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Scratch-building Cartwright's Machine Shop
« on: July 31, 2016, 07:00:08 PM »

     Ok, I am lucky enough to have the dimensions and the instructions book to help me- so here goes!  I am not the fastest modeler, esp. in the summer- so I am not sure how long this will take me.  I am using Northeastern aged clapboard and windows that I had, also from Northeastern scale lumber.  I have some freight doors from Rusty Stumps and a water wheel kit that I bought years ago from BEST, although I don't know why I got it!  This is the first time using the little 90 degree punch I got from Micro-Mark... works pretty good...

     I maybe the only one out there that does this: I don't mark or cut from the backside of the clapboard. I prefer to lay things out and cut openings on the face of the material.  The clapboards help in keeping things straight. I have never split or marred the face of the clapboard doing this, and I think it helps me in avoiding mistakes.  So... Here I go....

Bob C.

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Re: Scratch-building Cartwright's Machine Shop
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2016, 08:21:00 PM »
When you start to look at that water wheel, let me know.  It took me two tries to build mine, and I can probably provide some tips.


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Re: Scratch-building Cartwright's Machine Shop
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2016, 09:11:05 PM »
I always cut my openings out from the front also.
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Re: Scratch-building Cartwright's Machine Shop
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2016, 10:11:30 PM »
Uh oh Dave, you are making me nervous! Ha ha!  I opened the box but just glanced at the parts. Was going to plan on building it last....
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Re: Scratch-building Cartwright's Machine Shop
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2016, 09:09:17 AM »
Bob,

I'll be following along as well. And, on my scratch builds, I cut from the front side also. Just seems to make more sense to me.

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Re: Scratch-building Cartwright's Machine Shop
« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2016, 09:21:30 AM »
Hi Bob:

I'll be following along also. I cut my scratch windows from tne front also.

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Re: Scratch-building Cartwright's Machine Shop
« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2016, 09:47:23 AM »
One of the oldest scratchbuilding tips I know comes from my first Campbell kit (mid '60s...):  Put masking tape on the back of the wood siding before cutting out the windows, to prevent splitting.


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Re: Scratch-building Cartwright's Machine Shop
« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2016, 11:35:16 AM »
Alright Bob! This is going to be a fun scratchbuild to follow. Hope it's as much fun for you to do. Looks like you're off to a good start.

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Re: Scratch-building Cartwright's Machine Shop
« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2016, 04:00:41 PM »
This is what I am doing for the walls: stained with Hunterline Black, then light brushing of this barn red stain. After drying and lifting of boards I will hit it with stain again, but don't know if I will use the black or a light gray.  The windows are primed gray then sponged with the red stain. After I will hit them with either black or gray.... same with the strip wood.  I am going to put together the freight doors so I can get a size for cutting the opening in the walls. My plan is to construct the main building, then work on the stone foundation/ base. I will do the water wheel last and then on to scenery....
     This is such a great little structure that George Sellios designed- I see this type of building everywhere here in New England and I just love it.
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Re: Scratch-building Cartwright's Machine Shop
« Reply #9 on: September 09, 2016, 07:44:59 AM »
Hi bob:

Wall colors look good. Can't wait to see howw it looks with windows & doors installed.

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Re: Scratch-building Cartwright's Machine Shop
« Reply #10 on: September 09, 2016, 08:13:52 AM »
Thanks Karl! Appreciate your feedback!

     I have been in my wood-shop building some furniture, which has taken me away from the train room- will be getting back to this project soon....
Bob C.

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Re: Scratch-building Cartwright's Machine Shop
« Reply #11 on: September 09, 2016, 08:57:20 AM »
Thanks Karl! Appreciate your feedback!

     I have been in my wood-shop building some furniture, which has taken me away from the train room- will be getting back to this project soon....


Bob



Good to see you getting back into the train room. I'm looking forward to your next progress report.
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Re: Scratch-building Cartwright's Machine Shop
« Reply #12 on: September 10, 2016, 11:39:39 AM »
Bob,

Never used the Micro Mark corner punch.  Looked at their site & they show 2 sizes of the corner punch.  Which size did you use.  They also said you could hammer or put in the drill press.  What do you do?

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Re: Scratch-building Cartwright's Machine Shop
« Reply #13 on: September 10, 2016, 03:58:51 PM »
Hey Mike,
     I used the 5/16 size, which I was happy with as far as size goes.  I marked out the window openings and then placed the punch in the corner- then I lightly tapped it with my small hammer (not a full size hammer- this one is really small and light).  I usually position my window openings to follow the vertical clapboard line.... by lining the 90 degree punch across the vertical line, the cuts come out nice.  I tapped all 4 corners and then finished up with a #11 blade. I found the cutting a bit quicker using the punch.
Bob C.

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Re: Scratch-building Cartwright's Machine Shop
« Reply #14 on: November 02, 2016, 04:15:48 PM »
back to the work-bench.... moving forward on the walls and started the water-wheel....

Bob C.

 

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