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Dutchman
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Posted - 02/26/2017 :  4:46:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice, Chuck.

What did you end up using for the mine prop load?


Bruce

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wvrr
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Posted - 02/26/2017 :  6:36:02 PM  Show Profile  Visit wvrr's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I brought in samples from Magnolia, Hydrangea, and Rhododendron. I'm not sure whatmade itonto the cars. But, I think the lighter color is Hydrangea.

Chuck



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wvrr
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Posted - 02/28/2017 :  3:36:30 PM  Show Profile  Visit wvrr's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I guess I am not excited about building a straight forward DPM modular structure since I spent time futzing around with the billboard, some more.

People seemed to like the first one, best, if I changed the blue background. Yea, the snow might have made it a little busier looking. But, the one thing I did like is that the blue background I used with the snowflakes had a glow near the penguin. So, I decided to play with a gradation of the background from a lighter blue to a darker one.

I also played with the fonts. The fonts are from the period and look better than what I originally used. Plus, I put my logo back in.



Chuck



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Orionvp17
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Posted - 02/28/2017 :  5:27:57 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Like.
Pete
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wvrr
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Posted - 03/23/2017 :  3:36:00 PM  Show Profile  Visit wvrr's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I just finished up my latest project for the anthracite mine. This is a combination Lamp House and Medical Office structure. I didn't bother with the step by step for this structure, since it is basically made from DPM modular walls. But, I did jazz it up a bit. I did this so I would get excited about building it, avoiding the risk of getting bored with it.

For this model, I added a foundation made from stone castings I made. I added downspouts and scuppers made from styrene .030 rod, styrene strips, and metal lift rings. And, I made the "Lamps" sign by using dry transfer and dry sponging the white and black. The "Red Cross" sign was made from masking tape and dry sponging the red and white. By having the foundation, it allowed me to add front steps. And, with the front steps, it made sense to have awnings. I also modified the walls to sand down the brickwork for the belt line and paint them a concrete color, consistent with the other brick structures for the mine.





Chuck



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Dutchman
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Posted - 03/23/2017 :  5:26:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Chuck,

The signs and details have made this into an easily identifiable and interesting structure.


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George D
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Posted - 03/23/2017 :  5:51:05 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice job of "jazzing" it up, Chuck.

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deemery
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Posted - 03/23/2017 :  6:04:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That looks great! The foundation looks like it belongs, rather than as an add-on.

dave


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wvrr
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Posted - 03/23/2017 :  7:18:14 PM  Show Profile  Visit wvrr's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks, guys!

Chuck



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MarkF
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Posted - 03/23/2017 :  11:26:46 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very nice Chuck! I especially like the downspouts and scuppers! The copper color is great!

Mark

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TRAINS1941
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Posted - 03/24/2017 :  12:32:15 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Chuck a very nice job.

Jerry

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Tabooma County Rwy
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Posted - 03/24/2017 :  10:48:58 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Chuck,

The sanded down, contrasting belt line is a very nice touch!

What did you use for the foundation? It really adds some character to the building, plus the need, as you say, for the steps.

I wouldn't mind seeing a roof shot sometime, if you could....

Thanks,

Al Carter



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wvrr
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Posted - 03/25/2017 :  1:26:54 PM  Show Profile  Visit wvrr's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks, everyone.

Al, I shot these two photos at the same time as the other two. They do show the roof. Though, it wasn't very exciting to me, which is why I used the other two. They really don't show the roof as well as I would like.

For the roof, I use medical tape and cut it to 20' long by 3' wide. Medical tape has a texture to it that I like vs. using tissue paper. After installing the tape, I painted it a dark gray, applied some weathering powders and finished it with A&I.

I also applied a bead of "tar" around the perimeter of the roof (and in other areas) using a mix of white glue and a little bit of black craft acrylic paint.

The copper color is a wash of green that I applied after painting the parts Roof Brown.





The foundation is resin castings I made. I had a Chooch stone wall that I cut one layer of stone from. I made a mold of that and made three castings of it. I painted them Aged Concrete, cut them to the sizes I needed, and then painted all the stones Reefer Gray. Using makeup sponges, I applied Roof Brown to them as a final step.

Chuck



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Tabooma County Rwy
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Posted - 03/26/2017 :  1:03:04 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Chuck,

I had forgotten about the medical tape technique - I used it several years go, but it fell off the radar. I'll have to try it again.

Al Carter



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Posted - 04/01/2017 :  12:24:28 AM  Show Profile  Visit wvrr's Homepage  Reply with Quote
This update to my thread is a bit unusual. First of all, it is a long post. But, I think you will agree that this deserves a long post.

In early March, fellow forum member Jeff Hart (Snarlman) reported that a mutual friend, Dave Hunt, passed away. If you want to read about Dave, who was also a forum member, you can check out the thread, below.
http://railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=48706

I met Dave 10-12 years ago. Before I met Dave, he befriended another model railroad friend of mine, Gerry Leone. When Gerry discovered Dave lived in NJ, he suggested that Dave and I should get together. Dave and I exchanged emails for a while. And, at one point, Dave suggested he was interested in building a model for me. He always wanted to build the Grant Street structure by City Classics. I always loved that structure, too, and told Dave I would love to have him build it for me. So, we decided to meet for the first time at a local trains shop, where I bought the kit and gave it to Dave. That was about 10 years ago. And, if you knew Dave, he is great at starting a project. And, he does a phenomenal job with those projects. But, you don't see many finished projects by Dave. I think that is because he gets distracted by other projects. Or, he hits a point in a project where he can't decide or figure out how to complete the next step, so he puts it aside. I've been guilty of that, myself. My freight house took 10 years to build, as an example. So, I'm sure many of us have done the same. Knowing Dave, I really didn't think I would see the completed model!

But, over the last 10 years, I've seen hints about the structure on the forum. Dave would post a closeup of part of the model and post it into the monthly photo thread or he would start a thread with a question he needed to resolve for the model. But, I never knew what it looked like.

I would also run into Jeff and/or Dave at local NMRA meets and sometimes get an update on its progress. It has been a few years since I've seen Dave. But, I did see Jeff at an NMRA meet a year or two ago. He told me that Dave had been ill. And, he also told me he thought the structure was done. But, I think Dave didn't think it was done. And, you will see what I mean. The building is done. But, I have a feeling Dave intended to add more details around the base and maybe on the roof.

I was really sad when Jeff reported Dave's passing. Then, a few days later, Dave's son, Ben, reached out to me. He said he has a structure his Dad built for me. And, if I lived nearby, he would be happy to give it to me. Well, we never met in person. Instead, it was decided Ben would ship it to me. I really expected to see it in a lot more pieces than it was. I told Ben to put the model in a plastic bag before putting it in a box. He went to UPS. They put it in a bag, put it in a box, and filled the box with peanuts. Surprisingly, it only had damage to four of the lights that shine on the billboards and the rear fire escape received some damage. The movable ladder at the bottom of the fire escape was broken off. And, the ladder going from the top landing to the roof was broken. A couple railings on each of those landing were broken, as well. I fixed the bottom movable ladder. The ladder to the roof had the U-shaped supports that wrap over the wall to the roof. I replaced it with a straight ladder, with good reasons that become apparent, later in this post.

First, here are some overall shots of Dave's model:













About those lights! It turns out, Dave enlisted Jeff to help him with the lighting. Jeff designed the circuit used to power two LEDs for the store windows and six LEDs, 2 each for each billboard. The store window LEDs are normal sized LEDs while the ones for the billboards are those micro LEDs. Jeff designed the circuit to use current limiters instead of resistors, and they work great. But, when I looked to see what needed to be done, there was no way I could fix the lights without damaging the others. The LEDs were wired with magnet wire, which is like working with hair-thin wire. I could see at least one wire was broken inside. And, I was thinking that the rest was probably broken at the LED. So, I decided to pull out the gooseneck lights and rewire them all. The store window LEDs did not need to be rewired.

A couple things I learned in this process about the magnet wire. I wanted to reuse the tubing Dave made for the goosenecks and the also the LEDs. But, threading the magnet wire through pre-bent tubs is a bear. What I discovered is if you twist together the red and green wires as tightly as you can, it becomes a much firmer wire and thread pretty easily through the tubing. And, having twisted wire is a lot more controllable inside the structure vs. having individual red and green strands inside.

But, what REALLY made rewiring the model easy was the discovery that the roof was removable. With that, all of a sudden I had access to all the gooseneck lights once the wire was threaded inside. And, this is the reason I replaced Dave's ladder to the roof from one with a U-shaped top with a straight ladder. Having a ladder with the U-shaped extension at the top would interfere with the removable roof. The other thing I did was to add a removable floor, so that the magnet wire would be protected by staying inside the structure.

So, here are some "night" shots:







Now, you may be wondering about some of the details. As I stated in the beginning, Gerry Leone, Dave, and I were friends. I met Dave through Gerry. So, when Dave built this structure, he incorporated some of Gerry's and my layouts into it. For example, Gerry's layout is the Bona Vista Railroad.



And, Gerry build an industry on his layout named for me.



And, Gerry built an industry named for Dave on his Bona Vista. If you scroll down this page of Gerry's website, you will see "Hunt Paints".
http://www.bonavistarailroad.com/Assets/Pages/Old_Layout/lapointe.htm

Dave was an artist who loved to paint. And, Gerry used that for an industry. Not long after I met Dave, I built a structure for my layout in Dave's honor.



I called the structure the TC&W Hardware Store. Dave's model railroad was called the Thorn Creek and Western, the TC&W. Also, notice the billboard on top of the structure. It is a billboard for Hunt Paints.

Now, look at this billboard on the model Dave built for me.



Dave also included billboards for two industries that are on my layout or were planned for my layout. This first one is for Stegmaier Brewery, which is in process on the layout. I have never seen this billboard for Stegmaier, before. So, it was a treat to see something Dave found.



And, the last billboard is for another industry I planned for the layout. Sadly, I might not include it on the layout, now. But, man, I do love Gertrude Hawk Candies!



Now, I said earlier where I thought Dave really wasn't finished. But, since he was sick, I think he wanted to give me the model in the state it was in. The structure was done. In fact, he signed and dated the underside of the roof in 2015:



But, when you look at the exterior stairway, I can't help but think Dave wanted to fill that area under the staircase with trash cans and junk.





But, he was able to provide many other details in the model.

First, a closeup of the storefront, with the Bar Mills Woolworth's sign.



Dave also added a fire plug and I assume a access door for feeding coal into the basement of the structure. Knowing I model the coal industry, I think Dave thought of adding this last detail as a nod to that.





But, what about the roof? Here are a couple shots of that. Dave scratchbuilt a roof access door. And, he used a metal chimney casting and some flue castings.





And, one last shot. This is a closeup of the rear doorways. I think Dave scratchbuilt the steel roll-up door and hardware. He also bricked up the window.



So, thank you Dave! Your model will have a place of honor in my city of Wilkes-Barre.

I am planning to bring it to the next NMRA Garden State Division meet on May 13. So, if you are in the Bridgewater, NJ area, you will get a chance to see it.

Chuck



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