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Ensign Posted - 01/22/2019 : 5:24:12 PM
Hi everyone, well look what I picked up today in the mail!
Rail Scale Miniatures "Whispering Falls" has finally arrived!
This kit has so much stuff in it that RSM owner Dario Le Donne had to use 2 boxes to accommodate all of the materials needed to build this kit.
Here are the boxes that this kit comes in.

Here is the information packed instruction manual and the "Micro Scale" Floquil colour chart- cross reference chart that come with this kit.

A look inside of the kit's manual shows how Dario at RSM walks you through each step.
Providing good photos of what you are working on and how it should look.

First I dug into the larger box to see this kits contents.
I could not fit everything into one shot so I took a few.
This kit has a lot of wood in it, for that board on board construction of the barn.

The kit's castings, CD with colour images showing this kit from different perspectives.
Different styles of roofing materials used throughout this kit, and other detailing components.

To be continued...
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Ensign Posted - 12/09/2019 : 12:28:32 PM
Carl & Fred, thanks for your comments & posts!

Carl, I sometimes do my best work the second time around.
Alder Models produced some nice looking resin kits & detail castings, but was eventually sold to Surrey Custom Models in B.C.
However I haven't seen anything from them since they bought the line from Alder.

Terrell Posted - 12/09/2019 : 11:33:45 AM
Very nice !!
Carl B Posted - 12/09/2019 : 11:20:54 AM
ended up having to make a complete new roof

Don't you just love that?

Doing a swell job Greg....Never heard of Alder Models before....
Ensign Posted - 12/09/2019 : 11:07:18 AM
Jerry, Mike, Kevin, Bob, Rich & Frank, thanks for your posts & comments!

Jerry, that white foam does make this barn standout.

Mike, this silo definitely suits my 30's era much better than the one that comes with the kit.
Though I'm thinking that dome roof might make into a nice little space observatory one day.

Kevin, I'm also excited about getting the landforms in place, and starting to scenic this farm scene.

Bob, I've been really missing you & your work that you usually share with us here on the forums.
I hope you return with something to build & share soon!

Rich, I hope I can finish this tribute to Chester off, as well as you did on your tribute build for Chester.

Frank, I'm just glad I got the silo I was looking for!

Here's a better photo of the reworked metal roof that I had to do.

Thanks again!
Frank Palmer Posted - 12/09/2019 : 10:34:28 AM

Nice work Greg. No longer solo silos.
Pennman Posted - 12/09/2019 : 07:32:46 AM
Nice work Greg. I also think the newer silo is a better rendition. As far as scenery goes, I am sure you can handle anything that comes your way in any time frame, especially after scenicing that Fort York display. Glad you're mooving along swiftly.

sgtbob Posted - 12/09/2019 : 06:16:24 AM
Great to see you back to work on the farm. Looks fantastic!!!

kebmo Posted - 12/08/2019 : 8:14:12 PM
you did such a great job on the silo that came with the kit, at first i thought it was a shame, but when i saw the second one i knew. you were absolutely right. great looking job on this monster so far. i can't wait to see the landforms.
Michael Hohn Posted - 12/08/2019 : 7:55:35 PM

As nice a job as you did on the kit silo, I just didnít like it with your barn. The new one is excellent. It looks appropriate and of course you built it with your usual care.

Use the original one to store a missile or something.

TRAINS1941 Posted - 12/08/2019 : 4:22:18 PM
I really like it. At first I thought it was sitting on a field of snow.

I'll tell you the white really shows the building off. Excellent job on this so far Greg.
Ensign Posted - 12/08/2019 : 3:44:30 PM
Hi everyone, I managed to find an older style silo that better fits my late 30's time frame.
It was produced by "Alder Models" here in Canada.
Jack Alder produced this kit more than a decade ago, so they are not easy to find.
Here's what this resin silo kit looks like.

As you can see this is a wood stave silo.
I wanted a concrete silo instead, so I sanded my silo smooth erasing the wood stave detailing cast into the walls of the silo.
I also replaced the cast resin chute with a wooden one that I built instead.
I then painted my silo white, like the one's I've seen around my area.
And this is how it came out looking!

I also had broken off some magnet wires going into the barn, so a couple of my lights weren't working as a result of that.
So I had to carefully remove the new looking metal roof on the addition of the barn in order to fix these wires.
I was able to get those lights working again.
However as a result of this, I ended up having to make a complete new roof using a different roofing material from the previous one used.

Thanks for looking!
Ensign Posted - 11/29/2019 : 1:23:54 PM
Originally posted by TRAINS1941

You have 32 days left until the end of the year!!

Thanks! Dave & Jerry.

Dave, that EZ line banding on the silo was indeed a chore for me to do, so that method that I used on the unloading chute came in real handy!

Jerry, I know it's going to be a challenge, but I'm going to give it a try anyway!

One more thing that I forgot to share with you.
The resin unloading chute cap, had a bit of a gap between it and the dome roof.
The instructions suggested filling in such a gap with white glue, and then painted silver again when it had dried.


TRAINS1941 Posted - 11/29/2019 : 1:11:55 PM
You have 32 days left until the end of the year!!
Guff Posted - 11/29/2019 : 12:44:59 PM
Nice idea on the banding! Appears to be a big time saver!
Ensign Posted - 11/29/2019 : 12:39:59 PM
Hi everyone, well I have finally completed the concrete stave silo that I've been working on.
I finished off the EZ line silo banding.

I found a easier way of applying that same EZ line banding to the unloading chute.
Instead of many individual bands being glued on, I did it with one continuous band, by stepping it down on the backside of the chute.
While keeping the EZ line in straight lines across the front of the chute.

This method saved a lot of time, as opposed to applying each band on separately.

I was now ready to glue the silo dome roof onto the silo.
Making certain that the door opening on it lined up with start stop points of the EZ line banding.
I then located the 2 sections of ladder and painted those with earth coloured paint and weathered them with A&I.
One of these ladders needed to be cut down in length so that the ladder looks like one continuous ladder from the base of the silo all the way to the top door opening.
This ladder then gets glued over the start & stop points of the EZ line.
Also in our kits, you will find a 3/32" by 6" long styrene tube.
This will be the silo's blower pipe.
You will need to carefully heat one end of it up to create a bend in it as shown in fig.32.
This blower pipe is then held in place to the silo by 3 pieces of .012 brass wire bent around the styrene tube to form a perfect circle around the tube with twisted/coiled pigtails that will be inserted into drilled out holes on the silo.
Keeping this blower pipe about 1/8" of an inch off of the silo.
I then painted this blower pipe with silver paint.
One last thing that you must do to complete the silo is adding some silo doors below where the unloading chute ends.
These are made by cutting some cardstock into 3/16" by 1/8" high squares.
I decided to cut my silo doors into 3/16" x 3/16" squares instead.
These silo doors get painted the same colour as the rest of the silo staves.
This is how it came out looking.

This is how my completed silo came out looking.

This is the last big piece in building this kit.
I really hope to finish this entire "Fesmire Farm" scene off by the end of this year.
So I will share some of the scenery aspects required to complete this scene, but not all of them in order to save myself some time.

Thanks for looking!

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