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Scratchbuilding / Re: Great Lakes Lighthouse Build
« on: March 10, 2020, 12:11:21 PM »
Thank you very much Mark. Appreciate your interest.

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Scratchbuilding / Re: Great Lakes Lighthouse Build
« on: March 06, 2020, 09:43:17 AM »
Appreciate the compliments Rich and Jerry!

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Scratchbuilding / Re: Great Lakes Lighthouse Build
« on: March 05, 2020, 07:07:38 PM »
Thank you very much Rich, Karl and Tom!

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Scratchbuilding / Re: Great Lakes Lighthouse Build
« on: March 04, 2020, 07:12:49 PM »
Thank you very much John S., Janbouli, Greg, Curt. Bob, Steve, Darryl, Dave, Hal, John and Paul!

I appreciate your compliments and interest. Glad you all liked the thread and topic.

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Scratchbuilding / Re: Great Lakes Lighthouse Build
« on: March 04, 2020, 07:22:09 AM »
I'm calling this done. The Dunkirk New York Lighthouse was built in 1875, and still stands and operates today. My HO scale version.

















Thanks to everyone who read and commented on this thread. Many challenges were here. I learned some new things-tried a few techniques I'd never done before, which is how you improve.

I hope I explained my procedures plainly, and passed on some usable tips along the way....

I posted 140+ photos, they do a better job of showing the process than words ever can. There were many sessions of head scratching, and trashed "first attempts".

Thanks again!

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Scratchbuilding / Re: Great Lakes Lighthouse Build
« on: February 29, 2020, 09:50:52 AM »
I installed a row of pilings on both sides of the block wall area in back (actually the front of the building). This will frame it up square, and provide additional glue area. I finished painting the wall, and slid it down into place.



The prototype also has a very large ships' chain along the sidewalk. I used 3/32" styrene tube for posts and some leftover chain from another project.



A 2-rail iron pipe railing surrounds the entire property next to the rock cliffs. I built this jig to hold .016." brass at the appropriate spacing, and soldered the pieces together.



Installing the railing was a real challenge, because some areas under the posts were solid plaster. 



I made a small batch of Scenic Express Supertrees, then picked the most natural one. Big mess of course. It'll be all by itself in the corner, I don't have room for three!



To prep the area for water, a layer of Liquitex varnish was poured on to seal the paint. Added some loose rock and driftwood first.



The area on top of the block wall was dangerous for wandering patrons, so I found some Faller iron fencing in my inventory, and installed that straight across the top.



The water begins with the Dave Frary method of Mod Podge application. Many coats ahead. Then a couple coats of varnish to eliminate any "stickiness".



Till next time.........the final pix...

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Scratchbuilding / Re: Great Lakes Lighthouse Build
« on: February 27, 2020, 10:00:05 AM »
Appreciate your comment Jerry. Thank you!

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Scratchbuilding / Re: Great Lakes Lighthouse Build
« on: February 26, 2020, 07:11:08 PM »
Thank you Curt, Bob D., Bob B. and Steve!

Glad you all like my project....getting closer to the finish....

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Scratchbuilding / Re: Great Lakes Lighthouse Build
« on: February 25, 2020, 04:13:43 PM »
With the shale in place, I decided to reduce the sandy cliff area, so I added plaster and carved it around the corner, then painted... I laid down real sand as a base coat, it's too coarse & dark as is. The top layer of sand is "linen" colored tile grout, shaken thru a tea strainer....



Next I planted two different color tall grasses, and add some rock debris at the bottom..



I added more grass, clipping off the too long pieces, then a little darker beige grout in random places.



Painted the bottom of the future lake water, with two coats of the three colors shown. This is very shallow water, so no attempt was made to mimic any real depth.



I added to the sidewalk I previously laid.  I need a stairway down to the "beach". Two platforms first. Began laying that out....



Two sets of steps completed....



Hand railings installed.....



To disguise the DC power jack, I enclosed the area just behind the stairwell with wood and pilings. Later this will be covered with the false top and two pilings, with sand applied over the entire piece.



Till next time...

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Scratchbuilding / Re: Great Lakes Lighthouse Build
« on: February 25, 2020, 01:13:26 PM »
Appreciate your comments Tom. Thank you!

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Scratchbuilding / Re: Great Lakes Lighthouse Build
« on: February 25, 2020, 11:21:08 AM »
Thank you very much Curt!

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Layout Tours / Re: The Atlantic and Southern Build Thread Continued, Part 3
« on: February 23, 2020, 12:00:10 PM »
Tom, thanks for showing the Fusion Fiber in use. Anxious to see it used.

Several days to dry? Hmmm.

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Scratchbuilding / Re: Great Lakes Lighthouse Build
« on: February 23, 2020, 07:59:42 AM »
Sheesh, thank you Mark, you are too kind!

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Scratchbuilding / Re: Great Lakes Lighthouse Build
« on: February 22, 2020, 06:41:49 PM »
Thank you very much Rich, Karl and Tom!

And I appreciate you following along....

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Scratchbuilding / Re: Great Lakes Lighthouse Build
« on: February 22, 2020, 09:42:04 AM »
Thank you Jerry!

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