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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Window size question
« on: January 13, 2018, 02:52:10 PM »
Hello All,
I draw actually the next building of my big Dio project.
and I will order some WIndow from Tichy train group tomorrow.
But I want to know the real size of this window to draw them in Corel, and determine the good proportion of the building.
If anoy of you can mesure with a calliper the High and large of this two kind of window, that would help me a lot. :
- Item HO 8100 27 pane window
- Item HO 8157 18 pane top tilt out industrial window.
We speak about the real size of the widow with frame, not the opening size
Thanks a lot in advance. If i have this size, I can finish my draw before the window arrive and begin the project.


Dioramas / FOS Hill - Large Dio or Begin of a layout
« on: December 31, 2017, 10:11:05 AM »
Hello all,
As mentioned early, it's been 3 month that I'm working on a new scratchbuilding diorama. All have begin with the last limited edition kit from Foscale : the very inspiring bandit roots.
When the kit was sold, the rate between the Canadian and US dollars was  25 %, and if you add the shipping and custom duty, you have a kit at almost 500 $ CDN. It totally off my budget.
The more I thought about making it myself, the more the project grew with the addition of new ideas. Hence the idea of ​​making a very large diorama in the only available space in my Home . This space is actually a triangle of 5 feet by 5 feet, and in the hypothenus  angle, the dio can have up to 2 feet deep ( so in fact we have an irregular pentagon). Here's the location :

Can we still talk about a diorama for something as big as 5 by 5? should not we talk about a start of a layout? The debate is open.
for the track, I'm very inspired by the left side of the top draw from this one that I've found on the net

The upper  track will be a large curve half masked in a tunnel that pass below the Fos Hill.
 the 3 diagonal track will shortened and move to the right. The idea is to incorporate my RedHook Dio in this place, and incorporat two other dio ( Hooper's Oyester and Nolan Cannery) around that I spell The Oyster Bay that is located  between the Fos Hill and the RedHook Wharf.
Ok I Know it's a lot of stock in a small space...but the project can still evolve and I count on your advice to achieve it. It is this very evolutive character that makes me think that it is good for a diorama and not a layout that should necessarily be better planned from the start. That's all for the concept of this projet.
The second challenge is my new method to build the different building. no measurements are taken, everything is drawn to the scale for making template, that are glue on  wood before cutting. For all the draw and signage I use CorelDraw X7

Unfortunately, I've not take any picture during the scratchbuilding process of the first three building.

First Building : Callahan Machine tool.
In my opinion, one of the most beautiful building of the kit, lot of charactere. I've some difficulties to draw it, not being able to determine whether or not the wall next to the gas station is at an angle to the rest of the building rather than being square. Finally, I've opted for the option with angle, the shape of the final result is a little bit strange, but ad a lot of cachet. The signage are made with corel draw. what is interesting about this software is that you can open a picture and modify it quickly and easily ( stretch or reduce proprementally or not etc).

Second building : Burdick Oyster
An other Foscale kit that I would have liked to own. For this project I've decide to scratchbuild it inverse side  from the original. In the dio It will take place on other side of the street in front of callahan machine tool. The base stone work is a plaster mold from a NewEngland Brownstone product.  I would especially like to thank one of you who kindly sent me the posters I was missing.

Continue in a few... Tea time...

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Burdick Oyster Sign
« on: November 25, 2017, 03:20:53 PM »
Hi gang,
I'm working on a copy of Burdick Oyster building,
and I can't find a good pictures of the board that came on front of this building :

If anyone one have this kit and Sign, it will be greatly appreciate if you can post a good picture or scan of this sign.
Thanks in advance

Eric Quebec

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / How to wire....
« on: December 11, 2016, 05:40:19 PM »
Hello all,
Is anybody here can explain me How to wire the very small microlumina Mini Ligthening  ???

Thank you very much in advance

Eric Quebec city

Kit Building / FSM Houligan's Alley - Build Challenge 2016
« on: October 22, 2016, 01:50:41 PM »
Hi everybody,

At the Begin of this Challenge, I've announced that I will build the Atlantic scale Models Dog Bar Lighthouse. But after 2 days to only see the content of the Box I've realised that I'm not in the mood to build a small Ocean seaside based dio. So I've return in my stash and found the FSM Houligan's Alley that I've Bought on E-Bay some years ago.  I know that I will probably not finish it for February 2017.. But.... the purpose is only to make a thread ans build something isn't it ?

So let's begin the story : first here's the 3 traditional pictures without whom a building thread shall not be a good building thread
The Box :

The Content of the box :

ANd the  Box of casting

As usual, the instruction are very clear and print  on  several unpractical format sheet ... But it's the Tradition.... and traditions are good things
I've constat that the precedent owner of the kit have keep the Tips sheet of the instruction. Fortunately, I've a copy of this precious sheet from an other FSM KIt that I've built some years ago.

FIrst I've begin by priming the casting. I've choose to prime them in 3 colors ( grey, red Oxyde and Earth) regarding the material of the casting : Red oxyde for the brick work, Grey for metal part and earth for wood part. SOme chimney and metal part are blakened with blackening agent.

Then I've begin the first building : Casey Woodworking Co.
The first task consist to glue the brick work casting in the whole of the wall. For those of us who still have bad memories of this Child game which consisted to put shapes in proper holes, and have stung crisis while the square refused to enter the hole in stars, there's nothing to worry about, the cast are perfectly identified on their back and on the template  ;D ;D ;D

then I've glu the bracing in place. As usual, the template are perfectly done and indicate the right position of each brace with some mesure that permit lately to assemble  the wall easely

to be continued 1/2

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Tuesday 2016-08-09
« on: August 09, 2016, 05:25:04 AM »
Hello All,
Just few day before holiday begin :)
here's a picture of a train wreck in Hausbergen Depot ( East of France). Photo took in 70'S by my Grandfather.

Have a great one :)
Eric Québec city

Dioramas / SWSM RailRoad Camp Dio
« on: February 14, 2016, 11:28:32 AM »
Hello All,
A brief history of this kit. I,ve purchase it from Sierra West as a special during summer 2014, and I've begin it slowly during the begin of spring of 2015 when I was trying to finish the Wrisley paper Dio. FInally I've totally abandonned the Wrislsey Paper Dio ( must be finished maybe this summer, when I can air out my condo when I will use clear resin.
I've decide to not publish any pictures during the construction of this kit ( but a lot of Picture was taken during this time) and after 9 month of effort here's the final result of this almost finish Diorama.
For conclue I want to said that Sierra West Scale Models Kits are a very nice and funny kit, that are not so difficult, but need a lot of work. But all this work needed are, in my opinion , 110 % pleasure.

Here's some pictures. More will coming later, for night view ( I've make the light in all the building).





Scratchbuilding / Old Squid Brewery Project
« on: January 24, 2016, 11:34:22 AM »
Hello All,

Since my SWSM Railroad Camp dio is almost finish, I've begin a new project for the port district of my futur layout . The building is largely (completely?) inspired by the Graves  building Kit from Barmills, and will be placed just at right of the Redhook complex.
After a little bit more of two years to just building kit, I've decide to reconnect with scratchbuilding and  a new challenge : plaster molding
First I've make a complete draw of all pieces needed with the maximum of accuracy. For that I've learn to use Corel Draw X7, and after some try, I've a lot of fun with it. Then I've printed the draw and glue them on 4 ply bristol, and cut them to make template.

Then, I've used this template to make mold in styren, All the mold are 1/4" deep.  I haven't inventted anything in the conception of these molds, because I have followed the instructions given by Doug Foscale in one of his video (volume 6 : Masonry wall technique)

then I've filled the mold with plaster of Paris, after few research I,ve found the perfect recipe for plaster molding, with virtually no losses
first we must calculate the volume of the mold. the volume of the mold divide by 2 give the volume of water needed. Finally the volume of water multiplied by 3 give the volume of plaster needed. You can now fill the mold with this right quantity of plaster at the right consistency. Then shake the mold to remove any bubble air and let it dry.

When the plaster is dry, you can remove it from the mold. Casting on a styrene sheet Is not recommended for long and narrow pieces because they are carving during drying process. I think that my styrene sheet isn't rigid enough. SO after lost and broke many pieces ( about 20 % of the pieces needed), I've decide to make the mold on a glasses, that give a better result due to his rigidity.

Finally I've begin to engrave the brick on the wall, and sanded some angle on different section of the wall. Here's a pictures of all the plaster wall of this project.

To be continued.

Eric Québec city

Layout Tours / A layout Based on H.P Lovecraft novel
« on: July 31, 2015, 02:17:16 PM »
Hi folks !

Just discover this layout, very nice work on the building inspired by Arkham city (from H.P. Lovecraft novel) that represent a New England city in the late of the 19th  or  begin of 20th century

Hope you Enjoy, I was fascinated by the interior details and the atmospher of all this city...

Eric QUébec city

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Saturday 04/11
« on: April 11, 2015, 07:39:58 AM »
windy and rainy day in Quebec... have a great one !!

Eric Québec city

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Friday 6th
« on: February 06, 2015, 06:02:07 AM »
Hello all,
Very cold in Québec city as usual.....
here'S a video from a CN train in New Brunswick after the storm.

have a nice day
Eric Québec city

Dioramas / RedHook Wharf Scratchbuild Dio
« on: January 25, 2015, 11:33:53 AM »
Hello all,

In 2012, I've failed to obtain a copy of this wondeful kit due to thelimited quantity avaible and my lack of speed to order it. So I've decide to scartchbuild all the 8 building and add a copy of an other mythic kit (that I've scratchbuild too) : the Emporium Seafood for doing a big Dio.
You can follow all the effort needed to do this an the mrr kit forum  here :
The construction of the building have take almost a year, And i've wor 3 other month on the Dio. In  february 2014, I,ve stop all the work on the dio, becaus I was bored and don't want to see it anymore for several month.
Finally I've almost finished it during the christmas holiday.
Some details will be add in futur.
Here's some pictures. Hope you enjoy, and as always, feel free to comments.






Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Wednesday 12/31 the last one in 2014
« on: December 31, 2014, 05:47:52 AM »
The last day in 2014... what a year....
Brewing day in the morning for me ( I brew an hoppy AMerican Brown Ale that will be perfect this summer) and some work on my Red Hook Dio in the afternoon.
Have a great one ...
Eric Québec city

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Any feedbackabout Rustyrail
« on: November 26, 2014, 04:39:54 PM »
Hello all,
I need some feedback about rustyrail
Quality of casting ? accurancy? etc

Thank you very much
Eric QUébec city

Seeking Kit... / MDC/Roundhouse Moose Jaws Static Kit 1550
« on: August 19, 2014, 07:58:17 AM »

I'm looking for a 3 in 1 serie kit 1550  from roundhouse.
It's the 0-8-0t static loco.
If anyone have this kit in his stash, and want to sell it, let me know, or if anyone have any info to founbd this kit.
Thank you veryu much.

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