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WLMART CHEEP Primer, [s]hard[/s] canít be found.
Posted by k9wrangler On 01/26/2020 At 4:19:55 PM
Iíve looked for several months now for a restock of the WalMart store brand Grey Primer, as called for in several of the more modern craftsman and semi craftsman kits. Itís not to be found, in fact less than a half dozen cans of any color of WM paint.

So, it seems its gone the way of Floquil Driftwood. What is a person to do? Hate to they and think outside the box. A quick shot of White semi gloss/satin/flat Rusty Oleum or Krylon seems like one or the other would work, of course 4 times as expensive, PLUS in my house, big stanky problem that stirs up the executive suite.

Just trolling for ideas, Iíve a couple of Bar Mills and Campbell projects in the 0% pile.that I could be working on sometime. Artís had some good specials in the last few weeks.

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.
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 Posted By: Martin K. Van Horn 
On30 modeler off-and-on since 1954. Came to this site to view friend Les Davis' locomotives.
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 Posted By: C. Jeff Dyrek 
I was just looking for pictures of the Alaska Railroad.

Thank you. C. Jeff Dyrek
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This site is like the proverbial "kid in the candy store" (shows my age, I guess). I'm armchair modeling in On30 'till the basement's done, and loving the contributors. Thanks !
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Thanks for the great notes about the Divco Milk Truck. The Woodward Cruise was the first time it was shown since restoration.
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Just Browsing for ideas and hints for the Linwood & Federal RR
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WOW!!!

Inspiring work gentlemen!!!!!!
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 Posted By: Bob Hunt 
Plummeted into the forum for the first time this evening looking for some info on Campbell Scale Model kits. I am joining immediately. I am semi-retired, teach guitar and bass, love HO and have practiced proto-87 for three years now, having only a "test bed" in the garage. I hope ot learn and participate in the forum as much as possible. Thanks for being here. Bob
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 Posted By: Kenneth Duwa 
New builder, trying to make a river, need to know how, step by step
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 Posted By: Kenneth Haan 
Most interesting site, I shall, when my web site comes back on line to place a link to here.

Since 1983 I have sold many kits to many satified cusomters, however due to the tough economic times and the deluge of modeling equipment dumped onto the modeling market, most customers cannot make up their mind as what to buy and purchase nothing.

Remember when, Mr. Athearn and his company would announce a new car type about once each year. The new car would be manufactured in ten road names and priced within the means of common modelers.

Now everybody in the marketplace is scrambling to put out as much and more than the buying public can swallow. Note as well the great number of model railroad stores simply throwing in the towel and exiting the business as too highly competitive and or too much to keep in their modest inventory.

Worse, is the way companies do business, buying a lump trailer full of trains and once sold or out of parts to maintain them, they say to the customer, "That's Tough!"

My business too feels the crunch, and mattering on this year's sales figures will make our mind as to remaining in business or slipping from sight.
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