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Building Campbell's Oil Derrick
Posted by Dutchman On 02/17/2020 At 3:47:40 PM
Although I still have some finishing touches to complete on my current project, I've started prep work on the next project to hit the bench - Campbell's Timber Oil Derrick Kit (#354).




HO Sailmaker's Building
Posted by darrylhuffman On 02/15/2020 At 10:29:19 PM
Last year I made a sailmaker's business using a plastic kit and a wooden kit.

I will post some photos here.

Here is an overall photo to begin with.

Need advice on plaster building!
Posted by elminero67 On 02/14/2020 At 11:13:14 AM
Morning everyone! I am scratchbuilding a circa 1854, brick mining camp store out of plaster of Paris In O scale. I’m getting close to being ready to paint the bricks-but since this is my first attempt at a brick building made out of this material, I am not sure how to proceed...should I paint the mortar first with a thin gray wash, then paint the bricks, or should I paint the bricks then wash in the mortar color, wiping of the excess?

Thanks for your insight and experience!
Duane

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HO Barrel House - Version 2 - step by step
Posted by darrylhuffman On 02/12/2020 At 10:39:54 PM
Last month I posted photos of my build of an HO scale Barrel House based on the one that existed in Tonopah, Nevada.

The model was a fun one to build but after it was done I found it to be "out of scale" to my eye.

As a first effort it was fine, but I wanted to build an improved version.

Below is the photo of the original in Tonopah and the front of my model.




Things I did not like about my model were the roof was too steep, the caulking between the barrels was too crude, the scraps of wood used on the front were too large and the barrels themselves were too large.

The barrels were fine barrels made by Model Shipways but they were too large for this particular model.

I began a search for barrels that were the size I wanted. I found those offered by DOCTOR BEN'S SCALE CONSORTIUM were perfect for my new model.

I ordered a batch along with some assorted boxes and crates, all from Doctor Ben's. I picked up some of his highly recommended corrugated roofing material as well.



Richard Bendever (Dr. Ben) and I have had tables next to each other a few times at conventions over the years and have become friends. I have always had excellent service from them while buying online and find they have a wide variety of useful products that fit my modeling style.

The barrels, the boxes and crates are some type of hard casting material like dental plaster or Durham's Wood Putty.

To color them I simply put them into a paper cup, covered them with a mixture of alcohol and Lincoln Brand Brown Leather Dye.

I let them sit for a minute or two and then poured the stain back into the bottle I use for storing the stain.




The finished barrels and crates now have the brown color of wood which has been in the desert for a long time.



I like the natural variations caused by the stain flowing off the castings while they dry.

I keep a small amount of the stain and a very small paint brush handy to touch up any areas that need more stain.



I then stacked some of them and glued them together with Canopy Glue.

Now I just have to wait until all the glue and stain is completely dry before beginning the actual build.
Paige Enterprises Sawmill kit
Posted by Al Delp On 02/08/2020 At 4:30:48 PM
Has anyone here ever built the Paige Enterprises sawmill kit# ho-1002? I picked one up on the cheap and seems to have a great many castings that may well be worth the price of the kit. Any information will be appreciated.
A Very-Very "WICKED WANDA'S"
Posted by Frank Palmer On 02/08/2020 At 3:58:08 PM

[B]A VERY-VERY “WICKED WANDA’S”[B]



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 Posted By: Tim Childs 
Great site, lots of modelling ideas.
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 Posted By: Thomas Apesos 
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.
Tom
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Just looking at your forum/blog.
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 Posted By: norm wright 
HI ,, I was looking for caboose interior kits ,,,,,,,,,,,,,norm
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 Posted By: tom dugan 
that photo is at nj zinc plant in palmerton pa.the building no longer standing
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 Posted By: ToddDulaney 
I bought my first HO model train set when I was 12 years old, had it on lay-away at G&G Model Shop in the Village, Houston, Texas. I have loved trains all my life. My Grandfather worked the old Yazoo & Mississippi Valley RR (with John Luther Jones), I.C., Gulf Division, L&N and retired off the MoPac. He and his half brother owned the Louisiana Southern RR, which ran through the truck farms in Barataria. He had box cars loaded under guard (holding Thompson Sub-machine guns.) My mother went once and it never occurred to her, veggies need no guard, but Hooch does.
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I have been away from this forum for a few years and cannot remember details of my original registration. Cannot find a way to gain access now. Need to know my forum name and password. Can anyone help?
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 Posted By: Stacy McMullen Sr 
Thank you for a great place to enjoy train lore. I have always wanted a wooden boxcar of my own but settled for trips from Chama Co and Durango Co. I live in Trinidad Co and would love to find a door or two off of an old car. To setup in my backyard as a backdrop for pictures. I do this strictly as a hobby as I am retired and gave time to make things happenAny help in locating a door would be greatly appreciated. Thank s
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can any body help
Im trying to locate the narrow gauge
convention LOGOs
from the earlist till about 2010
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