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The Southside Hotel from "Imagine That Laser Art"
Posted by Ensign On 03/22/2017 At 1:21:39 PM
Hi everyone, I thought I'd show you a really nice background kit that I purchased early last year. It's from a Canadian kit manufacturer called "Imagine That Laser Art" or ITLA for short.
I just loved this kit when I first saw it, and had to buy one for my own.







I just finished building my Southside Hotel, with a small modification to make it look a little different looking from the original design.
I switched out the half round tarp canopy over the hotel entrance, to a more elaborate hanging from chains covering.
This kit was very well designed, and went together quite well.
Here is how my version came out looking.





As you can see from the kit's box lid, it comes with many rooftop details, which I decided not to use on my version.
Even without those extra details missing from my version, I think it still looks like a very believable looking structure.

Thanks for having a look!

Greg Shinnie
final pics of the scratch built bed and breakfast
Posted by kebmo On 03/18/2017 At 2:35:30 PM
here is some additional backstory. sheri's late husband kyle was in advertising. he was a wiz on a mac.
i made a deal with him. i told him that if he agreed to do all of our promo stuff for the band i'm in, i would build his wife a model of their home. he died a month later. i felt that i needed to build the model to honor our deal, so that is what i did. it is now finished and i'm waiting for her to get back from florida (sometime today) so i can bring it over there and give it to her.
here are four pics of the finished product:













all in all i have to say i'm pretty pleased with the way it turned out. as an aside, the guy that did the plaque was so taken by the story and pics of the model that he gave it to us for $10.00. offered $20.00 and he said no. the base is made from a plank of aspen and stained red mahogany (at the owner's request), then a couple coats of a matte verathane.
now i can focus on the backwoods water tower....
Plastic roof smoke vents?
Posted by JimF On 03/18/2017 At 09:46:30 AM
I will be building the Quality Craft Models Haydenton covered depot kit. I'm in the process of comparing the metal cast windows and doors with plastic from Grandt or Tichy.

I prefer to work with plastic, and think they will look better than the rather dated metal ones.

The roof vents (long, narrow, vented sides, peaked roof) are also metal.

Anyone know of a plastic replacements? My searching has drawn a blank, so far.

Thanks.

Jim F
Trouble with signage
Posted by jeyjey On 03/11/2017 At 08:26:49 AM
I had some trouble today with a Mail Pouch Tobacco sign. When I tried the wet-scraping method of thinning the paper, the ink bled.

Then I tried the dry sandpaper method with better results, but the ink bled again when I applied the sign with diluted white glue.

I considered varnishing the printed sign first, but water could still bleed into the back of the ink through the paper, so I was worried that wouldn't work.

So I tried Canopy Glue (un-thinned, as it's pretty thin anyway). That at least pretty much cured the bleeding problem. However, try as I might I couldn't seem to get the sign to lay down properly on the clapboard. No matter how much I pressed I wasn't getting nice shadows under each board.

Finally, having given up, I was sitting there staring at my poor wall when I realised the sign was laying nice and tight -- the missing shadows were because the clapboard was upside down!

D'oh.

Cheers,
Jeff.
HO Figures Suitable For The 1930s
Posted by MalcyMalc On 03/07/2017 At 05:26:29 AM
Hello
My plan is to build a layout based on a Maine branch / short line in the mid-Thirties. Can anyone recommend any suitable figure makers other than the usual suspects (Noch, Preiser and so on)?

I found a British maker AC Stadden (son of Charles C Stadden) who produces some rather tasty HO figures https://www.acstadden.co.uk/

Unfortunately in HO he only does Edwardian figures (ie 1890 to 1918ish). I ordered a few packs and they are very nice sculpts indeed and I'm looking forward to painting them.

I bought the station staff, engineers and workmen sets on the basis they wouldn't look too out of place in the 1930's. However I also bought pack HO2 Edwardian People and HO8 Edwardian Children which include female figures. I don't think these will fit (well possibly the little girls might) the 30's.

Can anyone recommend 1930's suitable figures? And do you guys swap figures that don't fit your period with one another?

Thanks,
Malc
Can You Identify Who Produced This Kit?
Posted by Bruce Scott On 03/06/2017 At 11:39:46 PM
I've tried to identify this station kit I picked up at a show, but can't. It's not Durango Press's Palms Station, and it's not Classic Miniature's Ophir Depot. Possibly it was a scratch build? Anyone here know if this was a kit and who made it?

Also, how do I get these pictures smaller when I post? Do I reduce the kilobytes when I save the file? Thx











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 Posted By: Richard Neil 
This is so cool I'm amazed!! My Grandpa loves anything to do with trains could u just see me making something for him..That would be cool maybe I can I love to build I make balsa stick planes and jets alot of work and patience this site is awesome!!!!!!!My mom's friend turned us on to it thanks Kevin.
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 Posted By: Francesca Neil 
Hello all , Well my Friend Kevin O'neil turned me on to this site and I am simply amazed...Iv'e been checking things out for hours now and I wonder if this is something to get my son 18yrs into? he loves building balsa jets etc.....each jet is about 3' and alot of work and he is so paitent but this is all so awesome.He has always payed attn to detail and is very Art talented... I would love to see him with a great passion he has seen the work and is intrested so any input is great. To have such a passion and love for something is a true gift and I think you are all wonderful talented people to have a dream and follow with it I give you all alot of respect..Once again I'm enjoying this site so much your all awesome people. Fran
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 Posted By: Chris Hollingshead 
This was my grandfather's business. I worked there with him as a child. Thanks for posting the pictures.
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 Posted By: imkookoo4choochoo 
Hi, I hope someone can provide me with some information on an HO model kit I recently found. It is made by S&E Suzuki & Edwards out of Tokyo. It is a metal die cast stock car. I am told this kit came out right after WWII, which would make it 50 to 60 years old or more. Does anyone out there have any info on this maker or familiar with them? This kit has all its parts and I am just curious if there is a small marker out there that might be interested in such an item, and how much it might be worth to those select few. Thank you
Signed: 5/18/2007 4:09:02 PM
 Posted By: Richard Baker 
I have known about the L&W since I was a kid in Thomson. The EMD loco is an ex Ga & Fl RR unit #70. It was one of thier originals. There is a blue L&W boxcar parked in the wye with the loco. It has been there about a year. I was in Folkston a few days ago and spotted an L&W box in the consist of a passing CSX train. I drove to Wadley and nothing had changed in the wye. Upon leaving and heading north to Thomson, I caught sight of some boxcars sitting on the L&W main. I followed the tracks to an abandoned junk yard and there sat 4-5 Pickens RR box cars. There were trees growing up around the trucks. They all had roller bearings mounted in the old friction bearing journal boxes. I don't think thats legal now.
Rick
Signed: 3/3/2007 4:31:23 PM
 Posted By: Reg 
Great site, just trying to get some ideas
for HO.
Thanks
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 Posted By: clinchvalley 
Great forum site, my favorite. Thanks to Mike K for turning me on to it.

Larry
Signed: 2/2/2007 1:44:10 PM
 Posted By: Mary Ann Murphy Colegrove 
Trying to find Dan S to make sure he knows about our 20th H.S. reunion in Marcellus on July 7th week-end. I goggled the name and found it on this site. Dan if you can reach out to colegroves@adelphia.net to make sure we have your new mailing address, I would appreciate it. Thanks, MAC
Signed: 1/24/2007 8:34:02 PM
 Posted By: Larry Stewart 
I enjoy taking photos of Trains
Larry Stewart from Tacoma
Signed: 1/17/2007 12:24:24 AM
 Posted By: Jim Oakleaf 
Hello - I have registered twice for the Forum in the last 2 weeks, but never have received a confirmation email.
What is the turnaround time for a confirmation? Thanks
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