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Kit Building / Re: Millett for MAP
« on: January 20, 2020, 10:11:01 AM »
The weathering on this SRMW kit is fantastic.  It truly represents an older building suffering the ravages of time without being overly weathered.

I remember building this one once, but not weathering it this nicely.

mike lynch..........HAIRBALL

Rolling Stock / mechanical coal dock------pugwumps brothers.........---
« on: January 16, 2020, 11:47:31 PM »
As I was creating the PUGWUMPS BROTHERS rail services, I made elevated water tanks, oil tank, sand and drying house, an engine house, and also a mechanized coal dock , all to be lined up on either side of the track to the engine house.

I started by constructing an ore dock and the vision was that a rail would run to it and dump into the tapered structure.  But during the construction I had an idea, what I really need is a coal dock for the locos, but the regular type wasn't to my liking for a remote engine facility.

Got to thinking and came up what you see here a steam powered coal fired mechanized coal lift.  A rear track where gondolas could pull up and the contents shoveled into the bucket lifts.

I never got around to building some kind structure where cord wood would be stored in a roofed structure and passed to the fireman on the wood burning locomotive.

mike lynch.......HAIRBALL

Dioramas / Re: Zephyrus
« on: January 14, 2020, 11:02:55 AM »
I kept trying to figure out why there was a crane on a pedestal mount in the background.............all becomes clear now !!!!!!!!!

Great build love the whimsy.

mike lynch..............HAIRBALL

Dioramas / Re: PUGWUMP BROTHERS porter engine house
« on: January 13, 2020, 08:01:00 PM »
the windows are all grandt line, raised seam roofing is builders in scale and the corrugated roofing is from them also.  I am not sure if I completely detailed this one inside.


Dioramas / PUGWUMP BROTHERS porter engine house
« on: January 13, 2020, 11:54:26 AM »
I bought this banta engine house kit o scale minus the wood windows and doors.  Was cheap so jumped on it.
Walls are usa gypsum hydrocal white with real nice stonework I believe from roger Malinowski.  He does real nice work.

Visiting today is Zeke Pugwump head of the company and thats 2 of his brothers Lionel + Bart.  Has pet pig Aretha in truck bed and they are out at all the family facilities looking for the 3 doggies that went missing after a photo shoot of "Day at the Vets"

I used alcohol and indian ink mix , to colour the stonework.  Because the windows and doors were all missing I had to create new spots to fill the holes with wood and grandt line windows.   The upper clerestory set of windows also got filled in with wood.   Roof is my usual rusting process with what looks like a dusting of bragdon pigments.  That's a Bachmann On30 porter locomotive just peeking out.

Ground cover is woodland scenic products and beach sand from lake Ontario, one of the 5 great lakes on the border.

mike lynch.............MADMIKE3434..............HAIRBALL

Dioramas / Re: Dave's Saucer City
« on: January 12, 2020, 11:37:20 PM »
great stuff, but can we bypass all the electric cars they are planning on shoving at us and just head straight to one of these ?????????

mike lynch

« on: January 11, 2020, 11:51:46 PM »
While i was constructing various structures to service the PUGWUMP BROTHERS RAIL SERVICES, the consortium of these structures will service the railroad.

These PUGWUMPS are very industrious and building a great business.

Here is my version of a SANDHOUSE with drying room.

mike lynch..............HAIRBALL

« on: January 11, 2020, 03:33:49 PM »
I built and assortment of O scale facilities to service the PUGWUMPS BROTHERS RAIL SERVICES.

This is an elevated oil tank built from a picture and I think I used an On30 scale tanker from Bachmann.

mike lynch...........HAIRBALL

Dioramas / Re: WALTHAM CLOCK COMPANY ho bash
« on: January 11, 2020, 03:23:11 PM »
OPA..............those are Campbell roll shingles.

From the looks of it I might have used ROOF RED floquil or testors a very little bottle.

Judging by the amount of blackness to the shadowing in shingles, must be a very dark mix of USMC BLACK Fiebings leather dye and 99% pure isopropanol rubbing alcohol...........that's less than 1% water.

I would use an ink bottle drawer snorkel and just keep adding snorkel fulls of dye to the mix till I got the desired look.

Hard to be 100% correct but I think I might have used dullcoat on it also ??  George of FSM wrote about it its strange reaction to painted roofs washed over with alco ink, actually aging the roof cover.  Wrote the article in Narrow Gauge and Short line gazette  late 80's early 90's ????

The stone colour was done brewing up a heavy coffee and tea idea why I did that.  Later was to discover FW acrylic inks and alcohol was better.

mike lynch.............HAIRBALL

Scratchbuilding / PUGWUMPS BROTHERS ..........DAY AT THE VETS
« on: January 10, 2020, 12:03:55 PM »
This scratch built structure was created just for something to build.

Its clapboard siding, raised  seam rusty roof , painted in a 3 diff whites floquil paints to achieve that worn out look without being killed.

The figure is good old zeke pugwump leader of the clan, aartista figures and the 3 pooches.  Last time I saw those pooches as they disappeared in the modeling room, never to be found.

I love these short 5 days builds.

mike lynch ...HAIRBALL

Scratchbuilding / Re: RUBBLES DEPOT tom yorke #117
« on: January 08, 2020, 06:00:02 PM »
Well I hope you get to build them, HO I guess.>>  If HO would be a higher demand for it,  more than O 

I still have one I built as a gas station , pretty neat swing away from station, but we had REGENT gas stations around here that used that turret design.  If I cannot find the build pictures on a CD will retake them..

mike lynch-------------HAIRBALL

Scratchbuilding / Re: RUBBLES DEPOT tom yorke #117
« on: January 08, 2020, 12:00:52 AM »
dr BENDOVER , is never going to get the kind of money $54,999 he is asking.

Look at the high prices he tries to get and now a lot of his stuff .......yorke re-issues deeply discounted.  He only got up to year 2000 kit rights.  Branline has done the newer ones.

Look at prices of FSM kits, a #205 Wilfred bramble, that used to sell easily for $800 ++ , saw one other day for $390 range.

mike lynch...........HAIRBALL

Dioramas / Re: JOHN ALLEN fsm style engine house
« on: January 05, 2020, 12:39:01 AM »
thank you , there is still more to come, just have to give the site breathing space .


Modeling: Wall Techniques / Re: Nail holes in clapboard siding
« on: January 03, 2020, 07:49:59 PM »
a few pictures of my john allen style EH o scale scratch showing the nail head impressions applied with pounce wheel.  Be boring structure without the nail holes and the lifted clapboards


Dioramas / JOHN ALLEN fsm style engine house
« on: January 03, 2020, 04:27:55 PM »
John Allen of Gorre and Dapihid fame was the inspiration for this one along with George Sellios kits #35 the early one and his later #135 better one , plus his John Allen XXX special kit.

I scratch built this in O scale.

Not a lot to explain on it, pictures tell the story ?

mike lynch..........HAIRBALL

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