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Glue Holding Jig-Carl B inspired
Posted by desertdrover On 01/23/2020 At 11:49:29 AM
Glue holder Jig-Tool:

While watching Carl Alessi, RR-L Member (Carl B) his ďGreat Lakes Lighthouse Build: http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=52349&whichpage=1
I saw a glue holder jig he made-up. (First set of pictures).
That jig, after many years of modeling struck my interest immediately. We all know when we model, and use glue, we set it down only to pick it up again and have to shake the glue to the tip to use it once again. And, this goes on and on throughout our construction builds.
Well this outstand jig solves that problem for us. Here are the parts I used and made-up one for myself. It shows all the different glues it can hold. And, many more Iím sure.
I took an extra caulking gun I had laying around, and pulled off the handle and guts, than cut out a piece of wood to screw the caulking gun tube holder onto to make-up my glue holder. Enjoy!
Many thanks Carl B.





Building FSM Branchline Bucket Coaling Station
Posted by Dutchman On 01/21/2020 At 1:44:02 PM


While attending the 2017 NMRA National Convention in Orlando, and walking the aisles of the Auction Room, I was amazed at the number of old FSM Kits available.

Then I remembered we were in Florida - where aging modelers go to retire - and eventually pass on - leaving their stack of un-built kits. I managed to pick up 3 for under $30 each. (The # of kits kept prices down.)

Anyway, before it ends up in my Estate Sale, I thought that I'd build it.

Kit #230. Instruction Sheets and templates never touched. Sealed packets still sealed.


2020 Old West Store Front
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......

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