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Layout Tours / Re: Shadowlands and Tellynott
« on: May 11, 2021, 10:11:02 PM »
Hi guys.

Well - I've made a bit more progress with the diorama.  Some rock castings, most of the first road bridge, some footpaths.  I've also kitbashed the last structure for the right back corner of the diorama and started painting it.

This last weekend I hosted a modeling weekend in my garage.  Four friends and me.  Lots of laughs, good music and some great modeling.  I provided lunch on both days and my wife did some home baking for us, and we all went out for dinner on the Saturday night at our local - 2 fat possums.  I'm hoping to make this a 6 monthly thing.

On the Sunday I'd got tired of trying to cut in paint around the windows of my new City Classics kitbash, so I went back to working on the Ships Chandlers, sailmakers and boat builders that I started at Arthurs Pass.  After my last trip to Dunedin to see our son I'd come up with an idea for an extension to the complex.  On the Saturday we went to Moeraki where we stayed the night and had dinner and brunch at Fleurs Place, the famous seafood restaurant.  the restaurant is housed in a cool old structure with many add ons that used to be a whaling station site.  There is also the ruminants of rails coming out of the sea (where the boats used to be pulled up for repairs - I'm guessing, although perhaps it was for pulling whales up).  Anyway - those rails coming out of the sea set a seed in my mind.

I'd already decided that the complex was two businesses that had been taken over by one company and joined together by the central lean to.  So it made sense that the two structures to the left had been built first.  To these two structures I added a retaining sea wall following their perimeter.  In this way I could extend the building downwards, making it a small boat repair shop.  The floor above seems big enough for a corresponding small boat sail makers.  This sea wall I built out of Wills plasticard dressed stonework.  The corners were mitered and glued together with CA.  I then primed with dullcote and painted using the leopard spot method using Woodland Scenics paints - full strength.  Using 6x1" and 2x1" stripwood I scratchbuilt the boat works doors.  I then framed these with 6x2" and glued to the wall.  Tracks will sit on the top of the timber attached to the front of the sea wall, coming out of the water.  As you can see I have also made up my other doors and assembled the last of the structure.  The remainder of the structure will be on a wharf.  The two buildings to the right will house the ships chandlers.  I'll probably open those two sets of doors a bit more and add some action just within.  Again - I'm pleased with my decision to paint the complex in three different colours with white trim, and I think the grey/ brown of the sea wall helps bring it all together.

More soon, cheers, Mark.

Layout Tours / Re: Shadowlands and Tellynott
« on: May 11, 2021, 09:39:56 PM »
coming along very nicely. Can't wait to see more of this .

Thanks, Karl.

Great to have you following along.

Cheers, Mark.

Scratchbuilding / Re: Scranton - N Washington Avenue Project
« on: May 09, 2021, 05:09:36 PM »
Looking good, Eric.

The stairwell looks great.

I'm thinking I would go with the red/brown brick because you still get to add mortar to differentiate the bricks.  An option would be to do the wall as if it had been built from second hand bricks - some of which had come from a previously painted white building.  You could then have both white and red/brown.  In this way you could still add mortar.  I've seen this in the prototype and it looks pretty cool, but there would be a fair bit of picking out individual bricks with a small paint brush.

Cheers, Mark.

Although this location was considered for about 30 minutes, it is wrong for all the right reasons.

I really like the wonderful structure in the first location, Tom.  What were all the 'right' reasons?

Cheers, Mark.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Sunday, May 9, 2021
« on: May 09, 2021, 03:47:51 PM »
Hi all.

Had a lovely weekend here with four modeling buddies working away in the garage, 9-5 on Saturday and Sunday.  Great fun and lot of laughs.  I provided lunch both days and my wife did some home baking for us all.  On Saturday night we all went out for dinner at our local restaurant - 2 fat possums.  We all got some good work done and managed to give our various projects a good shunt along.  I'm planning on making this a six monthly event.

A lovely roast lamb on Sunday night for my mother-in-law.  My modeling friends didn't leave until 5:45 and dinner was at 6pm, so all I had to do was carve the meat. Lovely for a change as I typically do 90% of the cooking.  My mum passed away in 2017 so it was nice to still have a mothers day meal.

Cheers, Mark.

My days of building them like the instructions and then placing them on the layout are done.

Really looking forward to your new way of working, John.  I love to see kits chopped and changed, and its great to see someone unafraid to do this to the superkits.  35 SRMW & FSM kits...  I can only dream!  Although I'd have to build a third room to house them!

Cheers, Mark.

Scratchbuilding / Re: Building an REA Freight House
« on: May 04, 2021, 06:26:35 PM »
With it being such a big, dominating structure I think your placement is perfect!

Looks great.

Cheers, Mark.

Kit Building / Re: Fos Scale Bandit's Roost Build
« on: May 02, 2021, 10:32:42 PM »
Really nice to watch you work on your scenery, Mark.  Its coming together nicely.

Cheers, Mark.

Kit Building / Re: FOS Marshall's Boat and Gas
« on: May 01, 2021, 03:42:26 PM »
Coming on really nicely, Bob.

Cheers, Mark.

Scratchbuilding / Re: Building an REA Freight House
« on: April 30, 2021, 04:12:28 PM »
Looking really great, Jeff.

Cheers, Mark.

Sounds good, John.

An hour here and an hour there still adds up. 

Good luck with the travel plans.  I see the USA is still hovering around 50,000 new cases a day.  These new variants aren't helping.  NZ put a ban on flights from India a few weeks ago.  We now have a special separate quarantine facility set up for flights from hot spots and flights from India have resumed.

I'm plenty busy with the autumn chores here.  I have my modeling weekend here the first weekend in May, so this weekend I have to clean out the garage for my guests!

Right - back to the pruning and planting!

Cheers, Mark.

Looking good, Tom.

The water came out well.  I'm looking forward to a shot when it has all set.  Waiting to see your new structure...

Cheers, Mark.

Kit Building / Re: SRMW TUCKER & COOK MILL - 2021 Build Challenge
« on: April 23, 2021, 03:04:06 AM »
You're making me nervous, John...

...I hope there are no earthquakes over night!

Cheers, Mark.

Layout Tours / Re: Cypress Creek Railroad
« on: April 18, 2021, 09:02:20 PM »
Looking fantastic, Steve.

Love the detail of the trusses looking in the gable end of the shed.

Cheers, Mark.

Kit Building / Re: Fos Scale Bandit's Roost Build
« on: April 18, 2021, 08:50:40 PM »
Coming together really nicely, Mark.

Its interesting to watch you site this complex into the scenery.

Cheers, Mark.

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