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Kit Building / Re: First Craftsman Kit Build - J. Keen Supplies
« on: June 16, 2020, 04:51:02 PM »
Looks like a great start Steven.

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Kit Building / Re: Bar Mills Queen City Coal
« on: June 16, 2020, 04:49:23 PM »
Looks great so far Vince. I've never seen this kit before.

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Kit Building / Re: FSM Brownsville Depot
« on: June 16, 2020, 04:41:16 PM »
Thanks everyone!

The shingles came with the kit. They are laser cut from Northeastern I believe. George has them colored with red oxide primer in his kit. I used dark gray auto primer followed by some drybrushing and chalks.

Steve, I'll add the bird poop tonight when I get into the workshop.


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Kit Building / FSM Brownsville Depot
« on: June 14, 2020, 11:09:17 PM »
Hello everyone.

I recently completed my version of FSM Brownsville Depot. I knew my time would be limited building this kit so I didn't do a step-by-step. I chose a different color scheme than George.





















Thanks for checking in.

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Layout Tours / Re: Cypress Creek Railroad
« on: May 26, 2020, 09:46:24 PM »
Thanks everyone. I'm glad there's some interest in what I'm doing here. I intended to reply earlier but the database error always get me from my phone.

Vince, The Blandings and Gallard building is a reworked Master Creations kit. It was missing one of the main structures when I bought it on Ebay. I ended up just making whatever I could out of it.
The old Master Creations kits are good buys if you plan on ignoring the directions and doing your own thing but you have to get them cheap enough.

I did a build thread of it here:
http://modelersforum.com/index.php?topic=4220

I'm working on the depot for the layout right now. Should have an update soon.


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Layout Tours / Re: Cypress Creek Railroad
« on: April 21, 2020, 10:44:11 PM »
Thanks everyone.

Small progress update..


I added some foliage to this little hillside in preparation to start to work from the back forward in this area.


A different angle of the area.


This is where Chippy Hollow will go. Of course its only sitting there until I figure out the rest of the area. Just to give an idea of my intentions here. You can see where I wrote "Station" on the roadbed to the left...That will be where the station is going. I already started on it. I'm using FSM Brownsville Depot.


Another shot of the area from a different angle. I'm going to work this area for a little while until I get a better plan for the front portion of the area with Grittys.

I did some not particularly interesting things to the layout also since the last update. I replaced all of the lighting in this area with LEDs. As I work my way across the layout I plan on replacing all the fixtures with LEDS. I also added a fairly crude switch panel and a few Tortoise switch machines.


Thanks for checking in.




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Kit Building / Re: Master Creations Watt-Moreland Waxworks
« on: April 21, 2020, 05:37:29 PM »
Great job on a difficult kit George!

Karl, that barn is still made by Master Creations/BTS
http://www.master-creations.com/1420.htm

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Kit Building / Re: Foss Landing Build
« on: April 14, 2020, 11:30:28 PM »
Great job so far Lynn.

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Kit Building / Re: Build 004: FSM 160 Logging Repair Shed
« on: April 14, 2020, 11:28:49 PM »
Great job so far.

It looks like your templates are under a fairly thick glass work surface. One suggestion I'd give is to get a cheap photo copier and some double sided tape. Make a copy of the templates and use the tape to secure the wood directly to the template. It's much easier, more precise and faster. With the copier you can make multiple sheets so you can work several sub-assemblies at the same time.

Just a suggestion.

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Kit Building / Re: FSM Chippy Hollow Hardware
« on: April 14, 2020, 09:33:31 PM »
Thanks guys!

Karl, very cool find. Do you still have the original metal castings from the kit? I would say you could use those wall castings with Jimmy's window castings but I've never tried to secure heavy white metal windows to hydrocal walls. Might have some issues there. Before I started this kit I made molds for the walls and windows/doors of the little brick shed but not the main building. If you still have the original unbuilt FSM kit I'll walk you through making some resin copies of the windows and doors if you'd like. The resin should glue to the hydrocal easily.



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Kit Building / Re: FSM Chippy Hollow Hardware
« on: April 13, 2020, 09:29:04 PM »
Thanks for the positive feedback everyone!

On to the next project....

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Kit Building / Re: FSM Chippy Hollow Hardware
« on: April 13, 2020, 07:57:23 AM »
Thanks everyone. I ended up finishing up the kit this last weekend.


























I didn't add much detail to the rear. It will not be visible once the diorama is installed on the layout.







Thanks for following along and all the positive feedback along the way. Workbench is cleaned and ready for the next project.



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Kit Building / Re: 2020 Quarantine Builds
« on: April 11, 2020, 01:05:41 PM »
Great job on the truck Jaime. I just finished building the same one last night but mine came with the FSM Chippy Hollow I'm building. I have the FIG K diagram if you still need it.

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Kit Building / Re: FSM Chippy Hollow Hardware
« on: April 05, 2020, 09:16:50 PM »
Thanks for the positive feedback everyone!

As far as the rafter tails go when I make them uneven it always looks wrong to me even on a heavily weather building. One of those things that might be prototypical but feels wrong to my eye so I try to make them as straight as possible.

I make some headway over the last week. I decided to rename the building as a tribute to Brian Nolan. His build of this kit is one of the main reasons I bought it and I've been referring to it throughout the build. I never met Brian but I'm a huge fan of his modeling and I rewatch his video on building techniques frequently.


This is the sign I made to rename the building. I stuck with the original style of the sign.

I scratchbuilt this little office for the scene. It's a pretty simple design. I used windows and doors from my scrap bin but I don't know where they came from. The front door might be from the original FSM Pile Driver. I made the foundation out of wood and the texture is from Liquitex Ceramic Stucco from Michaels. Karl Schulz told me about this product and it works really well.


Another angle of the same building. The roof is done with black tissue paper same as the other roof.


I glued down the office and prepped for the first layer of dirt and grass.


It's starting to come together now that I add the dirt base. I do a simple first layer and add more weeds and details after everything dries. I had some  issues with the decking warping especially the vertical siding around the base but everything started to settle down once it dried.


The ground cover is still a little wet here.




I thought the area around the office needed something other than a few castings so I made this wood rack. I wanted the wood to look fairly new but still toned down a bit so I used some Hunterline Driftwood to tone it down a little.


I glued the wood rack in place.


I added a couple little details around the office. I also threw some trash on the roof to break it up a bit. This is just a start of course. This kit comes with tons of castings.

Thanks for checking in. I'll be finishing up the details and finishing up the model over the next couple days. Stay tuned.

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Great job Matt. Very cool little scene

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