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Kit Building / Re: FSM Chippy Hollow Hardware
« on: December 08, 2019, 10:32:12 AM »
Thanks everyone. Glad to have you following along.

Rich, It's great that Jimmy has these castings for sale. I haven't seen them up close but the photos look like they are very crisp and clean. I built a few of his hydrocal kits and the castings were very crisp and clean so I'd expect the same from the FSM details. Tons of great structures can be built around these wall castings. I've been thinking about buying his Sewall Foundry set for a project I'm thinking of. I really like the fact that they have very low lead content also. I have 2 young kids and a baby so I really have to be careful working with these older kits. I always change my clothes and take a shower after working with them.

Kit Building / FSM Chippy Hollow Hardware
« on: December 07, 2019, 05:52:35 PM »
Hello everyone,

My next kit in line to be built is FSM Chippy Hollow Hardware Co.

I figure most everyone knows this kit but here is a photo of the box.

Lots of lead castings in this box. Most of the work with this kit will be painting all of them.

This is all the wood included with the kit.

Primed and sorted the castings that mostly represent wood. I used Rust-Oleum Khaki for these.

Anything that represents metal is blackened with Jax Pewter Black.

I primed the walls with gray auto primer.

Next I washed the walls with A&I.

I wanted some variation in the different stones but still keep is subtle so I used alcohol and powdered Rembrandt chalks to color some of the stones. The colored the walls with A&I before this so it didn't wash away all the chalk. The A&I really helps create some depth between the stones.

I used a thin brush to wick some A&I between the stones to give some shadow to them.

I dry brushed the walls with a very light tan color.

I liked the Floquil Depot Buff color for the windows but I substituted it for Apple Barrel Khaki.

2 washes of A&I really helped tone the trim down a bit.

The kit calls for gluing these wooden spacers to the bottle of the cast walls. I primed them with gray just incase they were visible somehow but I don't believe it is necessary.

I started working on the windows and doors. Still need some work before I installed them.

I'm jumping around a bit with this kit while I wait for things to dry. While the epoxy was drying between the walls and the wood filler pieces I painted some of the castings. I'm a big fan of these fuel canister castings. I haven't seen these in one of George's kits before. I use double sided tape and a tongue depressor to hold the castings while I paint them. For metal castings the 3M double sided tape from Staples or Walmart won't hold them so I use carpet tape from Home Depot.

Thanks for following along.

Does anyone have any photos of Brian Nolan's build of this kit? I remember seeing his years ago but when I google it I only find a thread on the railroad-line forum and the photos are super small.

Dioramas / Re: Finished...Cowboy Trading Post
« on: December 07, 2019, 12:14:04 PM »
Looks great Karl.

Dioramas / Re: Bar Mills Gritty McDuff's
« on: November 29, 2019, 05:50:29 PM »
Thanks everyone!

Karl, where was that located? I used to live in Ambler in an apartment on the corner of butler and main above one of the stores. Very cool prototype photo.

Dioramas / Re: Bar Mills Gritty McDuff's
« on: November 28, 2019, 01:37:02 PM »
Thanks Darryl. The roadway is from Downtown Deco. I haven't seen it advertised on his website but he sells them on Ebay. He sells them buy 10 get 5 free. I cut them in half so 15 sheets turns into about 240" of roadway or walls.

I colored these with orange/red auto primer and I weathered them with chalks, A&I and some light drybrushing. I've used these in the past and colored them a more grayish color but this time I went with a more brick. I'm not sure what I like more.

You can see the gray colored version in the foreground of my O'Neills diorama.

Heres a link to an auction with the same stuff but you can probably contact Randy directly and buy some.

Dioramas / Re: FSM Cartwright's Machine Shop
« on: November 28, 2019, 01:00:08 PM »
Mike, I guess it boils down to personal preference. I've always been a fan of this kit and the color scheme that George chose for it. The reason I changed out the roofing for cedar shakes was because I did think it was too red/orange with the rusted roof in place.

I didn't follow the kits instructions for the wall color I substituted Floquil Boxcar Red for craft paints in an effort to match George's version.

In my opinion it's pretty typical that a large industrial structure wouldn't use more than one paint color and red would be an common color due to it being one of the least expensive choices. I believe this is due to the base for red being iron oxide. The reason why it was the most common choice for barns. Most of the old mills I find with a google search are bleached gray even those converted to old uses.

Dioramas / Bar Mills Gritty McDuff's
« on: November 28, 2019, 12:49:28 PM »
I recently mostly finished my version of Gritty McDuffs from Bar Mills.

I condensed the design a bit to fit the area on my layout. I changed a few small things on the kit but mostly I kept to the original design. I did choose not to use the shutters for the main taller building. This photos was taken with the structure placed on the layout.

This shot was taken on the workbench. The main change I made to the kit was I removed the rear section from the taller building. I built it and then found out it wouldn't fit the area. If you follow my layout thread I repurposed it on another smaller building.

This shot better shows how I condensed the area a little.

Ignored the gap between the road and the scenery.

I didn't get too crazy detailing the yard area because it will be very hard to see once it's installed on the layout.

The kit came with 2 tanks but I only had space for one. In the original design this tank sat behind the yellow/ground building but my yard area is much more narrow than the original design so I placed it between the 2 buildings.

I still need to add some vehicles and some little people to the scene. I'll complete it once I add it too the layout.

All in all this was a fun little project and I feel like it works well in the overall feel of the layout.

Layout Tours / Re: Cypress Creek Railroad
« on: November 28, 2019, 12:33:21 PM »
Over the last few days I started to really tie to little gray building in and detail around it. I also began the installation of the buildings on the other side of the town hall.

I still have some small details to add around the area. I want to make some simple crossbucks for the RR crossing and I'll probably be adding some trees behind the structure.

Because this area is far enough back and will be blocked by some of the structures in front I didn't spend a ton of time going crazy with the detailing. I really just tried to add enough details to make the area visually noisy. I'll be working on the road transition between the removable area and this area to make it a little more seamless.

I added this stone wall. The molds I had were about 5 inches long so I was left with many seams. I covered the seams with vines and it really looks unnatural at this point but I'll fix it once the area in front is added. Most of the stone will be covered with the structures that sit in front of it.

Here is the area once the structures are placed. I condensed Bar Mills Gritty Mcduffs down for this area. Bar Mills Gravely Building is also part of it. I haven't added any of the scenery to The Gravely Building yet. It's going to be a little be tricking because I plan on having a bit of a hill going up in front of it so I can tie into the next level. You can see where I cut out some of the foam at the far left next to the cobble stone so it can be tied in.

This is how everything ties together right now. I tried to break everything up with some elevation changes. I feel like it looks more interesting and natural and it helps to keep all the rear structures from being completed blocked by the foreground taller buildings.

Thanks for following along.

Kit Building / Re: SS LTD Roundhouse
« on: November 24, 2019, 05:07:20 PM »
Looks great Steve! I especially like the coloring in the concrete areas. What did you do to color them?

Layout Tours / Re: Cypress Creek Railroad
« on: November 19, 2019, 11:07:52 AM »
Thanks everyone!

Absolutely Karl. Give me a call and we can set something up.

Layout Tours / Re: Cypress Creek Railroad
« on: November 18, 2019, 12:37:06 PM »
James I used envirotex for the water but the bubbles came from gloss medium I applied to the surface. I ended up being unhappy with the water texture and I added a few more coats of envirotex. Somewhere in there I trapped some bubbles under the surface.


Layout Tours / Re: Cypress Creek Railroad
« on: November 18, 2019, 11:14:20 AM »
Thanks for all the positive feedback everyone!

Last week I built a quick little structure for the area between the casket company and town hall.

Here is the structure I ended up with for this area. The rear section is a piece of Bar Mills Gritty Mcduffs that won't fit in the area I need it to so I repurposed it here.

The loading dock is Bar Mills. Its all one piece casting with the barrels and crates molded in. I think it was a free giveaway from the Altoona Expo.
The window awnings are copies I made when I was building FSM Emporium Seafood.

The structure is just placed here for now. I have to make sure the pop-out clears the left side and the track clears the right.

Here is how it will fit sandwiched between the 2 buildings.

My goal is to finish the area between the casket company, the concrete culvert and the back of the diner in the next day or so. After that I can move to the left of the town hall. I have all the structures built for that area I just need to work everything out.

Thanks for checking in.

Layout Tours / Re: The North East And EVEREE RR
« on: November 16, 2019, 02:04:49 PM »
Very nice Karl.

Layout Tours / Re: Cypress Creek Railroad
« on: November 13, 2019, 11:24:44 AM »
Hello everyone,

Its been a long while since I've updated this thread. Slow and steady with the layout progress but it is coming along.

Here's what I've done since the last update.

I installed new LED lights above this area recently. During the installation of the lights above the bridge I dropped one of the lights on the bridge and the stone structure and smashed it.
After I walked away from it for a few hours I managed to rebuild it. This is after the damage. The water developed some bubbles during curing that I'm not crazy about but it wont be noticeable when I surround the area with structures and scenery. I don't think you'll be able to see much of the water up close once I build the area up.

This shot is a little blurry but it shows the overall layout of the area. The Town Hall/Diner/Getz Gas will remain unsecured so I can pop it out to get to the back track area if I need to.

All of the background structures are in place. I still want to add some vehicles and people. Also some telephone poles and vegetation.

The last 2 shots also show Bar Mills Gritty McDuff that will fit in the next area forward. I'm still working on the kit but I had all the main structures done so I spent some time figuring out the placement. Also The Gravely Building is mocked in place. Of course the brick/cobblestone roads are not weathered at all..just primed.

Callahan Furniture is not permanently placed yet this is a Bar Mills Gibley Furniture kit. Fox Run Milling is glued and installed.

I plan to modify this area a bit. I think my SierraWest Scotia Supply will sit in front of the furniture co. You can see pictures of that build on my website

This is the area I need to complete before I can move forward.

I install the road castings by basically scoring and hacking the foam away till it fits level. Then I glue them down with white glue. These are not weathered just primed. My current project is scratchbuilding a structure that will fit in the area behind the road next to the track.

Thanks for following along. I didn't realize it's been 2 years since I updated this thread. I documented most of the individual structure builds here and on my website.

Lynn, I don't place on adding anything to the backdrop just sky and clouds.

I should be finishing up Gritty McDuffs and the little structure in the last area soon.

We had another baby in August so it's been a little slow lately getting things done.

I worked out most of the challenging areas and I still have a whole shelf of dioramas and structures ready for install so I think progress should speed up a bit. The waterfall bridge area was a bit of a challenge to me and also making something I can remove to access the rear track. Now that both of those things are done it should be smooth sailing.

I'll try not to wait 2 years to update again.

Kit Building / Re: Builders in Scale Getz Gas
« on: September 20, 2019, 06:00:32 PM »
Thanks everyone!

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