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Re: FOS Radio Station WKLO
« Reply #30 on: November 07, 2017, 12:38:23 PM »
Gonna keep the record store or make it into a studio?  ;)


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Re: FOS Radio Station WKLO
« Reply #31 on: November 07, 2017, 01:10:42 PM »
Bob


Great to see a new build thread!  I will be following along.  I really enjoyed our time together at the EXPO. The next time we are together remind me to tell you my story about spending an evening in a bar in Houghton, MI with Harry Chapin, his brother Tom, and some of the band members. I'm looking forward to watching your build.

Thanks for following along and thanks for hauling me around Altoona to check out the real thing.  It was a lot of fun (except for the part where the wasp stung you).

I'd love to hear you story about Harry, Tom and the band.  I wish I would have seen them in concert. 
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Re: FOS Radio Station WKLO
« Reply #32 on: November 07, 2017, 01:13:22 PM »
Gonna keep the record store or make it into a studio?  ;)


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It'll be record store.   :)  No studio with operating reel to reel tapes.   :P

D'oh!  One thing I wanted to see if you had (and pick up) at the EXPO was a flashing red LED to put on the top of the antenna.  Great time to remember that.   ::)    ;D
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Re: FOS Radio Station WKLO
« Reply #33 on: November 08, 2017, 03:14:02 PM »
Gonna keep the record store or make it into a studio?  ;)


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It'll be record store.   :)  No studio with operating reel to reel tapes.   :P

D'oh!  One thing I wanted to see if you had (and pick up) at the EXPO was a flashing red LED to put on the top of the antenna.  Great time to remember that.   ::)    ;D


Yep, I have those and the little red Hi-intensity LED for the top too. I put a plain red surface mount on each corner of the tower about halfway up.


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Re: FOS Radio Station WKLO
« Reply #34 on: December 05, 2017, 07:43:04 AM »
Okay, where were we now?   ???  Oh yeah, next up was painting the walls.  I used Polly Scale Reefer White.  The final batch of Polly Scale Reefer White I bought was very, very thin so it goes on almost as a stain.  In real life the white doesn't look nearly as harsh as the photo's indicate it is.  As they dry the undercoat of Hunterline Light Gray is barely visible thru the white.


For the sidewalks and foundation I've gotten into the habit of spraying the pieces with several coats of white primer to seal them and give me a base to paint over.  After the white primer has cured I give the parts washes of very thin acrylics alternating between browns, sand and black until it looks like old concrete to my eye.  It's all trial and error.


Next I painted the strip wood that will be used for the trim and cornices Dark Green.  Sometimes it's a pain in the butt to figure out how much strip wood needs to be painted the trim color but in this case it was relatively easy.  I hate it when I come up short later on and have to paint, weather, etc. another piece of strip wood.   ::)


I lightly weather the strip wood using a piece of sponge and a gray acrylic.  I got most of the paint out of the sponge and then dabbed it on the strip wood. 


Next nail holes were added with a ruler and ponce wheel.  'nuff said on this topic.   ;)  I also lifted up a few clapboards with a chisel blade.  I didn't too many nor did I break any off.  I didn't want the structure to look that neglected.


I gave each of the walls a wash of A&I.  The current batch of A&I mix on my workbench is pretty dark so I also have an open bottle of straight A on the bench.  I dip my brush in the straight A first to load it and then in the A&I mix.  This helps tone it down a bit.  If it's still too dark I'll go back over the wall, while still wet, with more straight A.


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Re: FOS Radio Station WKLO
« Reply #35 on: December 05, 2017, 07:51:57 AM »
When I weathered the window and door castings with the sponge I may have gotten a little too much paint on them.  Like this one.


Not a problem.  After I dip them in the A&I mix I can gently scrub off a little of the paint with a fine pointed swab.  The A&I mix will loosed up the cheap craft store acrylics I used to weather it but not the main color which was Floquil Dark Green.


After the A&I dries I dry brush everything with an off white.  The trick here is to just highlight the edges and raised surfaces a tiny bit.  The brush has to be, well, almost dry.  Hence, the dry brush terminology.   ::)  Again, these are cheap craft store acrylics so if (when) I mess up and get a little too heavy handed a little straight A and a swab can be used to correct the boo boo.


For the windows I use a product called Micro Krystal Klear.  It's a white glue that can be spread across the opening to create a thin film.  It goes on relatively easy and with very few bubbles.  I apply it from the back.


A front view.


I prop the pieces up on some strip wood and let them dry.  You can see the Krystal Klear turn crystal clear as it dries.   ;D


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Re: FOS Radio Station WKLO
« Reply #36 on: December 05, 2017, 07:59:10 AM »
I added the signs to the walls next.  I cut them out using a sharp X-Acto knife and steel ruler.


Then I sanded the back of the sign, lightly, to try and get it as thin as possible.


I stained the back side of the sign with A&I.  It looks dark but dries a bit lighter and bleeds thru the front of the sign just enough to weather it a bit.


I coated the entire back side of the sign with some thinned down Elmer's glue and then positioned it in place on the wall.


Immediately after getting the sign on the wall I put some clear plastic over it and then ran my fingernail along each clapboard to snuggle the sign down into the walls so it appears painted on.  After it dried I lightly dabbed some of the gray paint on the sign with a sponge and then dry brushed it with off white to further blend it into the wall. 


Next I added the corner trim to the walls, per the templates.


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Re: FOS Radio Station WKLO
« Reply #37 on: December 05, 2017, 08:04:09 AM »
I glue the trim on longer than necessary.


Then I trim it an exact fit using a single edge razor blade.


For window shades I use a plain piece of paper painted tan or green on one side.  I paint an full sheet and then cut it into strips slightly wider than the width of the windows.  Then I cut of various lengths to glue behind the windows.


No science here.  Just random lengths of paper to represent partly closed blinds.


And here's one completed wall with blinds in the windows.


That's all I have for now.  Next up is the most wonderful time, of the build - putting the walls together.   :D  :D  :D

Thanks for following along! 
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Re: FOS Radio Station WKLO
« Reply #38 on: December 05, 2017, 10:16:55 AM »
Looks great Bob. I don't think I've seen you use the plastic sheet when you're "burnishing" the sign into the wall. What is that do (or prevent)?


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Re: FOS Radio Station WKLO
« Reply #39 on: December 05, 2017, 10:42:46 AM »
Looks great Bob. I don't think I've seen you use the plastic sheet when you're "burnishing" the sign into the wall. What is that do (or prevent)?


John

Thanks John!  I don't always use the plastic sheet.  Depends on whether I can find on my workbench when I need it.   ::)  It helps prevent tearing the sign.  The paper is thin and subject to damage when it's moist from the thinned glue on the back.  If you catch it just the wrong way with the edge of your fingernail (or whatever you're using to burnish it down into the clapboards) it can tear.
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Re: FOS Radio Station WKLO
« Reply #40 on: December 05, 2017, 12:13:39 PM »
Grateful how to Bob. Great modeling as usual.
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Re: FOS Radio Station WKLO
« Reply #41 on: December 05, 2017, 07:48:52 PM »
Lookin’ good!👍🏻👍🏻

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Re: FOS Radio Station WKLO
« Reply #42 on: December 06, 2017, 03:16:19 AM »
Thanks Bob , looking good.
I love photo's, don't we all.

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Re: FOS Radio Station WKLO
« Reply #43 on: December 06, 2017, 08:31:24 AM »
Thanks Curt, Dave and Jan!  Much appreciated. 

I know I repeat myself quite a bit from one thread to the next.  Heck I repeat myself a lot in real life too.  ::)  When I create a thread I just run under the assumption that there may be one person that's new to reading one of my threads.  The rest of you have to put up with the redundancy.    :D  Just like the people who know me in real life.   ;D  ;D   
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Re: FOS Radio Station WKLO
« Reply #44 on: December 06, 2017, 01:56:32 PM »
Repetition is a good thing Bob, makes sure one learns skills.
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