Author Topic: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)  (Read 32142 times)

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FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
« on: January 03, 2016, 06:41:28 PM »
(Apologies in advance to those who may be offended by the subject matter of this build but it does depict a seedier part of town that was typically found near the train tracks.  I understand you may not want something like this on your layout and that's certainly your prerogative.)     

The Red Light District was released by FOS Scale Models last year while we (Tom, the Judge and I) were in Scranton, PA attending the EXPO.  As soon as I saw the e-mail I knew I wanted to build this one.  There are so many different textures, roof lines, finishes, etc. all combined into one block.  The real clincher was when I saw the pilot model in the vendor room.  Holy Cow!  What a beautiful build.  I ordered one on my first visit to the vendor room.  I know Tom ordered one as well and has a good idea where it's going to be placed on the new A&S.  Now it's time for me to build mine!   :D

The kit includes 9 business in 7 connected structures.  Here's the obligatory shot of the box the kit came in (it's a pretty big box).


I love opening up a new kit and seeing what's inside.  This one certainly didn't disappoint.


There's too much stuff in too many bags to try and get capture in one photo.  Just use your imagination.   ;)


As with any build I do I start by cleaning up the castings.  For the metal castings I use files to sooth out areas that need to be touched up.


I also use an old pair of rail cutters to remove metal castings from sprues or to nip off any large imperfections (there were none of the latter in this kit).


Plastic castings, such as doors and windows, I remove from their sprues using a sprue cutter.  A very handy tool to have on the workbench.


More in a moment.   ::)
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Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2016, 06:47:37 PM »
Bob,

I'll be following along so I'll know how to build mine when the time comes.

I know this thread will be fascinating, highly detailed and certainly informative. I look forward to your guidance  and tour through the seedier side of the other side of the tracks. Not that I haven't done my share of undercover work in those areas but at least on this thread those involved won't be spitting on me. 8)

Tom ;D
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Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2016, 06:55:22 PM »
Thanks Tom!  Glad to have you following along!   :D

I clean up the plastic castings with couple swipes of an emery board.  The sprue cutter does a good job getting a nice, close cut so not to much clean up is required.


Note: Some people prefer to leave the doors and windows on the sprue during painting as it makes them easier to handle.  I prefer to remove them and clean them up prior to painting.  It's just a personal choice of mine.


I also removed some of the laser board items that I thought I'd want to prime and paint with an airbrush.  I know I didn't get all of them in my first pass but I got a bunch of them. 


I then took a few minutes to stain all the strip wood included in the kit (after sorting and organizing it by size).  First I poured some Hunterline Light Gray Weathering stain into my homemade stain tub.


Then I started dropping in the strip wood, by size, into the tub and let them soak for a  few minutes.  I removed them with some tweezers and placed them in an old cardboard box (behind the tub) to dry.


Next up I did something I probably don't do enough of.  I started experimenting with colors and with materials I'm not familiar with.  In this case I was looking for a light green color for the first building and also playing with a One-Step Crackle material that will be used on the second building.  More on that later on in the build.


For the most part we're going to build the structures that make up the block working from left to right starting with:

The South Side Burlesk

One of the interesting things about this kit is that a lot of the 'hidden' walls between the building and some of the bases have parts within parts.  Here's the base for the first structure and within the base are sidewalks and walls for the roof hatch.  Be careful not to discard one of these sheets thinking it was just a carrier for parts.  It's a part in and of itself!


More in a moment.  ;)


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Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2016, 07:03:51 PM »
Hi Bob:

Looks like fun. I'll be following along.

Karl

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Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2016, 07:07:14 PM »
Thanks Karl!  Glad to have you following along on this one.   :D

Here are the sidewalks and a couple of the walls being tested fitted onto the base.  You can see the 'blind' wall that connects this structure to adjoining structure contains parts that I haven't removed yet.


I attached everything I wanted to prime at this point to an old jelly roll pan I use for airbrushing.  I tape down strips of blue painters tape, sticky side up, to hold the parts.  The raised edges help prevent anything that comes loose from the tape from rolling off the pan.


I found a fresh bottle of Floquil Primer (my last one I think  :'( ) and mixed it up very well with my paint stirrer (stirred, not shaken).


Being that it was previously unopened and in good condition I didn't bother to strain it before using it.  I put full eye droppers of paint in a stainless steel measuring cup.  For every three full eye droppers of paint I added on full eye dropper of thinner.  I then mixed that up and loaded the cup in my airbrush.


I paint out in my driveway (you can't get much more well ventilated then that) and still use a mask (sometimes  ::) ).  I paint going across the tray and I try to get a decent coat of paint on everything but not a complete coat on the first pass.


I then rotate the tray 90 degrees and repeat the process. 


I rotate the tray another 90 degrees and repeat the process twice more.  This helps ensure that all the edges got painted.

More in a moment.  :D

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Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2016, 07:14:32 PM »
I let everything dry for a few minutes by placing it on the roof of my van and letting the Florida sun bake it.   8)


Then I flip over anything that may need the underside painted and repeat the process.

I painted the front and side wall of the Burlesk house a light green by mixing (50/50) Mint Julep and Ivory White craft store acrylics.  After that dried I treated them with a coat of A&I.  The diamond shape windows have window frames that I painted with Old Silver (Floquil) and then glued in place.


I cut out the sign that goes on the front wall and toned it down a bit by scrubbing it, from top to bottom, using some fine steel wool.


Then I brushed the back side of the sign with some thinned out A&I.


After it dried I lined the back side of the sign with 3M Transfer Tape.


I trimmed the transfer tape using either my scissors or steel straight edge and a sharp X-Acto blade.


More in a moment.  :D
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Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2016, 07:22:34 PM »
Then I peeled off the backing for the transfer tape....


...and carefully positioned the sign where it belongs on the front wall.


The sign was then outlined with 2x4 strip wood painted with Old Silver.


The front and side wall have a mat board wall behind them.  I used 3M Transfer tape to join the wall together the same way I did the sign to the wall.


Being careful to get them properly lined up the way the instructions dictate.


Now for the fun part.  I used some Burnt Sienna oil paint and thinner to add rust to the wall panels.  This is a great technique for creating a rust effect and very forgiving.  Dap a little bit of oil paint on followed by a very tiny drop of thinner on top.  If you mess it up use some thinner to wash it off and try again.  The oil paint is very, very slow drying so there's lot's of time play with and get it just the way you want it.


More in a moment.  :D
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Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2016, 07:22:52 PM »
The year starts with a bang, thanks Bob , another build I will follow.
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Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2016, 07:26:03 PM »
Thanks Jan!  Glad to have you following along.

Last two pictures for today.  First, dabbing on a little thinner on top of the oil paint.


And the effect as it stands right now.


I can add more later, if I think it needs it, and/or rust colored chalks.

That's where I'm at right now.  I'll add some more updates when I make some more progress.   ;D
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Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2016, 07:59:28 PM »
Hi Bob:

Looks like you are off to a great start with this one. I'll be following along.

Karl

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Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
« Reply #10 on: January 03, 2016, 08:13:52 PM »
Bob .... Great start ! Looks wonderful as does all of your builds ...... I'll be following as I love this kit !!




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Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
« Reply #11 on: January 03, 2016, 08:34:06 PM »
This is looking real good already, I just might be dropping in to see how your doing!



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Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
« Reply #12 on: January 03, 2016, 08:59:11 PM »
Neat.  I'll be watching as I bought this kit after seeing it at the Expo as well. 


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Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
« Reply #13 on: January 03, 2016, 09:49:35 PM »
Bob.
I may not say much, but I will be watching this build. 8) 8) 8) 8)

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Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
« Reply #14 on: January 03, 2016, 11:15:45 PM »
Nice set of build steps. It will be great to see one of these structure kits get built.

 

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