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Dental Alginate for casting molds?
Posted by TC On 09/13/2018 At 9:40:29 PM
If you’ve ever had a dental crown done or some other work that required an impression and casting be made of your teeth, you’ve perhaps experienced a dentist or assistant using a substance called “dental alginate” to make that mold for the casting/impression of your teeth.

So I’m curious, has anyone used this material to make model castings, and if so, what were your results? I just came into a decent sized can of the powdered mixture, which can be mixed up into smaller or larger amounts as needed. I’d like to hear what experiences, tips or tricks might be known about how to use the stuff for modeling purposes...
? House Mailbox Suggestion ?
Posted by mecrr On 09/04/2018 At 7:18:51 PM
Folks, anyone have a suggestion of how to model the type of mailbox that attaches to the front of your House besides the front door? Sometimes I have seen a small basket or thin rectangular box used.

I am not looking for the box on a pole that goes out near the street.
Thanks,
David
SierraWest and J.E. Morton's Brass & Iron Foundry
Posted by KKarns On 07/29/2018 At 12:59:59 PM
Featured is SierraWest Scale Model's latest release in HO/HOn3, J.E. Morton's Brass & Iron Foundry...herein referred to as "The Foundry" This amazing kit is comprised of six individual structures integrated into a wonderful manufacturing complex complete with a beautiful resin stone foundry structure. Brett, of SierraWest Scale Models, provides a detailed backstory that gives the The Foundry a meaningful and prototypical workflow.

My plan is to provide updates on a weekly to bi-weekly basis as I work up this gem of a kit.



The first glimpse of The Foundry as it came out of the box. Nicely illustrated box cover...pulse quickens...



Now this is what fine scale modeling and craftsman kits are all about!
This is a picture just as the box was opened and the packing material removed...the box with the picture contains all those wonderful resin and white metal castings! Time to get my hands dirty...
Cricut Project
Posted by George D On 07/25/2018 At 9:12:25 PM
I covered building two different structures where I used my Cricut paper cutting machine for a large portion of the construction in these threads: http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=50263 and http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=50619 I've started another project using the Cricut machine. This is a kitbash and this time I'm only going to document the few steps I take where I use the machine. I won't be covering the work not involving the machine. I'll explain why later.

I'm currently assembling the truss rafters. The building is 50' long and it's going to take 26 of these buggers! I started by drawing a rafters on my computer. I loaded that drawing into the Cricut machine and scribed the design on a piece of 0.040” styrene. I used a light setting since I wasn't trying to cut the styrene. I enhanced the picture by wiping black acrylic paint on the styrene. This is going to become the jig I use to build the rafters.



Notice the bottom line is longer than the rafter. This is exactly 6” (1:1 ratio) and it's the way I tell Cricut the drawing is 6” wide. The truss is then scribed by the machine to exactly match the drawing dimensions. The rafter is HO scale 38'- 6” wide.

I added scrap pieces of styrene to hold the sticks of wood on the jig.



I modified my drawing, extending the lines to use it as a guide for cutting the individual pieces of lumber.



It's a simple matter of laying the stick on the drawing and cutting the correct length and angle. I printed multiple drawings because I figured the razor would start to damage the drawing as I cut multiple pieces of wood.

Here's a completed truss. It takes about a half hour to make one - Only 25 more to go!



Those gusset plates were also cut on the Cricut machine. They were cut from a sheet of colored card stock. It took the machine a half hour to cut them and it took me close to an hour to pick all the little pieces off the mat. But! If I had tried to cut them all by hand it would have taken much longer and they wouldn't be any where near as accurate.

The mat the card stock is on is very sticky. My first attempt at cutting the gussets was done on an old mat that had lost most of it's stickiness and the blade started to lift the gussets off the mat and things got real messy. That old mat still can be used. I'll use it on heaver material with painter's tape on the edges to hold the material steady. I'll save this mat for thinner materials.



This might give you an idea why it took so long to pick the gusset plates off the mat.



I'll be glad when I'm done assembling the truss rafters and I can see some progress on my building.

George
Mt.Albert Lumber Yard Diorama Build By Fast Tracks
Posted by Mike Hamer On 07/24/2018 At 4:58:36 PM


Last year, Tim Warris at Fast Tracks Hoobyworks purchased Mt. Albert Scale Lumber from Gerry Cornwell. Gerry had offered some really great O-scale structure kits and had already begun bringing them out in HO scale. At Gerry's asking, I built his first HO scale offering, Northway Tractor Repair. Tim is keen to carry on Gerry's tradition with this great looking Lumber facility. Tim has asked me to build my version of this second HO offering.



As the box image showcases, there are three complete structures to be created as well as a flatbed truck.



The standard kit contents image.



A brochure from Tim for Fast Tracks was included in the box.



An image from the CD on my computer of what the finished product should resemble, although I may add rail service to the diorama and possibly change the juxtaposition of the buildings.



This was my version of the first HO structure offering from Mt. Albert Scale Lumber that I built three summers ago.



It was their Northway Tractor Repair kit.
That build can be found at...

http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=45520



I had a ball creating this diorama for such an awesome kit, and I am sure to have just as much fun with the Mt. Albert Lumber Diorama.
Very Nice Pondorosa/Lodgepole trees
Posted by quartergauger48 On 07/23/2018 At 5:01:17 PM
I received these very nice scratch built tall pines from forum member
ON30VINCE. These are O Scale size 6 to 15 inches high with limbs at the bottoms. Vince can build the size you need. One of the problems on layouts is trees are usually too short compared to a prototypical tree. So taller is always better. And these are nice and tall. Send Vince a PM if you're interested in having him make you a few trees.







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 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.
Signed: 4/23/2011 5:58:46 AM
 Posted By: LUCIANO MASOTTO 
Great, great, great. Great help for a U.S. model RR overseas.
Signed: 3/1/2011 12:03:26 PM
 Posted By: Dennis 
Great site!
Thanks for the willingness to share.
I am tracing my family tree and am searching for NAR employee list/staff.
I have a great uncle who was a chef with a railroad gang and in 1940 was somewhere between Rycroft,Arras, and Edmonton.
George McInnis. Don't know if his work took him to the Alaska Highway build, Canol road, or where.
Anyone have any clues for me to search for staff or employee lists?
Thanks again
Signed: 2/22/2011 12:04:17 AM
 Posted By: marioscd 
I have discovered this site/forum some days ago and now I'm not able to exit from it!!! It is absolutely amazing! Thanks to all the great model makers that shows fantastic pictures and suggestions.

Mario Scuderi
Signed: 2/8/2011 3:30:45 PM
 Posted By: Dawn Carol Goshorn 
I came across the site by accident and was THRILLED to see the RR models for the Shirleysburg area. My Dad grew up in the Shirleysburd/ My Union area as did his dad and his dad befor that. My great-grandfather worked for EBT and the only picture I ever saw of him was of that of him standing by an engine. I love the work (though I've always loved model trains). Thanks you guys for bringing this all back to life!
Dawn Goshorn
Signed: 1/16/2011 10:34:22 AM
 Posted By: Frank DeBonis 
Stumbled on this site and saw my January 1989 RMC cover shot of Phil Chiavetta's layout. Haven't thought about that for a long time. Thanks for the memories!
Signed: 1/8/2011 9:31:03 AM
 Posted By: UNCLE BOB 
COOL !!
Signed: 1/5/2011 9:10:22 PM
 Posted By: paul zeigler 
I look forward to making a contribution hopefully and learning a great deal in the process. A question: is there any information as to the steps to the installation of manual switch mechanisms? As a novice, I seem to be at aloss as to how to set them up. Paul
Signed: 12/13/2010 7:07:51 PM
 Posted By: Joe Giacchino 
i saw Dr. patti's layout and it is highly detailed and accurate. must have taken years to complete .
Signed: 12/1/2010 10:23:04 AM
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