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Fox Run Milling Scratch-build
« on: June 12, 2017, 03:25:51 PM »


     Ok, here goes!  This will be a build thread on my attempt at scratch-building the FSM Fox Run Milling Structure.  I will change some of the things such as doors and window (size and type)- using what I have or am able to obtain. 
    First off I need to thank George P. for his help on the dimensions of the structure- I could not do this without his invaluable help-- he is a great guy!
I will try to present this as a bit of a "clinic", showing/explaining how I do things, ect. 
    As far as tools go, you must have a scale ruler and, IMO, one of these low profile squares from Micro-Mark.  I like using a mechanical pencil because it makes a nice thin line.  The other tip I can give is to think in HO scale feet.  A great thing to do is when you are out and about, measure the height of things in the real world such as loading dock height and width, ect. 
    So, I jumped in on this by measuring out the main walls on a piece of aged clapboard material.  I always measure, draw, and cut out windows and doors on the face side of the siding.  I know others cut out from the back, but IMO cutting out from the front keeps me from making mistakes, enables me to use the siding as leveling lines.  I use chisel blades in my X-acto knife and just recently started using the corner punch from Micro-Mark, which I really like and has sped up the cutting time. 
ok, here goes:
Bob C.

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Re: Fox Run Milling Scratch-build
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2017, 04:22:52 PM »
Looks like quite the challenge Bob.....this will be fun to watch.  :)
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Re: Fox Run Milling Scratch-build
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2017, 12:08:13 PM »
I will be following as well.
Thanks,
Donato

Biding my time till I can start my layout and build nice stuff like all you folks .... (said with envy). :-)

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Re: Fox Run Milling Scratch-build
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2017, 03:14:42 PM »
Hi Bob:

I'll be watching.

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Re: Fox Run Milling Scratch-build
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2017, 03:41:39 PM »
     Thanks for watching guys! Hopefully it will come out ok!
     This is the corner punch tool in action.  I use this little jig for cutting straight lines.... holding the razor blade up against the guide helps to make a squarer cut. 
     A nice trick in cutting opposing walls is to flip over and trace the first wall on a piece of clapboard siding.   This helps to make a better match, rather than measuring out and cutting the second wall separately.
     The original model is painted with floquil Earth.... alas, my floquils dried out a long time ago... Instead, I will go with a craft paint called "Mississippi Mud".
Bob C.

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Re: Fox Run Milling Scratch-build
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2017, 06:11:49 PM »
Bob,

Count me in on the followers. Excellent start as well.

Tom ;D
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Re: Fox Run Milling Scratch-build
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2017, 08:27:35 PM »
I just gotta watch this one.

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Re: Fox Run Milling Scratch-build
« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2017, 06:09:22 PM »
     I use freight doors from Rusty Stumps. Great product and look so much better than plastic ones. I paint the the two pieces, then peel back the sticky film cover to assemble. I glue scale 4x4 wood to the top and sides.  If you want the doors open, you can easily cut them down the center line.

    As far as the main building goes: Mississippi Mud was too dark, the Barnwood seemed too light.  George Potter mentioned to me about using the Driftwood stain from Dr. Bens.  I actually have a bottle of the stuff on my shelf so I tested it as a base, and then using an earth colored pan pastel over that.  I was pleased with the result, so I put 1 coat of the Driftwood stain on the wall after bracing.  Will put another coat over this because the stain is pretty thin.  After the base stain is dry, I will "paint" the wall with pan pastel powder- brushing the powder with the grain of the siding.....

Bob C.

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Re: Fox Run Milling Scratch-build
« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2017, 08:41:29 PM »
I will also be following along. 
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Re: Fox Run Milling Scratch-build
« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2017, 02:58:39 AM »
oh boy, I have some heavy hitters following my build thread! Thanks guys, I will do my best to be informative during my build. I really hope that some of you out there that haven't yet tried scratchbuilding will give it a try.  Its a great way to improve modeling skills, augment a kit that you may have, build a custom structure, or just do what I am trying to do: copy an old out of production kit.
    So far, this project has not been as hard as my Cartwright's build,,,,that one was challenging. 
Bob C.

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Re: Fox Run Milling Scratch-build
« Reply #10 on: June 15, 2017, 04:13:47 AM »
oh boy, I have some heavy hitters following my build thread!

I think every build thread is followed by almost everyone, not adding any pressure  ;)
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Re: Fox Run Milling Scratch-build
« Reply #11 on: June 15, 2017, 07:39:35 AM »
Hi Bob:

Wall color looks good. I also Like How the door came out. Good Color combo.

Karl

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Re: Fox Run Milling Scratch-build
« Reply #12 on: June 15, 2017, 07:20:31 PM »
Bob,

Great job and thanks very much for the tip using RS freight doors. I have them on my list to order.

Tom ;D
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Re: Fox Run Milling Scratch-build
« Reply #13 on: June 16, 2017, 09:08:04 AM »
    The freight doors and stair sheets from Rusty Stumps have been essential components in all of my scratch-build projects.  They are so superior to using plastic parts.  I also like the wood crates and pallets that they offer. 
    This is what I ended up doing for the wall color:  There are 2 coats of Dr. Ben's driftwood stain followed by the brushing on of Pan Pastel Raw Umber.  This technique is nice and different than a "peeling paint" effect.  The camera is not really picking up the subtle wood grain effect of the siding- I had used a wire brush to put in some grain prior to the driftwood stain, and the pastel chalk settled into the "grain", producing a nice effect.
Bob C.

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Re: Fox Run Milling Scratch-build
« Reply #14 on: July 01, 2017, 07:25:31 AM »
back to the workbench....
    The base is 13" x 20 ", with another piece on top.  I started using this 1/2 inch MDF- which is pretty high-density- on my last project and I really like using it for my diorama base.
    Starting to put some walls together on the main building, and the sign is in place on the wall addition.....

Bob C.

 

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