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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: Dick Winn 
Just starting some semi-serious RR building in On30.
Signed: 2/27/2013 10:32:31 PM
 Posted By: Richard Warren 
Hello,
I'm not a member of the forum; just a guy that likes trains and loves good modeling. But I spend more time on this website than any other. I wondered if you'd pass this info on to Dave Revelia. He mentioned in a thread that CHB O scale barrels were 'scarce as hen's teeth'. I ran across this listing on ebay and just wanted to share it.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/O-On3-On30-SierraWest-CHB-Barrels-/290638518577?pt=Model_RR_Trains&hash=item43ab67d931

I hope this helps and Dave, your work is absolutely AWESOME! I can look at it for hours.

Best Regards,
Richard
Signed: 2/22/2013 2:22:31 PM
 Posted By: Andy Romano 
I invite you all to visit my O Scale 2-rail "Ironbound RR", loosely based on the CNJ in the Ironbound Section of Newark, NJ in the 1950-1960 era. Lots of photos, track plan, etc. See it here:
http://trainutz.com/ironbound.shtml

~Andy
Signed: 11/18/2012 5:49:50 AM
 Posted By: rob chandler 
Hi All

I took the Canadian Railway Conductor course last Spring and during the course I was having some initial problems learning the various railway signals. Being a computer "nerd" I decided to write an app to help me (it helped at lot).

In case you folks are interested in having a look it's at http://www.rcp.ca/mobile

Thanks a bunch
Rob
Signed: 11/16/2012 3:46:23 AM
 Posted By: john elwood 
I am signing in as a guest because I lost all access to the forums due to the recent 10 day loss. Every time I reregister it tells me that my user name and email are already being used and to enter something else. What gives.
Signed: 10/18/2012 8:39:02 PM
 Posted By: Ann 
The picture of Frenchie's Beer Garden store, bar, juke joint and gas station was located in Melrose,LA in the cotton plantation area. The photograph was by Marion Post Wolcott in June 1940
Signed: 10/3/2012 5:27:16 AM
 Posted By: James McClellan 
I own a soap stone quarry in Phoenix VA and know of two others contact me if you would like to see them
Signed: 9/22/2012 9:42:01 AM
 Posted By: Geezer 
Finally got around to signing the book!! How ya all are??



The Geezer!
Signed: 8/22/2012 8:50:25 PM
 Posted By: Thomas Frybarger 
I am From New Holland PA. You know a friend of mine Paul Andrisian who lives in Vermont now. He showed me your web site and I love it.
I have been working on american flyer layout on my second floor for 6 years. Ran out of ideas and space looking for new ideas. Like to see your layout sometime.

Thanks for your time
Thomas Frybarger
Signed: 3/31/2012 9:26:23 PM
 Posted By: Art H. 
I'm new to forums & such so bear with me. Also rying to re-enter railroard modeling. I would be interested in talking to someone from the HOn3 module group in Pittsburgh, Pa.
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