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Graffen
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Posted - 05/04/2017 :  3:05:05 PM  Show Profile  Visit Graffen's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi all!
Im starting a new project...

A really old kit that I bought a while back.
Its going to be fun to build a really old craftsman kit. Printed cardboard, some stripwood and a lot of instructions....


Anyone built it?
Any hints on how to build and finish it is welcome.
Michael Graff
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Graffen
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Posted - 05/05/2017 :  5:57:06 PM  Show Profile  Visit Graffen's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The fire station kit build has begun...
Cutting the windows and doors. A new blade was definitely a must
The walls was a pain to cut out in 1/8" cardboard.
I have glued the brick faces to the cardboard, and they are now drying under a ton of lead weights....



Michael Graff
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desertdrover
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Posted - 05/05/2017 :  6:51:54 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Looking forward to your progress. I've always enjoyed these older type kits to construct.

Louis
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deemery
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Posted - 05/05/2017 :  7:02:15 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Historical Scale Miniatures, right? My 2nd successful Craftsman Kit was their "Queen Anne House", it took a lot of patience and I needed to change X-Acto knife blades frequently.

dave


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quartergauger48
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Posted - 05/05/2017 :  7:30:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Michael, I find that a razor knife like OLFA works best on thick card stock/board. Last year I built a few Old Steam Era kits from the 1960s. And the 1/8 card would not cut correctly with any size new blades. 1 Olfa blade cut many sheets with no problem and is still in use. I rarely use Exacto knives theses days'...


Ted

Edited by - quartergauger48 on 05/05/2017 7:37:06 PM

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Graffen
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Posted - 05/06/2017 :  12:31:15 PM  Show Profile  Visit Graffen's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the tip Ted.
Dave, I find these kits rather fun to build.
Strange enough.....

Been building the wall details.


The brick surround is cardboard.


Doors....


The gables are almost finished.


Painting bricks.... The walls are quite large, so it's going to take a while.



Michael Graff
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desertdrover
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Posted - 05/06/2017 :  1:05:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Those wooden doors and that gable looked great weathered.
Will you be using some kind of mortar on the bricks, or dry brushing?


Louis
Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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Dutchman
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Posted - 05/06/2017 :  1:58:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Michael,

I, too, like the challenge that some of these older kits offer. Nice progress so far!



Bruce

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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 05/06/2017 :  5:26:10 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Michael,

Some of the old kits look interesting, particularly the ones no longer manufactured. I would be tempted to replace out-dated materials with new, missing some of the fun and challenge.

I'm looking forward to watchng your construction.

Mike


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Graffen
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Posted - 05/06/2017 :  5:27:20 PM  Show Profile  Visit Graffen's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by desertdrover

Those wooden doors and that gable looked great weathered.
Will you be using some kind of mortar on the bricks, or dry brushing?


Thanks!
This is how I did the walls:



I primed them with burnt sienna and then picked some bricks in lighter and darker colors.

Note that they are way to strong in contrast at this stage.





I then lightly Airbrushed some of the base color to tone down the bricks.



To make the mortar, I painted the walls with warm gray oil paint straight from the tube.



I then wiped it off while wet.

I lastly used a towel that was very lightly damped in mineral spirits to remove the oil paint from the brick surfaces.





Just the way I liked it.


Michael Graff
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Graffen
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Posted - 05/07/2017 :  09:43:57 AM  Show Profile  Visit Graffen's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The fire station build continued.



I've assembled the walls and built the windows and doors.
They are mostly made out of cardboard with printed plastic glass.



The embossed brick walls were a real chore to work with....But it worked out okay.








Michael Graff
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desertdrover
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Posted - 05/07/2017 :  10:16:08 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Fabulous brick work, one would never know that this structure is mostly constructed using printed cardboard.
That is what I like about these older kits, the fun of the transformation from an ugly duckling to a beautiful swan, as the saying goes.
Now that's modeling at its best!


Louis
Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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hon3_rr
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Posted - 05/07/2017 :  10:33:03 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Looks great. Interesting techniques for the mortar. Have you used this method in the past? I'm wondering about the drying time of the oil paint.

-- KP --
Life is to short to build all of the models I want to.

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railman28
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Posted - 05/07/2017 :  11:40:52 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
looking sharp Michael, Very nice.

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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 05/07/2017 :  12:38:05 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Michael,

Looks great.

I looked up the prototype online. The kit appears to be an accurate model of a very interesting historic structure. The care you are taking is reflected in your results so far and will make for a very special model.

Mike


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k9wrangler
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Posted - 05/07/2017 :  1:12:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The bricks are quite well done, thanks for the tips on your technique.


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