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downtowndeco

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A cure to your hydrocal anxiety.
« on: August 20, 2017, 02:19:26 PM »
"Hydrocal Beginners Kit" Special offer EXTENDED until Friday 8/25/17!!

I got so many requests to extend this we'll just run the special through the end of the week. Friday at midnight is the new deadline.

Ever wanted to try a hydrocal kit but were afraid you'd screw it up? Here's your chance to dip your toe in without risking too much. The "First Timer Bar" is our simplest, least expensive kit, with instructions geared towards the rank beginner, yet it features all of the rich detail of our more more expensive & complicated kits.
Here's the special. Pick up one of our First Timer kits today (HO, N or O Scale) and not only will I also throw in the sign sets for the Chop Suey Take Out & Kwik Key but I'll also throw in a complete second set of the castings for the kit at no extra charge! You'll have a complete extra set of castings to play with just in case somehow you screw up the first set. If that doesn't help relieve your hydrocal anxiety nothing will! And hey, if you play your cards right & can scratchbuild a few small details you'll come out with an entire extra building for free!
Free shipping too. Offer ends midnight tonight, 8/25/17. Follow the links below to place your order.

Link to HO kit.  http://www.downtowndeco.com/site/2014/04/22/dd1053-first-timer-bar/

Link to N Scale version. http://www.downtowndeco.com/site/2014/04/22/dd2017-first-timer-bar/

Link to O scale version. http://www.downtowndeco.com/site/2014/04/22/dd52-first-timer-bar/

Don't be afraid of plaster, try one!

Randy Pepprock
Downtown Deco

PS. Moderator. If you feel this is inappropriate or would be better placed in a different sub-forum please feel free to do with it as you see fit. I appreciate the opportunity to get the chance to get people to try one of my kits.
« Last Edit: August 21, 2017, 12:04:24 PM by downtowndeco »

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Re: A cure to your hydrocal anxiety.
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2017, 05:28:34 PM »
Randy, It was my pleasure to order one. I encourage others to do so. You will, as most of you know be dealing with a great person, who make superb products.
Also, he backs them up. Does not get ant better than this. Adds very nice contrast to your diorama or layout.
Best to you Randy,
ed keen

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Re: A cure to your hydrocal anxiety.
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2017, 08:06:18 AM »
Ordered one this morning.  Hope I'm not too late for the "deal".  As Ed noted, the kits are fun and Randy is great to deal with.


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Re: A cure to your hydrocal anxiety.
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2017, 12:04:54 PM »
"Hydrocal Beginners Kit" Special offer EXTENDED until Friday 8/25/17!!

I got so many requests to extend this we'll just run the special through the end of the week. Friday at midnight is the new deadline.

Cheers!

Randy

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Re: A cure to your hydrocal anxiety.
« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2017, 02:14:38 PM »
A true story about Randy Pepperock and Downtown Deco that everyone needs to read. A few years ago, Randy made the sojourn to the Expo as a vendor. I had admired several of his kits, but hadn't built any. I particularly liked the Addam's Avenue 3 kit and bought one at the Expo. It sat for several months while other projects came and went. Finally, I brought out the kit to build. To my disappointment, all four walls were so badly warped or twisted that building it was impossible. I had built several of Ed Fulasz's kits, so it wasn't my first hydrocal rodeo. I emailed Randy and explained the problem. He said being a one man operation, sometimes things happen and he would make it right. A few days later, what I assumed was a replacement kit arrived. Imagine my surprise when I opened the box and had not only a replacement, but two complete sets of walls and two extra side walls for practice, AND they were perfect! This kind of outstanding customer service is one reason I have bought several more Downtown Deco kits and will continue to support Randy and his business. Every other DD kit I've bought has been perfect.  I just ordered this kit and encourage all you hydrocalphobic modelers do the same. You won't be disappointed.

Geo2rge aka timbob60
« Last Edit: August 21, 2017, 02:29:22 PM by Timbob60 »

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Re: A cure to your hydrocal anxiety.
« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2017, 07:38:31 AM »
Well, I couldn't resist the offer any longer.   ::)  My order has been placed.  These kits are just too cool.   8) 
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Re: A cure to your hydrocal anxiety.
« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2017, 11:55:01 AM »
I've built several of Ed Fulasz's/JD kits and have several of Randy's DD kits ready to be built but others are on the front burner.

That said, I just ordered this one as well.

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Re: A cure to your hydrocal anxiety.
« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2017, 05:32:17 PM »
I've built a number of Randy's kits and echo what's been said above...great products...great service... give hydrocal a try. 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

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Re: A cure to your hydrocal anxiety.
« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2017, 10:19:30 AM »
Very nice responses. You get a nice kit. The best part in my opinion, you support someone who gives a damn.
If only everyone did. Don't get me wrong, you cannot expect everyone to be as professional as Randy. I dig that. But just care about those who support you.
ed

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Re: A cure to your hydrocal anxiety.
« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2017, 06:56:28 PM »
I have built a number of Randy's kits and highly recommend them.  The casting detail is great. Hydrocal is still the best material for modeling stone and masonry. It takes a lot of chalk to get the texture right with resin castings.
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Re: A cure to your hydrocal anxiety.
« Reply #10 on: August 27, 2017, 09:26:48 AM »
The only problem with hydrocal kits is "catastrophic failure" if you drop it.  When I was working on my plaster (Model Masterpieces) CM Roundhouse, I lived in mortal fear of an accident! 


Finishing plaster kits can be a lot of fun, there are several techniques that produce great results.  They start with the Great Debate, whether to seal the plaster or apply the finish over the raw plaster.  (I usually seal the plaster.)


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Re: A cure to your hydrocal anxiety.
« Reply #11 on: August 27, 2017, 04:03:25 PM »
Dave,
Or if UPS or the USPS drops the box. Experience speaking.
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Re: A cure to your hydrocal anxiety.
« Reply #12 on: August 27, 2017, 04:34:46 PM »
Dave,
Or if UPS or the USPS drops the box. Experience speaking.
ed
That sucks, but at least you don't have the sunk labor costs on assembly...


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Re: A cure to your hydrocal anxiety.
« Reply #13 on: August 27, 2017, 05:47:46 PM »
Dave, I agree. I shipped a SRMW stone roundhouse to a friend. As you know it comes in two boxes. I put each box inside a box, than put those boxes inside an other box. In arrived destroyed.
Took my friend 4 months and three appeals to collect the insurance. He had to get letters documenting the value at 800. What a hassle. Than the post office told him, they would be throwing the kit in the trash. What a waste. He asked if they would give him 600 plus the kit. They said no. That was down right stupid.
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Re: A cure to your hydrocal anxiety.
« Reply #14 on: August 27, 2017, 08:45:59 PM »

I had one of my Downtown Deco kits at a train show where I was building one. Someone picked my kit with all four walks glued together to look at it. And dropped it on the concrete floor. Randy promptly sent me four new walls for my kit at no charge. He has great customer service.

The only problem with hydrocal kits is "catastrophic failure" if you drop it.  When I was working on my plaster (Model Masterpieces) CM Roundhouse, I lived in mortal fear of an accident.

dave

 

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