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Title: Downtown Deco Addams Avenue one and a half builds
Post by: Zephyrus52246 on May 02, 2017, 10:37:31 AM
I started the kit Downtown Deco 1002 Addams Ave Part 2 just before the kids/grandkids came to town last week.  Now I'm back at it.  Here's the requisite starting pic.  Hydrocal walls, some styrene for signs/roof.  Signs. Wire. Clear styrene for the few doors and windows.  Instructions.


Jeff
Title: Re: Downtown Deco Addams Avenue one and a half builds
Post by: Zephyrus52246 on May 02, 2017, 10:39:12 AM
Start by squaring the sides/edges of the hydrocal pieces on a piece of flat sandpaper.  Make sure you only do the sides without brick/stone detail.
Title: Re: Downtown Deco Addams Avenue one and a half builds
Post by: Zephyrus52246 on May 02, 2017, 10:40:36 AM
Test fit the windows/doors.  clean out any flash (very minor amount) from the openings.  Sometimes there's little 'balls' of plaster at the corners/edges to trim out.  One window needs shortening as well.
Title: Re: Downtown Deco Addams Avenue one and a half builds
Post by: Zephyrus52246 on May 02, 2017, 10:41:15 AM
Glue together with five minute epoxy.  Sides first then the  back.  Try to keep everything square (note later you'll see this didn't quite occur here  :-[ ).  Be VERY gentle with the clamps, as the walls can break with too much pressure (didn't occur here  ;D )
Title: Re: Downtown Deco Addams Avenue one and a half builds
Post by: Zephyrus52246 on May 02, 2017, 10:45:30 AM
Cover the corner gaps with masking tape, leaving just the gap showing, and fill with spackle.  This doesn't look perfect when dry/painted, but better than the gap.
Title: Re: Downtown Deco Addams Avenue one and a half builds
Post by: Zephyrus52246 on May 02, 2017, 10:48:40 AM
Seal the structure with a light coat of white spray can primer.  After dry, slop on paint.   :D  Thinned craft acrylics are applied in a vertical wash, some with more paint than others.  Even though the buildings may have all been built at the same time, I like to vary the colors a bit between them.  I also do this with the "concrete" color trim later. 
Title: Re: Downtown Deco Addams Avenue one and a half builds
Post by: Zephyrus52246 on May 02, 2017, 10:51:54 AM
I paint a few of the bricks in darker/lighter colors just to give some variation to them.   Then use a raw umber wash over the bricks.  I just did this on the left two as the only Raw Umber I had was a Windsor Newton Water Mixable Oil paint (I know it sounds weird) and I didn't know if it would work (or how long it would take to dry).  Worked OK and dried in a few hours. 
Title: Re: Downtown Deco Addams Avenue one and a half builds
Post by: Zephyrus52246 on May 02, 2017, 10:54:18 AM
Paint the front trims.  The cornices, window and door openings.  The actual openings are just painted black behind where the actual parts go.  Next up will be the raw umber wash on the rest of the surfaces.  I've painted the doors/windows and they are drying now.  Next will put in the glass. 
Title: Re: Downtown Deco Addams Avenue one and a half builds
Post by: Zephyrus52246 on May 02, 2017, 11:06:33 AM
You'll note the Subject lists "one and a half builds".  When looking thru the stash for something to build, I noted I had two Adams Avenue part 3s.  Later while clearing files from the computer, I noticed I had actually started one of them.  I stopped when I couldn't figure out how to get the double arched windows to work.  I couldn't cut the acetate to fit them.  I pulled the kit out and tried the Diamond Glaze I've been using for windows and it works!   Canopy glue and Gallery Glass didn't seem to be able to spread enough to cover the large windows, especially the arches.  So I've pulled this one out to finish it now as well.  The problem is I finished the left front of the building ( I think with Robert's Mortar) and the right side with ?.  I'm not sure if it's chalk, weathering powder, or what.  So we'll figure that out and finish the walls.  Notice it's not glued together.  I think I wanted to work with the walls flat to get the painted sign on more easily.  There will be gaps, but I'll cover them with a downspout or something. 
Title: Re: Downtown Deco Addams Avenue one and a half builds
Post by: deemery on May 02, 2017, 11:09:24 AM
I love seeing "old model recovery stories." 


dave
Title: Re: Downtown Deco Addams Avenue one and a half builds
Post by: S&S RR on May 02, 2017, 11:22:46 AM
Jeff
Looking good so far.  I have these kits on the shelf - I will be following along.  I think you will find most of them on the F&SM.



Title: Re: Downtown Deco Addams Avenue one and a half builds
Post by: tct855 on May 02, 2017, 11:22:56 AM
Jeff,
           Interesting thread build.  I'll be watching.  This should be good!  Thanx Thom...
Title: Re: Downtown Deco Addams Avenue one and a half builds
Post by: ACL1504 on May 02, 2017, 12:33:56 PM
Jeff,

I'm along for the ride also. I like the color blends on the walls. Great job!

Tom ;D
Title: Re: Downtown Deco Addams Avenue one and a half builds
Post by: ReadingBob on May 02, 2017, 01:41:30 PM
Yippee!  A Downtown Deco build.  I enjoy building these but haven't done nearly enough of them.  It'll be a blast following along and might inspire me to break one out.   ;)
Title: Re: Downtown Deco Addams Avenue one and a half builds
Post by: GPdemayo on May 02, 2017, 02:46:34 PM
Neat build Jeff.....I'll be looking in.  :)
Title: Re: Downtown Deco Addams Avenue one and a half builds
Post by: jimmillho on May 02, 2017, 02:47:26 PM
Yippee!  A Downtown Deco build.  I enjoy building these but haven't done nearly enough of them.  It'll be a blast following along and might inspire me to break one out.   ;)

My thoughts echo Bob's.  somewhere I have some Downtown Deco Kits.

Jim
Title: Re: Downtown Deco Addams Avenue one and a half builds
Post by: Zephyrus52246 on May 02, 2017, 03:04:51 PM
Welcome aboard, gentlemen.  I've done the raw umber wash.  Now to let it dry for a day (the water mixable oil takes longer to dry than plain acrylics, but not nearly as long as normal oil paints).  Need to work on the other one for awhile.


Jeff
Title: Re: Downtown Deco Addams Avenue one and a half builds
Post by: Janbouli on May 02, 2017, 05:07:44 PM
Oh goodie goodie , long time ago we had a DD build.
Title: Re: Downtown Deco Addams Avenue one and a half builds
Post by: postalkarl on May 03, 2017, 07:39:54 AM
Hi Jeff:

looking great so far. I'll be following your build with interest.

Karl
Title: Re: Downtown Deco Addams Avenue one and a half builds
Post by: Zephyrus52246 on May 03, 2017, 02:30:17 PM
I think I've figured out how I did the mortar on the structure.  One side was Robert's with A&I applied afterward, then another thin layer of Robert's mortar.  The other was grey chalk or weathering powder.  The sides now match.   :) The glazed windows are drying, and I'm assembling the walls with 5 minute epoxy.  Oddly, I wrote 4/09 inside the wall, must be when I started it.   :o Seven years for a structure sounds about my speed. 


Jeff ;D
Title: Re: Downtown Deco Addams Avenue one and a half builds
Post by: deemery on May 03, 2017, 02:46:30 PM
...  :o Seven years for a structure sounds about my speed. 


Jeff ;D
Speedy modeler!  I have stuff I started back in the '70s.


dave
Title: Re: Downtown Deco Addams Avenue one and a half builds
Post by: Zephyrus52246 on May 03, 2017, 08:17:11 PM
Thanks, Dave, that makes me feel better.   ;D  Used a coat of Robert's Mortar.  Windows and doors are in.  Still need to tone down the Jade door and shutters a little bit.


Jeff
Title: Re: Downtown Deco Addams Avenue one and a half builds
Post by: Zephyrus52246 on May 03, 2017, 09:26:35 PM
The double arch windows didn't fit worth a darn.  I'm sure I test fitted them seven years ago.   ::) You can see a couple of places I slipped with the file while trying to fit them in.  A tiny bit of A&I in the boo boos and they'll look like normal brick damage. 


Jeff
Title: Re: Downtown Deco Addams Avenue one and a half builds
Post by: Zephyrus52246 on August 22, 2017, 02:22:36 PM
As I just ordered another Deco kit yesterday, I thought the two kits that have been sitting on the bench for apparently 4 months should be completed.  Since starting the new job, I haven't felt like doing much here with the Empire.  So I've been dinking around with these two kits for about 3 weeks.  Anyhoo, I've gotten the "half build" finished.   The next step was the roofs.  I always make the same mistake with these kits.  I just cut some cardboard for refinforcing, forgetting that a roof has to fit later.  So I end up cutting down the cardboard (and prying off glue).  I need to pre measure the cardboard and put the plastic pieces the roof rests on BEFORE gluing the walls together.  Maybe next time.   ::) Also I don't always get a perfectly square building.  The little bit of defect in the left lower corner is easily covered up with roofing. 

Jeff
Title: Re: Downtown Deco Addams Avenue one and a half builds
Post by: Zephyrus52246 on August 22, 2017, 02:27:16 PM
Next the top of the castings needed touch up on the taller buildings.  For the roof I use thick black enamel paint, and then sift some sand onto it for a gravel roof.  I usually do this before putting the roof on.  but this time I thought I'd put the roof on and then paint it.  This way I could get some "tar" on the walls as well.  In the last picture you'll see I got a blob of paint on the wall.  It's no biggie, as this wall will face away from the aisle.  I don't think I'll do it this way again, however.   :o  To cover the seam where the walls meet I used a scupper (SS Ltd) and a piece of spaghetti for the downspout.   I added some roof details and the two signs on the front and this one is FINALLY finished. 


Jeff
Title: Re: Downtown Deco Addams Avenue one and a half builds
Post by: ReadingBob on August 22, 2017, 02:33:33 PM
That looks really nice Dr. Jeff!   :D  I love these kits. 

I'm tempted to pull out a Downtown Deco kit and build one but there's already a backlog in the queue.   ;D  ;D  ;D
Title: Re: Downtown Deco Addams Avenue one and a half builds
Post by: tom.boyd.125 on August 22, 2017, 02:33:51 PM
Jeff,
 Your large Downtown Deco project is starting to take shape...Looking good sir !  8)
Tommy
Title: Re: Downtown Deco Addams Avenue one and a half builds
Post by: ACL1504 on August 22, 2017, 02:40:08 PM
Jeff,
 Your large Downtown Deco project is starting to take shape...Looking good sir !  8)
Tommy


Jeff,

I agree, the building are looking very good.

Tom ;D
Title: Re: Downtown Deco Addams Avenue one and a half builds
Post by: PRR Modeler on August 22, 2017, 02:51:35 PM
Nice looking building Jeff.
Title: Re: Downtown Deco Addams Avenue one and a half builds
Post by: postalkarl on August 28, 2017, 01:22:27 PM
Hi Jeff:

Looks great so far. Keep the pics coming.

Karl
Title: Re: Downtown Deco Addams Avenue one and a half builds
Post by: Zephyrus52246 on September 12, 2017, 08:01:48 PM
Thanks, guys.  Well, this one is finally finished.  The kit has black paper to use as the roof.  I hadn't used this before and wanted the four roofs to not all look the same.  Two of the roofs are paper, one is tarpaper I had left over from some other kit, and I did one with the black paint and some "gravel". 


Jeff
Title: Re: Downtown Deco Addams Avenue one and a half builds
Post by: Zephyrus52246 on September 12, 2017, 08:04:49 PM
Some roof details were added, then it was on to the signs.  Two of the store fronts were to have awnings.  But I didn't put one over the Bail bonds.  I was lazy, and I think miscreants who need bail should get wet if it rains.   ;D The yellow awning was fluorescent yellow, and I wasn't going to use it, but a coat of A&I toned it down.  The awning is supposed to have the store sign attached to the front, but as you can see the sign was way too big, the black rectangle is the plastic underlay for the awning. 

Jeff
Title: Re: Downtown Deco Addams Avenue one and a half builds
Post by: Zephyrus52246 on September 12, 2017, 08:07:32 PM
Anyway, like I said,  this one is finally done.  This will go on the layout in the East Dubuque area.  I have FOS' "Bar Crawl" ordered to do next, then I might feel like tackling FOS' "Red Light District". 


Jeff
Title: Re: Downtown Deco Addams Avenue one and a half builds
Post by: engine909 on September 12, 2017, 08:31:01 PM
Jeff, Nice modeling on a nice kit. Downtown Deco makes some very nice kits. Hoping to get the O scale Two Stall Engine House soon.
ed
Title: Re: Downtown Deco Addams Avenue one and a half builds
Post by: tct855 on September 12, 2017, 08:37:17 PM
Dr. Jeff,

       Most excellent work dude!
                                    Beautiful, very realistic to me.
                                                                     Thanx Thom...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izrzkS5xxuc 
Title: Re: Downtown Deco Addams Avenue one and a half builds
Post by: tom.boyd.125 on September 13, 2017, 02:21:42 AM
I think I've figured out how I did the mortar on the structure.  One side was Robert's with A&I applied afterward, then another thin layer of Robert's mortar.  The other was grey chalk or weathering powder.  The sides now match.   :) The glazed windows are drying, and I'm assembling the walls with 5 minute epoxy.  Oddly, I wrote 4/09 inside the wall, must be when I started it.   :o Seven years for a structure sounds about my speed. 


Jeff ;D

Jeff,
  Your structure turned out great !...maybe you wrote 409 on the inside wall because you were listening to greatest hits instead, not the date the project was started... ::) ::)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKKP_cZuk54
 Tommy
Title: Re: Downtown Deco Addams Avenue one and a half builds
Post by: Janbouli on September 13, 2017, 03:26:17 AM
Great Job Jeff, very realistic looking, so realistic , you'd think you had been there more then once  ;)
Title: Re: Downtown Deco Addams Avenue one and a half builds
Post by: postalkarl on September 13, 2017, 08:34:10 PM
Hi Jeff:

What can I say but Wunderbar!!!!!!

Karl
Title: Re: Downtown Deco Addams Avenue one and a half builds
Post by: LongHornCaddy on September 14, 2017, 03:07:22 PM
Nice job!!
Title: Re: Downtown Deco Addams Avenue one and a half builds
Post by: Zephyrus52246 on September 21, 2017, 02:57:55 PM
Thanks, guys.  I feel bad that this build took so long, so I'm posting another Downtown Deco build that I did in a week. 


Jeff
Title: Re: Downtown Deco Addams Avenue one and a half builds
Post by: ACL1504 on September 21, 2017, 06:25:06 PM
Jeff,

Great job on Addams Avenue build. This is one kit I need to get just so I can add it to all the other unbuilt DD kits.

Tom ;D
Title: Re: Downtown Deco Addams Avenue one and a half builds
Post by: LongHornCaddy on September 21, 2017, 09:12:30 PM
Looks good, nice job!
Title: Re: Downtown Deco Addams Avenue one and a half builds
Post by: znwoody on September 23, 2017, 06:50:16 PM
Gorgeous work, I've been thinking about getting a few of these and your build really convinced me.
Title: Re: Downtown Deco Addams Avenue one and a half builds
Post by: Mike Engler on November 01, 2017, 06:25:11 PM
Great job Dr. Jeff. I like the coloring a lot. I need to build one of these for a change of pace.
Title: Re: Downtown Deco Addams Avenue one and a half builds
Post by: LongHornCaddy on November 03, 2017, 12:41:58 AM
Looking good!
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