as an outstanding addition to the side of a steep mountainside in Shadowlands!

Cheers, Mark.

Kit Building / Re: 2020 build challenge - wharf and cannery
« on: February 14, 2020, 10:39:35 PM »
Hi guys.

Well, I managed to get the next wharf area completed.  This area will be largely under cover, so to save on time and materials I used Campbell's scribed planking for the decking (stolen from kits I will never build or have kit-bashed).  I distressed and weathered it the same as my stripwood and then cut and glued it together, after some careful measuring and a bit of math, to the right size and shape.  I cut my 8"x2" joists to length on my Northeastern chopper and marked the positions on the underside of the wharf in pencil - approximately 18" centres.  I used canopy glue and tweezers to carefully position the joists.  Since this wharf will sit at the very front of the layout it will be possible to view the underside of the decking.  The prototype has a boundary joist running all the way around the outside of the wharf.  As I have gone to the trouble of putting the entire deck on joists, I elected to leave the areas not sitting over the concrete retaining walls without boundary joists, so that the viewer will be able to see all the ends of the joists.  this will hopefully entice them to check under the rest of the wharf to see if I have gone to the trouble of fully joisting the wharf where they will find I have.  I drilled and added nut/bolt castings to the timberwork attached to the wharf above the concrete foundation.

More soon, cheers, Mark.

Multitasking as usual, John!

Nice progress all round.

Cheers, Mark.

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