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Re: Atlantic Scale Modelers - St. Martin Yard Office build
« Reply #15 on: July 04, 2017, 10:22:44 AM »
Great start Bob. I look forward to following your build.

Thanks Curt!  Appreciate it.  Still looking forward to meeting you one of these days.   :D
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Re: Atlantic Scale Modelers - St. Martin Yard Office build
« Reply #16 on: July 04, 2017, 10:23:19 AM »
I'll be following along as well Bob.

Thanks Mark!  The more the merrier.   :D
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Re: Atlantic Scale Modelers - St. Martin Yard Office build
« Reply #17 on: July 04, 2017, 10:24:09 AM »
Always a good day when Bob introduces a new thread. Happily following...

Thanks Dave!  I really appreciate that.  I've learned a lot from your threads.   :D
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Re: Atlantic Scale Modelers - St. Martin Yard Office build
« Reply #18 on: July 04, 2017, 10:24:53 AM »
i'll be keeping an eye on this one too.  :)

Uh-oh!  Greg's following along.  Now I have to behave myself.   ;)
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Re: Atlantic Scale Modelers - St. Martin Yard Office build
« Reply #19 on: July 04, 2017, 10:25:38 AM »
i'll be keeping an eye on this one too.  :)


Me too ....




Thanks Donato!  Always a pleasure to have you following along and posting.   :D
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Re: Atlantic Scale Modelers - St. Martin Yard Office build
« Reply #20 on: July 04, 2017, 10:26:14 AM »
This is for Donato:     
NOTE:  Do Not try this at home.  Moe, Larry and Curley were professional commedians.   :D


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Classic.   ;D
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Re: Atlantic Scale Modelers - St. Martin Yard Office build
« Reply #21 on: July 04, 2017, 10:36:02 AM »
Okay, back to the build.  I have to apologize though.  I'm going to pick it up four or five pictures later than I wanted to.  I took the pictures.  :)  But didn't have the memory stick in the camera at the time.   :(  D'oh!   :o

What you're seeing next is the construction of the deck.  The kit includes laser cut chipboard templates.  The first contains a rectangular opening in which you lay 20 pieces of strip wood, cut to fit, that make up the top of the deck.  Then you tape on the templates used to align the joists and start gluing the joists in place.  Which is what I'm doing here.


There's another template that makes up the legs/supports.  You need to make three of these assemblies.


After the three leg assemblies have been completed I glued them to the bottom of the deck, two facing forward and the rear one facing the back.


Since I had inverted the rear leg assembly the bracing ran opposite of the two other leg assemblies.  This bug me enough that I carefully removed the bracing and glued it back on so it would run the same way as the other two.  I doubt anyone would notice something like this when the structure is in place on a layout but I did it anyway.   ::)


Time to start working on the walls.  I removed them from the carrier sheets using a single edge razor blade.


Then I sanded the edges square using an emery board.  A trick I learned from Tom (ACL1504).


More in a moment... :D

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Re: Atlantic Scale Modelers - St. Martin Yard Office build
« Reply #22 on: July 04, 2017, 10:48:12 AM »
Next I applied some 'spacers' supplied in the kit and bracing to the walls.  Note that this particular spacer gets applied to the clapboard surface side of the wall.  That seems counterintuitive but it's correct.  It'll make more sense when you see how the walls go together.  There's a photo of this in the instructions but I can imagine it would still be easy to make the mistake of gluing it to the back of the wall.  Luckily I didn't.


I glued bracing to the back of the walls more or less per the instructions.  I added a little more to the peaked walls.  I find the 'peaks' on walls like that subject to warping if not braced right up to the peak.  :P  I align one end of the bracing with one edge of the wall and trim the other edge to fit later on.


After the bracing has been applied I put some weight on them for a few minutes.  I'm using Pink Flamingo Glue so it doesn't take too long for this to set up enough that I can trim them.  The glue may not be completely dried but the grip is fairly strong at that point.


Then I trim the bracing using a single edge razor blade.  Cutting across grain like this it can be tough on the fingers at times and if that happens I revert to a chisel blade in an X-Acto handle to make these cuts.   


After the walls have been braced I stained the front with Hunterline Weathering Mix Light Gray.  After that dried I painted the walls with Floquil Depot Buff (not shown).


Then I painted the interior of the walls with a black acrylic craft paint.  I try not to load the brush with paint when I do this.  I want to spread a layer of paint on that's just enough to cover the surface but not so heavy that it soaks in and 'wets' the wall causing it to want to warp.  Note the wall with the 'spacer' on it in the photo.  I painted the spacer area black because it will be inside the structure.


More in a moment... :D
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Re: Atlantic Scale Modelers - St. Martin Yard Office build
« Reply #23 on: July 04, 2017, 11:03:24 AM »
Next up I added 'nail holes' using a square and ponce wheel.  There's been all kinds of debates about 'nail holes, ponce wheels, etc. but I like them so I add them.   :D


After the nail holes have been added I pried up a few of the clapboards with a chisel blade in an X-Acto.  Some I just slipped the blade under and lifted up a little bit.  One or two I twisted the blade and broke off a sliver of the clapboard.  How much you do depends on how badly beaten up you want the structure to look.  I didn't want this one to look to neglected or old so I tried to go light on this.


I had already painted the doors, windows and strip wood that would be used for corner posts, etc. with Polly Scale Roof Brown.  The next thing I did was hit them, and the walls as well, with a sponged dabbed in a light gray craft paint.  I want to get some of the gray paint on spots to represent where the main color has peeled away and the primer beneath can be seen.  I'm not too worried if I get a little heavy here and there.  There's an A&I wash coming next that can tone it down and even scrub some of it away.


Then I hit everything with an A&I wash.  The A&I mix on my workbench is too dark but I also have a bottle of straight A on my bench.  I dip the brush in the straight A first to load it and then the A&I.  I can play with the darkness this way.  This can be used to scrub off some of the gray paint from the previous step if it's on too heavy for your liking and it will settle down into the 'nail holes', darken them and cause the wood to swell slightly closing them up a bit.


I glued on the corner posts, per the illustrations in the instructions and trimmed them to fit with the single edge razor blade.  When doing this I pay some attention to the strip wood and orient so the two best surfaces will be visible and the two worst surfaces will be glued against the edges of the walls.


After gluing the windows in place I was going to add the laser cut glazing material inside them but opted, instead, to use Microscale Industries Micro Krystal Clear to glaze them.  It's like a thick white glue and all you do it apply it to the back of the windows and draw it across to get a thin film that fills in each opening.  I rarely every have any trouble with bubbles when I use this stuff and I like the way it sets up and looks.


More in a moment... :D
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Re: Atlantic Scale Modelers - St. Martin Yard Office build
« Reply #24 on: July 04, 2017, 11:14:42 AM »
For blinds I glue bits of paper painted, in this case, light green to the back of the windows.  The paper is cut to random lengths just like blinds would be partially open or closed.


Finally the walls are ready to be assembled.  I glued one end to the rear wall first to make an L.  I used a square to keep 'em, well, square.   :)  I just held them in place for a few minutes and then set them aside and did the same with the from wall and other end wall.


I then took my two L assemblies and glued them together (again keeping things square).  Now you can start to see why the spacer being glued to the front of the front wall is important.


Next I painted the shingle material with a gray (Country Gray) craft paint.  They were a nice shade of brown but I wanted gray shingles on my structure.  I used a sponge, rather than a brush, to dab the paint on.


Next I applied 3M Transfer Tape to the surface of the roof cards.  I trim it to fit with a pair of Friskar Micro Shears.  Note to self - I need a new roll of Transfer Tape.   ;D  Who's going to be selling it at the EXPO?


I peeled off the back of the transfer tape which leaves just the sticky part of the tape on the rood card.  When I remember to do it I add a thin strip of the shingle material to the bottom edge of the roof.  This 'lifts' the bottom row of shingles which makes them match the pitch of the shingles above them.  Without this they lay flat on the roof and are the only row of shingles that does so.


More in a moment... :D
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Re: Atlantic Scale Modelers - St. Martin Yard Office build
« Reply #25 on: July 04, 2017, 11:20:02 AM »
After applying shingles to all the roof components I carefully sanded the top edge of each to it would mate with it's counterpart.  The roof cards and bracing are laser cut from a photo matte board type material and a little thicker than normal chipboard.  I like the way these assemble because it makes it easy to make a removable roof with no extra effort required on my part.


Finally (last photo for today) I assembled the stairs.  The runners are cut from some brown microfiber type board.  I first painted them to, more or less, match the decking and steps.  Then they slip into a little jig included in the kit and the steps can be glued to them.  Pretty neat little process.


That's it for today.  Next time I'll show the installation of lighting and the structure with the details added to the platform.

Thanks for following along!
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Re: Atlantic Scale Modelers - St. Martin Yard Office build
« Reply #26 on: July 04, 2017, 11:22:42 AM »
i'll be keeping an eye on this one too.  :)

Uh-oh!  Greg's following along.  Now I have to behave myself.   ;)


It's a good thing your behaving.....a happy Eileen is a happy Bob.  ;D ;D ;D
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Re: Atlantic Scale Modelers - St. Martin Yard Office build
« Reply #27 on: July 04, 2017, 11:41:37 AM »
Coming along very nicely Bob.  Always enjoy your build threads, almost as though we are at the bench with you.


Haven't ever tried the Micro Krystal Clear but will perhaps give it a go on my next build.


Thanks again for sharing your efforts here,
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Re: Atlantic Scale Modelers - St. Martin Yard Office build
« Reply #28 on: July 04, 2017, 11:55:17 AM »
So Bob, I guess you are earning more diet coke.  I always learn something new from your detailed building process.  Great work.
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Re: Atlantic Scale Modelers - St. Martin Yard Office build
« Reply #29 on: July 04, 2017, 12:28:48 PM »
Try gluing some sandpaper onto a wood paint stirring paddle, to make a longer sanding stick.  I use those all the time, they're particularly good for sanding the 'burn' off of long laser-cut pieces.  I use pressure-sensitive/self-stick sanding paper, in multiple grits.

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