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$25 Kit From Conowingo Models
Posted by darrylhuffman On 02/25/2020 At 08:33:21 AM
When I asked John Allen about buildings, he said they should be small, but tall.

This $25 kit from Conowingo Models fits the bill nicely. The kit goes together easily, the windows and doors fit the laser cut openings perfectly, and the finished product looks nice.

A set of three of these as company houses in a coal mining town would be great.

I made a couple of minor additions to the kit and weathered it to my satisfaction. I built this in less than 24 hours by working on it in 15 minute shifts throughout the day.







N Scale Pavement - New Technique ... for me.
Posted by Michael On 02/24/2020 At 1:33:44 PM
Found a new technique for creating a better, more realistic-looking pavement for my N scale endeavours. Thought I would share this on the Forum.



I start with 2mm EVA black craft foam from Michael's. (Here in Canada, I got a roll for about $12.50CDN. But with a coupon, it was 40% less). The foam has texture, so it is a good starting point to apply acrylic paints

For paints, I used "Payne's Gray", Titanium White and Raw umber. The paints were applied by dabbing onto the foam using make-up sponges. Light layers seem to work best.

For the cracks in the pavement, I used a fine marker. I was a bit overzealous with the cracks although it looks like our street. A pencil, instead of a mark, may make the crack a bit more subtle.

For the finale, I used a few pastels for blending.

The foam can be scored using a dental pick to simulate deep cracks or potholes.

Just need to apply the centre lines.

Thanks for reading. Comments and suggestions always welcome.

Michael

Building Campbell's Oil Derrick
Posted by Dutchman On 02/17/2020 At 3:47:40 PM
Although I still have some finishing touches to complete on my current project, I've started prep work on the next project to hit the bench - Campbell's Timber Oil Derrick Kit (#354).




HO Sailmaker's Building
Posted by darrylhuffman On 02/15/2020 At 10:29:19 PM
Last year I made a sailmaker's business using a plastic kit and a wooden kit.

I will post some photos here.

Here is an overall photo to begin with.

Need advice on plaster building!
Posted by elminero67 On 02/14/2020 At 11:13:14 AM
Morning everyone! I am scratchbuilding a circa 1854, brick mining camp store out of plaster of Paris In O scale. Iím getting close to being ready to paint the bricks-but since this is my first attempt at a brick building made out of this material, I am not sure how to proceed...should I paint the mortar first with a thin gray wash, then paint the bricks, or should I paint the bricks then wash in the mortar color, wiping of the excess?

Thanks for your insight and experience!
Duane

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HO Barrel House - Version 2 - step by step
Posted by darrylhuffman On 02/12/2020 At 10:39:54 PM
Last month I posted photos of my build of an HO scale Barrel House based on the one that existed in Tonopah, Nevada.

The model was a fun one to build but after it was done I found it to be "out of scale" to my eye.

As a first effort it was fine, but I wanted to build an improved version.

Below is the photo of the original in Tonopah and the front of my model.




Things I did not like about my model were the roof was too steep, the caulking between the barrels was too crude, the scraps of wood used on the front were too large and the barrels themselves were too large.

The barrels were fine barrels made by Model Shipways but they were too large for this particular model.

I began a search for barrels that were the size I wanted. I found those offered by DOCTOR BEN'S SCALE CONSORTIUM were perfect for my new model.

I ordered a batch along with some assorted boxes and crates, all from Doctor Ben's. I picked up some of his highly recommended corrugated roofing material as well.



Richard Bendever (Dr. Ben) and I have had tables next to each other a few times at conventions over the years and have become friends. I have always had excellent service from them while buying online and find they have a wide variety of useful products that fit my modeling style.

The barrels, the boxes and crates are some type of hard casting material like dental plaster or Durham's Wood Putty.

To color them I simply put them into a paper cup, covered them with a mixture of alcohol and Lincoln Brand Brown Leather Dye.

I let them sit for a minute or two and then poured the stain back into the bottle I use for storing the stain.




The finished barrels and crates now have the brown color of wood which has been in the desert for a long time.



I like the natural variations caused by the stain flowing off the castings while they dry.

I keep a small amount of the stain and a very small paint brush handy to touch up any areas that need more stain.



I then stacked some of them and glued them together with Canopy Glue.

Now I just have to wait until all the glue and stain is completely dry before beginning the actual build.
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