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New Details, Tools & Accessories / Proxxon KS 115
« on: April 21, 2021, 10:10:19 PM »
I found that I needed a tiny table saw for scratchbuilding.  It seems that there wasn't a lot out there and I didn't anything fancy.  So after looking around, I decided on the Proxxon KS115.
I have found that ripping material was a pain.  The rip fence and the blade are not parallel.  It binds up when the material gets above the spindle.  It works better when the cut gets to the splitter. 

I have filed the end of the knob bolt and the insides of the rip fence hoping to improve it's squareness (?) to the table edge.  Meh. 

Anyone else have this problem?  And if so, how did you fix it.  The blade is so small trying to see if the motor assembly is square is problematic.  And I don't see any adjustment.  Maybe I'll just have to stick with the carbide blade as it is thicker.

Scratchbuilding / Clearfield Cheese Clinton Mo
« on: April 01, 2021, 11:04:31 PM »
All my past builds have been, more or less, have been for the railroad, in order of appearance and placement.  The mid-point of the railroad is Clinton Mo.  The Frisco depot is located off a dead end spur, along with Clearfield Cheese Company processing plant.

I have access to old Sanborn Maps which told me dimensions and construction, but not much more.  The most current one was from 1918.  From it I know height and construction. 

Then, someone ran across Vintage Aerials.  And eureka, it had a photo of the plant.  And it had a barrel roof with a clerestory to boot.  Even though the photo was from 1988. it contained a wealth of knowledge.   On a regular basis, I conducted a internet search for Clearfield Cheese Clinton Missouri and never got much back.  Early on, I got a sales ad for a patch, which will be used for signage, but mainly bupkis.  Then, from another search, resulted in an undated photo for the Clinton Daily Democrat (local paper) showing the back side.  Someone may be able to get an about date fro the vehicles. 

So, now armed with enough information, I can start the scratch building of this industry.  Granted it has to be shortened and pares way down, but I can capture the flavor.  First up, the production building.

I don't do CAD, so it was old fashion ruler and pencil.  I found that a 10" roof radius look decent for the barrel roof.  I have a Monster Model Model Works Clerestory roof kit, so that will fix the length.  I'll use Tichy masonry windows and doors.  The middle of last month I ordered the windows and doors from a shop in Illlinois and they haven't even mailed them yet.  So, I did a order direct with Tichy this morning and they already have been sent out. 

I'm using Monster Model Works concrete block sheet.  I was nervous in cutting the 1/8" thick material, but the trammel that I'm using has a cutting point and it easily marked the radii so that the final cut could be made with a new X-Acto blade.  I felt that I needed to have some internal bulkheads, so I made these from 3/16" foam core board.  I replaced the cutting blade with the pencil, and used an X-Acto saw to cut the curve.  It was surprisingly quick.

New Details, Tools & Accessories / Paint dropper bottle holder
« on: February 02, 2021, 10:08:41 PM »
I seem to have been buying more of the small paint bottles and needed storage arrangement that would fit in a specific area.  I ran across this 72 bottle rack for about $30 out of Tennessee.  The kit has no instructions, so one has to follow and online tutorial.  It took about 15 minutes from a stack of pieces to a finished rack.  I don't know much about laser cutting, but the cut area look like and smell like charcoal.  It fit my area perfectly, but I should have realized that it isn't illuminated very well.  So that will be an issue.

It came in a padded envelope with no issues from Ironheart Artisans.

Kit Building / Bar Mills Majestic Hardware 2021 build challenge
« on: February 01, 2021, 09:44:51 PM »
Woo hoo another fresh start.

Bar Mills boxes are kinds cool in that they include a basic scale ruler on the box flap.  Of course, I didn't get it in shot.  But attached are the box and contents photos.  The brown strip is to be corrugated metal.  We'll see.

Walls are aged lap siding.  The lap is not uniform.

Instructions are basic, but with good photos and parts notations.  I do like the included photos of the kit builds by others.  Something to get the modification juices going.

Kit Building / Evergreen Hill Designs - Shenandoah Crossing
« on: November 25, 2020, 05:28:09 PM »
I am looking at trying to put this little bugger together.  However, I found that my set of instructions are mixed.  I have a full set that goes from preamble through step 21, but these appear to be basic.  Then there is another set that begins with the last paragraph of step 11 through step 29.  Two different sets of detail sheets using the same detail numbers, but for different items. 

Anyone have a full set of instructions for EHD-201a?  I'm guessing it would go straight through through steps 29 with different detail sheets.  There are two kit versions, a and b.  The main difference is the "a" kit has 125 castings while the "b" kit has 41.

Kit Building / Moonshiners Cabin by Inter-Action Enterprises
« on: October 21, 2020, 08:17:51 PM »
Time to work on a family compound.  This little building will be perfect (I hope) to be front and center.

The kit I bought was on special, so I ordered it with both the interior and the motorized rocking chair.

This will be a break for me, as these instructions are also illustrated.  Something new for me lately.

Kit contents.  A decent amount of different woods and a small package of resin parts for the chimney and flue.  I don't think that I have built a kit with a minimal amount of strip wood to deal with.

Kit Building / Timberline Models Photograpers Studio & Home kitbash
« on: October 05, 2020, 10:19:10 AM »
My Sawpit Store still needs a bar b q operation and I have trying to think on how to add one.  Since I am very poor on original thought, I needed a starting point.  There isn't much out there to get, so I continued to go through my kit cache.  Buried on the bottom was this little Timberline kit.  Back in the day it cost a whole $5.95.  So, let's see how this goes.

The instructions consist of a single page.  One front elevation and one side elevation.  That's it.  The numbers on the elevations refer to the construction step.  No list of materials, so I started, by reading though, making note of wood strip sizes, and their dimensions in decimal form.  All wood parts got a dip in A&I.

Wood parts have crude die cut marks for doors and windows.  The envelopes contain Campbell shingle strips.  I'll need to replace the one wall that has the bow window and door and make a new one to replace the window wall of the studio.

Strip wood needed a couple of passes through steel wool to remove splinters.  Roof cards were stained by the strip wood.  White areas were covered by a large piece of window acetate. 

They did provide material for a foundation, but this will be replace by RSLaser foundation sticks.

Buckle up.  This could be a rocky ride.

Kit Building / Campbell Scale Models Grain Elevator
« on: September 13, 2020, 08:25:57 PM »
On to the next big adventure.   While waiting for material to reorganize my paints, I need a project that wouldn't need a lot of paint.  So here I am with the Grain Elevator kit.  For those not all familiar, but back in the day, the last set of digits on the kit box was the retail price.  In this case a whole $17.95 or about %40 in today's dollars.

First the requisite box and contents.  Four bags of section specific parts, a bunch of strip wood, instructions, several pages of templates, and cardboard roof stock.  I won't be using the included sign, although they provide instructions on how one can hand paint it on instead.

Kit Building / Lake Junction Ozark Cafe
« on: September 12, 2020, 06:20:42 PM »
I would like to know if anyone here or if anyone knows of somebody who has Lake Junction Models Ozark Cafe kit?  I am needing the instructions and a list of the kit contents.

I bough as couple kit a number of years ago right after Bill's place caught on fire.  He had kit parts but lost the computer and instructions to the flames.  But now it appears I'm short several parts as well.

Kit Building / Laserkit Dabler Mill & Supply
« on: August 17, 2020, 09:45:55 PM »
Well, the siren calls were overwhelming and I just had to dig into it.  Another misadventure begins.

Nice set of instructions although not in a decent sequence.  The color photos are a must and greatly appreciated.

Inside were three thick plastic bags of parts.  Generally organized by wood type, one bag had most of the wall sections.   Another had a ton of laserboard(?) parts.  They did provide a nice set of drawings to indicate parts on each set of laser cut parts as well as individual parts.  I started by labeling each part.  Then it was a matter of placing all related parts into bags or plastic containers.

Of all the loose parts, only one was broken.  I was lucky to find 3 of 4 parts, and glue it back together.

Scenery: Vegetation & Trees / Static grass applicator question
« on: August 06, 2020, 11:29:45 AM »
As most already know, my first try at static grass application was a disaster.  I had a old railroad buddy came down to my area and stopped by for a visit.  He does a lot of scenery work on various layouts in KC, and thought perhaps it was the use of Woodland Scenic's material. 

Then I got looking at my WWS applicator and noticed there is no wire to the screen as I have seen on some others.

So now for my question, for those who have successfully applied static grass, what unit do you use and does it have a wire to the metal screen?

Kit Building / FOS Riverbend Chapel
« on: July 21, 2020, 08:12:42 PM »
Since the Highline goes through the bible belt, I felt I needed a backwoods church or two.  I already had a Blair Line Church which looks a lot like my Walthers Cottage Grove Church, which resembles my Timberline Church at Fairplay.  I was perusing FOS's site and noticed the chaple and cemetary kit.  Voila!  I added the cemetery extension kit as well.
So the typical box contents.  It took me a while to realize that the bracing diagram was from the front, kinda like an xray.  And yes, this is my first and only FOS kit.  I messed up and didn't get a freebie with it, but oh well.
The bracing diagram has the stained glass windows and what is shown is a scanned copy.  That is why there is a ruler on the bottom.

IN the next to last photo, the thick brown laser cut board also doubles as the foundation sections.  Remove the laser cut parts and the three rectangular remaining pieces form the foundation,  Very clever.
The last section shows the tombstones.  Some with names, some not.  But luckily any dates fit well within my era.

Kit Building / Bar Mills Bud Smiley's Gas Stop.
« on: May 18, 2020, 11:15:59 PM »
With the Saw Pit Store dirt drying (I seem to spend a lot of tie waiting for stuf to dry) I started my next needed structure - a small gas station.  The Woodland Scenics metal gas station wasn't an option at this point and JL Innovative Brownies Northside Service was a bit big.  So Bar Mills it is.  That and since Postalkarl provided the inspiration, it is a no brainer.
So first up the box and contents.  Whoa.  Not a lot of strip wood, that could be a good sign.  Good looking laser cut parts, metal casting, plastic windows and doors.  You know, the usual suspects.  One thing that is different is the roofing.  Roller roofing with nail holes.  Hmmm.  Also included are a handful of very good looking signage.

First thing was to clean all the metal and plastic bits with files and LAs Awesome Cleaner before they got a bath in the ultrasonic cleaner.

 Next up was checking the building sides for square.  And they were,  Just needed a little sanding to get rid of the attachment nubbins.  They do talk about bracing, I didn't see any that were included.  No biggie.  I dug out some 1/8x1/8 but noticed the close fit to door and window openings.  Hmmm.  Could be a problem down the road, but I'll glue it all up and check out the fit tomorrow.  Better to check and remediate at this stage than later.  I also added bracing on the other walls, even though the instructions didn't mention it.

Kit Building / JL Innovative Design Sawpit Store
« on: May 04, 2020, 11:19:22 PM »
This little kit has been staring me in the face for the past several months and time to scratch the itch.  That and with a new knee now scheduled for the end of the month, I'll need something fairly straight forward.
Single sheet of instructions with illustrations on the back.  Die cut opening guidelines, but final cut is on me.  Tape on the backside is an absolute must.  A small handful of color coded strip wood. plastic and metal parts.
Interesting rolled paper roofing and a ton of signs.

Come to find out that Sawpit exists in Colorado.  At one time it was a whistle-stop on the RGS.  The original store is long gone, but there is a new version of it there today.  The owner has a wicked sense of humor if his Facebook sign postings are any measure.  The now offer bar b q where they do the porkin' and you do the forkin'.  Sooooo, it would make sense for my version to have a bar b q shack on the premise, especially set in the backwoods of Missouri.  The kit has a covered area on one side and some tulle that could make a nice little eating area.  Our local  burger joint has something similar.
The openings have been cut out and bracing added and let set over nite.

Kit Building / RailroadKits Reese Supply Co
« on: April 26, 2020, 10:22:49 PM »
While I was mulling over the Gas n' Go kit, I came across Reese Supply.  Interesting looking kit as it is leaning to one side, with bracing holding it up.  Typical packages of cast (plastic and metal) parts, scribed panels, and strip wood.
There is no list of material and the instructions talk about color coded wood, but only one piece was color coded.  No biggie.

Instructions were several sheets of typed instructions and hand drawn figures.

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