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I've been a guilty hoarder of FSM kits over the years. I finally built my first FSM kit about a year ago with the Hazen Boyd kit http://modelersforum.com/kit-building/fsm-hazen-boyd-build/


So, the build challenge seemed like a perfect opportunity to give one of George's old skool smaller kits a try.


I perused the contents and it appears everything is there after all these years. It appears that whomever owned this kit previously had taken some measurements for future placement and noted them on the side of the box. I hope to build the kit that would have made the prior owner proud. These techniques are a bit different than what I am used to but it's funny, some things just don't change or come en vogue over time.

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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Little People & Diorama's - Yay or Nay?
« on: August 09, 2017, 02:21:38 AM »
For whatever reason I don't like to see figures on a diorama. In my mind it just seems toylike. However, on a layout such as the fabulous F&SM, it would be odd to not see little people. On my way to & from work, I don't see a lot of people milling about.... I see cars, structures, scenery etc. I am looking at my FSM Hazen Boyd build and *considering* entering it at the Expo just for fun. I could care less if I win anything, but I would like put my best foot forward so to speak. I enjoy seeing how I stack up to the big players.  ;D   


I'm actually more concerned on figuring out how to get it from the west coast to the east coast.... anyhow....


There are a lot more accomplished modelers on this forum than myself.... what are your thoughts on figures? Does one get "dinged" or "penalized" for not having figures or lack of creating "stories" on a dio? Or does it truly come down to the modeling and details?


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Kit Building / Sierra West Scale Models O Scale Dueling Shacks
« on: May 31, 2017, 02:40:37 PM »
Greetings folks,


I recently started the Sierra West Scale Models O Scale Dueling Shacks. I have only built HO scale kits over the years to this will be a bit different for me...

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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / How to Weather Assembled Automobiles?
« on: March 22, 2017, 10:27:35 PM »
Greetings Folks,


I picked up these Athearn assembled cars but I want to weather them and tweak them a bit if possible.


First, how would one dull coat and weather this? Just rattle can the entire vehicle with dull coat? I don't want the windows to get foggy from dull coat. What about taping off the windows so they don't get foggy? Or would it be better to brush on dull coat and avoid the windows?


Also, I have issues with the white on the wheels... it doesn't look prototypical that is for sure. I am thinking about just painting them black but I am open to suggestions.


Thoughts? 

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Kit Building / Build Challenge 2016 - ITLA Scale Models DV Ross & Co
« on: September 25, 2016, 10:46:09 PM »
Here we go folks,

For the Build Challenge 2016 I will work on ITLA Scale Models DV Ross & Co structure. I am perusing the instructions and will get started on painting this week.

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Layout Tours / UP South Seattle Subdivision
« on: September 23, 2016, 07:14:53 PM »

Greetings folks,


Many moons ago I posted a thread of my small shelf layout on the “old” forum.


Since that time I have packed up and moved and then got hit with the Cuse and ACL1504 tear down and rebuild bug. I rewired everything and removed all of the Atlas code 100 track and replaced it with Atlas code 83 track. I also didn’t replace the entire track plan, I thought there was just too much track for a small siding. Then I added an NCE DCC system, ballasted the track and added scenery.


Oh yeah, I also decided to switch from an early ‘50’s-‘60’s era timeframe to a modern era layout set in the gritty industrial switching area in South Seattle where you can still see old brick structures with old signage on them serving rail customers today. 


I added a small staging area, updated some of the signage to present day signs and added everyone’s favorite… graffiti. Hey, even my modeling hero George Sellios has graffiti on the fabulous F&SM! It just looks different than today’s graffiti.


I still need to weather the cars and engines and add more details. I'm unsure of what to do with the area that has the Rusty Radiator kit in the photo's. I have been debating on putting a more modern structure there. So, this is about 75% complete and looking at the pics I need to do something about the lighting in the room as well.


I am learning about operations, Lance Mindheim has a lot of good info on running ops sessions on small layouts. Just goes to show that anyone can have a layout even if you don't have a lot of space.


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Kit Building / FSM Hazen Boyd Build
« on: September 20, 2016, 05:58:48 PM »
Much like some of my friends on the forum I have been far too busy at work and at home to find time to play with toy trains. I started FSM's Hazen Boyd a looooong time ago and I have been cleaning out the train room the last few days to get back at it.


This is my first FSM kit build!


Since there are so many build threads going with the challenge why not add another?!??!


I am terrible about documenting my progress so this will be a quick and dirty build thread in the style of the great Postal Karl.


I primed the castings with a rattle can of Camo Khaki and a flat black.



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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Rattle Can Equivelant to Aged Concrete?
« on: January 04, 2016, 05:18:17 PM »
Greetings Folks,


Is there a big box rattle can (Krylon, Rustoleum etc) similar to Floquils Aged Concrete?


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Kit Building / Bar Mills Majestic Hardware
« on: March 09, 2015, 09:38:29 PM »
Greetings Folks,

I'm currently working on Bar Mills Majestic Hardware.

Some of the ingredients (apologies for the lousy picture quality):








Priming the castings and the foundation for the structure:








Walls have been prepped with an AI wash:









To be continued....

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Kit Building / Bar Mills Mooney's Plumbing
« on: February 16, 2015, 02:14:21 PM »
Greetings Folks,


Longtime lurker, sporadic poster.


Check out my last build of Bar Mills' Mooney's Plumbing.


Walls have been prepped with an AI wash, lifted and scuffed a few boards, painted and added signs. Just waiting for the Canopy glue to dry on some of the windows:





Starting to put the structure together, adding roofing:





And it's mostly done! Castings are painted and the structure is weathered with some powders and dry brushing. I'm not sure if I'm going to put this on my small shelf layout or just build a small diorama so there are more finished castings set aside for now.












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