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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: Richard M. Reid 
WOW!!!

Inspiring work gentlemen!!!!!!
Signed: 6/30/2008 6:47:14 PM
 Posted By: simenon 
Looking for model rocks
Signed: 6/28/2008 10:07:46 AM
 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
Signed: 6/22/2008 12:21:05 AM
 Posted By: Kenneth Duwa 
New builder, trying to make a river, need to know how, step by step
Signed: 5/17/2008 11:01:18 PM
 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.
Signed: 4/15/2008 7:13:20 AM
 Posted By: Douglas K. Lee 
Hello, I was introduced to this forum by a friend. I have recently come across many interesting items, that I am hoping someone out there can help me with. original plans and scale drawings for a stream line scale type elect. train submitted to Lewis marx in 1950, I also have #1 produced still in the box. #32250 I am looking for some direction. any comments or suggestions would be helpful.
Thanks, Douglas K. Lee
Signed: 3/21/2008 10:26:10 AM
 Posted By: RAYMOND 
I am new member, I was wondering if there is anyone out their that knows the section station alone the railway during the years of 1942 thru 1960 Flagstaff, Williams, Ash Fork, Seligmen, For I lived on some of those section station but have forgotten the distences from the small towns where these station were located. If anyone knows where these station where at and the distences, please write to me at ray_acosta@q.com or jraycost@gmail.com, thanks.
Signed: 2/9/2008 7:17:56 PM
 Posted By: Tom Ebert 
This is the second or third time I've visited the site. Its very good and I've enjoyed reading through many of the posts. Unfortunately I do NOT have high speed internet at home, so don't spend alot of time (1/2 of the week) on the net. When I am down near work I do.
I am building the Cascade Div GN prototype in HO scale between Skykomish and Appleyard (Wenatchee) Wa. Time stopped in the fall of 1953.
Thanks again for the site.
Tom Ebert
Signed: 2/4/2008 9:35:16 AM
 Posted By: Tom Russell 
I need information on a Tortoise switch machine. The switch runs on DC current. Can I also attach AC current for the frog?
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 Posted By: Stan Rosskamp 
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