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Scratchbuilding / Re: Clearfield Cheese Clinton Mo
« on: April 15, 2021, 10:27:50 PM »
Been slow going.  Messing things up will slow progress.

I really wanted to use some Rail Scale Models doors on this one.  I did a bit of testing and chose one.  This was a test for the door going upstairs.  Fit better than I thought.  NO winder as this part was way off.  Matter of fact the entire staircase was wrong.  So It had to be rebuilt.  I forgot to take a picture of it as it was drying after a A&I bath.

I also built a foundation out of 0.06" plastic strips.  But it maybe off as well.

Seems at this point I needed just to get the walls together.  First, I needed to a some 4x8 window lintels.  With that done, it was a matter of rigging some Lego corners to keep three of the walls square.  There will be two inner wall braces made of 3/16" foam core.  I left one out for now as I still need to add the first floor entry inset.

The left wall is a bit wonky as the front wall is longer than the back wall.  The back wall arch results in the left wall being taller in back than in the front.

Once this all dries, I can spray them with gray primer and once that dries, I 'll paint them white.  The doors and window are red, so they'll have to be added after the walls are done.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Roof Repair Sale
« on: April 13, 2021, 10:12:07 AM »
Just my luck.  I ordered and received a bunch of windows and doors for my cheese plant a couple of weeks ago.  SIGH.

Scratchbuilding / Re: Scranton - N Washington Avenue Project
« on: April 12, 2021, 09:38:45 AM »
Very nicely done.  Very nice.

Scratchbuilding / Re: Clearfield Cheese Clinton Mo
« on: April 07, 2021, 10:36:59 PM »
The block sheet is a full 1/8" thick basswood(?), so one has to be a bit of careful to get openings correct.  Once laid out, I use light pencil lines to layout the openings.  I then make little circles in the corners as a locate point and drill them out close to the edges as I dare.  Read - where ever the drill bit decides to make a hole with in the lines.  Then I take an X0Acto hole saw and connect the dots.  I then choose whichever side the saw got the closest to as my vertical base line.  These windows span horizontal joint line to joint line, so that really helps.  Then, carefully crave and file one side first and ensure that it is as straight as possible, then move to the other side and do the same until the width is just slightly tight on the window frame.  Then do the same on the top and bottoms, but as these are with the grain, they are much easier.  When they get installed, I'll need to find a spacer for to center the depth in the wall.

The left side pencil line is for the exterior staircase.  This will be made out of clapboard siding.

Oh man that utterly sucks.  We had to do the same to our Cairn.  Miss Kelsey was a brindle (think Toto) and made it to 17.  That one hurt so much that I am done with pets.  I'll just keep the wife around.

Scratchbuilding / Re: Clearfield Cheese Clinton Mo
« on: April 06, 2021, 10:33:42 PM »
What I like about Monster Model Works block and brick sheets are his corners.  Just pay attention to the sheet orientation and the B at the bottom of the corner and the joint wont be that noticeable.

 I ordered several different sizes of windows to see what would work/look the best besides some different dock doors.   The larger windows just looked a bit big and I compared them to some slightly smaller windows in hand and compared the two.  Son of a  . . . . .  They are the same freakin' window,  Welp, Grant Line (the black units) measure the overall exterior dimension while the Tichy measures the window itself or interior dimensions.  Thus a Grandt 42x72 is the same window as a Tichy 38x68.

Now I could convert a cased wood window to a masonry unit, but I'll just choose from what I got.  I may hate myself later, but I need to move along.  To determine what looks the best, I needed to cut out for the recessed lower entry.  Just make sure that it got sized to receive the corner pieces.  The 8/8 seem to be a bit big, so I'll go with the 6/6.  The pencil lines on the left are where the enclosed exterior steps will go.  That and there will be a canopy across the front.

Now, let's see how long my Army Painter white spray paint take to get here.

Scratchbuilding / Re: Clearfield Cheese Clinton Mo
« on: April 06, 2021, 10:15:15 PM »
Glad to have the followers.  So today, the windows I ordered the first part of March arrived.  Four packs in a box the size of a half loaf of bread. Wow.
In the mean time, I needed to work on the clerestory.  Technically, it is a monitor roof, but it doesn't say that on the package.  Went together fairly easily and then had a laser board (?) roof deck.  Also included are some small bits for roof vents.  Though these look a bit anemic and flat.  So I rummaged around in my wood bit scrap bin and found some usable bits.  When glued on and the kit supplied top added, it seems to work.
I decided to use some other material for the back side that won't be seen directly.  I added some transfer tape to 3/16" foam core and laminated a piece of JTT plastic concrete block material.  Although it shows HO scale they say 1/100 scale.  It'll work for brick I suppose somewhere else. But good enough for my use.  So I gave it a spritz of gray primer.

Kit Building / Re: Micro-Scale Models Two Stall Engine House
« on: April 05, 2021, 09:46:13 AM »
Very well done.  Very well done.

Scratchbuilding / Re: Scranton - N Washington Avenue Project
« on: April 05, 2021, 09:43:13 AM »
Fantastic work on that wall.

Kit Building / Re: Sewall's Foundry using RailroadKits castings.
« on: April 02, 2021, 10:03:11 AM »
Wow.  Oh wow!

Scratchbuilding / Re: Clearfield Cheese Clinton Mo
« on: April 02, 2021, 10:00:36 AM »
Bob, Jeff, Greg, and Craig, I hope this will work out.  It has been ages since I done anything like this.  I have a new appreciation for the kit makers who produce kits from actual structures.

Scratchbuilding / Re: Clearfield Cheese Clinton Mo
« on: April 02, 2021, 09:56:39 AM »
Looks like it will tun out to be a nice addition to the layout.....I'll be looking in.  :)  Interesting about the depot being on a dead in spur.....the station I took the Frisco from in Columbia was also a dead end spur.
Clinton Missouri, at one time was known as the chick capitol of the world.  Yeah, a bit over the top.  But, the Frisco converted a bunch of head-end cars to haul baby chickens out of Clinton and across the country.  So, at one time there were E8's actually doing some serious switching.  They had to pull into the the depot, drop off passengers, back out to the main, get clearance from the Katy to cross their main, and then head into the yard.  While there it would drop off whatever cars it had, get spun around on the turntable, hook back up to the cars, get clearance to cross the Katy, back down the spur, set out the passenger car(s), go get the waitng chick cars from the house track, hook them up to the passenger cars, go back to the house track to drop off the empty chick cars, back onto the depot track, hook up to the consist and head back north.

Scratchbuilding / Clearfield Cheese Clinton Mo
« on: April 01, 2021, 11:04:31 PM »
All my past builds have been, more or less, have been for the railroad, in order of appearance and placement.  The mid-point of the railroad is Clinton Mo.  The Frisco depot is located off a dead end spur, along with Clearfield Cheese Company processing plant.

I have access to old Sanborn Maps which told me dimensions and construction, but not much more.  The most current one was from 1918.  From it I know height and construction. 

Then, someone ran across Vintage Aerials.  And eureka, it had a photo of the plant.  And it had a barrel roof with a clerestory to boot.  Even though the photo was from 1988. it contained a wealth of knowledge.   On a regular basis, I conducted a internet search for Clearfield Cheese Clinton Missouri and never got much back.  Early on, I got a sales ad for a patch, which will be used for signage, but mainly bupkis.  Then, from another search, resulted in an undated photo for the Clinton Daily Democrat (local paper) showing the back side.  Someone may be able to get an about date fro the vehicles. 

So, now armed with enough information, I can start the scratch building of this industry.  Granted it has to be shortened and pares way down, but I can capture the flavor.  First up, the production building.

I don't do CAD, so it was old fashion ruler and pencil.  I found that a 10" roof radius look decent for the barrel roof.  I have a Monster Model Model Works Clerestory roof kit, so that will fix the length.  I'll use Tichy masonry windows and doors.  The middle of last month I ordered the windows and doors from a shop in Illlinois and they haven't even mailed them yet.  So, I did a order direct with Tichy this morning and they already have been sent out. 

I'm using Monster Model Works concrete block sheet.  I was nervous in cutting the 1/8" thick material, but the trammel that I'm using has a cutting point and it easily marked the radii so that the final cut could be made with a new X-Acto blade.  I felt that I needed to have some internal bulkheads, so I made these from 3/16" foam core board.  I replaced the cutting blade with the pencil, and used an X-Acto saw to cut the curve.  It was surprisingly quick.

Scratchbuilding / Re: “Rocky Point Harbor” - an F&SM Tribute
« on: April 01, 2021, 09:47:35 PM »
All I can say is DAMN!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Monday, March 29, 2021
« on: March 29, 2021, 09:30:05 AM »
My sincere condolences John.  At least you were able to be beside her.  I never got that chance.  Hurts everyday.

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