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Paul Smulders Posted - 12/04/2011 : 10:59:40 AM
Hello All,

Now that Oatman's has been wrapped up for some time (awaiting the start of the layout down stairs, spring '12...) I've decided to start building the Sierra West Scale Models Shipyard in HO scale. Had a great time at the Fine Scale MR Expo back in October and Brett (Karl and Kevin) did a good job in convincing me to build the shipyard (well... not that much convincing, always wanted to try board on board modeling).

Onto the build, for openers, the pic on the box:

Contents of the box revealed (really well packed I might add and a fantastic 106 page Instruction Manual, lots of progress pic's):

The spread ... boy there's a lot of clean sticks.

And the sheets of templates, windows, card stock backings:

The contents of bag # 1, srtip-wood for the main walls of the Shipyard main building:

On an aside, while at the Expo, I attended Brett's clinic on board-on-board modeling, very well presented by Brett and supported by Kevin and Karl. An HO kit (The Tool Shed) was presented to each participant and off we went stressing and weathering the strip wood (including knot holes). Seeing that time is at a premium in the premium workshops (hence the name) I completed the remainder of the kit at home, practicing the techniques in preparation for the Shipyard build, end result:

Now I'm off to get my hands dirty with the wire brush, A&I and pastel powders. Progress pic's to follow.

'til Next,

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TRAINS1941 Posted - 02/14/2019 : 11:51:57 PM
Has anyone heard from Paul?????
TRAINS1941 Posted - 01/16/2019 : 12:13:33 PM
chooch41 Posted - 12/27/2018 : 08:24:22 AM
Paul... time to wake up from that nap and show us your progress. We have been waiting for 4 years now... jeesh!
Paul Smulders Posted - 04/30/2015 : 3:17:35 PM
Hello All,

Thanks Jerry, Bob, Frederic, Rich, Mike, Ralph and Greg, your wishes are well received, here’s to finishing this build and
moving onto getting the layout ready (and of course my next structure build...thinking... Yellow, Red, White, Bergundy... scratch...).

I’ve moved onto building the barge derrick, lots of details and small castings that fit together perfectly. Here’s the general

The castings were treated first with Blacken It and then buffed and dusted with chalk:

A strip of masking tape was painted an earth color and then rubbed with chalk powder for the rigging eyelets:

Wrapping the tape around the top of the mast:

The tape band applied to the mast and the jib:

Epoxy’ing the jib supports to the jib:

Installing the eyelets on the mast and jib:

…end result:

Next up will be assembling the clevises and blocks, time for a nap now...

'til Next
Ensign Posted - 04/29/2015 : 7:32:46 PM
Hi Paul, sorry to read about your health issues, but also happy to read that your now on the mend!
I wish you well, and hope you will return to this project soon!

Greg Shinnie
CN6401 Posted - 04/29/2015 : 7:19:20 PM
Paul, I have to agree with Mike, it was good to see you on the weekend at the OTE. I was also very surprised to hear that you had experienced some health issues. Hopefully that's all behind you now. Take care my friend and keep on modeling!
Mike Hamer Posted - 04/29/2015 : 3:30:15 PM
Paul, it was great seeing you again this past weekend at the Ottawa Train Expo. Also nice to hear that you are on the mend after your scare. Your shipyard build is progressing beautifully as is the case with all of your builds. Keep up the fine work!
Pennman Posted - 04/28/2015 : 07:54:19 AM

Last evening, I spent the entire night reading this wonderful build. Most interesting project.
Glad to hear you are on the mend.
Frederic Testard Posted - 04/28/2015 : 02:49:08 AM
Always nice to read you and catch your progress, Paul. Wish you a nice recovery.
railman28 Posted - 04/27/2015 : 4:56:28 PM
I'm glad to hear that you're on the road to recovery. Get well
TRAINS1941 Posted - 04/27/2015 : 4:20:49 PM
With or without the build. it's good to hear from you Paul.

An better to here at least your up an around doing some things.

Hey not going back to work isn't all that bad, there's a lot to be said for retirement!

You take care of yourself and keep us updated on your health and the build.
Paul Smulders Posted - 04/27/2015 : 11:27:12 AM
Hello All,

Thanks John, Bob, Jerry, Kris and Wayne, always appreciated. Things have stabilized a bit with my health, ok for walking the dog and
light modeling, not sure if I’ll be going back to work though. I’ve progressed a bit with the Shipyard, ie finished the barge derrick, moving
on to fences and pilings. I’ll try and post progress pic’s later this week.

'til Next
woody715 Posted - 04/23/2015 : 8:37:16 PM
Hey Paul - just read your last few posts - hope you are on the mend and all is ok. Met you at the Expo back in 2011 haven't made it back to one since, but hoping to one of these years.
hon3_rr Posted - 04/22/2015 : 11:14:19 PM
Hope this finds you well. I was wondering if there are any updates since your last post?
TRAINS1941 Posted - 03/02/2015 : 4:44:50 PM

Great to hear your on the mend. I will miss you at the EXPO this year.
Rather have you healthy than sick.
You take good care of your self. Diane and I will be thinking of you.

Oh a brighter note that is just one fine build. Looking forward to your next update.

Take care of yourself.

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