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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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Nice site. Enjoyed looking around. Am in the early stages of designing a layout. As a kid, I ran Super O track and am considering making the layout using Super O track. Availability of wider radius curves is an issue. Will prob end up modifying the existing (36" dia circle) curves to increase diameters to 60" (5'),72" (6'),& 84" (7'). So, I was just looking around hoping to get some layout ideas.
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