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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: ward kesic 
INTERESTING FORUM,GREAT PICS !
Signed: 2/18/2012 2:15:44 PM
 Posted By: Dwight 
Does anyone know what could be used to make a hinge that would allow a very small HO scale door to open 180 deg.It's only 18"W x 36"H.
Signed: 2/6/2012 1:15:47 PM
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Dear All ,

I tried to join your great forums many time ,but unfortunately I didn't receive the confirmation mail ,So can anybody tell me if there is any rules or specific age or nationality to join this forums ,Please its so important to me to join this forums cuz I did a lot of railroad stations scale models 100% handmade by me and its mean alot for me to hear your opinion about it .

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 Posted By: rod n eye 
Woodland Scenics BURNS !!!! Thursday 1/5/2016 Linn Creek , Missouri Big fire !! No one hurt !! ....but great damage !! Over 150 people without a place to work tomorrow !!!
Signed: 1/5/2012 11:05:50 PM
 Posted By: boxcarbill 
Hi Everyone,I'm new to this computer chatting. I don't know how to post pics of my portable on30 layout. Because I live in a apartment, & don't have room or place for permanent,stand alone layout. I decided to make a aluminum box that measures 4ftx6ft when open & 2ft x 6ft when closed. I'm modeling a fictitious hawaian sugarcane operation.
Signed: 12/23/2011 3:11:04 PM
 Posted By: Frank Hermanek 
I'd like to find the article #19991 to enhance the size/appearance of the Bar Mills brewery. How do I get it it? I am an NMRA member. Please help

Frank148702

I don't see an image format
Signed: 10/20/2011 7:35:15 PM
 Posted By: brook jacobs 
gentlemen i have a 14 inch tall round stove which has the letters NM&Tco buffalo n\NewYork on the top of its lid I was wondering if this is a stove which would be connected to the railroad in your neck of the woods? the only connection to the letters on the top is the NM&Tco railroad in the Appalacias any thoughts would be appreciated
Signed: 8/18/2011 10:14:16 PM
 Posted By: Andy 
good info
Signed: 4/29/2011 8:02:32 PM
 Posted By: Bob Holden 
A neat site...I'm in the process of rebuilding my HO layout...it was dismantled for moving. The SLO&WRR (St. Lawrence, Ontario & Western Railroad) should be up and running again by year's end. Love the pictures...hope to contribute in that area!
Signed: 4/25/2011 2:00:04 PM
 Posted By: Bob Taylor 
Great site!!!
Im modeling a freelance Sp layout
28x33 thats just about ready to landscape, so it's a long way from the standard shown on your site. But getting there is half the fun.
Cheers Bob t.
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