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Posted - 04/07/2017 :  7:33:54 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello everyone', this is a "Monster Model works" O scale kit by 'Jimmy Simmons'. It is an Engineer's Tool Shed. On occasion I enjoy a kit. I mainly wanted to try Jimmy's, brick walls made of laser engraved wood. This is a brand new offering from MMW, and reasonably priced and a good opportunity to try his brick walls. A nice little kit, nothing too sophisticated, so I had no choice but to bash it up a bit. Photos in next post.


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Posted - 04/07/2017 :  7:49:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This is the original version"

The following are the bashed version:

The basic kit does not come with any accessories, smoke stacks, signs etc. all the added items
are from the scrap box. The signs are from the internet, by Dr. Ken Jones, Ghost Signs. They are printed
on regular tracing paper, after re-sizing to scale. My process is very similar to Ralph Renzetti (CN6401)
system. with a few exceptions. I don't paint a white background under the sign, as I want them dull and not bright.
and I don't make cutouts. Here is Ralph's thread http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=38442

The tops walls are JTT plastic brick sheets. The shingles are from Walt, 'Rusty Stumps'models. No paint of any
type was used. The bottom brick is a brownish basswood. I used Dr. Ben's industrial pigments,[Chicago Red] applied
dry. A coat of terracotta sporadically applied. A spray of dull coat. the next day a very light spray of A&I, mostly A.
The brownish wood was enhanced the powders. The top windows are from Ebay, don't remember the vendor off hand.
The structure is also lighted. I Still have to add outdoor lights and few more details.
Here is a close up of a lower brick wall.

I really like these wood brick walls as much as I like plaster The mortar is plain baking flour, and an additional dull coat
spray. All The green is Chartpak Markers and Pan Pastel dark green.

Thanks in advance for any questions and taking a look.


Edited by - quartergauger48 on 04/07/2017 10:56:00 PM

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Posted - 04/08/2017 :  06:12:15 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very nice detail on the brick wall.


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Posted - 04/08/2017 :  06:25:06 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very well thought out changes and additions Ted. It almost makes me want to switch scales.


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Engine Wiper

Posted - 04/08/2017 :  06:50:02 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice work Ted, thanks for posting.


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C Laskey
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Posted - 04/08/2017 :  07:10:19 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Real nice work Ted the brick's are spot on, Good Job.

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Posted - 04/08/2017 :  07:29:52 AM  Show Profile  Visit sgtbob's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Ted, it looks VERY GOOD to me. A few years ago they also did those laser engraved brick sheets in 1/24
scale and I used some for a structure and really liked it. They then discontinued the 1/24 stuff, I
guess because it was too expensive in that scale.



Edited by - sgtbob on 04/09/2017 07:52:59 AM

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Michael Hohn

Posted - 04/08/2017 :  08:16:18 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote

Great job with the Monster bash. (I can almost hear the song.) The brick is outstanding.

I have some of the Monster brick sheet on hand to try sometime. I wonder if your method for mortar works in HO?


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Posted - 04/08/2017 :  09:57:10 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Super job on the "bashed" build!
The brick looks great and the weathered signs are perfect.
Way to go my friend!!

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Posted - 04/08/2017 :  10:43:54 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wow! good work on the monster.

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Posted - 04/08/2017 :  11:42:35 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Fabulous job there Ted! Great structure weathering, ghost signs, structure addition, right down to the figure sitting on the balcony. Outstanding build altogether, along with your how-to instructions.

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Posted - 04/08/2017 :  5:50:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
! Thank you! very much for your very nice comments: Bryan; Big Burley Jim; RDA, Carl C;
Mr. Santos; Michael H; Bob H; Louis and Dave G'..

I had a very difficult time last night loading the photos on the forum, I had to keep re-sizing, and re-sizing. The reason for such small pics. I guess I was lucky not to loose the post which has happened several times in the past. Not sure what the bug was, as I usually don't have any problems with sizing. Could be the Webresizer program I'v been using. Any way, if you would like to see any additional pics of the signs, just let me know. The Owl cigar sign really came out very good. That Ghost Sign website is really very cool. I have spent many hours on there and still haven't seen all the signs on there.

The flour should work as well on 1:87 SCALE Mike, as it does on 1:43/1:48. It does take to these brick sheets very well due to the recess depth of the mortar lines.

I love real plaster first. But I have ordered a good chunk of materials from MMWs for future builds. And another new kit Jimmy is offering a very nice dual entry 2 story store
structure'. It will be shipping soon. I plan on making 2 buildings out of it..

It was a very nice surprise opening the forum today and seeing the very nice comments from all you excellent model craftsmen. It is very much appreciated.


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Bill Gill

Posted - 04/09/2017 :  08:48:38 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice stuff, ted. Those signs printed on tracing paper really look painted on the walls!

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Frank Palmer

Posted - 04/09/2017 :  10:40:07 AM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hey Ted nice bash. You did a great job on the brick and mortar weathering.

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Posted - 04/09/2017 :  11:42:23 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice job Ted. Your flour mortar came out good. I tried that with poor results so I switched to cornstarch and got much better joints. I just spread the cornstarch with my fingers and lightly blow off the loose stuff. Dull coat applied and it all comes out.

I hope to try one of MMWs items. I have his laser cut log cabin walls set. Packed away right now but someday I'll find it.

Dave Mason
D&G RR (Dunstead & Granford) in On30
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Posted - 04/09/2017 :  12:02:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The bash & brick work is great! Who's sleeping?


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