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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Tuesday - May 12, 2020
« on: May 12, 2020, 08:18:43 AM »
Good Morning All!  Back at the office today pushing paperwork.  Spent the day off yesterday adding most of the roof to the Rust Rock Falls Mill and re-organizing the workshop.  Hope to be back at the bench tonight finishing that big roof!  Model On Friends!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: May the fourth be with you!
« on: May 04, 2020, 08:20:23 AM »
Good Morning!

back to at the office for another Monday, but plan to work the bench tonight putting a roof on the Rust Rock Falls main building.  Looks like a beautiful day outside in South Central Pa.  Model on Friends!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Wednesday, April 29
« on: April 29, 2020, 08:00:33 AM »
Good Morning Friends!  Hump Day begins!
This must be my lucky day because this is the first time in three months I have been able to log in to the Forum!  (no clue what was up with my account, I tried on several computers)  I have missed being here with you all, especially during this time!  Hope all is well with everyone and they are staying safe.  Have a great day no matter what you do!

Next up I braced the walls that will be covered with stucco.  There is a lot of bracing and I imagine this is to support the wall to hold the stucco as it always adds a bit of extra weight to the wall when dry.  I have done stucco before with Liquitex stucco made for canvas painting art and it has turned out spectacular.  this will be my first time to use the Durhams Rock Hard Water Putty that FOS Scale Models puts with the kit in a small plastic baggie.  I bought a box of the stuff a few months ago at Lowe's for less than $3, because I read about it and heard Dave Frary speak of it for roads, but I have yet to work up the nerve to try it until now.  I could very easily just use my Liquitex stuff as I know how it will work.  But how do you learn anything new that way?   Isn't it better to know  of a few techniques?  Did the same contractors and builders do every house in town?  I assure you not!  lol

More to come

After bracing all of the clapboard walls with the stripwood, plenty of which was provided, I distressed the wood with a few strokes of the file card, lifted a few boards, and then spray painted with a light gray primer in a rattle can.  After a night of drying I took a sea sponge and stippled on some Folkart Camel color acrylic craft paint.  then lightly did the same over the Camel with Folkart Mushroom craft paint which gave the lighter camel tone a bit of a dirty look....."Dirty Camel" if you will. 

I like to work all my walls details while laying flat way prior to assembly. this way I can spend as much time as necessary to work over every small nuance that I want to bring out.  So I built the Nash buildboard by gluing the sign onto an exact same size piece of chipboard and then framed it with scale 2x4s which I had painted Hunter green.  Then attached it to the wall as instructed.  The sign itself prior to this I dabbed lightly with another sea sponge and some antique white to take away some of the boldness of the printed sign and give it some age.  I call this dry sponging, just like dry brushing.  same concept.  Take the paint out as much as you can on an paper towel before applying it and less is more. 

The Boxing Mural on the other wall was a paper sign sanded from behind with 400 grit sandpaper to where it is thin but not to where it tares.  The used white glue to place on the wall.  Allowed to sit about 3 or 4 minutes, no longer, and used a burnishing tool to press the sign into each clap board ridge.  When all done, I dry brushed antique white in spots, then mixed up some "Dirty Camel" that we had before, and with a small extremely thin brush lightly painted some of the edges to match the main color with some faux fading look, like the sign was painted on and now fading at spots...  Also do the same on several boards that are inside the signs main body.  Some inside fading. 

I added some painted casting for fire prevention that came with the kit, and painted my windows Americana craft paint in Dark Pine. and drybrushed with antique white again very lightly to show some wear and fade.  The glass is glazed on with gallery glass clear frost, and the blinds are painted on from behind.  any other touchups I will add before assembly..

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Monday, January 13, 2020
« on: January 13, 2020, 07:46:49 AM »
Good Monday Morning!
Back riding the desk, but plan to do some building tonight when I get home.  Should have some updates on the JJ Hollender Boxing Gym Build challenge thread this next few days.   Seize the day everyone!

Ok, since I missed out last year partly due to my own procrastination and part to a live facebook build Brett and I were doing for six weeks, I am going to do this one.  I have always liked this JJ Hollender's Boxing Gym kit by FOS Scale Models, and never pulled the trigger to buy it until it was no longer available... Then it became hard to find.....At the Timonium show there it sat on the table of one vendor who deals in OOP kits and I didn't blink an eye and grabbed it up.  It's been calling my name from the shelf since November as I finished an FSM kit....finally.  This is my first build thread on the forum so here goes

I will start tonight with some inside the box photos of some or most of all the parts involved.  More to come. 

Forum Contests / Re: 2020 Winter Build Challenge
« on: December 26, 2019, 09:37:22 AM »
Im in!  I wanted to do this last year, but the wife had some health complications and we also had so many projects with the podcast stuff.  Just have to pick something out.  Leaning towards J.J. Hollander's Gym by FOS, but will decide in a few days!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Thursday 26DEC
« on: December 26, 2019, 07:57:44 AM »
Good Post Christmas morning! 
Back to work here too.  Man, that was a short lived holiday!  badda bing, badda bang! Over!  Hope you all had a great time with family and friends and got a few goodies for the workbench! 

Wishing you and your wife a speedy recovery to the best of health.  So good to see that you are back to modeling again which will help the mind and body heal together! 

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Wednesday 27NOV Pre T-Day
« on: November 27, 2019, 02:05:59 PM »
Happy Thanksgiving to all of my modeling brothers and sisters!  Recording podcast tonight, then some bench time afterwards! Enjoy your turkey or whatever you eat tomorrow!  God Bless!

Kit Building / Re: FOS Bandits Roost
« on: November 26, 2019, 10:36:19 AM »
Wow George this build is turning out fantastic!  Love every bit of it.  The weathering on the livery is great! and all the details!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Monday 25NOV
« on: November 25, 2019, 10:30:57 AM »
Good morning everyone!  I can already smell the turkey just days away! Three day week of work, but tonight I'll be at the bench cutting, gluing and swearing!  Wednesday night heading to my sons to work on our layout late into the night or early Thanksgiving morning!  Much to do!  Enjoy those Cats George! 

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Wednesday 13NOV
« on: November 13, 2019, 08:02:21 AM »
Good Morning Gang!  23 here this morning in South Central Pa. but at least the sun is shining and I woke up!  At the desk at work on hump day then a bit of time at the bench after work before the Podcast recording tonight with Jason Jensen.....Unless the Mrs. alters that  Have a great Day!

Kit Building / Re: FSM Emporium Seafood Co
« on: November 13, 2019, 07:56:39 AM »
getting caught up from a few weeks back and WOW you made some progress!  Coming together fantastic!  Love the Bell Tower with the clock and the rust on your roof!

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