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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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Carl B Posted - 10/15/2019 : 12:47:38 PM
I am also a bit suspicious about the EZ line maintaining its shape over the eons. Then again my own farm project had no silo. Hmmm.

Is there much more to be done to complete the kit Greg?
Ensign Posted - 10/15/2019 : 11:02:57 AM
Frank, I think my brain looked like that before I started applying the E-Z Line.
The instructions tell us to add a few extra specks of CA adhesive along each band to keep them from moving up or down.
It is a very tedious process indeed!

Frank Palmer Posted - 10/15/2019 : 10:09:58 AM
This is what your brain looks like after applying E-X Line at 1/8 intervals.

Greg are you going to "fix" the lines when complete? EZLine tends to sag after time.

Ensign Posted - 10/14/2019 : 7:55:54 PM
Jeff, Pete, Bob & Dave, thanks for your continued interest in this project!
It's always great to read what you guys have to say about my work that I'm doing here.
I always appreciate your comments, good or bad.

Guff Posted - 10/14/2019 : 7:26:26 PM
Beautiful job on the porch painting. Definitely a large and tedious project but what a wonderful finished product.
sgtbob Posted - 10/14/2019 : 5:38:54 PM
Nice job on both, the railings and the silo.

Orionvp17 Posted - 10/14/2019 : 4:51:27 PM
What Jeff said!

Just remember to make sure that anything you store in the silo is really dry before you put it in. We don't want any barn fires!

in Michigan
JeffB Posted - 10/14/2019 : 4:35:06 PM
Nice job on the house and the silo!

Ensign Posted - 10/14/2019 : 2:41:53 PM
Jerry & Mike, thanks for your posts & kind words about my porch paint job & my endeavors in silo building.

Michael Hohn Posted - 10/14/2019 : 2:33:10 PM
1:1 porch and 1:87 silo and chute all look nicely done. Both your real and miniature lives seem to involve repetitive tasks requiring full attention and a steady hand.

TRAINS1941 Posted - 10/14/2019 : 2:29:52 PM
Greg nice painting on the real house!!

The silo looks like a lot of fun!! Round and round you go!!

As usual your up to usual standards exceptional work!
Ensign Posted - 10/14/2019 : 12:32:13 PM
Hi everyone, well those of you that have been following along with this "Whispering Falls" build have probably been wondering why I haven't posted in awhile.
I've been kept busy with painting my porches, upper & lower on my house.
To give you an idea of just why it took me so long here's a couple of pics showing my newly painted porches.

Good news... I just finished the painting, and now can get back to completing my version of this kit "Fesmire Farms"
Sorry about the delay, so let's get going once again!

Last time I posted I was working on this kit's large concrete stave silo.
The kit includes this cast resin silo roof.
This style of roof according to my research does not really fit into my 1930's time period.
They really started using this style of roof in the 1950's.
However I will build this silo with this roof for now, with the plans of replacing it one day with an older style of silo & silo roof later.
Here's the resin casting of the roof shown below showing me drilling a 1/8" inch hole into it at the top.
Only drilling down about an 1/8" of an inch as well.
That hole represents a skylight letting in natural light into the silo.

I then painted my silo dome silver with the door opening in it being painted black and I also painted the skylight opening black as well.
When the paint was dry I added a little drop of crystal clear into the skylight opening.

Next I built the unloading chute.
You will need to locate the 3/8" round dowel which has been cut in half.

You will cover the curved portion of the dowel using 2 x 6 stripwood.

I then painted with the same paint (Tamiya brand XF-020 medium grey) that I used on the silo.
I also painted silver and glued into place the resin hood casting.

Now both the silo and this chute get E-Z line Hoops/banding applied to them.
The Fig.30 diagram shows us how this banding is to be spaced.

I used a pencil to mark to assist in how this banding was to be spaced.

I then began this process of gluing the E-Z line onto the silo.
I would add a small speck of CA adhesive with a toothpick, then stick the E-Z line into the glue letting that end set enough that I could wrap the E-Z line around the silo and gluing it again when it reached the same location where I started from.
this is how it looked after I had a few of the bands glued into place.

This same process is used on the chute as well with 1/8" inch spacing used on that.
This process seems to take awhile so I'm still working on completing both silo & chute.
I will report back when those are completed, so that I can show you the next steps needed to complete this silo.

Thanks for looking!

Ensign Posted - 08/29/2019 : 12:25:46 PM
Mike, I totally agree with you, laser cutting has made our modeling worlds so much easier!
Thanks for your encouraging words, and for your post.

Michael Hohn Posted - 08/29/2019 : 12:19:01 PM

I think one of the advantages of laser kits is the way they lock together so that with a modicum of care the builder ends up with a square, solid assembly. The approach here looks particularly well thought out.

Good job.

Ensign Posted - 08/29/2019 : 11:35:48 AM
Hi everyone, well I have a mini update here today regarding the large silo in this kit.
You begin the construction of this silo by building this support framework.
Using the 3/8" dowel which is 6 7/8" inches long and 6 laser cut discs designed to fit over the dowel, and also held in place by 4 additional 12x12 stripwood pieces.
So that it all looks like this when glued together.

You then need to cover this silo framework with 2 x 8 stripwood, gluing them on one at time.
This process takes awhile, but take your time doing it making certain each piece is on straight and tight to each other.
I would make one end of the 2 x 8 flush with the bottom of the silo framework and let the rest extend past the top of the framework.
When it was dry I would use rail nippers to cut off the extra wood sticking out past the silo framework.

Until I finally got the entire silo framework covered with the 2 x 8 stripwood.
I had to slightly modify the last piece of 2 x 8 stripwood to fit into the last opening to finish this off.

The instructions tell us to now paint this silo with "Tamiya" XF-20 Medium grey paint.
Brushing in the same direction as the boards.

This is how my silo came out looking after it's paint job.

That's all I have for now, I will continue this when I have more to show you.


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