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George D
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Posted - 04/12/2020 :  12:08:10 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice looking gate, James. If you have a circular paper punch you can make wheels out of 0.010" styrene.

George


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jbvb
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Posted - 04/12/2020 :  9:55:25 PM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Pete and George. I installed the gate without a wheel because the prototypes I recall were less than 6" diameter and it's dead black and 2 feet from anything but my camera. Somehow I have a memory of wrestling with a gate like this, but I can't reconstruct where/when. It was balky and noisy, though...



I'm happy with Scalecoat's Flat Grimy Black, but The Ground Glass is Strong in This One, strong enough that I had to blow back my airbrush every 30 seconds or so. I can live with that, particularly when their Clear Flat also needs it. I did take a little extra time cleaning.



With a little more detail, this might go somewhere. Better baggage cart, maybe a bench on the platform, something blocking seeing through the interior, reduce the exposure compensation.


James

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Orionvp17
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Posted - 04/12/2020 :  10:05:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This looks very cool! Maybe red wheels on the cart, and yes, something behind the window glass, but this is a very cool scene!

Keep inspiring us!

Pete
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George D
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Posted - 04/12/2020 :  11:11:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Looks good, James. These old eyes would never see a 6" wheel.

George


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jbvb
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Posted - 04/15/2020 :  8:00:57 PM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Pete, George. I'm figuring out a workable plan for the depot interior as I look at prototype pictures. I also hit the shiny black stone with Scalecoat Flat Glaze this afternoon. Once I'm done here, I'll put the scene back together.

James

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jbvb
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Posted - 04/22/2020 :  10:24:32 AM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I checked the peel-n-stick shingle stash; not enough for 28 Winter, so I ordered - due today, I'm told. Meanwhile, I've been looking at 32 Winter, where my friend Mike grew up, in its unfinished state since 2013. And the parts it needed were all together:



I'd stalled on how to do the perfect mitered corners I see on asbestos-cement shingled houses. Alas, I won't get that from BEST's 3028, at least not without much trouble than I'm already taking. If Evergreen made a clapboard with .125" exposure, the corners could be beveled and puttied, then shingle joints cut with a knife. But .100 is their largest.

Yesterday mid-afternoon I got tired of cutting, fiddling & trimming tiny things. I went upstairs to find something larger:



Railroad Ave. in Bexley uses Wills HO/OO molded styrene cobble. I had enough stock, so I finished the corner by Saulena's and Olmsted-Flint. The unpainted sidewalk is Evergreen 1/2" square engraved sheet.


James

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Carrie Creek
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Posted - 04/22/2020 :  12:12:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
James, my house has the asbestos shingles and there is a soft metal 1 or so angle bent over the corner,( no hard sharp point) nailed over the outside corners and caulked. There is no mitering of the shingles.


Phil Z
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jbvb
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Posted - 04/29/2020 :  10:25:30 AM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Phil. I'll think about how I could make an angle that small and stick it on.

Meanwhile, the 28 Winter St. house is now at 'layout ready':



My current project is detailing the removable (base is rigid foam insulation) residential neighborhood behind Bexley Engine Terminal. I haven't made chain link fence before, but many others have. I'll try it after I finish today's convention work.



James

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Orionvp17
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Posted - 04/29/2020 :  10:29:35 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
28 Winter came out very nicely James! Well done!


Pete
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jbvb
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Posted - 05/01/2020 :  11:11:36 AM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Pete.

Seashore Trolley Museum is doing a 'Modeling Mid-Day' on Facebook, so I dug up a cab ride I'd taken in 2017 and posted it to my FB (video is public, 2nd from the top of my timeline just now). This got me thinking about 1) a low-floor camera car, so I can shoot the whole layout, and 2) more/better scenery. Last Fall I'd lit the gas station behind Bexley Yard, but that section needed more:



My first attempt at chain link is certainly good enough for this viewing distance. I soldered the frame from .032 phosphor bronze wire. I cut the tulle mesh using a rotary knife. I applied a thin layer of Weldwood contact cement to one side and carefully set the tulle in place. Trim a bit, then airbrush Floquil Bright Silver. The concrete crib retaining wall is Chooch. At the front of the layout, I'd have made the substrate flatter and interlocked the corner.



This perspective is (effectively) from the roof of a 2-story building on Franklin St. It has some potential as a night scene, but I've got to get the gas station dimmed somehow.


James

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Carrie Creek
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Posted - 05/01/2020 :  3:14:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
James, I have been thinking on your asbestos slate shingle corners. Here are some pics of mine:
a close-up about 8"


distance at 5'


straight on corner about 3'


I am thinking running a tape down each side a distance that looks good. Then taking a small dab of window glazier putty and roll a small rope and press into the joint using the tape edge as a guide. Nice thing about the putty it is paintable and will blend together.

Anyway it is an idea, use if you think it will work.


Phil Z
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jbvb
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Posted - 05/02/2020 :  10:37:02 PM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the pictures, Phil. I think if I can get the tape positioned right, I might just paint the angle - it looks no more than 1/8" thick and two coats should do that.

Last night I picked up another long-untouched project. I need to model Bolles Motors at the corner of Winter and Merrimack Streets in Newburyport. I remember my family buying cars there, but the building was demolished and replaced before I knew I wanted to model it:



I found descendants of the dealership's owner, but all they had was the above, which I think was scanned out of a City Directory. Then, looking at a built-up Wallschlager Motors, I thought I saw in its bones an acceptable stand-in. It was assembled with CA, so it only took a little flexing to re-kit. And then it sat for most of last decade.



Last night and tonight I spent a while sawing and gluing. I don't have room for the raised rear portion with the 2nd floor repair shop, so the front and left sides of the original building will be all that's really visible. The back and right side walls are up against the depot's retaining wall.

Note to self: You'll be wanting the vintage highway sign down the road.


James

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Orionvp17
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Posted - 05/03/2020 :  10:34:39 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice catch, James!

Bravo!

Pete
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jbvb
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Posted - 05/17/2020 :  7:38:06 PM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
So after spending 7 long days acting like a much younger track gang foreman, I spent some time on my layout. I've shot a couple of videos with this older 1080P camera (GoPro wannabe), but this is the first with the depressed center camera car I built:

https://youtu.be/TukvG9aqzS8

Tools will be put away and things cleaned up before my next attempt.


James

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jbvb
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Posted - 05/17/2020 :  8:14:16 PM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The frame/platform of the camera car is .025 x 1" stainless strip from K&S. I got my trucks' bolster height with a caliper (I'm a sucker for Lindberg, shows my age, but I've never found a prototype car using 'National Timken') . The angles were bent with a 'hand seamer' (sheet metal worker's tool).



Trucks and coupler are attached with 2-56 screws. The body bolster is .040 atop .125 x .100" strip.



The camera is attached with a 1/4-20 flathead machine screw; I turned the head down in my lathe and sawed off excess length.



My previous cab ride videos were plagued by rocking, so I designed it fairly rigidly side-to-side. It hasn't rocked at all so far. The springing of the Lindberg truck is just right; the weight of the camera compresses them just a bit, so no bumps at turnouts either.


James

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