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Kit Building / My FSM Collection - FSM25 Branchline Water Tower
« on: February 08, 2020, 08:44:51 PM »
Over the years I have been collecting Fine Scale Miniatures kits. My train buddy Bob Pieczyk (may he rest in peace) turned me on to these kits. He had built a few of them but he really enjoyed scratch building them from the magazine ads.

The very first FSM kit I tried to buy was Duffy's Coal Yard. I recall calling FSM as soon as I got my Model Railroader in the mail and seeing their ad. Alas, the kit was already sold out. That was one hard lesson. So, when I have a chance to buy an FSM kit I don't already own, I buy it.

The very first FSM kit I built was Yehuda's Heating Company. That was an undertaking. I had a blast. I've since built several others. I have many more to build yet.

I've decided to start building the kits in my collection in the order that they were released. The first FSM kit to be released was number 25 - Branchline Water Tower.

I wish I had paid $4.95 for mine. I paid a bit more than that.

Here is mine.

I don't recall how much I paid for it. Notice mine is in a yellow box. The first ones to be released came in a white box. The kit was first released in 1965. I was born in 1966.

Here is what came with my kit.

That is a lot for $4.95.

I am going to change something about it. See that red brick paper supplied in the kit. I am replacing it with some way cool brick embossed sheet from Foggy Mountain Models.

I'm using the sheet on the lower left. The other two sheets are probably more suitable for O Scale.

Here is a comparison of the brick paper supplied with the kit and the one I am going to use from Foggy Mountain.

And here is a closeup of the Foggy brick.

This is a small kit but it packs a lot detail into a small space.

The walls are die cut from thick cardstock. The cut lines are sharp and accurate.

I used some laminated cardstock gussets to give the walls some rigidity.

What is odd is that one builds the little structure with the glossy white surface of the cardstock facing inward.

Once the structure is glued one laminates the brick sheet onto it.

And then one cuts out the window and door openings.

The instructions suggest gluing "gravel" to the roof of the structure and to laminate some rows of decorative brick work to the outside surface. A "cap" for the walls is fashioned from strip wood.

Did any of you out there build this little kit from FSM?

More as it develops.


Modeling Reference Pix / Rundown shack on the side of the road
« on: February 08, 2020, 06:38:22 PM »
I go by this rundown shack on the side of the road fairly often. I don't always have the time to stop and make some photos. Today the weather cooperated so I stopped and a made a few snaps.

That is what you see as you speed by along the highway. The shack has only recently been fully visible since the county trimmed all the vegetation along the right of way.

And here are some closeups.

The "pigeons" out this way are quite large lol.

My wife said "I would like to go in and take a look inside." I said, "no way!"

Anyway, I am fascinated by these dilapidated, disintegrating, rundown wooden buildings along the highway out where I live. I see about half dozen or so of these on my way to work each day. Perhaps one day I'll model one of them.


Baggage Car - Daily Chat / February 6, 2020
« on: February 06, 2020, 06:58:08 AM »
Good day.

This year is moving fast.



Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Tuesday February 4, 2020
« on: February 04, 2020, 06:51:42 AM »
Good morning.

I think Walmart is getting rid of their 99 cent spray paint - Color Place. It is shame. It was affordable and worked great. I went to buy some yesterday and they were all out. I searched on their website and they don't have it anymore.

The flat black was dead flat and covered great.

Times they are a changing.



I love to rescue shelf orphans. Whether it be at the hobby shop or at a train show, I love to find old kits no longer made or forgotten and rescue them. Every now and then I actually build them.

Years ago I found an old Paper Creek Model Works O Scale Randsburg Barberhop. I had to have it. I debated whether to build it. Guess what happened?

This is the kit.

I really did pay $10 for it and it is the size of a notebook sheet of paper.

The kit is all paper except for window glazing and one part that is not even visible. I'll wait until the end to reveal what that part is.

Here is everything you get in that kit.

The instructions are thorough. The design is simple. It is not a "shake-the-bag" kit. It is quite involved. The graphics on the kit are flawless.

All you need to build this kit is glue, a sharp hobby knife, lots of sharp blades, tweezers, a metal rule and a Prismacolor marker to hide the white cut edges. The instructions provide a formula for mixing Floquil paints to use to hide the white cut edges. I opted to use the Prismacolor marker.

Even though everything is clearly labeled, I got thrown for a loop with how the instructions reference the building's walls. But I caught on to their naming convention eventually. For example, "T2" refers to a Trim piece, "W1" refers to a Wall piece, "R7" refers to a Roof piece, etc.

The instructions are good for the O Scale (the kit I bought and am building) and the HO Scale version. There is an extra sheet of paper for the O Scale glazing template. The HO Scale glazing template is included in the instructions sheet.

OK. Enough yapping. I decided to scan all the cardstock sheets in the event I screwed something up. After all, it is a paper kit and if I need a spare part all I need to do is print it on cardstock.

More as it develops.


Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Last Wednesday in January 2020 (the 29th)
« on: January 29, 2020, 06:54:09 AM »

This month has flown by. Swoosh!!

Time to get moving.



Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Sunday January 26 - last day of Springfield
« on: January 26, 2020, 06:11:56 AM »

There are still bargains to be found.

See you all there.


Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Monday January 20 of 2020
« on: January 20, 2020, 06:50:01 AM »
It's Monday !!!

Let's get the work week started so we can earn he last few dollars to go spend on trains this weekend. Short week at the office for me so I can get to Springfield.



Baggage Car - Daily Chat / One week before SPRINGFIELD ! jan 18, 2020
« on: January 18, 2020, 07:55:40 AM »
It's on!

I have started packing for Springfield. I managed to con THE Runner into going to Springfield. It will be an adventure.

Where do go first for the best freebies at the show?



Kit Building / Metcalfe Manor Farm House - a paper kit
« on: January 16, 2020, 08:25:28 PM »
Craftsman kits come in all shapes, sizes and mediums. We are all familiar with the wood and plaster and resin kind. But are there craftsman kits made out of paper? ???

Well, the answer is "yes".

I stumbled upon a line of paper kits made in the UK, Metcalfe models. These folks have a large collection of cost conscious kits. They make them in different scales. What is interesting is that the HO Scale ones are suitable for HO and OO Scale. What is OO Scale you ask. OO is 1:76.2 or 4mm to the foot. It is slightly larger than HO Scale at 1:87 or 3.5 mm to the foot. Metcalfe markets these kits as HO/OO but I think they are closer to OO than HO.

Anyway, this is the kit I bought.

It comes in a bright green envelope about the size of a manila envelope used for interoffice mail.

This is what the built up kit looks like.

You get two buildings so it is a fair deal for 8.75 GBP which is roughly 11.41 USD on 1/16/2020.

This is what you get when you open the kit.

Perhaps the most clever bit in these kits is how there is a guide to help you cutt out the parts from the card sheets.

See those blue arrows. That is where you start the cut with the hobby knife and you gently drag the blade in the direction of the blue arrow and inside the score/trough already cut into the card sheet. It makes it a breeze to cut out the parts.

The card sheets are a fibrous 1 mm thick stiff paper. It gives the model a rigidity I was not expecting from a paper kit.

The card sheets fold out to reveal all of the walls attached to each other and scored at the corner joints. It makes it a snap to keep it all together.

The instructions are very thorough and easy to follow.

So I am off on a paper craftsman kit adventure.

Why am I building a paper kit of a British farm house? ??? ? I liked the look of it and was intrigued by the paper part and I need something to work on while stuff dries on my other projects or I'll get distracted and bored and not finish anything.

More as it develops.


Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Bare naked Thursday the 16 of January
« on: January 16, 2020, 06:52:35 AM »
We're bare naked  8)

Well, you all know what I mean. No frills forum until the gremlins are chased out.

Glad to be here nonetheless.

I've talked the dogs so I'm ready to get the day started.



Baggage Car - Daily Chat / January 15 of 2020
« on: January 15, 2020, 06:55:19 AM »

Props to all the moms out there. We're here because of them.

Time to go make the world go round.


Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Thursday the 9th of January
« on: January 09, 2020, 06:56:00 AM »
Good morning, everyone!

We're almost into double digits this new year.

Time to go make a difference in the world.



Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Wednesday January 8
« on: January 08, 2020, 06:50:02 AM »
Good day, everyone.

It was great to get a good report regarding George Sellios' procedure yesterday.

I'm off to earn a living.



Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Thursday January 2, 2020
« on: January 02, 2020, 06:50:54 AM »
Up and at 'em!

Time to go start the new work year.

Keep it real, folks.


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