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Modeling cement in plastic
Posted by towazy On 11/18/2020 At 8:37:52 PM

I am looking for techniques in how to make plastic look like concrete. I like the porous look casting in plaster gives and Iím looking for a way to get that look from plastic. Iím going to build a long retaining wall, in a somewhat deteriorated state. In the past Iíve built a master, made a mold,and cast in hydrocal. Then scraped and gouged to get the crumbling look. I like that look better than just painting the plastic. I could go that route again, but was hoping to find a less labor intensive way to achieve similar results by building from plastic. Thanks in advance for any ideas.

Tom
Bar Mills HO REA Depot build
Posted by darrylhuffman On 11/17/2020 At 07:31:26 AM
When I asked John Allen about buildings, he suggested they be small and tall. I have always tried to follow his ideas and look for small buildings.

One of my favorite buildings on the FS&M is the REA Depot shown here. This photo is a recent one taken by Dave Kruiswyk of George Sellios's orignal. The lower photo is of the new kit from Bar Mills Models which is patterned off of the FSM original.

Bar Mills Models offers this kit in both O scale and HO scale. I am going to build the HO version. This little building is about 5 inches wide and 3 inches deep. It is small but offers lots of opportunities for details.


paint question - recreating a blue shay model
Posted by Jerry Kemp On 10/23/2020 At 03:05:07 AM
I've been mesmerized by this blue shay since I first saw it in the late 1970. I've been doing On30 for around 5 or 6 years now, and I'm interested in possibly applying a similar blue paint scheme to one of my Bachmann On30 Shays.

Several questions - I'm curious, as I have some, but jr. level air brush experience, what color and other special effects that those more knowledgeable might share regarding this paint scheme.

and second, I'm also fishing for thoughts and comments on the skill level for reproducing/emulating this. Do you think its pretty basic? Or is there some 1970's high tech stuff going on here?

Thank you for your comments, I'm attaching a couple of photo's from 1977 && 1978 for review.

HRM Laser Models 25t coaling tower
Posted by deemery On 10/10/2020 At 6:15:03 PM
I'm starting a build from a kitmaker who's new to me, HRM Laser Models. Specifically, I'm doing his small 25t (Milwaukee Road prototype) coaling tower. This is probably an early 20th century design, so I'll build it as if it's brand new on my late 19th century layout.

Here's some info on the kit: http://hrmlasermodels.com/Structures/CoalTower25ton/index.php

And a photo of what's in the box:

Pretty much everything is laser cut, but I'm looking at some possible substitute parts.

This'll be a slow build, as I have other projects (model and 'real world') that I'll be working on at the same time.

dave
Round House Smoke Jacks
Posted by mecrr On 09/15/2020 At 5:23:57 PM
Below are three photos of a smoke jack on my my Model Masterpieces Round house. I am trying to determine if the slanted cover should point toward the back or toward the center cupola. Second photo shows pointing towards cupola and third toward the back. Any suggestions as pictures of this appear to be rare
David
PS, yah, I know the fan needs to be weathered








small office
Posted by deemery On 09/14/2020 At 10:05:45 AM
I'm scratchbuilding a small (lawyer's?) office based on this photograph.


The big challenge will be those center Ionic columns (with scroll ends on either side.

dave
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 Posted By: Mikel Parker 
fantastic sight ,I have enjoyed looking through the forums and love the sharing of ideas!Cheers.
Signed: 12/27/2008 6:03:42 PM
 Posted By: Ian Hodgkiss 
I found this site through a link from RMWeb the UK site. Incredibly high standards of modelling - I would like to know if I have permission to use some of the photography on my inspirations page - for inspiration of course!!!

Ian Hodgkiss
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 Posted By: Robert 
WOW, so much to learn, so little time. I hope to contribute something.
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 Posted By: Todd Roberts 

Hello;
First time viewer; hope to see something I can use on my railroad. Time to browse. Be cool.
Todd
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 Posted By: Ron Haviland 
Just found this site I have looked at several threads. WOW! Karl O. is quite the modeler. I have found several tips that I will gladly use.
Just starting on my railroad after waiting for years for the spare time, spare $ & spare room. LOL (Honest Honey; I'll only spend about an hour a week in there.
Once I get something really going I'm sure I'll register and make some posts.
Signed: 11/26/2008 3:22:11 PM
 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
Signed: 10/24/2008 5:39:26 AM
 Posted By: Mike Rhoda 
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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 Posted By: nicktisch 
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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