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Posted by wabashbanks On 01/16/2020 At 10:13:18 AM
My drawing for the No. 10 option of draw it and scratch build it. This will be in N scale and will be done as a back of the scene structure. While it will be detailed the relief of the different layers will be minimized to appear as shadow only, not direct discrenable layers. The goal is for this structure to look like it is more than a block away. That means no heavy ink washes or anything like that. Instead it will be purposely more muted but still detailed and weathered.


Louís Skid Shacks Construction- 2020 Challenge
Posted by desertdrover On 01/13/2020 At 7:29:36 PM
I saw this Carpenter Shop Cabins diorama by Jeff Johnson some Months back (First picture), and was inspired to build my own loggers skid shacks construction diorama, using the Long Bell Lumber Company type of skid shacks for my project (Second set of pictures). The last picture shows the land form I have to work with is only 8-1/4Ē x 5-1/4Ē. I will be making three (3) skid shacks. Examples left to right, like the first three construction phases of the cabins, in Jeff Johnsonís diorama.
I started with my foam base footprint, and painted it with my railroad ground color paint. For anyone interested, the color I use is Tortoise 86-587-7605 whatever those numbers mean, thatís what the paint store mixes up for me. (Last picture)





Dead Man's Curve Diorama
Posted by Terry823 On 01/12/2020 At 12:49:57 AM
Iím nearing the completion of my Yorke bordello build and have begun thinking about adding the building to a small scene with a couple of structures that fit in with the decayed appearance of the bordello.



The larger building on the left is the bordello. In the center is what I call the Leaner. I copied one that Laurie Green built. On the right is my version of Yorkeís garage.
Over the past few weeks I been jotting down some notes on the construction of the diorama. Here are a few of them:
1. The size needs to be 2í x 4í or smaller. Anything larger becomes too difficult for me to move.
2. I want to use a base of 1/2Ē plywood on which to attach the foam. I have spent a lot of time on the structures and feel that the plywood will add stability to the module.
3. I plan to use extruded foam for the terrain. It is light weight and easy to modify when I change my mind about something I have done. Itís a mess to work with, but Iíll be working in my garage shop.
4. The foam will be coated with Sculptamold. Itís inexpensive and provides a hard shell that protects the foam and doesnít chip.
5. When I was young there was a wicked curve in the road near to our house that everyone called Deadmanís Curve. I want to try to include a version of that curve.
6. There needs to be a little stream with at least one little bridge.
7. The ground along the road in front of the building with the rotted sidewalk needs to be washed out.
8. This might be a good place to add a version of Earl Smallshawís spilled apples scene.

I think this list will get me started. As I think of more things, Iíll be sure to add them. Maybe I can get some ideas from you, too. I've always appreciated those of you who take the time to show us how you have done things. I hope doing this will serve as a thank you.
cleaning shingles
Posted by dad4the3 On 01/10/2020 At 5:21:43 PM

big ol box from ebay arrived.jennings lumber and several others.very dirty,any advice on cleaning shingles???First pic ever posted here......

Mitchell's Munitions Company
Posted by Terry823 On 01/10/2020 At 2:52:05 PM
I have been adding a few finishing touches to the largest building I have built, Steam Era Structure's Mitchell's Munitions Company. A friend bought the O scale kit years ago at a show, and he asked me to build it for him. I don't believe the kit is in production any longer. The final structure is 23" high and the platform is 19" long. I will be glad to have this build off my tiny workspace.













Thanks for looking.

. Detail associates Roundhouse kitbash
Posted by Glen Haasdyk On 01/06/2020 At 12:19:20 AM
For my first 2010 challenge project I decided to build this kit that a friend gave me just a few weeks ago.




I thought I hit the jackpot when it was dropped in my lap but I opened the box to find:



It was missing almost all the board and batten walls, and a good chunk of the stripwood. However there are at least 12 windows and the complete spool of campbell's shingles are there.





The good news is that the instructions and templates are all there.
After studying the instructions and the leftover contents I think the previous owner built the kit as a two stall instead of three, which would explain why all the wall parts are missing but there is still quite a bit of the strip wood.
My plan is to build a single stall enginehouse out of it, using the templates to build the framework and some B&B or clapboard sheets that I have in my collection.
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Can someone help? I have 2 full size wood box cars aprox 40' by 9'5" wide. How do I get rid of them or sell them?

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 Posted By: bigmama31 

Can someone help me locate that RR chat room back in Oct=Nov 2000. It was free at the time but was in process of going to a paid subscription. the user name he used was
"mongoose" Guy was living in Columbus, Ohio and worked for the FRA and heard he either moved to MD or Crum Lynne, Pa
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 Posted By: bigmama31 
I'm hoping someone here remembers a train/rr chat site back in Oct-2000, looking for a member using "mongoose" as a username. At that time, he was with the FRA and living in Columbus, Ohio. Heard he moved to either PA or Md but still with FRA.
The site was changing to a "paid subscription" and that's when I decided to end it.
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This is a great site. I enjoy it very much. You have a lot of great modelers here. I do Fn3 outdoors and On30 indoors. Thank you for letting me visit. I would like to be a member.
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I am a 0n30 modeler and havebeen modelrailroading for 20+ years
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