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Posted - 06/06/2017 :  1:47:47 PM  Show Profile  Send Guff an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Spirit Mansion

Silverbuck mansion was built early 1900 by J.P.Silverbuck who made his fortune manufacturing upholstery seats for railroad passenger cars. Before completion, while inspecting the work on the house, Mr. Silverbuck mysteriously fell and broke his neck. The mansion was never lived in and sat abandoned for 30 plus years. Weather has taken a toll with dry rot and rust. Vandals and termites have added to the destruction.

Today, the home is known throughout the region as Spirit Mansion. Some say the spirit of J.P. still resides in the mansion and he isn't a friendly ghost.

One of the local toughs, Bobby the Blade doesn't believe in ghosts so he decides to show his brave side and prove the spirit is just a tall tale.

I hope he looks in the second story window before he goes inside. Good luck Bobby.

1:48 scale model:

Second story window view:

Spirit is glued to black construction paper and mounted with a radius arc about 1” back from windows creating a light well, which allows light to enter from under and help illuminate the ghost. Other windows have black construction paper glued to back of foam board.

Building designed as a background…tower only 3” deep:

Cut shingle strips with a Fiskars Paper Edger-Zipper pattern scissors and stagger strips when applying. Leaves are dried autumn leaves shred to fit small scale.

Building is constructed of 3/16” foam board with painted construction paper siding and balsa strip windows:

Painted five colors of gray strips to help building achieve a weathered look:

Strips applied to foam board in a random pattern:

After building assembly apply random light applications of Bragdon weathering powder and used finger to rub in place, blending siding. Used grimy gray and weathered brown.

Thanks for stopping by,
David Guffey

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Posted - 06/06/2017 :  1:50:40 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm interested to see how you did the Mansard roof!


Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)

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Posted - 06/06/2017 :  1:55:03 PM  Show Profile  Visit sgtbob's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Dave, I love the model and also the story, very creative !!



Edited by - sgtbob on 06/06/2017 1:55:33 PM

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Carl B

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Posted - 06/06/2017 :  2:42:07 PM  Show Profile  Visit Carl B's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Excellent work Dave!

How about a shot of those particular scissors you used?

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Posted - 06/06/2017 :  2:59:19 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Excellent work Dave, as others have stated. I like your creativity with the paper siding strips, the use of sizzles to make your shingles and using real leaves. An all around great diorama.

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Posted - 06/06/2017 :  2:59:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Dave, your J.P.Silverbuck spirit mansion is a very creepy looking place indeed!
If I were Bobby the Blade, I would think twice about going into a place like this one.
Nice work once again!

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Michael Hohn

Posted - 06/06/2017 :  5:22:10 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote


Bobby the Blade doesn't look like the sharpest knife in the drawer. I expect he will explore and get a big surprise.


Nobody living can ever stop me, as I go walking that freedom highway -- Woody Guthrie

Edited by - Michael Hohn on 06/07/2017 07:42:37 AM

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Posted - 06/06/2017 :  10:58:32 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've been wondering what you have been up to Dave', and now I see you have been busy'.
A completely outstanding build with a touch of the super natural added'..Bobby the blade may wind up keeping permanent company with Old Man Slverbuck, if he's not careful'...


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Bill Gill

Posted - 06/07/2017 :  07:59:59 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Dave, a great scene. The mansion's history adds a lot beyond its 3 inch depth.

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Posted - 06/07/2017 :  08:16:48 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

I see J.P.'s profile in that lower center window looking at Bobby, or is that George Jetson? Terrific job!


Edited by - BurleyJim on 06/07/2017 08:18:30 AM

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Posted - 06/07/2017 :  7:59:35 PM  Show Profile  Send Guff an AOL message  Reply with Quote

Only could take a photo from the back...didn't take any construction photos.

This is a sketch and some instructions on how I built the mansard roof.

1. Make a basic profile template to cut supports.
2. Cut as many supports as required. I used a 1"oc spacing and 1/16" card stock.
3. Glue supports in place on sub roof.
4. Add roof.
5. Cut curved sides of mansard from .020" card stock. Determine the length from where you want to start and stop the roof. The height is determined by measuring the arc length.
Mine was a 2 3/16" arc length.
6. I used the support template to cut the front end of the side and square cut the back end. (bottom Right of sketch)
7. Test fit and glue side in place.
8. Cut a front piece to match your arch length but leave approx. 2" longer than needed for roof.
9. Hold front in place following radius of supports and mark the inside to fit the profile of the side arc radius.
10. Cut left end of front to scribed radius and square cut right end.
11. Glue in place

Don't worry if not a perfect fit...shingles will cover mansard sub roof.

David Guffey

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Posted - 06/07/2017 :  8:27:12 PM  Show Profile  Send Guff an AOL message  Reply with Quote
I'm pleased to see you loved the model and story.
Thank you,

Thanks for the comment. Here is a photo of the scissors:

Thanks for the many kind remarks. Glad you stopped by!

If it's creepy, I accomplished my goal. Thanks for the nice comments. My moneys on Bobby the Blade going in...no bet on him coming back out!

Appreciate the comments. Your correct, Bobby isn't to sharp!

Nice comments, made me feel good! Thanks!!

Glad you liked my story and scene. Your history sentence was pretty cool!

Don't be dreaming about old JP's ghost tonight!!
No jet pack so it can't be George Jetson.
Thanks for the terrific comment.

Thanks again everyone...It's always great hearing from RRL forum friends!

David Guffey

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Posted - 06/07/2017 :  8:46:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

This is eerie cool!

My money is on ol' Bob-oh strollin' inside, seein' JP's ghost, panicking, missing a floorboard and taking a tumble, which then causes him to lose the cig, light up the building, and barely make it out with his sorry little life.

So be careful. This might just be a good time to have the cops cruise by and have a chat with him!

in Michigan

p.s.: Very nice build!

Edited by - Orionvp17 on 06/07/2017 8:48:12 PM

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Posted - 06/07/2017 :  9:53:32 PM  Show Profile  Send Guff an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Thanks Pete,
Nice addition to my story! I'll tell my son to set a cop car nearby when he uses the dio on his layout.

David Guffey

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Posted - 06/08/2017 :  09:28:54 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks, that's a great explanation!


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Ray Dunakin

Posted - 06/09/2017 :  01:46:04 AM  Show Profile  Visit Ray Dunakin's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Fun model!

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