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Kit Building / Re: Bar Mills Delancey St - Rickett's
« on: Today at 05:17:21 AM »
Nice start on this interesting kit. I also enjoy Bar Mills kits for their imaginative and often ambitious design. This one looks to have some nicely engineered laser cut "gingerbread" to fancy up the front. 
--Opa George

Kit Building / Re: FOS Bandits Roost
« on: Today at 05:10:49 AM »
Thank you very much, Jim!
--Opa George

Kit Building / Re: FOS Bandits Roost
« on: February 17, 2020, 12:10:14 PM »
Thank you, Tom.

Here are two more pictures of the module at my workbench.  I have the siting worked out and am now starting to build the scenery up to meet the structures.  That may be somewhat backwards, but it is mostly how I have always done it.

Here is an angle showing it from the front side. I also took a shot from the canal side, but it was too blurry to use. I'll get more shots to post shortly.

Next up will be a lot of foundational scenery work.
--Opa George

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Sunday, Feb 16
« on: February 16, 2020, 03:56:45 PM »
Well I am still here.  Still recovering from all the Doctors and stuff.  Looks like the next thing will be a Pacemaker when ever they can schedule it.

The Doctor does not want to medicate for the Tremors until the Heart is stable, soo I still can't really do any model building.


Hang in there, Jim.  Armchair modeling can be fun, too, and holds many of us over until we get back in the game."  Glad to hear the recovery is progressing well.
--Opa George

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Sunday, Feb 16
« on: February 16, 2020, 08:29:17 AM »
Good morning, all.  Happy to have a long weekend--off work for President's Day Monday.  Received a special gift for my birthday--Master Creations Watt Moreland Waxworks.  Was looking through the kit yesterday. It is quite something and I can't wait to get started.  Must finish my current project first, though.
--Opa George

This thread is an amazing resource for inspiration and for learning.  I feel like an art student tiptoeing around Van Gogh's studio, in awe,  but at the same time soaking up as many tips as I can pack into my brain.

John mentioned how the importance of detailing the rear and unseen side of structures is clearly on display. But I also feel inspired by the discipline George exercised in making sure every inch of track is treated as a model in itself.  The ties cut unevenly, weathered and painted, the ballast/dirt/weeds, perfect. 

Another observation: the level of trackside trash, again, even in the unseen areas, is so well done.  Not just a few broken boards or oil drums on their sides here and there, but everywhere, windblown newspapers in profusion. Highly detailed castings representing junked boilers or motors half-hidden in bushes, just waiting to be spotted. 

--Opa George

Kit Building / Re: 2020 Build Challenge - FSM kit 145 Coal Tower
« on: February 15, 2020, 11:39:01 AM »
So intricate--I love it.
--Opa George

Kit Building / Re: 2020 build challenge - wharf and cannery
« on: February 15, 2020, 11:36:12 AM »
Very good work on this, Mark.  Agreed that the distressed wood looks top-notch.
--Opa George

Scratchbuilding / Re: PUGWUMPS BROTHERS ..........DAY AT THE VETS
« on: February 14, 2020, 07:07:20 AM »
Mike, lots of nice detail in this structure.  Good proportions and a nice overall scene--reminiscent of a Norman Rockwell print, actually.
Don't worry about the delay in comments. With the latest build challenge, I think we're all overwhelmed by the sheer number of builds of outstanding work being posted. It may take a few of us a while to catch up.

Keep on rocking those builds.   I like your work.
--Opa George

Kit Building / Re: FSM Chippy Hollow Hardware
« on: February 13, 2020, 05:30:09 AM »
Really nice work on that large dock. The board coloring is spot on.  I also like how you weathered and broke some of the front vertical boards for an individual look.
--Opa George

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: What kind of glue everyone uses's
« on: February 12, 2020, 05:22:22 PM »
I'll weigh in to say I use Titebond wood glue, Original strength, for wood to wood, plastic to wood, resin, and even metal to wood (as in chimney or vent castings, other castings).  I use a name brand liquid plastic cement, like Testors, for plastics.   

Those two glues make up the great majority of my mucilaginous purposes! :)

I also have a .7 ounce tube of Loctite regular super glue that I have been using for over a year.  The tip never seems to clog. I have to occasionally chip away some solidified glue from the nozzle, but it keeps on going.  I use it for tiny, special jobs that require a super glue hold (wire metal guide wires) and etc.

For putting paper signs on buildings, I use Elmer's white glue thinned with water.
--Opa George

Kit Building / Re: 2020 build challenge - wharf and cannery
« on: February 12, 2020, 07:23:13 AM »
Mark, wharf and decking look very nice.  Good color to the wood.
Hope Daisy heals quickly!
--Opa George

Kit Building / Re: FOS Bandits Roost
« on: February 12, 2020, 05:36:00 AM »
Looking spectacular, George!

I assume you have noticed that the two dormers need attention?  It looks like have changed the slope on the roofs on the bottom two steps of the apartments.  I'd comment about that chimney that is a few degrees off vertical - but I have seen plenty in the prototype that look like that!  After our 2011 earthquake half the chimneys in Christchurch looked like that!  Either that or a pile of bricks on the ground (or the bonnet of your flash car if you were really unlucky!)

I still haven't quite worked out exactly what you have planned - but its certainly very interesting!

Cheers, Mark.

Thanks, Mark. Yes, that one dormer in particular is a problem, although in person it is less noticeable--the angle of the second two units being so different.  I also notice the underside of the cardboard roofs is still uncolored. I must have neglected that step.  The camera reveals all!  The entire module is not yet secured to the layout so that I can work on it at the bench.  So much to do!

This project is turning into a very wild ride, and certainly in a good fun way.  Most of my layout has a distinct fantasy flavor.  I originally thought this would be more mundane industrial section to fill in the bluff over the inlet, but my sense of Gothic creepiness is taking over and it is starting to get a bit odd like the rest.

--Opa George

Kit Building / Re: FOS Bandits Roost
« on: February 11, 2020, 05:25:13 PM »
I'm finally around to staging the structures on my layout.  Below is the enamel works sitting at height in relation to the mill buildings. The mill buildings are fixed in place, but the enamel works is just sitting on a partial foundation.

Below gives a better idea of the "foundation" under the enamel works.  It is a high angled stone arch and the works, glued to the front, has its rear hanging in mid-air for the moment.  There will, of course, be walls under that part.

Below, a shot from the front. This is about eye level to the viewer.

Opa George

Kit Building / Re: My FSM Collection - FSM25 Branchline Water Tower
« on: February 10, 2020, 05:19:09 PM »
That is looking very good. I do remember the steel wool in vinegar technique from back in the 80s, I think. If I recall correctly, it was covered in Model Railroader as Sweet and Sour Weathering!  :)   I did try it, and am pretty sure I liked the results, although do remember the strong smell, and probably for that reason did not stick with using it.

--Opa George

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