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Kit Building / First Timer Bar Build
« on: September 21, 2017, 03:01:33 PM »
I was kind of embarrassed that the last Downtown Deco Build took four months, so while waiting for FOS to ship the kit I ordered recently, I had the kit Randy offered recently, the "First Timer Bar".  It includes two sets of walls, three sets of signs, but only one door/window/roof.  That's OK, it's pretty easy to get another couple of doors and a roof.  I built this in a week.  First the usual picture of the box and stuff.  I'm not sure what the three pieces of wire are for.  one is for the lamp shade and a short piece for a beer sign (I didn't use this). 


Jeff

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Rolling Stock / Freight car weights
« on: September 19, 2017, 11:10:29 AM »
Like many of you, I have kits that have been lying around for decades.  To get out of my present modeling funk, I thought I'd build a couple of freight cars.  I had a couple of Des Plaines Hobby special run cars, one is an old Innovative Model works kit (later became Red Caboose).  It had instructions, but no parts diagram.  I had a similar Red Caboose kit, so I thought I'd build them both.  The IMW kit had a flat steel weight, the Caboose one didn't.  I thought this was odd, until I looked through some other Red Caboose kits, which had no weights, either.  One of them had a note that their weight supplier had increased the price of the weight by over 300%, so they no longer had weights included after June 2001 (!).  I had wondered why Accurail kits had large bolts in them for weights.  I guess this answered that question.  Anyway I sacrificed an old Athearn boxcar for it's weight, so I could continue.  You folks probably already had heard this about the weights, but I was surprised.


Jeff

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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Tunnel Dilemma
« on: July 05, 2017, 05:21:19 PM »
Here's a question I want to throw out there.  Would you have a tunnel on your pike if the prototype didn't have one?  I'm modeling the CB&Q Chicago-Minneapolis division.  The mainline didn't have a tunnel, but it shared trackage with the Illinois Central in western Illinois for a short distance.  The IC left the shared track and bored a curved tunnel thru a bluff in East Dubuque, Illinois. This line then crossed the Mississippi on a bridge.  The CB&Q had trackage rights into Dubuque, IA on this bridge.  The first pic shows where the bore leaves the bluff, crosses the CB&Q (now BNSF) and the bridge is to the right out of the picture.  The second pic shows where it enters the bluff.  Back to the question in a minute.


Jeff

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Scenery: Vegetation & Trees / Super Trees question
« on: May 29, 2017, 12:13:46 PM »
I've finally made some Super Trees.  Do you spray them with matte medium or any other clear fixative after they are done?


Jeff

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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Monday, May 22
« on: May 22, 2017, 07:16:11 AM »
Morning, all.


Get up you sleepyheads!  Hopefully it'll warm up here, I mowed with the temp in the low 50s yesterday. 

Jeff

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Kit Building / Downtown Deco Addams Avenue one and a half builds
« on: May 02, 2017, 10:37:31 AM »
I started the kit Downtown Deco 1002 Addams Ave Part 2 just before the kids/grandkids came to town last week.  Now I'm back at it.  Here's the requisite starting pic.  Hydrocal walls, some styrene for signs/roof.  Signs. Wire. Clear styrene for the few doors and windows.  Instructions.


Jeff

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Kit Building / Build of Fos Liquor store
« on: April 13, 2017, 01:47:19 PM »
The next area on the layout set for scenery is the town of East Dubuque.  It's definitely the "wrong side of the tracks".  Adult entertainments and beverages are the main items the town has to offer.  This is true in real life as well, though less so today than years ago.  I need to build the FOS "Red Light District" for this, but that seemed to large a build to do now.  So I'm building one of Doug's "Freebies".  No instructions, just stripwood, walls, windows, signs, roofing material, and a store front. 


Jeff

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Scenery: Vegetation & Trees / How much is too much?
« on: April 11, 2017, 12:13:45 PM »
Over the years I've accumulated a LOT of scenery materials from various manufacturers.  If I use all of them I think it will be overpowering.  However, I remember Mr. Frary saying he adds layer after layer after layer, and his scenery looks pretty good.   ;D These two pics show the same area, the one is a little dark, the second with the flash a little too bright, the colors are actually in between.  Is this not enough or too many combos of stuff?  And I still need to get/make ::)  some trees. 


Jeff

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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Sunday, Apr 9, 2017
« on: April 09, 2017, 07:44:14 AM »
Good morning you sleepyheads!


Up and at 'em!  Got the lawn cleared of sticks and mowed yesterday.  Maybe some layout progress today.


Jeff

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Kit Building / Miller and Kemp Millwork final Pics
« on: March 31, 2017, 04:46:15 PM »
Another morning at Miller and Kemp. 

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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Tuesday, March 21
« on: March 21, 2017, 05:59:10 AM »
Morning, all.


Up really early today.  The wife is off to Punta Cana with her mother and sisters and had to leave for the airport at 0330.  I am left with separation anxiety dog who whined for about 45 minutes and has been barking and whining since.  I'm off work for the rest of the week for "dog duty".  Hopefully she lets me get some work done around here and doesn't just stare and whine at me. 


Jeff

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Kit Building / CCK Miller and Kemp Millwork build
« on: March 08, 2017, 10:30:26 AM »
Finally finishing the Hilltown build, some of you may have noticed there's a gap between the two dioramas on my layout.  I needed a structure to put in there, and Carolina Craftsman Kits Miller and Kemp Millwork will fit well ( I hope).  There's a sheet in the kit which has the footprint of the structure and it seems to work out, so here goes.   The pic of the "usual stuff" in the box.  Stripwood, walls, instructions, windows, etc.


Jeff

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Kit Building / Final diorama pics Hilltown Entrepreneurs
« on: March 05, 2017, 11:07:52 AM »
The dioramas are finished except for trees (which I don't have) and bushes, etc.  This will be done when the "middle building" gets built and planted.  Here's a before and after pic of the layout where they go.  Where am I gonna pile stuff now?   ;D  This "only"  took me 6 months to complete.  ::)  Thanks again to Raymo for the challenge!

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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Feb 16, 2017
« on: February 16, 2017, 07:23:42 AM »
Morning, all.


Get up you sleepyheads!  Hope to work on the dioramas again today. 


Jeff

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Scenery: Vegetation & Trees / Playing with groundcovers.
« on: January 28, 2017, 11:18:22 AM »
It's been experimentation week here at The Empire.  First I tried Durham's water putty for an asphalt parking area.  It didn't offer any advantages over my usual spackle, and it was much harder to sand smooth.  Next up was ground cover.  I've not done much scenery except on dioramas.  The medical term is sceneryphobia.   ;D I'd used Woodland Scenics ground foam on one of their demonstration kits years ago, and it looked OK.  Since the new static grasses came out, I've use them exclusively.  But the static grass looks too uniform.  You can try adding other layers over it, but the layers look "stuck on".  Tom has showed us his techniques on his new layout, and I must admit, though I've "looked down on" the Woodland Scenics ground foams since the static grasses came out, it looks great!  He uses WS earth as a base, I wondered how it would look with my "dirt" a product from Scenic Express.  In the front of this picture, you can see the WS dirt on the right and the SE dirt on the left.  I think either looks good, but like the SE dirt better. 

Jeff

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