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Title: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob 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 (http://fosscalemodels.com/products/red-light-district-limited-run-ho-scale-kit) 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).
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-030116171739-104932376.jpeg)

I love opening up a new kit and seeing what's inside.  This one certainly didn't disappoint.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-030116171739-105611163.jpeg)

There's too much stuff in too many bags to try and get capture in one photo.  Just use your imagination.   ;)
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-030116171739-10562376.jpeg)

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.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-030116171739-105631946.jpeg)

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).
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-030116171739-105641154.jpeg)

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.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-030116171905-10565134.jpeg)

More in a moment.   ::)
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ACL1504 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
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob 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.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-030116171905-105662361.jpeg)

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. 
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-030116171905-10567510.jpeg)

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.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-030116171905-105681463.jpeg)

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.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-030116171905-10569499.jpeg)

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.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-030116172036-105701058.jpeg)

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!
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-030116172036-105711254.jpeg)

More in a moment.  ;)


Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: postalkarl on January 03, 2016, 07:03:51 PM
Hi Bob:

Looks like fun. I'll be following along.

Karl
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob 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.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-030116172036-105721129.jpeg)

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.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-030116172037-105732179.jpeg)

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).
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-030116172037-10574627.jpeg)

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.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-030116172155-105751438.jpeg)

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.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-030116172155-105761054.jpeg)

I then rotate the tray 90 degrees and repeat the process. 
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-030116172155-1057721.jpeg)

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

Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob 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)
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-030116172155-105781085.jpeg)

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.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-030116172155-105791318.jpeg)

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.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-030116172327-10580644.jpeg)

Then I brushed the back side of the sign with some thinned out A&I.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-030116172328-1058111.jpeg)

After it dried I lined the back side of the sign with 3M Transfer Tape.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-030116172328-10582751.jpeg)

I trimmed the transfer tape using either my scissors or steel straight edge and a sharp X-Acto blade.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-030116172328-105832145.jpeg)

More in a moment.  :D
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on January 03, 2016, 07:22:34 PM
Then I peeled off the backing for the transfer tape....
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-030116172328-105841395.jpeg)

...and carefully positioned the sign where it belongs on the front wall.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-030116172454-10585510.jpeg)

The sign was then outlined with 2x4 strip wood painted with Old Silver.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-030116172454-105862273.jpeg)

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.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-030116172454-105871662.jpeg)

Being careful to get them properly lined up the way the instructions dictate.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-030116172454-105881937.jpeg)

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.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-030116172454-10589828.jpeg)

More in a moment.  :D
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: Janbouli on January 03, 2016, 07:22:52 PM
The year starts with a bang, thanks Bob , another build I will follow.
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob 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.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-030116172534-105901051.jpeg)

And the effect as it stands right now.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-030116172534-105911341.jpeg)

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
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: postalkarl 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
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: Amagic41 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 !!




Kenny
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ak-milw 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!



 8)
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: Zephyrus52246 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. 


Jeff
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: jimmillho 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)

Jim
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: martin.ojaste 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.
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: Mike Engler 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.
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: mark dalrymple 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.
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: GPdemayo on January 04, 2016, 08:42:34 AM
I'm following along too..... :)
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: EricQuebec on January 04, 2016, 09:17:28 AM
Great start Bob.
I will following along.
Eric Québec city
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob 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

 
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob 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. 
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: jankirkwood 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)
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: Cuse 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


John
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob 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
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob 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   
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob 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.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-170116180809-10743478.jpeg)

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.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-170116180809-10764564.jpeg)

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.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-170116180809-107652190.jpeg)

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.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-170116180809-107662382.jpeg)

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). 
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-170116180809-10767332.jpeg)

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). 
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-180116125215.jpeg)

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
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ACL1504 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
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob 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.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-170116181000-107691782.jpeg)

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 (http://microlumina.com/store/).   ;D  8)
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-170116181000-107701407.jpeg)

I glued the light box in place directly behind the sign.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-170116181000-107712468.jpeg)

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.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-170116181000-107721153.jpeg)

Then I attached the right side wall.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-170116181143-107731114.jpeg)

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.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-170116181143-10774314.jpeg)

More in a moment...  :D

 
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob 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
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob 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.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-170116181143-107751648.jpeg)

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.   ;)
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-170116181143-10776104.jpeg)

I sprayed the aluminum foil with Dullcoat and let it dry before applying the first coat of rust colored weathering powders.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-170116181143-10777410.jpeg)

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
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-170116181250-107781020.jpeg)

And finally, here's he Burlesk sign lit up from behind.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-170116181250-10779692.jpeg)

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!
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: Slim Jerkins on January 18, 2016, 01:42:50 PM
Way cool Bob! You do some nice work. (neater than me  ::) )


-slim



Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: Janbouli on January 18, 2016, 06:02:15 PM
The sign is just enlightening , great work  ;)
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: jimmillho on January 18, 2016, 08:19:35 PM
Awesome!!!!!!  I love that sign.

jim
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on January 19, 2016, 08:29:04 AM
Thanks Slim, Jan and Jim!  I really appreciate the comments.  I'm currently working on the roof top details for the Burlesk house.  Once those are complete I can move on to the second structure in the series.  The theatre next door.   :D
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: martin.ojaste on January 19, 2016, 09:05:40 AM
This a great thread. The lite sign really does a lot for creating the sleaze vibe.
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: Donato on January 19, 2016, 12:16:50 PM
Keep it coming .... we like sleaze almost as much as we love photos...!!!
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: Slim Jerkins on January 19, 2016, 01:30:20 PM
Keep it coming .... we like sleaze almost as much as we love photos...!!!

yeah...we're all about sleaze.  ;)


-slim
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: Cuse on January 19, 2016, 04:50:39 PM
That's really something! Great tutorial, Bob. I can't recall seeing you weather any of your builds to this degree. It's a real mess...It's fantastic! The rust and the recessed sign, the colors...really great!


John
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ak-milw on January 19, 2016, 07:58:10 PM
Sometimes I think my middle name is sleaze, great job so far Bob.



 8)
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: Slim Jerkins on January 20, 2016, 09:51:46 AM
I'm glad you're posting this build Bob. Not too long ago I received an email from someone asking how to light up the BURLESK letters. I've misplaced the email and wanted to reply but not having bought the kit, and seeing what there was to work with,  I didn't know exactly how to answer his question! I'm pretty sure he saw the built model at the Expo in Scranton.

I was thinking - given the rust on the walls, the general degradation and caliber of sleaze,  it's amazing that every letter would be lit. However, we run the risk of "modeling a defect" and having someone point out to us, "you know - that light you got there is burned out."  :P

-slim
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: TheUkranian on January 20, 2016, 10:13:51 AM
Bob,

You are doing great job. I'll use your thread as a reference when I get to my Red Light District going.

To take Slim's idea a little further... Under assumption that letters are lit by neon what if one of them is at the end of its life and flickers?

Vilius
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on January 20, 2016, 11:16:28 AM
Hi Martin, Donato, Slim, John, Andy and Vilius,

Thanks for the comments and suggestions.  Don't worry, there's a lot more sleaze on the way.  The next building up is a theatre and I'm pretty sure the featured show isn't "The Sound of Music".   :D

Bob,

You are doing great job. I'll use your thread as a reference when I get to my Red Light District going.

To take Slim's idea a little further... Under assumption that letters are lit by neon what if one of them is at the end of its life and flickers?

Vilius

That's a great idea for the flickering light as well as the burned out light.  I'm pretty sure the Arc Welder circuit (available on Slim's site) could be used to make the light flicker.  I do have one of the circuits that turns on/off three separate LED's that I plan on using in the hotel to have various rooms light up at intervals.  I haven't taken it out of package yet.  It's tiny.   :o

Glad you're finding the thread useful!
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: Slim Jerkins on January 20, 2016, 11:50:57 AM
The arc welder (and gas torch) simulators use two LEDs; white/blue for the arc, white/orange for the torch. Each one has it's own way of flickering. For example, the gas torch simulates the starting of the torch with just orange (acetylene) and then adds the white to simulate the flow of O2.

For a defective sign/light I suggest using the Defective Sign/Light Simulator.  ::)

I told Tim from Ngineering that I wanted a simulator that would mimic one of those "bad fluorescent  lights that I had to sit under when taking a test in school." My plan was to use it in my "DYNASTY CHINESE" (Foscale Green Dragon) restaurant model. The bad/flickery part would be driving the DY letters in DYNASTY. I really should finish that model but I'm one of those guys who has a bunch of unfinished projects all around.  :P

Here's a video of the effect that I used on the hot dog stand model:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3ZRA3KGNa0

The sign light over the long wall was cobbled together with some styrene shapes and uses four cool-white LEDs. Three of the LEDs are on steady. The fourth one (over the coke medallion) is driven by the simulator board.

OK - sorry to hijack your thread Bob.

Back to you....


-slim
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: martin.ojaste on January 20, 2016, 12:37:21 PM
Slim,  Amazing. just like the garage light in winter.
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: Slim Jerkins on January 20, 2016, 02:34:13 PM
Slim,  Amazing. just like the garage light in winter.

Ain't THAT the truth! Something those Florida guys don't have to deal with.  :P

Thanks Martin.

-slim
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: Janbouli on January 20, 2016, 05:58:29 PM
That is so cool Slim , and would look so good on Bob's build.
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on January 21, 2016, 07:47:50 AM
That's very cool Slim except you should fix that light that's going bad.   ;)
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: Slim Jerkins on January 21, 2016, 10:56:02 AM
That's very cool Slim except you should fix that light that's going bad.   ;)

I'm on it buddy.

-slim
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: S&S RR on January 22, 2016, 09:34:13 AM
Bob


Great build and great thread - I just got caught up! 
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: EricQuebec on January 22, 2016, 05:06:30 PM
Bob, the sign is simply awesome.
Very nice building

Eric Québec
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on January 24, 2016, 02:33:11 PM
Thanks for the kind comments John and Eric!  Much appreciated.

Continuing on with the build.

Instead of using the roofing material in the kit I pulled out some roofing strips I had made from 320 Grit Wet/Dry Waterproof sandpaper that were cut into scale 3' wide strips and painted with mists of various colors from rattle cans.  The idea for using the sandpaper for this came from Mr. Gregory "Morning" DeMayo.   :D  I just so happened to have a batch of dark and a batch of light colored strips ready to go when I started this build.  I applied the strips using 3M Transfer Tape.  After the roofing was in place in was trimmed so that there'd be a little overhand (about 1/32" or so), drybrushed lightly with a white acrylic and then weathered with powders.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-240116141254-108812132.jpeg)

Since the roof is flat I wanted to seal the seams between the strips.  I used Gallery Glass Liquid Leading (a Dave K tip) I had put in a small squeeze bottle from JoAnn's (after Hal alerted us to their existence).  The Liquid Leading is a little thick for the tip but it gives you great control in applying it if your fingers don't tired from squeezing the bottle.   :D
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-240116141255-108821202.jpeg)

There's a small roof top access structure that gets build, board by board over two forms included in the kit.  First I glued the boards in place a little longer than necessary.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-240116141255-108831071.jpeg)

And then trimmed the to fit with a single edge razor blade.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-240116141255-108842113.jpeg)

I thought I'd experiment a bit with the access structure so I applied some black oil paint along the bottom edge of the boards.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-240116141255-10885708.jpeg)

Then blended it in by dabbing it with a brush dipped with odorless paint thinner and letting it wick up the walls.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-240116141414-10886346.jpeg)

More in a moment... :D

Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on January 24, 2016, 02:42:20 PM
Next I went to work on the billboard.  The frame was constructed directly over the template by gluing the vertical supports to the paper with just the tiniest amount of Elmer's White Glue on each end.  The instructions recommend taping a sheet of wax paper over the template and gluing the wood to that but I just glue it directly to the paper.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-240116141414-108871242.jpeg)

I just hold them in place long enough for the glue to take hold.  When it comes time to remove it I'll slide a single edge razor blade underneath and then scrap off any glue/paper that remains attached to the wood and touch it up with stain.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-240116141414-10888826.jpeg)

This next picture shows something I thought of to give the roof some extra support and try to eliminate any light leaks that might occur where the roof touches the top of the walls.  The roof is marked where bracing needs to be applied to make the roof removable.  The bracing fits right up against the walls but doesn't cover all the edges.  So, using the bracing as a guide I cut a piece of heavy mat board I picked up at Sam Flaxx and glued it to the bracing to turn the roof assembly into a plug.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-240116141414-108892433.jpeg)

After the billboard was finished I drilled one hole in the roof for the leg on the left, which is slightly longer than all the others, and inserted that leg into the hole to glue the billboard in place.  Afterwards the rear bracing was added, then the rooftop access structure and a vent.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-240116141414-108902137.jpeg)

Some finished (or finished for now anyway) photo's next... :D

 
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on January 24, 2016, 02:44:59 PM
For the moment I'm going to declare the South Side Burlesk House finished and move on to the next structure.  The sidewalks aren't glued into place yet and there's still a few little items to do but I'll address them when all the structures are glued together.  Here's a few shots of it.

(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-240116141518-108911907.jpeg)

(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-240116141518-10892442.jpeg)

(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-240116141518-10893979.jpeg)

(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-240116141518-108941279.jpeg)

Thanks for following along!  Back to the workbench!   :D
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ACL1504 on January 24, 2016, 03:17:43 PM
Bob,

Absolutely wonderful and masterfully done. Excellent tutorial as well.

WOW and UNBELIEVABLE come to mind on this first structure.

All ten of my thumbs up here Butty!

Tom ;D
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ak-milw on January 24, 2016, 03:29:48 PM
Bob, that place looks so bad I don't even know if I would go into it!!  Great job



 8)
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: Janbouli on January 24, 2016, 04:34:23 PM
(http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/1owVV7wy9XC2_uDX58ZePQ--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3NfbGVnbztpbD1wbGFuZTtxPTc1O3c9NjAw/http://l.yimg.com/os/publish-images/sports/2015-03-23/e43ed240-d162-11e4-8ff0-4f2047474d77_darth-vader-thumbs-up-opt.jpg)
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: Cuse on January 24, 2016, 05:19:44 PM
Rusty, faded, dirty, smutty, and grammatically incorrect...It's coming together beautifully - keep up the good work!!


(strange hobby that we've chosen)


John
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: EricQuebec on January 24, 2016, 06:46:26 PM
Wonderful work Bob,
the technic used on the roof top access structure seems to be very interesting, I must try it
Eric Québec city
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: Donato on January 24, 2016, 07:01:29 PM
Wonderful work Bob .....




.... how much is the door charge?
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: jimmillho on January 24, 2016, 08:21:41 PM
I have never seen anything so "Wrong side of the Tracks" bad as this :-X :-X :-X :-X
It is about as trashy as it should be!!!!!!!!

Awesome job Bob

Jim
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: Zephyrus52246 on January 24, 2016, 10:37:55 PM
Great job on the tile/rust on the building.  Tetanus isn't the only disease you could pick up there.  :o


Jeff
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on January 25, 2016, 08:29:17 AM
Bob,

Absolutely wonderful and masterfully done. Excellent tutorial as well.

WOW and UNBELIEVABLE come to mind on this first structure.

All ten of my thumbs up here Butty!

Tom ;D

Thanks Tom!  One down, six to go!   :D
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on January 25, 2016, 08:31:15 AM
Bob, that place looks so bad I don't even know if I would go into it!!  Great job



 8)

Thanks Andy!  I'm trying to replicate what Doug did on the pilot model and you're right, I wouldn't want to go into a place that looks that bad either.   ;)
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on January 25, 2016, 08:32:35 AM
(http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/1owVV7wy9XC2_uDX58ZePQ--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3NfbGVnbztpbD1wbGFuZTtxPTc1O3c9NjAw/http://l.yimg.com/os/publish-images/sports/2015-03-23/e43ed240-d162-11e4-8ff0-4f2047474d77_darth-vader-thumbs-up-opt.jpg)

Thanks Jan!  Wow.  A thumbs up from Darth Vader.   :D
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on January 25, 2016, 08:34:02 AM
Rusty, faded, dirty, smutty, and grammatically incorrect...It's coming together beautifully - keep up the good work!!


(strange hobby that we've chosen)


John

Thanks John!  It truly is a strange hobby where one can find beauty in creating replicas of things that would otherwise be considered eyesores isn't is?
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on January 25, 2016, 08:35:24 AM
Wonderful work Bob,
the technic used on the roof top access structure seems to be very interesting, I must try it
Eric Québec city

Thanks Eric!  I've seen that technique before but that's the first time I've tried it.  I need to work on my application of it a bit but it is very effective.
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on January 25, 2016, 08:36:41 AM
Wonderful work Bob .....




.... how much is the door charge?

Thanks Donato!  Your comments, and humor, are much appreciated.  Those places have a door charge?  I have no idea how they operate.   ::)
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on January 25, 2016, 08:38:27 AM
I have never seen anything so "Wrong side of the Tracks" bad as this :-X :-X :-X :-X
It is about as trashy as it should be!!!!!!!!

Awesome job Bob

Jim

Thanks Jim!  And how, exactly, would you know how trashy a place like this should look?   ;)  :D  :D  :D
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: S&S RR on January 25, 2016, 08:39:14 AM
Bob




Another great build - I love the details! You nailed it with the rust.  Definitely looks like a neighborhood I wouldn't want to stop in.
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on January 25, 2016, 08:39:26 AM
Great job on the tile/rust on the building.  Tetanus isn't the only disease you could pick up there.  :o


Jeff

Thanks Jeff!  I imagine that's very true.   :o
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on January 25, 2016, 08:40:21 AM
Bob




Another great build - I love the details! You nailed it with the rust.  Definitely looks like a neighborhood I wouldn't want to stop in.

Thanks John!  The neighborhood is not going to get any better as I work my way down the block.   :D 
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: jankirkwood on January 25, 2016, 09:44:45 AM
You do a wonderful and inspiring job, Bob.  Thank you for showing us "how to do it".
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: Janbouli on January 25, 2016, 11:04:42 AM
(http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/1owVV7wy9XC2_uDX58ZePQ--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3NfbGVnbztpbD1wbGFuZTtxPTc1O3c9NjAw/http://l.yimg.com/os/publish-images/sports/2015-03-23/e43ed240-d162-11e4-8ff0-4f2047474d77_darth-vader-thumbs-up-opt.jpg) (http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/1owVV7wy9XC2_uDX58ZePQ--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3NfbGVnbztpbD1wbGFuZTtxPTc1O3c9NjAw/http://l.yimg.com/os/publish-images/sports/2015-03-23/e43ed240-d162-11e4-8ff0-4f2047474d77_darth-vader-thumbs-up-opt.jpg)

Thanks Jan!  Wow.  A thumbs up from Darth Vader.   :D

Who better to judge over the Darth side of the tracks  ;)
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: bparrish on January 25, 2016, 11:13:16 AM
Oh Jan...............

That is really bad bad bad.

see ya
Bob
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: Donato on January 25, 2016, 12:14:36 PM
Oh Jan...............

That is really bad bad bad.

see ya
Bob


(http://images2.villagevoice.com/imager/u/original/6691136/man_holding_nose.jpg)
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on January 25, 2016, 02:41:05 PM
You do a wonderful and inspiring job, Bob.  Thank you for showing us "how to do it".

Thank you Jan (and Erin and Andrew too)!  Most (okay, all  ::) ) of what I share are the things I've learned from others so I'm happy to pass along the stuff that works for me.  I think that's one of the things that's great about both this hobby and this forum - most of the people involved in it are more than willing to share what they've learned.   :D   
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: jimmillho on January 25, 2016, 05:04:18 PM
I have never seen anything so "Wrong side of the Tracks" bad as this :-X :-X :-X :-X
It is about as trashy as it should be!!!!!!!!

Awesome job Bob

Jim

Thanks Jim!  And how, exactly, would you know how trashy a place like this should look?   ;)  :D  :D  :D

You forgot that I live off of "South Orange Blossom Trail" and I have seen the "Best" 8) 8) 8) 8)

Jim
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: gnatshop on January 28, 2016, 09:19:40 PM
You do a wonderful and inspiring job, Bob.  Thank you for showing us "how to do it".
You have to go inside to learn "how to do it".!!!  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: rpdylan on January 29, 2016, 03:49:52 AM
The forum, for me, is like the old hobby shop ( remember them?) that I used to go to as a kid. The old timers would bring in their models and give out tips for making a better model.  I remember one time, back in the late 70's, this guy showed me how he used a charcoal briquet to add black to his tanks/ military models.  Now we have pan pastels! 

Bob C.
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on February 13, 2016, 08:17:56 AM
I like Bob C.'s comparison of the forum being like old hobby shop.  I think that's spot on.   :D  It's great that we now have forums like this but sad that many of the hobby shops are just memories now.

Okay, back to the build.  It's time to cover the second structure.

The Art Deco Theater

This one is a bit different from the norm and I thought it might be a really challenging and fun little build.  I was right on both counts but kind of wrong in where I thought the challenges would be.   ;)

Most of this part of the thread will cover building the front wall of the structure because that's where the fun part is.  After cutting out the required parts and touching them up with an emery board I smeared wood glue on them and started gluing them together.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-120216170135-112951294.jpeg) 

This wall is made up of several a layers.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-120216170136-11311443.jpeg)

After gluing all but the back piece on I weighed it down with some marble blocks (recycled from some old bowling trophies) to hold everything together while the glue dried.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-120216170136-113121831.jpeg)

Next I did the same with the parts that go in the some of the openings.  The decorative trim above the large window and entryway/box office, for example, were also made up of several layers.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-120216170136-113132263.jpeg)

(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-120216170136-11314995.jpeg)

I primed everything with a rattle can light grey primer.  In this shot the decorative trim and entryway haven't been glued in place yet.  I just wanted to see how it would look.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-120216170306-113151199.jpeg)

More in a moment....


Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on February 13, 2016, 08:33:04 AM
First challenge.  The front wall gets a 'stucco' treatment made up by mixing a small bag of powder included in the kit (Durham's Rock Hard Water Putty) with water until it's the consistency of peanut butter and then applying it with a stiff brush.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-120216170306-113162490.jpeg)

This was the first major failure on my part and an epic failure it was at that.   ::)  I had trouble getting the stucco finish to look like I wanted it to.  Note, I have done this in the past on other kits but apparently I forgot how to do it right.   ;)  I made two errors in judgement.  The brush I was using wasn't stiff enough and I mixed the water putty a little bit thinner then I should have.  When it dried I tried to file down the high spots with an emery board and a spot of two of the putty flaked off.  Hmmm.....I wonder.....yes.....I took a chisel blade in an X-Acto handle and carefully chipped off all of the putty.  I had a do-over!   ;D  The second time around I mixed the putty a bit thicker, used a stiff brush and, something I hadn't done the first time, I smeared Elmer's White Glue on the surface of the was before I started applying the putty to give it something to grab onto.  This time I got the result I was looking for.   ;D

Part of the side walls for this structure contain parts within the wall itself.  Here the box office interior is being assembled from parts removed from the side wall.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-120216170306-113171923.jpeg)

Skip ahead a little bit, I had painted the decorative panel, entryway wall, etc. and applied rust using artist oil colors in a fashion similar to what I did for the Burlesk house and now I'm applying 3M Transfer tape to where the signs will go for the marquee.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-120216170306-113182346.jpeg)

Followed by adding the signs themselves.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-120216170306-113191150.jpeg)

I applied a little glue to the trim for the marquee and glued it in place.  I was careful not to use too much glue to prevent if oozing out but if any did I quickly removed the excess with the tip of my X-Acto knife blade.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-120216170443-113201126.jpeg)

(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-120216170443-113211036.jpeg)

Then I assemble the marquee.  Again, the 'box' was made from pieces that came out of one of the side walls.  The face/trim pieces are glued directly to the box.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-120216170444-113222131.jpeg)

Oops...Junior is ready for breakfast so I'll have to finish this up later on. 

Thanks for following along!
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: Dave K. on February 13, 2016, 08:40:02 AM
Been following and really enjoying your thread. Thanks, as always, for documenting your build. 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: EricQuebec on February 13, 2016, 10:01:31 AM
Never tried this technic for doing stucco. I,ve always used Liquitex light mortar structure with a small amount of plaster.
Thanks to share this technic with us.

Eric Québec city
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on February 13, 2016, 10:04:09 AM
Been following and really enjoying your thread. Thanks, as always, for ducumenting your build. 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

Thanks Dave!  And Eric who posted while I was typing this!   :D

Okay, breakfast is over so I'll continue on with the rest of the theater build.

I picked up several different 'white' colors of cheap craft store acrylic paints and painted them on a piece of scrap until I found one I liked for the front wall.  It's called 'Oyster White' and it's in the Ceramcoat line from Delta.  That's what I painted the front stucco wall with and, later on, the side and rear clapboard walls. 
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-120216170444-113232441.jpeg)

While waiting for the paint to dry I decide to work on the roof of the marquee sign.  I had some fine, black gravel left over from the roof of the Bar Mills Sokol's Build I recently did so I smeared some white glue on the roof top and sprinkled that on.  Later on I sprayed it with Dullcoat and hit it with some weathering powders.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-120216170444-113242172.jpeg)

After painting the front wall of the theater I wanted to try something that Doug did on the pilot model and that was to create a cracked and peeling paint effect using something called Crackle Medium.  In the instructions Doug refers to one made by Folk Art Crackle Medium but these were the only two I could find.  He mentions that he painted the walls, let them dry, applied the medium and when it was dry painted them again (using a heat gun to speed up the drying process).
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-120216170613-11325783.jpeg)

I normally don't experiment much (that's really not a good habit) before diving into and doing something but this time I did.  A lot.  If you're going to try this I recommend you practice, practice, practice.  I found that I couldn't get anywhere near the effect I wanted with the bottle on the left, from Delta, but the one on the right was more promising.  The heat gun didn't help a lot and I had to be careful or it would bubble the paint and ruin everything.  I also had zero success applying paint over top of the crackle medium.  I ended up painting the wall, letting it dry and applying the 'One Step Crackle'.  Now, when applied the thickness of the application makes a huge difference in the effect.  The thicker the application the larger the sections are that 'crack'.  The thinner, the smaller they are.  But, and this is a big but, there's a real fine line here.  I went with a medium coat which ended up giving me larger, somewhat out of scale, cracks but they're visible and the effect is interesting.  Too thin and they can be too fine to be seen.  Also, when dried the crackle coat is glossy so I hit with Dullcoat to kill the gloss.

Here's the wall with the crackle effect.  I blew up a small section to demonstrate the effect up close.  Hopefully it shows in the picture.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-120216170614-11326197.jpeg)

Here's the assembled front wall.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-120216170614-1132799.jpeg)

On to the side walls.  These are made up by joining a piece of clapboard siding to the matt board (?) carrier sheets that contained some of the smaller pieces for the marquee, box office, roof top access shed, etc.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-120216170614-113281772.jpeg)

More in a moment... :D





 

Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on February 13, 2016, 10:17:20 AM
I braced the side walls per the instructions.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-120216170614-113292181.jpeg)

Then I was working on finishing the side walls when I realized there was a problem.  There's a notch in one end of each wall the will allow the wall to fit into the rear side of the front wall of the structure.  Can you spot the problem?
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-120216170757-113301875.jpeg)

The notch is at the wrong end of one of the walls.  When both are facing outward (back to back) like they will when the building is assembled one notch will be where the front wall joins the building but the other will be where the rear wall joins the building.  Easy to correct, since I had clapboard siding on hand, I simply made a new wall to replace the one with the notch on the wrong end.  I did a full size wall rather than replace just the clapboard piece that mates to the carrier sheet. 
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-120216170757-11331960.jpeg)

I painted the clapboard side and rear walls with the same Oyster White then applied Dove Gray and Kahki Tan by dabbing an almost try sponge onto the surface to kill that fresh paint look.  The gray/tan speckles represent places where the white paint peeled away and the primer or wood beneath it has been exposed. 
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-120216170757-11332191.jpeg)

I used (the horror) a ponce wheel to add rows of nail holes to the side and rear walls spaced roughly 2 scale feet apart.  These walls aren't the main focus of the entire build but I like the effect and it's quick and easy to do this way.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-120216170758-113332089.jpeg)

I also used a chisel blade to get underneath some of the clapboard siding and lift it up or, in a few cases, splinter a piece off.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-120216170758-113341104.jpeg)

After the nail hole/lifting splintering process I applied an A&I wash to tone everything down (especially any 'fresh' wood exposed by splintering a piece of clapboard siding off.  For white walls, like this, I keep a bottle of straight "A" hand along with the bottle of A&I so I can make the A&I a bit lighter than normal.  I dip my brush in the straight "A' first and then the A&I second.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-120216170914-113351999.jpeg)

More in a moment.... :D   
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on February 13, 2016, 10:22:06 AM
I assembled the walls, added the roof and the roof top access shed (I'll skip those steps since they're repeated on several of the structures in this build) and here's what I ended up with...
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-120216170915-113361223.jpeg)

(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-120216170915-11337980.jpeg)

(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-120216170915-11338509.jpeg)

(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-120216170915-113391967.jpeg)

You may notice there's no rear door at this point.  The instructions don't mention which door to use and there are several cut into various carrier sheets.  There are also no pictures of the rear of most of the structures so I decided to simply wait until I build the rest of the structures to see what doors I might have leftover.   :D 

That's where I'm at right now.  Next on my plate is the third structure of seven, the Adult Bookstore.

Thanks for following along!
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: Dave K. on February 13, 2016, 10:35:04 AM
I've gone to this for stucco...quick 'n' easy...can paint any color.
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: jimmillho on February 13, 2016, 11:26:05 AM
I am just sitting here waiting for the next building in this build. ;) ;) Can't wait to see it finished.

Jim
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: madharry on February 13, 2016, 12:42:25 PM
You are making a really nice job of this build Bob.

I have Jimmy Dee's Topless Bar and Hokum's House of Burleque on my Red Hook Bay show layout and they always cause a stir with the viewing public. I have actually positioned two topless girls sunning themselves on the roof of Jimmy Dee's to good effect!

Keep up the good work I enjoy learning new techniques and I must try out the "crackle" effect.

Mike  ;D
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: Janbouli on February 13, 2016, 03:27:56 PM
(http://reactionimage.org/img/gallery/336437537.gif)
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ACL1504 on February 13, 2016, 04:21:32 PM
Bob,

I'm not sure I have any more words to describe your masterful work my friend. So, what ever word there is to use, I'd use it here.

Tom ;D
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: Donato on February 13, 2016, 06:23:18 PM
Bob,

I'm not sure I have any more words to describe your masterful work my friend. So, what ever word there is to use, I'd use it here.

Tom ;D


BRAVO !!!!!  Molto Bravo!!!
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on February 14, 2016, 09:52:27 AM
I've gone to this for stucco...quick 'n' easy...can paint any color.

I definitely have to give that a try Dave.  Thanks for the tip!  ;D
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on February 14, 2016, 09:53:23 AM
I am just sitting here waiting for the next building in this build. ;) ;) Can't wait to see it finished.

Jim

Thanks Jim!  I'm waiting for the next build too!  This one's been a fun one to build.
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on February 14, 2016, 09:55:09 AM
You are making a really nice job of this build Bob.

I have Jimmy Dee's Topless Bar and Hokum's House of Burleque on my Red Hook Bay show layout and they always cause a stir with the viewing public. I have actually positioned two topless girls sunning themselves on the roof of Jimmy Dee's to good effect!

Keep up the good work I enjoy learning new techniques and I must try out the "crackle" effect.

Mike  ;D

Thanks Mike!  I bet Hokum's and Jimmy Dee's look wonderful on your show layout.  I've built Hokum's once for Tom and have another in my closet to build for myself.  That's a great little kit.  I bet the girls on top of Jimmy Dee's catch everyone's eye.   :D
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on February 14, 2016, 09:55:49 AM
Bob,

I'm not sure I have any more words to describe your masterful work my friend. So, what ever word there is to use, I'd use it here.

Tom ;D

Thanks Tom!  Much appreciated.   ;D
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on February 14, 2016, 09:56:25 AM
(http://reactionimage.org/img/gallery/336437537.gif)

Thanks Jan!   ;D  ;D  ;D  ;D  ;D
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on February 14, 2016, 09:56:51 AM
Bob,

I'm not sure I have any more words to describe your masterful work my friend. So, what ever word there is to use, I'd use it here.

Tom ;D

Thanks Donato!  Much appreciated!  ;D  ;D


BRAVO !!!!!  Molto Bravo!!!
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: Dave K. on February 14, 2016, 08:51:59 PM
👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: GPdemayo on February 15, 2016, 08:31:05 AM
Neat building Bob.....can't wit to see it up close.  8)
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: Donato on February 15, 2016, 11:24:49 AM
Neat building Bob.....can't wit to see it up close.  8)


Up close, sure ..... but you'll still not be able to go inside.... ::)
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: postalkarl on February 15, 2016, 02:50:41 PM
Hi Bob:

Looks just great. I'm using the same thing as Dave K. for stucco. As he said its really easy.

Karl
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on March 04, 2016, 06:21:05 PM
Structure number 3

The Adult Bookstore

Okay, I have to apologize up front on this one.  Apparently I fell asleep at the work bench and forgot to take pictures during the build.   :-[  I guess I didn't want to bore you by repeating stuff from the previous two structures and ended up with almost nothing.  Sorry about that but I'll describe what was involved with this small structure as best I can.

There's not a lot to this one in terms of parts.  The facade, doors and windows are all constructed from laser cut components that are glued together.  There are no side walls as the building sits between two larger structures but I did end up cutting some of my own from black mat board to help prevent light leaks if (when) I like the interior of some of these structures.  While it's no where near as good as the results Eric is getting but all in all I'm happy with it.   :D
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-040316175636-11827364.jpeg)

The facade, as I mentioned, was built up in layers like the previous structures.  I painted it with a Green Apple color darkened a wash of Model Masters Black Detail Wash.  After that I added rust stains using oil paints and odorless mineral spirits.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-040316175637-118371865.jpeg)

The top of the front wall is laser cut brickwork (nicely done by the way).  I painted it, trying to match the masterful job EricQubec has done on his Old Squid Brewery Project (http://modelersforum.com/index.php?topic=1802.0).  The only issue I ran into was with the mortar.  The instructions recommend using a thinned out paint and allowing it to wick into the joints.  I have a premixed mortar color on my work bench that I tried using.  It flowed easily in between the bricks and looked great.  For about 10 seconds.  Then the wall absorbed it.  I added more.  Same thing.  Long story short the wall started to warp on me.  I braced it.  Let it dry and punted.  I ended up using lightweight spackle for the mortar instead.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-040316175637-118381910.jpeg)

The rear wall is covered with stucco, like the Art Deco Theater was, but with patches of brick showing.  If you're building the kit and don't have any extra Durham's Rock Hard Water Putty handy which, fortunately for me I did, it's worth noting that you'll need some for this wall so don't use it all on the theater.   :o  Had I been using Dave K.'s rattle can stucco method it would have been easy to cut/tear some little bits of masking tape to protect the exposed brickwork during painting.  I think I'll try Dave's method out when I build Moscone Bail Bonds (someday  ::)).
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-040316175637-118391789.jpeg)

Basic roof.  I'll add some additional details, debris and weather to the roof when the structures are joined together.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-040316175637-118402450.jpeg)

Well, that's all she wrote on this on.  Next up is the triple theater build.  I'll try to take a few more pictures along the way for next time around.

Thanks for following along!   :D
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ACL1504 on March 04, 2016, 06:39:52 PM
Bob,

Amazing, simply amazing. All ten of my thumbs up! ;D ;D ;D

Tom ;D
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ak-milw on March 04, 2016, 08:27:32 PM
Looks great Bob, got to get me some of those films made in Denmark.



 8)
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: jimmillho on March 04, 2016, 10:15:01 PM
Bob,

Amazing, simply amazing. All ten of my thumbs up! ;D ;D ;D

Tom ;D

What Tom said!!!!!!!

jim
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: Donato on March 04, 2016, 10:43:59 PM
Bob,

Amazing, simply amazing. All ten of my thumbs up! ;D ;D ;D

Tom ;D

What Tom said!!!!!!!




jim


I give it twenty thumbs up.....I'm using my feet also!! 8)
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: jerryrbeach on March 05, 2016, 07:58:30 AM
Bob,
You truly captured that seedy side of town look with the front of that building.  It looks like  something no sane or sober person would ever want to lean on, or even brush against.  I am curious though, how do the little people get inside, secret knock, perhaps?
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: Dave K. on March 05, 2016, 08:33:09 AM
Nicely done, Bob. 👍🏻. For brick areas peeking through the stucco little pieces of blue tape work... then I peel it off before the spray-on stucco dries so I can pick away any stucco that seeped under the tape, or any that needs to be scraped away to avoid edges that look too neat...want the stucco to appear is if it's crumbled away over time.

As always...enjoying the thread. 👍🏻
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: Dave K. on March 05, 2016, 08:35:41 AM
The only picture I had handy here on my cell...
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: martin.ojaste on March 05, 2016, 09:12:40 AM
Bob, it looks so real.  I might have been seen coming out of that Store. Not.
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on March 05, 2016, 10:42:51 AM
Bob,

Amazing, simply amazing. All ten of my thumbs up! ;D ;D ;D

Tom ;D

Thanks Tom!  I think this one will settle in quite nicely between the surrounding structures.  Three down, four to go.   :D
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on March 05, 2016, 10:46:16 AM
Looks great Bob, got to get me some of those films made in Denmark.



 8)

Thanks Andy!  Not unlike the local hobby shops the internet seems to put a hurting on these types of business.  Fortunately my (future) layout will not be set in the era of the internet so this place will be open for business (assuming someone can figure out how to open the door  ;D).   
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on March 05, 2016, 10:46:43 AM
Bob,

Amazing, simply amazing. All ten of my thumbs up! ;D ;D ;D

Tom ;D

What Tom said!!!!!!!

jim

Thanks Jim!  Much appreciated buddy!
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on March 05, 2016, 10:47:16 AM
Bob,

Amazing, simply amazing. All ten of my thumbs up! ;D ;D ;D

Tom ;D

What Tom said!!!!!!!




jim

Thanks Donato!  Glad to have you following along!


I give it twenty thumbs up.....I'm using my feet also!! 8)
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on March 05, 2016, 10:49:21 AM
Bob,
You truly captured that seedy side of town look with the front of that building.  It looks like  something no sane or sober person would ever want to lean on, or even brush against.  I am curious though, how do the little people get inside, secret knock, perhaps?

HA!   ;D  ;D  ;D  You noticed that too!  That's been bugging me with the theater and the this one.  I need to craft some little handles to add to the doors now that I know others are noticing it as well.   :D  :D  :D
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on March 05, 2016, 10:50:46 AM
Nicely done, Bob. 👍🏻. For brick areas peeking through the stucco little pieces of blue tape work... then I peel it off before the spray-on stucco dries so I can pick away any stucco that seeped under the tape, or any that needs to be scraped away to avoid edges that look too neat...want the stucco to appear is if it's crumbled away over time.

As always...enjoying the thread. 👍🏻

Thanks Dave and thanks for the added tip on the painters tape/stucco comments.  I'm planning on trying your method on Moscone's Bail Bonds if/when I get to that one.   :D

By the way super job on the structure in your photo!  Bravo!
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on March 05, 2016, 10:52:08 AM
Bob, it looks so real.  I might have been seen coming out of that Store. Not.

Thanks Martin!  "it looks so real" might just be the ultimate complement for most of us on this forum.  I really appreciate it!  :D  :D
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: Cuse on March 05, 2016, 03:29:51 PM
Outstanding Bob. All of your builds are great...this one is my favorite so far. The wear and tear is up to par with a Foscale pilot model!


John
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: Dave K. on March 05, 2016, 06:30:12 PM
Moscone is a fun build...I enjoyed it immensely.
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: Zephyrus52246 on March 05, 2016, 08:57:22 PM
I think the password to get in is "firebug".   ;D Nice job on the bookstore.


Jeff
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on March 06, 2016, 11:08:29 AM
Outstanding Bob. All of your builds are great...this one is my favorite so far. The wear and tear is up to par with a Foscale pilot model!


John

Thanks John!  I'll make no secret of the fact that I'm trying to get the same results Doug does on his pilot models.  Even if I only get half way there I figure it'll look pretty darn good.   :D
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on March 06, 2016, 11:10:59 AM
I think the password to get in is "firebug".   ;D Nice job on the bookstore.


Jeff

Thanks Jeff!   :D  I know you have this one in the queue waiting to be built.  It's a challenging build in some respects but it's a lot of fun to put together.  Looking forward to the day you build yours.
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: chipfaulter on May 06, 2016, 09:51:52 AM
Bob - I just purchased this kit from Doug and am very much looking forward to build it.  My geography will require a little re-arranging as i wrap around around a corner but you will only be able to see the fronts or backs of the buildings which will hopefully make things a little easier.  I hope to incorporate Hokum's into the line-up as well ... this is a very seedy part of town !  I really enjoy your progress posts and hope hope finish the entire group.  i find these very helpful, and as always, the photos are worth a thousand words.  Thanks for taking the time to share.  Chip Faulter, Phippsburg, ME
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on May 06, 2016, 11:11:24 AM
Bob - I just purchased this kit from Doug and am very much looking forward to build it.  My geography will require a little re-arranging as i wrap around around a corner but you will only be able to see the fronts or backs of the buildings which will hopefully make things a little easier.  I hope to incorporate Hokum's into the line-up as well ... this is a very seedy part of town !  I really enjoy your progress posts and hope hope finish the entire group.  i find these very helpful, and as always, the photos are worth a thousand words.  Thanks for taking the time to share.  Chip Faulter, Phippsburg, ME

First off welcome to the forum Chip!  :D

Thanks for the kind comments on the thread.  I'm happy to hear that it will help out.  It's been dormant for a but I'm hoping/planning on posting an update sometime this weekend.  I'm putting the final touches on building #4 in the series, the big one in the middle that contains three theaters.  That'll be 4 down and 3 to go.

Hokum's is a neat kit too.  I've built it once already for someone else and have another in the closet waiting to be built for myself.   :D   
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on May 08, 2016, 12:19:22 PM
Well, a trip to the EXPO followed by an unexpected trip to Pennsylvania which was then followed by our annual users conference at work after which I caught some sort of crude caused me to stall out on this one a bit. But I'm back at it now.   :D  Time to show you building #4.

The Triple Theater Building

This is a larger structure that houses three individual theaters.  The Red Cat Cinema, The Paradise Theater and The Roxy.

I started by bracing the clapboard walls, per the instructions and then stained them with Hunterline Weathering Mix "Light Gray".  You may notice in the picture that the bracing extends above the top of the front and rear walls.  This is important.  Don't trim it flush.

(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-040316175720-118411361.jpeg)

Okay, skip ahead a bit.  I painted the walls with PollyScale B & M Blue, used the dry sponge technique to apply some Dove Gray craft paint to represent places where the blue paint had peeled off to expose the primer beneath and now I'm adding nail holes with a ponce wheel.  We can skip the whole discussion on the accuracy of nail holes, using a ponce wheel, etc.   ::)  It's been covered on the forums too many times in too much depth.  Suffice it to say I like 'em.   :D
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-080516114154-13225166.jpeg)

Next I distressed the walls a bit using an X-Acto knife with a chisel blade in it.  I slipped the blade under the clapboards, here and there, and lifted some up a bit.  In a few cases I twisted the blade a little bit to break off a small chunk of the clapboard.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-080516114154-13248263.jpeg)

After distressing the walls I gave them a coat of A&I to darken things up a little bit, fill in the nail holes which cause them to swell shut a little bit and cover up any 'unfinished' wood that may have been exposed when I broke off pieces while distressing the wood.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-080516114154-132491909.jpeg)

I had previously painted the windows Reefer White with an airbrush.  I used the dry sponge technique to apply some Dove Gray to those when I did the wall and then applied the A&I wash to darken them up a bit.  After they dried I drybrushed them with Ivory White craft store paint to highlight the edges.  Basically the gray is for the peeling paint effect, the A&I is to create shadow effects and the drybrushed white highlights the edges to offset the shadow effects.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-080516114154-132501342.jpeg)

Here's why the bracing extends above the top of the front and rear wall.  There's a strip of wood (painted Reefer White and weathered like everything else was) that represents the decorative frieze board.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-080516114154-132511622.jpeg)

More in a moment... :D
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on May 08, 2016, 12:28:11 PM
The front wall has a laser cut piece that gets glued on the front of the frieze board.  I glued that in place as shown.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-080516114343-132522235.jpeg)

After gluing all the windows into the openings in the walls I cut out glazing for each.  I applied a little Micro Krystal Klear to the inside edge to use as glue to hold the glazing in place.  Sometimes I simply use the Micro Krystal Clear as the glazing but for this kit I'm using he plastic sheet that was included.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-080516114343-132531644.jpeg)

Then I put the plastic glazing in place.  Afterwards I added window shades behind the glazing.  The shades are just plain white paper that I painted either Depot Buff or Light Green, cut to various lengths and glued in place.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-080516114343-132541626.jpeg)

I glued the corner trim onto the walls next.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-080516114343-132551623.jpeg)

With the walls face down I trimmed the excess corner trim off using a single edge razor blade.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-080516114343-13256625.jpeg)

When the walls were prepped I glued them together.  Notice that I added some strip wood behind joint where the frieze board and the top of the wall meet.  I did that to prevent any potential light leaks if/when I add lights to this structure. 
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-080516114535-13257256.jpeg)

More in a moment... :D
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on May 08, 2016, 12:36:02 PM
Gluing the for walls together for this structure is a bit of challenge because only the rear wall extends all the way down to the ground.  The front wall is short to allow for the storefront(s) to be added and the side walls are short because the bottom won't be seen when attached to the adjoining buildings.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-080516114535-132581622.jpeg)

Now it's time to build the store fronts.  Like the previous structures in the build these are made up of layers of laser cut material.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-080516114535-132592037.jpeg)

I won't drag you thru each of the store fronts but it's basically color the components the way you want them and glue the layers together.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-080516114535-1326027.jpeg)

After the storefronts are together the glazing and signs behind the glazing can be added.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-080516114535-132611886.jpeg)

The Red Cat Cinema has a marquee that is build in the same fashion as the marquee for the Art Deco Theater.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-080516114659-13262990.jpeg)

Basically you build a box out of laser cut fiber board components and add the signs and trim.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-080516114659-13263976.jpeg)

The Roxy's marquee is built like the wrap around of the South Side Burlesk.  It's layers of components that are glued together.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-080516114659-13263976.jpeg)

More in a moment... :D
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on May 08, 2016, 12:44:28 PM
I painted the edges of the Roxy's marquee silver along with the trim piece that goes on top.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-080516114659-132651138.jpeg)

Next I covered the top of the marquee with 3M Transfer Tape, turned the marquee over and trimmed the excess off.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-080516114659-13266135.jpeg)

I removed the backing from the transfer tape and used aluminum foil to cover the roof (the shiny side of the foil gets attached to the 3M transfer tape so the dull side is what you end up seeing for the roof).
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-080516114821-132672241.jpeg)

I pressed the roof in place on the aluminum foil and then trimmed it leaving a little bit on the front and side to fold down over the top edge of the marquee.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-080516114821-132681395.jpeg)

Next the Roxy sign gets glued on to the front edge of the marquee.  Here I ran into a slight problem.  It wasn't long enough to wrap around the sides of the marquee.  Before I started building this kit I scanned the sheet of signs into my computer in case I screwed one up during the build.  I simply copied the Roxy sign into MS Paint and then copied a section of the sign and pasted on each edge to extend it out far enough to wrap around the marquee.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-080516114821-132691221.jpeg)

Next I braced the main roof card, painted the edges the trim color and lined the top with 3M Transfer Tape.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-080516114822-13270402.jpeg)

More in a moment... :D
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on May 08, 2016, 12:52:18 PM
When possible I like to apply the transfer tape to the roof before attaching the roof to the structure.  It makes it a lot easier to trim it to fit.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-080516114822-13271280.jpeg)

Back to the dormers.  I glued the dormer side walls to the front walls aligning the upper edge of the side walls with the front wall.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-080516114949-132721974.jpeg)

Part of the main roof, over the Red Cat Cinema, is shingled.  I cut out the shingles and started coloring individual shingles, randomly, with various shades of gray (and one green) markers.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-080516114949-132741014.jpeg)

This is a tedious process.  I colored all the strips of shingles while watching "Apollo 13".  It took me the entire movie to get 'em all done.   ::)
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-080516114949-132752101.jpeg)

Back to the dormers for a moment.  After the side walls are attached there's  step that needs to be done that wasn't mentioned in the instructions.  You can see the bottom edge of the side walls and the bottom edge of the front wall don't line up.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-080516114949-13276966.jpeg)

No problem.  Take a sheet of medium grit sandpaper on top of a flat surface and sand the bottom edge of the front wall of the dormer until it lines up with the side walls.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-080516114949-132771299.jpeg)

More in a moment... :D
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: deemery on May 08, 2016, 12:55:47 PM
If it's not too late, you might want to do some weathering to tone down the red in the storefront.  I learned the hard way that red and blue really need to be toned down/faded/lightened, otherwise they look to bright and toy-like.


dave
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on May 08, 2016, 01:03:27 PM
Now the dormers will sit on the roof correctly.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-080516115115-13278196.jpeg)

There really wasn't much guidance given as to the position of the dormers.  Basically the instructions say to glue them in place so they are centered and equally spaced.  So, I figured out the center of each section of the store front positioned them on the roof so they'd be exactly the width of one strip of rolled roofed up from the bottom edge.  I cut the backing from the 3M Transfer Tape, removed it and then rubbed the sticky material off of the roof with my finger prior to gluing the dormer in place.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-080516115115-1327965.jpeg)

I also cut the backing material so I could remove it from only the Red Cat Cinema, which will be shingled, and leave it in place over the rest of the structure which will be covered with rolled roofing afterwards.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-080516115115-1328091.jpeg)

That allowed me to start shingling the roof by adding strips of shingles from the bottom edge working up and using the transfer tape backing as a guide.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-080516115115-132811137.jpeg)

I added some gray colored material to the gutters between the dormer and the main roof prior to adding the shingles.  Trimming them to fit and line up correctly is simply trial and error.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-080516115115-132821995.jpeg)

After the rolled roofing was applied I decided to add a 'cap' of individual shingles over the joint between the shingled roof and the rolled roofing roof.  I had a row home in Pennsylvania and when we had a new roof put on that's how the transition between our roof and the roof of the next house was covered.  Both were shingled but still, I think this looks a little better than a plain joint.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-080516115243-132831235.jpeg)

More in a moment... :D
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on May 08, 2016, 01:04:43 PM
If it's not too late, you might want to do some weathering to tone down the red in the storefront.  I learned the hard way that red and blue really need to be toned down/faded/lightened, otherwise they look to bright and toy-like.


dave

Thanks Dave.  Yeah, that was my first attempt.  I went at it several times to get something I was happy with and I'm still not quite satisfied with it.  I went back and forth between too bright and too dark.   ::)
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on May 08, 2016, 01:11:54 PM
Only one of the three pictures I took of the 'finished' structure turned out to be not blurry so I'll leave you with just this one for now.  There will be more when I put the whole block together.  By the way, you might notice that I added some black mat board to fill in the bottom of the side walls.  That was to prevent light leaks and to make the structure sturdier while building it.  The storefront is very thin and needs the extra support because it's a flimsy joint between it and the upper wall.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-080516115243-13284799.jpeg)

I was really happy with the results I got on the first three structures which is rare. Usually I'm not pleased with my work after I finish something.  I have to set it aside for a while and revisit it later on before I think "Hey, that's not half bad."  Well, with this one I'm back to my looking at it and thinking "M'eh, I could have done better."  That, by the way, is not a knock on the kit.  That's just me being critical of me.  I think it'll look okay blended in with the other structures and with some additional details (sidewalks, figures) added to it.

Next up is the small Peep 'O Rama but that's it for today! 


Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: Cuse on May 08, 2016, 03:18:09 PM
Great work and great documentation. I really like the shingles and transition to the rolled roofing. The tip about sanding the dormers to fit is timely. I'll probably be doing it this week (as opposed to staring angrily at my build wondering why it's not lining up right  :o ).


Nice Job...John
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ACL1504 on May 08, 2016, 03:39:55 PM
Bob,

I agree with John in that you have done a superior job on the build and documentation. All thumbs up from here.

Tom ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: Zephyrus52246 on May 08, 2016, 06:09:43 PM
I think the build is rated XXX, for xcellent, xcellent, xcellent.   ;D


Jeff
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: Donato on May 08, 2016, 07:46:48 PM
Bob, in total agreement....Excelent job.  By the way, I personally think that the way you applied the red color is "appropriate" for the nature of the building.  In my "minimal" recollection, these places were painted as gaudy as possible.
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: jimmillho on May 08, 2016, 10:24:23 PM
I think the build is rated XXX, for xcellent, xcellent, xcellent.   ;D


Jeff

I don't think you can get a better rating than a triple X       Awesome job Bob

Jim
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on May 09, 2016, 07:48:07 AM
Hi John, Tom, Dr. Jeff, Donato and Jim,

Thanks for posts and wonderful comments.  I really appreciate them.  4 down and 3 to go!  This may not be the most complex kit I ever built but it will certainly be largest.  It'll be fun to see the 7 structures, side by side, all lined up in a nice neat (sleazy?) row when it's finished. 
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: nextceo on May 09, 2016, 08:48:35 AM
Looking good Bob...thanks for sharing.


Alan


Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: KCS Trains on May 09, 2016, 12:05:23 PM
Bob,

Great tutorial and building.  I like the camera perspective.  It really shows what you are doing.  That's a lot of work!!! Phil
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: Janbouli on May 10, 2016, 05:10:26 AM
Great Job, xxxcellent modeling.
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: chipfaulter on May 12, 2016, 06:43:00 AM
Bob -

Very nice work and great tips.  I understand the comment about being critical on your own work but don't dwell on it very long as it looks great.  Before toning done the red and blue anymore, put it on the layout in the lighting you have there.  Your workbench lighting and layout lighting are probably not the same, and the colors will look a little different.  Again, great work and thanks for the photos and instructions !  Chip
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on May 12, 2016, 08:42:28 AM
Hi Alan, Phil, Jan and Chip,

Thanks for the comments and following along!

Chip, as far as the lighting that's a great point and I would try placing it on the layout to see how it looks under those lighting conditions except I don't have a layout.   :o  Someday I hope to find the space for a layout but for the moment I have to be content with building structures and sticking them on a shelf in the garage or 'storing' them on the layouts of some of my friends.   ;)
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: bparrish on May 12, 2016, 01:04:42 PM
Bob....

Great stuff.......  Very cool.

Regarding the red diamond front...........  Every coat of paint in the world was new once.

Ya want to see bright colors........ go hang around the circus modelers.  I don't think they have any idea what weathering chalks are ! ! ! !

thanx
Bob
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on May 15, 2016, 12:55:11 PM
Thanks for the comments Bob!  They are very much appreciated.   :)  I love the Circus models but rarely see any.

On to the next structure.

The Peep O' Rama


This is small structure and a relatively quick build.  It'll get sandwiched in between the much larger Triple Theater and the Hotel structures.  Here are the parts necessary to build the Peep O' Rama.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-080516115243-13285950.jpeg)

I started by bracing the rear wall and then finishing it with stains, paint (Reefer White) and dry sponging some gray onto it.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-080516115243-132862450.jpeg)

Like usual I glued the bracing on first and then trimmed it to fit using a single edge razor blade.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-080516115243-1328715.jpeg)

There's no bracing on the front and side walls.  I glued the front wall to the side wall and kept it square while the glue set up.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-080516115351-132881533.jpeg)

I did the same for the other side wall and, while the glue set up I added corner trim to the rear wall.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-080516115351-132891249.jpeg)

After attaching the rear wall and the roof I covered the roof with 3M Transfer Tape.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-080516115351-132902324.jpeg)

More in a moment... :)
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on May 15, 2016, 01:02:13 PM
I used a green roofing paper (Stoney Creek) that I purchased at the EXPO in Scranton for this structure.  I applied it and trimmed it to fit.  Later on I applied some weather powders, sprayed it with dullcoat, drybrushed it (very lightly) with a white and then added a few 'patches' using Gallery Glass Liquid Leading.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-080516115352-132912345.jpeg)

The front of the structure is really simple, some paper signs applied with 3M transfer Tape and then bordered by 2x4 strip wood painted Silver and dulled with Model Masters Black Detail Wash.  The stairs I had build early on when I painted all the sidewalks.  The entry way door was also painted silver like the trim for the signs.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-150516124544-134452234.jpeg)

There's a large sign that goes on the roof but, because it also partially sits on the roof of the Hotel, I'm not going to build it until later on.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-150516124545-134631984.jpeg)

I'm not going to worry about light leaks with the side walls.  The only window is in the door and I don't think I'll bother lighting this structure up.  Seems like it might be pretty dimly lit inside anyway.   ;)
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-150516124545-13464605.jpeg)

That's all for now.  Five out of seven down.  On to number six, The Belmore Hotel.   :D
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: S&S RR on May 15, 2016, 02:28:40 PM
Bob


Another great build!  Looking good - I love all the details you put into your build threads.
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ACL1504 on May 15, 2016, 03:38:10 PM
Bob,

I love it. Wonderful build and great posters. But, I'm not looking. 8) 8)  Okay, yes, I am.

Tom ;D ;D
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: jimmillho on May 15, 2016, 05:16:22 PM
Looks good Bob, and, yes, I was peeking :o :o :o :o

Jim
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: Donato on May 16, 2016, 10:08:12 AM
Peeping Good!!  Do you know where one can get some of those "make you small" mushrooms????

Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: tom.boyd.125 on May 18, 2016, 02:20:00 AM
Bob,
 Waited until 1am to take a peek at your build. Reviewed the entire thread and it is very good.  All the information on your construction, assembly, painting and staining is including in it along with some very nice photos you took on your build.  Like the craft paint colors that you show too.....8)  The FOS kit reminds of some parts of downtown Chicago back in the day before the area was cleaned up by the city....Will keep on peeking !  :)
 Tommy
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on June 28, 2016, 02:57:31 PM
Thanks to all for the nice replies and apologies for not responding to them sooner.  The last few months, ever since the EXPO, have been hectic.  I'm on vacation now in PA but I did upload some photo's before I left so I could post an update while I'm away from my workbench.  Next up, is....

The Belmore Hotel

The hotel is a cozy little joint nestled between the Peep Show and Mitchell's Topless Bar.   ;)  I wanted it to fit in with the general theme of the entire block which is run down, dirty and with a bit of a sleazy air to it.   :D

I located all the clapboard walls and started bracing them per the instructions.  In a few instances I had to figure out where the bracing should stop short of the top of the wall.  The instructions indicate (in all but one instance) that the bracing should stop short but not how short.  I figured out how the walls would be placed together and used the rear wall to gauge the where the top of the bracing would go on the front and side walls.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-110616190159-140181619.jpeg)

I weigh down the braced walls with some marble blocks liberated from some old bowling trophies.   :D
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-110616190200-140372138.jpeg)

After the glue set I trimmed off the excess bracing, where necessary, with a single edge razor blade.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-110616190200-140381398.jpeg)

Everything has had bracing applied.  I'd learn later, during assembly, that the one wall in the middle on the right hand side (the one with four window openings) should not have bracing that runs all the way to the top.  There's a recessed roof that the bracing will interfere with.  After the wall were joined together it was a bit tricky to shorten those braces a little bit but I managed to do it.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-110616190200-140392395.jpeg)

I painted the walls with PollyScale Reefer White followed by drysponging some Light Gray and Khaki on to represent peeling paint.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-110616190200-140401989.jpeg)

After applying nail holes and loosening up a few of the clapboards I applied an light A&I wash.  My normal A&I is a bit dark over white so I loaded my brush with straight A first and then dipped in the A&I which served to thin it out quite a bit.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-110616190340-14041870.jpeg)

More in a moment...
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on June 28, 2016, 03:07:51 PM
I do plan on lighting up (and providing some interior details) a few of the rooms of the hotel so I painted the inside of the walls black using a cheap craft store acrylic paint.   Now, one thing I'll mention, when I was painting/staining the upper portion of the walls where the bracing didn't reach all the way to the top I was careful not to paint those sections with a brush that was fully loaded.  I'd start below them and work my way up so the upper portion of the wall never got too wet.  It seems to have helped.  I didn't have any problems with warping.   :D
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-110616190340-140422064.jpeg)

I'll be the first to admit I'm far from perfect and screw things up now and then.  But I can usually cover up my mistakes.   :D  When I painted the back of one of the walls black some of it got on the outer surface.  D'oh!   :o  I flicked/scraped off the offending paint as best I could with the tip of my X-Acto knife. 
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-110616190340-140432255.jpeg)

Then I gave the area another wash of thinned A&I.  Nobody will ever know.  Well, except for you.  Don't tell anyone.   :P
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-110616190340-140441078.jpeg)

Next I added the corner posts to the rear wall.  They have to extend above the top of the rear wall because the side walls are taller.  I used the side walls as a guide to trim them to the correct length.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-110616190340-14045657.jpeg)

I cut out the large sign that goes on the side wall and test fit it against the wall to get a feel for where it would go.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-110616190511-140462249.jpeg)

Then I lightly sanded the back of the sign to make it thinner.  I worked from the center out very carefully sanding the sign.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-110616190511-140472215.jpeg)

More in a moment....
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on June 28, 2016, 03:19:30 PM
I rubbed the sign, from the top down, with a small piece of steel wool.  This removes some of the black ink and lightened up the sign a bit.  I also brushed it with a thinned A&I to tone down the white lettering a little bit.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-110616190511-140482298.jpeg)

Instead of using 3M Transfer Tape to attach the sign to the wall, as the instructions suggest, I opted to used thinned white glue.  I smeared the back of the sign with good old Elmer's White Glue thinned with water.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-110616190511-140491737.jpeg)

I then quickly positioned the sign on the wall.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-110616190511-140501498.jpeg)

While the glue was still wet I used a finger nail and carefully burnished the sign into the clapboard walls.  It's better to cover the sign with a piece of plastic to do this, which helps prevent tears, but I successfully did it without the plastic.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-110616190602-140511128.jpeg)

I then weathered the sign with more drysponging and drybrushing.  Then I finished the assembly of the building as well as the attached sheds that will sit on the roof of Mitchell's when I build that and join it to the hotel.  Note, I though I was short one window so I pulled one out of a pack of assorted windows I bought from Tichy but it turns out I was wrong.  The window opening on the bottom right of the side wall doesn't require a window.  That's where the shed will seat up against the side wall.  Oh well.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-110616190602-14052351.jpeg)

Here's the partially finished structure, sans the roof top signs and details that will be added after all seven buildings have been completed and joined together.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-110616190602-14053780.jpeg)

A couple more photo's in a moment...

Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ACL1504 on June 28, 2016, 03:24:19 PM
Beautiful work my friend, beautiful work. Can't wait to see them all together. Wonderful stuff.

Tom ;D
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on June 28, 2016, 03:24:40 PM
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-110616190700-14054508.jpeg)

(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-110616190700-140551789.jpeg)

I'm waiting until the end to finish and add the doors to the structures.  There are several on the sheets that I haven't cut out yet.  They all appear to be the same, or very similar.  The instructions are bit vague on the doors rear walls but I'm sure I'll be able to figure it out shortly.   :D

I over did the weathering on the sign on the side wall a bit but I think it'll look okay when everything is put together.  There's so much for the eye to take in on this kit that it might blend in okay.

Next up, when I get home, will be working on Mitchell's Topless Bar.

Thanks for following along!

Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on June 28, 2016, 03:26:28 PM
Beautiful work my friend, beautiful work. Can't wait to see them all together. Wonderful stuff.

Tom ;D

Thanks Tom!  I'm getting closer to the end.  It's taking me a while but I look at it as seven individual builds so that helps me feel like I'm making some progress.  The next build after this will definitely be something small and quick.   :D 
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: postalkarl on June 28, 2016, 04:17:54 PM
Hi Bob:

Looks like good progress.

Karl
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: KCS Trains on June 28, 2016, 04:29:23 PM
Bob, great tutorial.  I really prefer these.  Phil
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: EricQuebec on June 28, 2016, 05:25:32 PM
Nice weathering Bob....
Eric Quebec city
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: deemery on June 28, 2016, 06:47:50 PM
I'm glad to see you got something out of your bowling career.


dave
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: Dave K. on June 29, 2016, 12:01:04 AM
First-rate (in a sleazy sort of way)! 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: GPdemayo on June 29, 2016, 08:51:37 AM
And here I thought you were up in PA buying up all the winery in stock and I see that you are continuing your build.....looking good as always.  8)
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on June 29, 2016, 12:51:01 PM
Hi Karl, Phil, Eric, Dave, Dave and Greg,

Thanks for the kind comments.  I'm looking forward to the building the final structure and then putting all seven structures together!  I think it'll really look like something when all the different textures and colors are together.  Hopefully it'll be in the next few weeks. 
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: Donato on June 30, 2016, 03:23:35 PM
Bob, you continue to amaze me....just Beautiful work.  Can't wait till the complex is finished and the girls report for work.
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on August 28, 2016, 11:38:25 AM
I'm going to repost my the pictures and narrative lost in the great server crash of 16.   :D  There's no way the text will be exactly the same.  I just make this stuff up as I go along.   ;D  ;D  ;D

Mitchell's Topless Bar

The final structure on the block is a single story structure that's next to the hotel.  In fact, there's a small shed that attaches to the hotel that will sit on the roof of this one when all is said and done.

Here are most of the parts that make up the structure.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-110616190700-1405634.jpeg)

The walls facing the street are, like many of the other storefronts in this kit, made up by gluing layers of components together.  There's actually quite a few for this structure and some are rather small.  The pilasters are an interesting detail and not too hard to assemble.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-110616190701-140572400.jpeg)

After the walls were assembled I painted them Polly Scale Dark Green followed by A&I and then dry-brushing them with a cheap craft store acrylic Ivory White.  Had I read the tip Vilius had posted in his [url+http://modelersforum.com/index.php?topic=2196.0]CCK The Shoppe's on Concord Steet[/url] thread about dry-brushing light green over the dark green I would have tried that instead of the white.  The white tends to stand out a bit much but, with the cheap craft store acrylics, that can easily be correct by scrubbing some of it off with using plain rubbing alcohol and a stiff brush.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-200816083427-153661345.jpeg)

I then added the glass and the signs behind the glass.  But it looked much too clean for a joint like this.  After all Mr. Mitchell is much too busy running the business to clean the exterior and he can't exactly ask his workers to go outside and clean them.  ;)
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-200816083427-15368378.jpeg)

I gave the walls a spray of Dullcoat, let them dry and then applied some weathering powder around the perimeter of the windows to dirty them up a bit.  This worked fairly well.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-200816083427-1536920.jpeg)

After bracing the walls I started adding them to the base.  This is just a little bit tricky because there's some odd angles but overall things fit together well.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-200816083427-153702257.jpeg)

More in a moment... :D
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on August 28, 2016, 11:45:58 AM
Still assembling the walls.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-200816083428-15371152.jpeg)

The roof went on next.  I applied 3M Transfer Tape to the roof before securing it in place and then added strips of rolled roofing material.  I substituted strips of 300 grit wet/dry sandpaper that I had sprayed a light gray for the paper rolled roofing included in the kit.  I cut the end at an angle first to match the front wall and then laid the strip in place.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-200816083633-153722199.jpeg)

After all the roofing material was in place it was too light for my taste so I gave it a coat of weathering powder to darken it up.  More weather will be applied later on, after the structures are glued together.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-200816083633-15373321.jpeg)

I did something with the roof top sign that's not required.  The letters are held together with little connectors that line up with the framework that supports them.  These little connector pieces can be painted a dark color to make them blend in with the framework.  I elected to cut them off entirely and glue each letter in place individually.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-200816083633-153742207.jpeg)

It took a little more time to do it this way and I still have to go back and touch up some of the spots where I cut the connectors off but I think it was worth the extra effort.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-200816083633-153751499.jpeg)

One support post of the sign is longer than the rest.  I drilled a hole in the roof to push that leg through and the glued the sign in place.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-200816083633-15376741.jpeg)

More in a moment... :D
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on August 28, 2016, 11:48:51 AM
I used a little square to keep the roof top sign straight and then added the rear supports followed by the cross members.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-200816083752-15377253.jpeg)

And here's what it looks like at the moment.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-200816083752-1537869.jpeg)

(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-200816083752-153791858.jpeg)

Now it's time to circle back to the first structure where I'm going to add lights.  As I add lights to each structure I'll join them together from left to right.  I'm currently working on the fourth structure.  I'll post more on that process in the future.   ;D

Thanks for following along!
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: postalkarl on August 28, 2016, 01:49:56 PM
Hi Bob:

Looking good. Love the roof sign.

Karl
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: Cuse on August 28, 2016, 07:15:11 PM
Definitely some of your best work to date, Bob. (and that's saying something).


Very nice!


John
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: deemery on August 28, 2016, 07:57:43 PM
Some people rise to the occasion depending on the business in the building they're modeling.


dave
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: S&S RR on August 28, 2016, 08:47:50 PM
Looking good!  It is going to be interesting to see all the pieces go together.  Love the sign.
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: jimmillho on August 29, 2016, 10:50:04 AM
Awesome work Bob,  I will love to see the completed build.

Jim
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on August 30, 2016, 08:25:34 AM
Thanks for the kind words everyone.  I really appreciate them.   :)
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on September 25, 2016, 10:16:44 AM
I've been working on adding lighting and a few 'interior scenes' for some of the rooms that will be lit and visible through the windows.  This on is for the Adult Book store.  The lower level just needs a light since you can't really see through the windows.  The upstairs windows, I'm going to presume are for an apartment and I left the shade up on one side.

I started by cutting a pieced of mounting board to size that would served as a ceiling for the lower level/floor for the upper level.  I installed an LED using copper tape.  Then I applied 3M Transfer Tape to the 'floor' side of the board.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-250916100121-16417262.jpeg)

I searched the internet for carpets and wallpaper and printed some out, roughly to scale, on white paper.  I cut out one of the carpets and applied it to the floor.  It's not perfect but it doesn't really need to be.  You may not even be able to see it through the window.  If you can you certainly won't be able to see all of it.   ;)
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-250916100121-16418375.jpeg)

I mounted the floor to the rear wall, a piece of mounting board cut tall enough to fit inside the building and served as a rear wall for both the first and second floor.  Notice that I ran copper tape up the wall that matches the copper tape that I had put on the floor?  I left a little tape overhang off the edge of the floor so it would mate with the tape on the wall.  I did solder the tape where it joins.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-250916100121-16419791.jpeg)

The walls were covered with 3M Transfer Tape and then my wallpaper was applied.  I glued some side walls to the floor/rear wall combination.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-250916100122-16420407.jpeg)

I added a ceiling for the second floor apartment, with a light, and a couple that will be in front of the window with the shade up.  Now I have an interior that will slide up inside the building.  A couple of strips of mounting board glued to each side wall of the structure keep this interior pressed against the front of the building but it can be slide down and out if need be.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-250916100122-164211253.jpeg)

I'm working on interiors like this for a couple of the other structures.  When I get one completed I join the structure to the row and move onto the next.  I hope to finish the interior for the triple theater building today and move on the hotel.  The hotel may require a slightly more complex interior but I'll use the same method as shown above.   8)

Thanks for following alone!

Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: jimmillho on September 25, 2016, 11:20:52 AM
That is a good looking interior for a small room.

Jim
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ACL1504 on September 25, 2016, 11:27:06 AM
Bob,

The interiors are going to look great especially with some "Tom foolery" going on. No, they didn't
 name that after me.

Tom ;D
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: Donato on September 25, 2016, 05:51:35 PM
Nice Bob....very inspiring.  I think I would give that a try sometime.  .... btw, are you going to have a bed for that room?....those poor kids will definitely get tired standing up all the time, they'll need a place to rest.
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: S&S RR on September 25, 2016, 07:41:48 PM
Bob


How are you taking your build pictures? I love your pictures showing you doing it rather than showing what you did.
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: S&S RR on September 25, 2016, 07:43:26 PM
Bob


We need a how to do a build thread thread from you.  I think you are the Master.
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: NEMMRRC on September 25, 2016, 08:41:52 PM
This is a great kit from Fos. Glad to have found this cool build. Somehow I missed it when it was first started.


Jaime
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: postalkarl on September 25, 2016, 09:27:56 PM
Hi Bob:

like the room. Is that a Preiser figure. I like it. If so what set is it from and could you post the number. Keep up the good work and keep the photos coming.

Karl
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: Slim Jerkins on September 26, 2016, 09:54:04 AM
Looking good Bob! Two thumbs up.


-slim
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: TheUkranian on September 26, 2016, 11:08:26 AM
It is very cool, Bob.

Vilius
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on October 02, 2016, 10:27:52 AM
That is a good looking interior for a small room.

Jim

Thanks Jim,  I'm not sure how much you'll be able to see through the window, aside from the couple standing in front of the window, but I wanted to give the illusion of a room.   :)
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on October 02, 2016, 10:29:05 AM
Bob,

The interiors are going to look great especially with some "Tom foolery" going on. No, they didn't
 name that after me.

Tom ;D

Thanks Tom!  Are you absolutely certain that you're in no way associated with the term "Tom foolery"?   ;D
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on October 02, 2016, 10:30:55 AM
Nice Bob....very inspiring.  I think I would give that a try sometime.  .... btw, are you going to have a bed for that room?....those poor kids will definitely get tired standing up all the time, they'll need a place to rest.

No.  No bed for them Donato.   :o  It's just an empty room.  I may scratch build some beds for the rooms in the hotel though.  I don't think you'll be able to see much of this room, through the window, aside from the couple standing in front of the window making out.   ;D
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on October 02, 2016, 10:33:36 AM
Bob


How are you taking your build pictures? I love your pictures showing you doing it rather than showing what you did.

Hi John.  I have an old Sony Cybershot on cheap little tripod that stands about six inches tall sitting on the opposite side of my workbench pointed toward the work area.  I know where the 'delay' button is on the back by feel so I just reach over, press the button, press the shutter and then it'll take a picture a few seconds later which gives me time to get back to work on whatever it is I'm doing. 
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on October 02, 2016, 10:34:41 AM
This is a great kit from Fos. Glad to have found this cool build. Somehow I missed it when it was first started.


Jaime

Thank Jamie.  I'm glad you found it too.  Yep, another gem by FOS. All kinds of textures and what not in this one.  It's been a long build but a fun build.   :)
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on October 02, 2016, 10:35:55 AM
Hi Bob:

like the room. Is that a Preiser figure. I like it. If so what set is it from and could you post the number. Keep up the good work and keep the photos coming.

Karl

Thanks Karl.  No, the figure in the room are Woodland Scenics figures.  They're from the set shown below.  I do have a Preiser couple kissing but I'm going to use that one outside somewhere.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-021016102553-16615871.jpeg)
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on October 02, 2016, 10:36:54 AM
Looking good Bob! Two thumbs up.


-slim

Thanks Slim!  I've been busy working on lighting all of the structures.  Five down, two to go.   8)
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on October 02, 2016, 10:37:46 AM
It is very cool, Bob.

Vilius

Thanks Vilius.  It's a neat kit.  Actually it's seven neat kits in one.   ;)
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: postalkarl on October 04, 2016, 07:50:22 AM
Hi Bob:

Thanks for the reply. I will have to see if I can find that set at our local train store.

Thanks Karl
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: LongHornCaddy on August 23, 2017, 07:20:07 PM
Bob,  My wife wants me to thank you for this thead.  She's almost finished with her Red Light District and said it would have been much harder without this thread as an information tool.  She says the instructions are not exactly clear in many places and the use of empty parts sheets threw her off more than once.  She did end up making side walls for some of the interior buildings.  She's built more than 30 FOS kits and this one was the most difficult.

Thank you

LHC
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on August 24, 2017, 07:31:30 AM
Hi LHC,

Thanks!  I'm really glad to hear that this thread was helpful for your wife.  I agree with her assessment on the instructions.  In some respects this was just seven individual structures but, in a few places, you had to read between the lines and make some stuff up as you build it.

I'm also glad you bumped thread up.  I was going to have to dig for it soon.  I put this aside when it was almost finished, to work on Bar Mills Cundy Harbor for a friend.  I just got back to this one.  The buildings were finished and I was down to adding lights/interiors to the final three before connecting them the rest of the block.  As I wrap it up I'll document the final steps and the finished product.

Thanks again!
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: Janbouli on August 24, 2017, 05:07:46 PM
Bob,  My wife wants me to thank you for this thead.  She's almost finished with her Red Light District and said it would have been much harder without this thread as an information tool.  She says the instructions are not exactly clear in many places and the use of empty parts sheets threw her off more than once.  She did end up making side walls for some of the interior buildings.  She's built more than 30 FOS kits and this one was the most difficult.

Thank you

LHC

Would she show her work here or let you do the honors.
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: LongHornCaddy on August 24, 2017, 11:30:22 PM
Bob-  It's funny you're working on Cundys Harbor.  That is her next build as it was her Christmas present a couple of years ago!    She did mention that this might be the only kit ever produced that will have nothing left to throw away when finished.  For the price of the kit, it seems they could include actual walls.   She worked on The Red Light all day and hopes to be finished real soon.  She's got one and a half structures left!

Janbouli- I'd be happy to post pictures of her work as soon as she is finished.  Here is her last build (FOS Pub Crawl).  She came in second with this build at the Lone Star Region Convention in June.  She's become quite a modeler and I am proud of her work :-)   Our layout even made the cover of the Cowcatcher magazine last issue.  Couldn't have done it without her


(https://scontent-lax3-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/18198428_10213669246033873_1077763023964235953_n.jpg?oh=9b7d2c9b136dc92360ab57bcc3e02037&oe=5A24A21F)


(https://scontent-lax3-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/18198496_10213669246513885_7551826036821404439_n.jpg?oh=5965bc43d040f5109250b7de4e8b8794&oe=5A2DE0ED)

(https://scontent-lax3-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/18194850_10213669248953946_4620908736724114986_n.jpg?oh=2ef2e43624938e1777bfb0a8d4ac8b1d&oe=5A24FD8F)

(https://scontent-lax3-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/18193803_10213669249153951_5915763442646422628_n.jpg?oh=9d3febe3b7685d424126ea5105acdd5b&oe=5A305076)

(https://scontent-lax3-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/18194808_10213669251434008_6727437120742449124_n.jpg?oh=68ad95e1b3937e4ba39be4abf8f126b9&oe=5A12DE20)

Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on August 25, 2017, 07:31:51 AM
LHC,

The pub crawl looks great!  Thanks for sharing.  Like Jan, I too would like to see Mrs. LHC's version of the Red Light District when it's finished. 

When I started my build thread, Build Challenge 2016: Bar Mills Dock House at Cundy Harbor (http://modelersforum.com/kit-building/uild-challenge-2016-bar-mills-dock-house-at-cundy-harbor/), I was just going to cover the Dock House at Cundy Harbor.  I ended up doing the other structures as well at the end of that thread.  If I were starting over on that one I'd ditch the bamboo skewers that come with the kit to be used as pilings and get some slightly larger wood dowels.  The bamboo is a little difficult to work with and doesn't take stain the same as wood.  Just a thought.
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: postalkarl on August 25, 2017, 08:20:48 AM
Hi Long Horn:

She did a beautiful job with this kit. Lets see more of her builds. I would be very interested in them.

Karl
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ACL1504 on August 25, 2017, 11:57:47 AM
Leo,

Laurie did a fantastic job on the PC. Congrats for the second place as well.

Tom ;D
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: LongHornCaddy on August 25, 2017, 12:31:01 PM
Bob, I shared your link to Cundys with her this morning.  She wants to finish Red Light ASAP now and get started on Cundys!   Thank you for the heads up on the bamboo pilings.  We have 5 waterfont scenes on our layout so I'll make sure she uses the same style pilings we've already ued.

Tom- Thank you!  She also won the coveted Linda S. Little award given to the woman with the highest score in the contest room that merrited in AP points.  The Pub Crawl  scored 115 pts.  How's your new RR coming along?  Are you still hitting the Diet Pepsi?

Karl- Thank you!  Here are some of my favorite builds that she has done.

(https://scontent-lax3-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/859363_10200780745829423_979735840_o.jpg?oh=5bc1c0ba86b5b59897c9b51927c34753&oe=5A17068D)

(https://scontent-lax3-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/857179_10200780746549441_81373002_o.jpg?oh=7d67c28594f3d8ff9e313aab3fb9c814&oe=5A31BAE1)

(https://scontent-lax3-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/861419_10200780761149806_1673210975_o.jpg?oh=47eee7f07a2834b8506b0db631bf669f&oe=5A33343F)

(https://scontent-lax3-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/17547089_10213258844094081_5126949357791752233_o.jpg?oh=18dd3887794cf9da0de98cab6478fd61&oe=5A207CDA)

This is her first ever build and first scratch build (Shady Lady).  Sentimental
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: bparrish on August 25, 2017, 01:36:34 PM
Pretty amazing stuff.....

Thanx
Bob
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: tct855 on August 25, 2017, 01:53:43 PM
Hi all,
            Wow! What great pics!  I noticed I just left a nose print on my monitor looking at all the nice detailing. ;)  Thanks for posting.  Thanx Thom...
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: GPdemayo on August 25, 2017, 02:12:44 PM
Well done to Laurie and thanks for the photos Leo.


I'm sure we would all love to hear a bit more about the progress y'all have made on he layout since your last postings on the old forum.  8)
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: Donato on August 25, 2017, 02:42:58 PM
Wonderful work. Just love the blinds in the upstairs of the pub....especially the space between the slats.

Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: sdrees on August 25, 2017, 06:37:50 PM
The different scenes she has created with the LP though out the project really brings it to life.  Very nice.
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: PRR Modeler on August 25, 2017, 07:29:45 PM
Beautiful modeling.
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: engine909 on August 27, 2017, 10:51:10 AM
Someone has had a lot of fun modeling those scenes. That's what it is all about.
Very nice work. Job well done.
ed
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: LongHornCaddy on August 27, 2017, 06:49:05 PM
My wife Lorrie and I would like to say "thank you everyone!" 
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on August 28, 2017, 08:41:16 AM
Lorrie did fantastic job on all those structures!  I see my next build in there - the FOS Radio Station.  I'm anxious to get started on that one but I want to wrap up the Red Light District first.   :D
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: LongHornCaddy on August 28, 2017, 01:14:11 PM
Thanks Bob!  The last two structures are taking longer than she thought they would.  Missing windows and stripwood has slowed her down.  Fortunately, we had extra windows and stripwood on hand.  When she started the kit one of the walls in the first step was missing and she had to wait for it to arrive.  While waiting for the wall to arrive,  she built the Pub Crawl
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: postalkarl on August 28, 2017, 01:24:15 PM
Hi Lorrie & Long Horn:

Thanks for posting her work. You are very welcome.

Karl

Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: Janbouli on August 28, 2017, 02:17:57 PM
Thanks for posting some really great model work, as a fan of gas stations , that truck stop is fabulous.
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: LongHornCaddy on September 12, 2017, 02:41:14 PM
(https://scontent-dft4-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/21728258_10215062652788171_250863686233546975_n.jpg?oh=44b08ccc0060cd9fce1dbfb2c0f2df59&oe=5A5D38A6)


Thank you for all the nice comments!

Life got in the way of our modeling for about ten days but we're back at it.  Lorrie is finished with all the structures and has been working on interior details.  Here's one that I took a picture of while she's away.  She should have the entire diorama ready to be installed on the layout this weekend
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on September 13, 2017, 11:25:08 AM
Life got in the way of our modeling for about ten days but we're back at it.  Lorrie is finished with all the structures and has been working on interior details.  Here's one that I took a picture of while she's away.  She should have the entire diorama ready to be installed on the layout this weekend

LHC,

I know what you mean about life getting in the way.  Irma sure disrupted my plans to finish this up this past weekend.   ;D  ;D  ;D

The interior looks terrific! 
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: rpdylan on September 13, 2017, 01:25:59 PM
LHC,
     Did you modify a figure to make the dancing woman?
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: Mike Engler on September 13, 2017, 06:36:05 PM
What beautiful work. This was a real treat.
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: LongHornCaddy on September 14, 2017, 12:27:12 AM
Bob B, I hope the damage wasn't too bad for you and yours.  We were safe from Harvey in Ft Worth  but can't say the same for many friends and some family. I apologize for hijacking your thread :-)

Bob C, my wife picked that figure up on eBay.  The figures are  by Noch and called "The Red Light District" Very fitting.  Lorrie added the "highlights" or (headlights) :-)

(http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/oEIAAOSwR0xZuWUq/s-l1600.jpg)

Mike,   Thank you!  Lorrie said to tell you "hi" and she hopes we get see you at  another EXPO in the near future!
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on September 14, 2017, 09:43:44 AM
Thanks LHC!  Other than the inconvenience of being without power we're okay.  Could have been a lot worse so I shouldn't complain.

No worries about hijacking the thread.  I'm enjoying the posts.  Thanks again for sharing!
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: LongHornCaddy on September 20, 2017, 11:10:27 PM
(https://scontent-lax3-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/21686091_10215136725879952_3372134687061918382_n.jpg?oh=e19a1e8615efcedc502160030f437445&oe=5A60C495)

Lorrie is putting the final details on her Red Light District tonight!
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: S&S RR on September 21, 2017, 02:45:08 PM
Wow - great modeling!
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on October 30, 2017, 02:06:44 PM
My apologies.  I finished (more or less) this one up a few weeks ago but have been remiss in uploading photos and updating the thread.  Finally got around to uploading the photos so here's a readers digest version of the final steps and finished product.   :-[

I got this little structure lighting simulator from Slim.  It controls three LED's and will turn them on and off in a fixed sequence.  It gives the illusion of our little people turning the light in a room on or off. 
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-291017105702-25586225.jpeg)

When I said little I wasn't kidding.  That's a dime it's sitting on.  :o
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-291017105703-257571315.jpeg)

I tinned the wires before attaching them.  Oh yeah, I think I counted ten wires that had to be soldered to that little circuit board.   :P
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-291017105703-257581022.jpeg)

Worse yet there are teeny, tiny resistors that have to be soldered, in line, with the wires running to two of the three LED's that the circuit controls.  This is the equivalent of soldering leads to those teeny, tiny LED's! 
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-291017105703-257591594.jpeg)

I had a few issues with my connections to the resistors but eventually got 'em secured.  I can't really show it here but I have one LED in the second floor of the Red Cat Theatre controlled by this and one each in the second and fourth floor of the hotel.  It's an interesting effect.

Now for the final pictures.  I added a FOS skylight to the roof of Mitchell's.  Here we see little Tommy and Billy snuck out on the roof to see what's going on inside.  Hope they don't get caught.   ;)
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-291017105703-257601644.jpeg)

(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-291017105826-25761980.jpeg)

More in a moment... :)
 
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on October 30, 2017, 02:09:17 PM
This thing is rather long. 
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-291017105826-25762370.jpeg)

(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-291017105826-257632348.jpeg)

My favorite end of the block.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-291017105827-25764884.jpeg)

(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-291017105827-257652319.jpeg)

(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-291017105948-25766560.jpeg)

Now for the 'night shots'.  Someday I want to replace the Tichy Street lights with lights that work.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-291017105948-257671646.jpeg)

More in a moment...
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: PRR Modeler on October 30, 2017, 02:14:06 PM
Beautiful work Bob.
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on October 30, 2017, 02:14:26 PM
A few more little people would be nice too.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-291017105948-257687.jpeg)

Though there are some inside.   ::)
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-291017105949-257691932.jpeg)

I'm not sure what's going on in there.  :-[
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-291017105949-25770463.jpeg)

Or there.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-291017110128-257711704.jpeg)

Oops...got a light leak to fix at the bottom of this wall. 
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-291017110128-25772136.jpeg)

(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-291017110128-25773950.jpeg)

(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/56-291017110128-257742068.jpeg)

A little side note.  I couldn't find a box to store this in because of it's length (a bit over 24").  It's not very deep.  My son collects comic books and stores them in cardboard boxes made for that purposed.  Low and behold they were the perfect size so I had him pick one up for me.   :)

Thanks for following along!


Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on October 30, 2017, 02:14:52 PM
Beautiful work Bob.

Thanks Curt!  Appreciate it!
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: S&S RR on October 30, 2017, 02:42:23 PM
Bob


You have done a great job on this build. And as always, your build threads are the benchmark.
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: Zephyrus52246 on October 30, 2017, 07:44:08 PM
Ended up looking great, Bob.  I'll be referring back to this thread when I build mine.  Thanks!


Jeff
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: postalkarl on October 30, 2017, 08:46:44 PM
Hi Bob:

Great work. I love the lighting.

Karl
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: jimmillho on October 30, 2017, 10:18:58 PM
Bob,

Absolutely Fantastic........and the Lighting ain't bad either.

I give it 5 Stars *****

Jim
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: Cuse on October 31, 2017, 06:25:47 AM
Wow...next level work! Very cool effects!


John

Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ACL1504 on October 31, 2017, 08:36:41 AM
Bob brought the Red Light District by this past Saturday morning. It is more impressive in person than the pictures show.

The weathering is so natural it looks like it sat in the Florida sun for a few months. The lighting is wonderful and really makes the structures look fantastic.

Anyway, no big deal. It's just another one of Reading Bob's superior builds. He sets the bar so high guys like me can't reach it.

Karl S. does the same thing to us common folks.

Tom
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: GPdemayo on October 31, 2017, 08:41:42 AM
Loved seeing all the details and lighting up close Bob.....great work.  8)
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: Donato on October 31, 2017, 12:41:20 PM
Bob, I'll never get tired saying this....."GREAT JOB, you're the best!"

Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: sdrees on October 31, 2017, 10:23:21 PM
Hi Bob,


You deserve many cases of diet coke for the great job you did on this model.  The rooms in the second story seem to be really busy.
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: Donato on November 01, 2017, 09:04:31 PM
Hi Bob,


You deserve many cases of diet coke for the great job you did on this model.  The rooms in the second story seem to be really busy.


....you should see what goes on in the basement......


NO! get your mind out of the gutter....the only thing going on in the basement is my dream layout....!!!

Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: LongHornCaddy on November 03, 2017, 12:39:29 AM
Looks fantastic Bob!!!
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: Bobby on November 07, 2017, 07:35:07 PM
Bob,


You have become a lighting guru!
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: ReadingBob on November 08, 2017, 08:21:20 AM
Thanks to everyone for all the kind comments and replies. 

This was a fun build but it sure took me quite a while to finish it.  Adding interiors and lighting added some extra time to the build but, in the end, I think it was worth the effort.   8)
Title: Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
Post by: Donato on November 08, 2017, 12:36:08 PM
Well worth the effort!  Great job!!
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