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Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
« Reply #15 on: January 04, 2016, 03:00:07 AM »
I really like your threads Bob, and thanks for starting out the new year with another one.


The Burnt Sienna oil paint followed by the thinner dabbed on is an interesting rust effect. Do you apply the thinner while the wall is held vertical so it runs down the wall, or when it is flat on the bench? I know Doug uses this method often and it looks great.
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Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
« Reply #16 on: January 04, 2016, 05:33:20 AM »
I'll be watching, bob.

Doug's displays were great at the expo. I loved the one spinning on the giant circle.  I think those displays sell him a lot of kits (along with his endless imagination) I bought 3 smaller ones.  They just looked so good built up.  I'm looking forward to your progress on this one and really enjoy your extended commentary.

Cheers, mark.

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Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
« Reply #17 on: January 04, 2016, 08:42:34 AM »
I'm following along too..... :)
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Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
« Reply #18 on: January 04, 2016, 09:17:28 AM »
Great start Bob.
I will following along.
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Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
« Reply #19 on: January 04, 2016, 09:33:05 AM »
Wow.  Lot's of responses early on for this one!  Thanks Tom, Karl, Jan, Ken, Andy, Dr. Jeff, Jim, Martin, Mike, Mark, Greg and Eric!  It's nice to know that so many are interested.  It makes it worth the effort to take pictures and document the process.   :D

 
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Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
« Reply #20 on: January 04, 2016, 09:40:26 AM »
I really like your threads Bob, and thanks for starting out the new year with another one.


The Burnt Sienna oil paint followed by the thinner dabbed on is an interesting rust effect. Do you apply the thinner while the wall is held vertical so it runs down the wall, or when it is flat on the bench? I know Doug uses this method often and it looks great.

Great question Mike.  I hold the wall somewhat upright and work from top to bottom.  On this one, however, I wasn't looking for heavy downward streaks/rust stains.  I worked the excess thinner around with a brush by alternately wiping my brush on a paper towel to dry it off a bit and then using it to wick off the excess thinner off the wall.  On occasion I'd dip in clean thinner to really turn the excess into a thin wash.  You can really push it around and play with it.  If I screwed it up too bad I'd just wash the spot off completely and try again.  Very forgiving on this type of surface. 

I did test this on a piece of scrap first.  I wasn't sure how the oil based paints/mineral spirits would react over the cheap craft store acrylics.  The acrylics were completely dry and I had no issues.

I've done the downward streak technique once or twice on some rust patches I added to a boxcar and really liked the effect. 
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Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
« Reply #21 on: January 04, 2016, 11:04:32 AM »
Bob thanks for all the really good ideas.  No I'm not going to build the red light district but your ideas translate very well to other kits. 8)
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Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
« Reply #22 on: January 04, 2016, 05:16:27 PM »
So excited to see a Fos "Superkit" built step by step. I've got two staring at me from the closet with spots reserved on my layout. I'm looking forward to following along


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Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
« Reply #23 on: January 04, 2016, 06:12:02 PM »
Bob thanks for all the really good ideas.  No I'm not going to build the red light district but your ideas translate very well to other kits. 8)

Thanks Jan and thanks for following along.  I'm happy to share what works (or doesn't work) for me.  I may need to build a church after this one to balance things out.   ::)  :D
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Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
« Reply #24 on: January 04, 2016, 06:15:36 PM »
So excited to see a Fos "Superkit" built step by step. I've got two staring at me from the closet with spots reserved on my layout. I'm looking forward to following along


John

Thanks John!  Breaking out these big kits and taking the plunge can be a little bit daunting.  It'll take me a while to work my way through this one but I'm looking forward to the journey.   :D   
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Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
« Reply #25 on: January 18, 2016, 01:01:58 PM »
Okay, I've made some progress on this build in between working for a living.  ;)

The builder has the option of raising the Burlesk letters slightly to light them from behind (the wall is laser cut to allow this).  No way was I going to pass up an opportunity to light the Burlek sign.   :D  To raise the letters slightly you have to first glue tiny strips of strip wood behind them.


I glued strips of wood onto the back of the letters that were slightly longer than needed, flipped the letters over and trimmed the excess off with a single edge razor blade.


The kit includes a template that can be positioned over the wall (aligning with the upper left corner of the wall) to aid in positioning the letters when gluing them in place.  This worked pretty well but I did have a little bit of difficulty sliding the template over the letters after I was done.  I managed to get it off though.


I needed two of the sidewalk piece for the South Side Bulesk house so since I was going to be painting sidewalks I gathered up all of the sidewalks and also constructed the steps for two of the structures (one set being for the Burlesk house) that are supposed to appear as if they were cast out of concrete.  I primed everything with several coats of flat white primer from a rattle can.  I even painted the underside.  I want these to be well sealed for the next step.


My preference for concrete is to apply several light washes of thinned out acrylic paint.  I thin the paint to the point where it's more like dirty water (as you might be able to see here). 


I really don't have a formula for this other than to finish with Wrought Iron Black.  In this instance I wanted the sidewalks to appear a little bit newer so I didn't go overboard with the density of the washes or the number or washes I applied.  Here are the colors I used in the order I applied them (from left to right, top to bottom). 


Had I been shooting for something a little older I would have applied more washes and/or more dense washes.  After everything dried I sealed the sidewalks with Dullcoat.  I may still apply some weather powders and rust stains which will further age the sidewalks.

More in a moment.  :D
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Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
« Reply #26 on: January 18, 2016, 01:12:26 PM »
Bob,

Fantastic build Bob and a most excellent tutorial for all the steps. I love the before and after of the sidewalks.

Great job!

Tom ;D
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Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
« Reply #27 on: January 18, 2016, 01:15:54 PM »
Okay,  here's one of my sidewalks next to a scrape piece that I painted with PollyScale Aged Concrete.  I don't think I've ever seen real concrete, new of old, that looks like the Floquil/PollyScale Concrete or Aged Concrete colors.


Back to the Burlesk sign (I tend to jump around a little on my builds  ::) ).  I constructed a light box to back like the sign.  It consists of two Current Limiters each of which is wired in series with two 3mm LED Floods Lights.  All available from the good folks at MICROLUMINA.   ;D  8)


I glued the light box in place directly behind the sign.


Now that the front and side walls are basically finished it's time to start gluing them together.  I started with the left hand and front wall.  Lining everything up with the front and side edge of the base.


Then I attached the right side wall.


I started the canopy next.  It consists of two precut wood parts that get glued together first and then attached to a chipboard roof.  After which I painted the edges and bottom with Floquil Old Silver and then applied a long, thin yellow sign to the edge.


More in a moment...  :D

 
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Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
« Reply #28 on: January 18, 2016, 01:17:02 PM »
Bob,

Fantastic build Bob and a most excellent tutorial for all the steps. I love the before and after of the sidewalks.

Great job!

Tom ;D

Thanks Tom!  I'm finding it comes in handy to have my own builds document on line.  Then I can look up how I did something when I forget how I did it.   ::)  :D
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Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
« Reply #29 on: January 18, 2016, 01:27:39 PM »
Continuing on with the canopy.  The top of the is covered with aluminum foil (dull side up).  I attached this with 3M Transfer Tape and then trimmed it flush on the edges where it joins the walls.


For the front edge I trimmed the foil using a straight edge so I could allow a little bit of excess to be folded down over the edge.  I free handed the curved portion and got it close enough for government work.   ;)


I sprayed the aluminum foil with Dullcoat and let it dry before applying the first coat of rust colored weathering powders.


After the first coat of weather powders I added a detail to the top of the roof that consisted of that curved piece seen near the bottom of the photo above and some strip wood all painted silver.  That sits on top of the canopy, recessed in from the edge just a tiny bit.  I added another coat of rust color chalk after that was in place.  I'll add more later on when the canopy is in place so I can darken up spots to match the rust stains on the walls.

I built the rear wall, next.  It didn't quite line up with the base the way I had hoped it would (it should either line up or overhand the base rather than be slightly recessed) but it's very likely this isn't the side of the structure that will be the focus of anyone's attention so I'm going to leave it as is.   :D


And finally, here's he Burlesk sign lit up from behind.


That pretty much brings you up to date on where I'm at.  Next up I'll be adding rolled roofing to the main roof, building and adding the root top access shed and the big sign that goes near the front of the roof.   :D

Thanks for following along!
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