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Re: FSM Branchline Bucket Coaling Station
« Reply #75 on: March 01, 2021, 07:14:01 PM »
Very nice work.  I really like the tar paper roof.

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Re: FSM Branchline Bucket Coaling Station
« Reply #76 on: March 01, 2021, 09:07:19 PM »
This is a really great model Steve
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Re: FSM Branchline Bucket Coaling Station
« Reply #77 on: March 02, 2021, 07:54:45 AM »
Thanks everyone! I really appreciate it!
-Steve Custer

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Re: FSM Branchline Bucket Coaling Station
« Reply #78 on: March 02, 2021, 08:50:11 AM »
Great scene Steve.....well done.  8)
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Re: FSM Branchline Bucket Coaling Station
« Reply #79 on: March 02, 2021, 01:40:24 PM »
Impressive. Very well done, would you mind sharing how you achieved that cracking dirt look, it looks awesome.


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Re: FSM Branchline Bucket Coaling Station
« Reply #80 on: March 02, 2021, 03:49:00 PM »
Thanks guys!

I’m glad you like the cracking dirt but it wasn’t really done on purpose. The dirt I used is sifted really really fine and it just cracked when I glued it down. I left some of the cracks but they bigger ones didn’t look good so I rubbed some dirt in them to make them disappear.

The dirt is from outside. I bake it to kill anything then run it through a coffee bean grinder followed by sifting through a fine screen.
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Re: FSM Branchline Bucket Coaling Station
« Reply #81 on: March 03, 2021, 03:14:41 AM »
Hey Steve:

The dirt does look great and WOW!!! you make your own.

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Re: FSM Branchline Bucket Coaling Station
« Reply #82 on: March 11, 2021, 02:34:40 PM »
Steve, What's your formula for your dirt sir? Beautiful Job!!!
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Re: FSM Branchline Bucket Coaling Station
« Reply #83 on: March 12, 2021, 03:12:45 PM »
As always, extremely well done. Steve is is always a pleasure viewing your modeling.

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Re: FSM Branchline Bucket Coaling Station
« Reply #84 on: March 12, 2021, 05:03:16 PM »
Thanks Karl, Dennis and Ed. I really appreciate it!

Dennis, No real formula it's really just some Pennsylvania dirt. The batch I'm using now is from a dump truck load of topsoil I got a few years back. I took a bucket of it, baked it and sifted it.

I've always struggled getting my dirt fine enough. In the past I used a mortar and pestle to grind it down as fine as could for roads but I really like the coffee bean grinder now. I bought it for about $10 or less I think from Amazon. It grinds the dirt to a super fine dust. Then I just sift the bigger rocks out of it. Just watch out for anything glassy in the dirt.
-Steve Custer

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Re: FSM Branchline Bucket Coaling Station
« Reply #85 on: March 12, 2021, 06:41:47 PM »
Thank you Steve.
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Re: FSM Branchline Bucket Coaling Station
« Reply #86 on: March 12, 2021, 08:08:05 PM »
Only model railroaders would have a discussion about "great dirt" :-) :-)


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Re: FSM Branchline Bucket Coaling Station
« Reply #87 on: March 12, 2021, 08:19:01 PM »
Steve


Great modeling. A coffee bean grinder for grinding your dirt finer, I need to try that.  I'm still using a mortar and pestle.
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Re: FSM Branchline Bucket Coaling Station
« Reply #88 on: March 13, 2021, 10:27:27 AM »
Great Build as always Steve...and I have always been a big fan of your dirt (and overall ground cover coloring and texture). Awesome Job!


I've got that kit on my shelf and have come to the conclusion that I will never build it. If anyone wants to make me an offer, PM me. I'm not looking for a big payday-I'd actually be more interested in a barter for detail parts, 1920-30's vehicles, small structures, etc (preferably built-up and weathered). I just have all of my real estate spoken for and that beautiful structure is much bigger than I would have guessed.


Sorry Steve...don't mean to hijack your beautiful build thread.


John


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Re: FSM Branchline Bucket Coaling Station
« Reply #89 on: March 15, 2021, 10:22:26 AM »
Thanks everyone!

John, I thought the same thing once I started building it....this one is way bigger than I had thought it was going to be.
-Steve Custer

 

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