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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / #11 Club
« on: December 11, 2017, 06:13:22 PM »
This started out as a joke topic in scratch building, about an unfortunate accident that I had with a #11 blade. So here is the quick logo that came out of it. Feel free to post your unique mishaps with tools, that might have cost you a trip to the ER, or not...

Scratchbuilding / The Tannery
« on: November 29, 2017, 12:22:03 PM »
Hey all,
 Here is the next scratch build I am going to tackle. The old #11 blade was busy last couple days, as you can see for the majority of the walls are cut out.
I still need a little more B&B for the conveyor shed. The peeling paint effect, I wanted to try something new. I am not sure if I read this someplace, or it just popped into my head. I was standing in Michaels, and I was thinking, "what will paint not stick well to?" WAX was the answer I got. I painted on the  trusty driftwood pickling wash, than a thin coat of clear wax. on top of that goes the Skyline blue. Once this has dried for awhile, I take the euro scratch tool, and lightly scrape off paint here, and there. I than hit it with a grimy black wash, and dry brush ever so lightly with a lighter skyline shade. Excuse the crappy lighting again for the photos. One day I will get it right....
 On a side note, the kit that I have, seems to be missing some castings, I think. If anyone out there has the Tannery on a shelf, and can check to see that there should be three of the standard freight doors as pictured, that would be great. If anyone has two of these in their spares box, I would certainly pay for them, so that I can make the kit complete. Thanks for taking a look...

Scratchbuilding / Barnstead Lumber Scratch build
« on: October 11, 2017, 02:02:04 PM »
So the last two mystery builds, someone guessed it in under an hour. I put up pics of the cut walls, and could not stump you all. This time I have made a copy of one of the doors used in the kit. I am hoping this might take a little longer. I used the old school method of stacking the layers of wood to build this. (been reading some old 50's MR lately, and this was the only way they knew how to do it). Let the guessing begin........

Scratchbuilding / Schramm Scratchbuild
« on: August 21, 2017, 11:56:31 AM »
Hello All,
 So this is Mystery Scratch build installment #2. The last one went sooo quick, that my head almost spun around. Let see if I can stump the masses this time. Here is the main building pieces cut out.....I had not planned on building this, but I had some Aged Clapboard siding from North Eastern Scale, that I was dying to try....Anyways good luck, and let the Guessing begin.......


Baggage Car - Daily Chat / New FOS limited kit....
« on: August 02, 2017, 06:48:39 PM »
In case anyone is interested Doug F has his new Limited run kit up for sale.....

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Magazine Ad HELP!!!!
« on: July 22, 2017, 05:44:25 PM »
Hey All,
 I recently acquired a SRMW stone round house Kit #160. I also collect the magazines that had the original ads in them. Bob Van Gelder is pretty sure that the ad ran in the later half of 1994 in either RM or RMC or both. If anyone out there is on the RM archive, could you check for me. Thanks for any help...

Scratchbuilding / Crocker Bro scratch build
« on: July 03, 2017, 09:06:30 AM »
Howdy All,
 Back here in my favorite Forum. Jumped over to Kit building for one, but back Home again. So I thought I would have some fun with all of you fellow Modelers. I had a few extra hours yesterday, and some left over clapboard, and decided to do a scratch build copy of a kit. I have this kit in my collection, and was able to measure the pieces.
  So lets see how long it will take one of you to identify the Mystery building. Some hints are that it was released in the 80's, and Frankly it was a kit that I had purchased when I was 12 yrs old, but sadly traded to another kid for some baseball cards. All these years later I have another one....
  Let the Guessing begin.........


Kit Building / FOS Carter Supply
« on: June 22, 2017, 01:55:11 PM »
Hey All,
 So I broke down at the Amhearst show, and purchased a kit from FOS. This will actually be the first kit I have ever built.
The first photo is of course of what Doug's looks like. The second photo is all of the walls put together, and stained. The next step, was a shot in the dark. I wanted to play with the hairspray technique some more, but I also saw modelers using crackle medium for a cracked paint effect. So, being adventurous I combined the two. I sealed the stained wood with Dullcote, and than used a really great product. Tim Holtz Picket Fence Crackle paint. (This has been discontinued, but Jo-Anns still has some left in a three bottle set) I sprayed on the hairspray, and let dry. Than I painted on the crackle paint, and let dry until cracking started. Than came the warm water scrubbing. The results varied, so cracking appears in certain areas only, but it looks pretty good. Started working on the Green lower color. This will be done with just the hairspray alone. Those pics will be up tomorrow. Thanks for taking a look.

I recently purchased this kit from a collection. I however can find little to no information as to if it was a limited run, or other. If anyone out there has additional information on this, please reply here.
Thanks so much...

Seeking Kit... / GrasMaster
« on: April 19, 2017, 02:47:23 PM »
Hello All,
 I was looking for anyone out there that might have a used GrasMaster, that they might want to sell. PM me, or send an e-mail.

Seeking Kit... / Fine scale kit #25 Yellow Box Version
« on: March 31, 2017, 02:34:10 PM »
I am seeking Fine Scale Miniatures Water Tank Kit #25 in the Yellow box version. I have one, but it has some water damage to one end. I would also take an empty box if one is available.
I will pay a reasonable price........PM me, and I will get back to you....

Scratchbuilding / Mclachlan Hat factory
« on: December 08, 2016, 10:18:05 AM »
Hey All, so I just finished up the brewery, and here is my next project. The town I live in used to be the Hat making capital of America. Here is the McLachlan hat factory from the early 1900. The first photos are before they moved in, and the last is what it looked like when production was at peak. Not sure yet which I will tackle, I kind of like the original building.......So Here we go again....

Modeling: Roofing Techniques / wood shingles the hard way
« on: October 26, 2016, 09:13:43 PM »
Hey all,
 If any of you have been following my hoffinmier brewery build, here is how I did the shingles.

1) the first photo shows the .010 birch paper wood I purchased from these are real nice, and are fleece backed, so they are strong. with it is the 52 tpi saw I grain them with. I bought the birch, as it is the lightest color, they also offer other hardwoods.
2) the second photo is of the india ink stained piece.
3) the third photo is after several coats of hunterlines cedar stain applied, I thin this out a bit.
4) the fourth photo I give it a wash of either grime, or antique white, just to fade the colors out a bit.
5) the fifth photo is of the device I use to slice the strips, got in the craft store for $10 with coupon.
6) the next photo is the cut strips, I will do them about 3/16 to 1/4 wide. I try to vary so I do not have to offset from the placement line to much
    see next post for the continued how-to

Scratchbuilding / My building process for you....
« on: October 20, 2016, 12:30:36 PM »
Hey all,
 I did a clinic a couple of months back, and here is a copy of the instructions I handed out. They are a step by step process I use to achieve the results you see in my models.
feel free to copy them

Seeking Kit... / SRMW Stone Roundhouse kit
« on: October 13, 2016, 05:41:54 PM »
I am seeking this kit for a collection, will pay up to the $700-$800 range possibly higher.....if kit is MINT, and has not been started in any manner.

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