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First Timer Bar Build
« on: September 21, 2017, 03:01:33 PM »
I was kind of embarrassed that the last Downtown Deco Build took four months, so while waiting for FOS to ship the kit I ordered recently, I had the kit Randy offered recently, the "First Timer Bar".  It includes two sets of walls, three sets of signs, but only one door/window/roof.  That's OK, it's pretty easy to get another couple of doors and a roof.  I built this in a week.  First the usual picture of the box and stuff.  I'm not sure what the three pieces of wire are for.  one is for the lamp shade and a short piece for a beer sign (I didn't use this). 


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Re: First Timer Bar Build
« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2017, 03:03:19 PM »
I sand the backs of the walls slightly to square them so the edges meet.  I also sand the edges square. DON'T SAND THE EDGES THAT HAVE BRICK DETAIL ON THEM.  Where there was flash on these, I scraped it off with an xacto knife.  If it chips a bit, it's just "weathering".   :)


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« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2017, 03:04:11 PM »
Unlike my last build where I screwed up the roof.  I measured and glued some stripwood on BEFORE gluing the walls together this time.

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« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2017, 03:04:57 PM »
In the resin freight car build, there were some 90 degree clamps used.  I remembered I had some of these and they worked pretty well for this as well.


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« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2017, 03:06:52 PM »
Start with the front and one side.  Then the second side.  This way you can fit the back piece in last.  Don't force it, sand it to fit.  One of the side walls was warped a bit (the front is perpendicular to the ground, the gap on the lower right shows it's not quite this way in the back.  Therefore there's a bit of a corresponding gap on the other side of the back wall. 


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« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2017, 03:08:30 PM »
There are small gaps at all the meeting points.  For this, line the edges with masking tape and work some spackle into the crack.  Note I forgot to take a pic of this, so I'm substituting one from the last build.   ::)


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« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2017, 03:10:01 PM »
I painted the bricks with acrylic zinc oxide.  Thin it and slather it on unevenly, it'll look great later.  You can see the gap has closed.  I scrape the spackle to kind of match up with the bricks. 


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« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2017, 03:10:41 PM »
I then painted some of the bricks a shade or two darker and some with the straight zinc oxide paint. 

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Re: First Timer Bar Build
« Reply #8 on: September 21, 2017, 03:12:25 PM »
The stones, cornice, doorways and the stuff on the sides which I think is supposed to be stucco or some cement repair was painted.   I used Unbleached titanium mixed with grey for all these.  THe door was spray painted with SAC bomber green


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Re: First Timer Bar Build
« Reply #9 on: September 21, 2017, 03:12:51 PM »
Next up use a raw umber wash, again unevenly, over the sides.


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« Reply #10 on: September 21, 2017, 03:13:56 PM »
I then used Robert's Mortar for the mortar.  I let the raw umber dry for about 6 hours, I should have left it overnight as some of it came off.


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« Reply #11 on: September 21, 2017, 03:15:04 PM »
Next up were the signs.  I taped the sheet to my glass plate and sanded the back.  Go only in one direction.  When you can see the signs kind of showing through, you've done enough.


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« Reply #12 on: September 21, 2017, 03:16:25 PM »
Cut them out with a new blade.  Lining them up on Deco's walls is a bit difficult as the bricks can be irregular.  I made a tiny mark on a brick on each side where I wanted them to go.

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« Reply #13 on: September 21, 2017, 03:19:35 PM »
I usually weather the signs with a drybrush of antique white, unbleached titanium or very light grey.  The way Randy's signs are printed, they're kind of "pre faded" so I didn't do that here.  I do use some watercolor pencils on the edges so the white edge doesn't show.  Except on the bottom sign on the wall here.  :o  It hardly shows, but I know it's there.  I use full strength white glue on the back of the sign.  The paper is thin, and the bricks are irregular, so it's almost like working with a decal.  You don't get much time, either to move them around.  Put a plastic bag over your finger and gently rub the sign into the bricks, horizontally and vertically.  This will make the sign look painted onto the bricks.  They're not perfectly straight, but after a few beers at the bar, nothing will look straight anyway. ;D


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« Reply #14 on: September 21, 2017, 03:24:24 PM »
I then drybrushed some of the brick color over the signs and a coating of the Robert's Mortar.  The roof is a piece of black paper, which I lined with a black Sharpie to show some tar repairs.  I used the Gallery glass simulated leading around the edges of the roof and the roof pipe.  Added the stairs and the gooseneck lamp and it's done.  The colors look a bit harsh since the pics were taken with a flash.  Overall it went pretty well.  I should have tested the door before painting, as it didn't quite fit, I used a spacer behind it to bring it out to the level of the bricks. I should have added more spackle to the one corner where there's a gap on the roof as well.   Fos shipped my next project today, hopefully it'll get here by Monday so I can start it.  Thanks for watching!


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