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I found this Concrete Paving material at the LHS last week and thought I'd experiment with it.  I thought it might be something to use in lieu of joint compound for making concrete streets on my dioramas.

The mixing instructions are simple.  Mix a 50/50 mix of white glue with water and then add the concrete paving material a little at a time until it's about the thickness of toothpaste.  I marked a plastic bathroom cup with a Sharpie and used that to measure equal parts white glue and water.

I started adding the concrete paving material to my glue/water mix and stirring.  I kept adding more and more and more (I had mixed way too much water and glue for the little area I wanted to cover  ::) ) until the mix thickened up.

This next step wasn't in the instructions but it's something I do when I'm paving a street with joint compound and certainly can't hurt here.  I spread a thin layer of white glue over the surface to be paved with my finger.  Just to give it a little 'bite'.

More in a moment....

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Tuesday 19/08/2014
« on: August 19, 2014, 07:29:41 AM »
Morning all,
I'll try opening up this a.m. and confusing everyone with the date format our friends from across the pond are more familiar with.  Groovy Jeff, Gnat and others don't really give a rip about the day of the week or the date anyway.   :D
Didn't get much accomplished last night except for rearranging some piles of junk in the garage.   :(   I put off the yard work because it was threatening to rain and their were thunderstorms all around us.  It never rained and the yard work never got done.  Maybe tonight.

Have a great one!

Kit Building / Carolina Craftsman Kits - Aunt Ruth's House
« on: July 08, 2014, 08:02:54 AM »
This kit (manufactured by our own Groovy Jeff) for a neat little house arrived in the mail shortly before I went on vacation a few weeks back.  It's been distracting me from my FSM Fox Run Milling build so I figured I better do a build thread on it so you'll (Gnat) know why I  haven't made much progress on Fox Run.   ;)   I've been working on this one and taking pictures along the way and now it's time to share what I've done so far.  Here's the obligatory picture of the box and it's contents: 
A nice little house that reminds me of the type of homes common to the area I'm modeling.

Lot's of goodies inside the box...

....including doors, windows, posts, railings, lattice, etc....

....nicely done block walls for the foundation....

....clapboard walls with clapboards that are a little taller than those we normally see in a kit....

....and of course instructions!  The paints are the colors my better half selected for my little house.  The green will be used as the primary color and the yellow for the doors, windows and some of the trim.

More in a moment...

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Monday - June 16th
« on: June 16, 2014, 07:38:33 AM »
Morning all,
Okay, I fold.  I'll start the daily thread today.   ;D
Not much going on here in cubeville.  Just getting ready for vacation and the long drive up North on Thursday/Friday.  I did spend time at the work bench over the weekend painting detail castings for Fox Run and getting started a smaller build from our friends at CCK.   :D   More on that when I start making some real progress.
Have a great one!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Monday - June 2nd
« on: June 02, 2014, 07:14:59 AM »
Morning everybody,
I got to work early today and the coffee machines aren't working nor is e-mail.  Great way to start to the week.   :P
I accomplished my major goals at the workbench over the weekend.  Now I have to start preparing to give a mini clinic on structure lighting this weekend.  I'll give it a shot but I'm no electrical wizard.  I just manage to get this stuff working with a lot of help from Slim.   :D   
Have a great one!

Kit Building / FSM Kit #295 Fox Run Milling Build by ReadingBob
« on: June 01, 2014, 12:07:11 PM »
Time for a new build thread.  I'm going to build the Fine Scale Miniatures Kit #295 Fox Run Milling.

Note: Bear with me on the picture size for the first few posts.  I uploaded these slightly larger than I should have which causes the scroll bar to appear.  I'll get it right sooner or later.

I suspect this puppy is going to take me quite some time to complete but that's okay.  I do this because I enjoy doing it so the longer it takes me the more bang I'm getting for my buck.   :D  My goal is to get this one finished in time to take to the Expo next year to display and, assuming I do a decent enough job of it, after which I'll trade it to Mr. Seckler for the un-built version of the very same kit.   :D

I bought this kit when it first came out in 1997.  In the ad you'll notice it was the last of the 'big' kits before FSM started the Jewel Series.  Well, we all know that some of he Jewel Series ended up being big kits as well and that's just fine by me.

We'll start by pulling the box off the shelf (and dusting it off to take this picture).

Next comes the fun part, opening the box to see what's inside.   :D

This is one of those kits that came with the instructions in a booklet form rather than in several large 'road map' type sheets.  There's bags of wood parts, plastic parts, some metal castings (that I assume didn't fit in the smaller casting box we'll get to later, a large metal wall and some large wood pieces milled to look like concrete wall.

Lot's of strip wood, signs, corrugated aluminum, signs and wire.

And, of course, that famous little box chock full of detail castings.

More in a moment...

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Thursday - April 24
« on: April 24, 2014, 07:26:32 AM »
Morning gang,
I'll open up today even though I have nothing to report.  Just sittin' here working for the weekend.   :D
Have a great one!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Monday 3/31 - Back to work
« on: March 31, 2014, 07:29:12 AM »
Morning gang,

Back in the old cubicle after spending most of the weekend at the work bench.   :(   I made a lot of progress on my contest build over the weekend but I hate rushing like I've been over the past two days.  I may just barely get it finished by the deadline.   :o   Photo's tonight (I hope).  There's still quite a bit to do on the diorama base.
Have a great one!

New Details, Tools & Accessories / Workbench sized dust pan and brush
« on: March 15, 2014, 09:35:34 AM »
I found this in the grocery store last week.  It's perfect for cleaning up the workbench I keep in the house.   :D

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Tuesday - 3/11
« on: March 11, 2014, 07:21:47 AM »
Morning gang,
Guess I'm the first one here this morning so I'll open with picture since I didn't get a darn thing done last night except my 20 minutes on the treadmill.   :o
Have a great one!

Contest Thread # 1 / Foscale Fisheries (RailroadKits) build thread!
« on: February 25, 2014, 07:01:44 PM »
No action shots (yet) but the kit did arrive in the mail today (Thanks JimmyD!  :D ) so I thought I'd share some pictures of the treasures hidden inside the box.

Attachment 1: Everything laid out on the carpet.

Attachment 2: The detail parts including a Sailfish Plaque, Lobster Traps, a little open shed with cans plus the usual assortment of doors, windows, etc.   8)

Attachment 3: Some of the walls and signs including some nifty looking walls with a terrific shingle texture on them.

Attachment 4:  Some more walls and some plaster cast stone walls.  Not the ones I poured last night.   ;D

Attachment 5: Some other odds and ends including the pieces that make up the dock the structure will sit on.  Nicely done to give a board by board appearance.

This one looks like it's going to be a hoot.  I just hope a) I can get 'er done by the end of the contest deadline and b) I can do 'er justice!

Tonight's project, me thinks, will be to watch a DVD on waterfront scenery.  I think I have one that Doug did (I hope) and I know I have the Kings DVD on making realistic water.  Maybe even a little research to get a feel for the colors that I want to use.  The real construction will begin this weekend.   :D 

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Tuesday 2/25 - Let the good times roll
« on: February 25, 2014, 07:19:17 AM »
Morning all,

Guess the first build contest is rolling now.   :D  There's been some activity over there.  Not much by me but a lot by a few others.  I hope to get rolling this weekend.  To speed up the process I already picked up a rattle can of Rust-Oleum
 camouflage kahki to use for priming the parts with rather than my somewhat slower process of breaking out the airbrush, mixing paint and then cleaning up afterwards.  Every minute counts when you're on the clock!

Have a great one!

Contest Thread # 1 / Foscale Fisheries (RailroadKits) build thread!
« on: February 22, 2014, 03:50:21 PM »
For some reason I'm having trouble creating a new thread and posting attachments at the same time so I'm going to try creating the thread first and then posting to it with attachments.  I keep getting a response that my attachments either took too long to upload or are too big (all are under 400k).  Bear with me during these technical difficulties.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Monday 2/10 - Back to work
« on: February 10, 2014, 08:08:25 AM »
Morning all,

I hate Mondays.  The weekend was good though.  I got a bit done at the workbench.  Finished bracing the walls on the Engine House and took the doors and windows outside and airbrushed them their base color.  They look all nice and neat and the paint is crisp and clean.  Now to mess up and make them looke dirty, weather beaten, peeling paint, etc.  (insert evil laugh here).   ;D

Have a great one!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Thursday, 2/6
« on: February 06, 2014, 07:28:48 AM »
Morning all,

I had the energy last night to sit down at the workbench and finish painting those Jordon Baggage Wagons I've been working on.  I'm pretty pleased with results.  I primed them first using an airbrush and Floquil Primer.  Then I airbrushed the underside Floquil Caboose Red.  After that everything was brush painted.  I was debating with myself what color to use for the green.  The station these are going on has a lot of Polly Scale Dark green so I wanted something a little different.  As fate would have it I found a bottle to Tamiya Deep Green on my workbench so I used that.   :D  The luggage are various shades of Model Masters and Polly Scale  paints I had handy.

Have a great one!

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