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Ensign
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Posted - 02/16/2021 :  2:57:27 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by mecrr

Greg, look forward to following this build. I owned kit, but was too big to fit in my HO rail yard as already had 9 stall roundhouse. I am envious and will have to vicariously build as you once again do a masterful job.
David




Hi David, that's a shame that this kit could not fit on your layout.
It must have been hard for you to give this kit up.
I've always wanted this kit and my 7 stall SRMW brick roundhouse to be a part of my future layout.
Even if I have to design the whole layout around them!
Great to have you following along!

Greg



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mark_dalrymple
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Posted - 02/16/2021 :  11:11:59 PM  Show Profile  Send mark_dalrymple an AOL message  Reply with Quote
I'll be watching your build of this one, Greg.

Always nice to see a SRM build. I only own one SRM kit (bought in Scranton at the 2015 expo) and am looking forward to a kitbash of it in the future. My bash is already designed. I have done one kitbash and two scratchbuilds based on SRM designs as well. If I was to make a list of my top 25 craftsman kits I would think there would be maybe 10 SRM kits in it. Such great designs.

Cheers, Mark.



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BurleyJim
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Posted - 02/16/2021 :  11:28:58 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Greg,

I'll be watching and learning some 'Ensign Tricks' that enhance all your builds. Congrats on 13 years on the Forums.

Jim


Take the red pill

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Ensign
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Posted - 02/17/2021 :  09:10:18 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by mark_dalrymple

I'll be watching your build of this one, Greg.

Always nice to see a SRM build. I only own one SRM kit (bought in Scranton at the 2015 expo) and am looking forward to a kitbash of it in the future. My bash is already designed. I have done one kitbash and two scratchbuilds based on SRM designs as well. If I was to make a list of my top 25 craftsman kits I would think there would be maybe 10 SRM kits in it. Such great designs.

Cheers, Mark.



Hey Mark, yes I agree with you!
SRMW produced some of the best looking kits available to HO scale modelers.
Always great to have you following along with my builds!

Greg



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Ensign
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Posted - 02/17/2021 :  09:12:04 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by BurleyJim

Greg,

I'll be watching and learning some 'Ensign Tricks' that enhance all your builds. Congrats on 13 years on the Forums.

Jim




Jim, thanks for your comments!
Glad you will be watching & learning!

Greg



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kebmo1
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Posted - 02/17/2021 :  6:28:26 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
wow greg, 2.5 pages before a lick of work is done. that's what i call an eager audience....

diplomacy is the art of saying 'nice doggie', until you can find a rock.

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Carl B
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Posted - 02/17/2021 :  7:02:23 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Kevins right, time to get crackin' Greg.


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TRAINS1941
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Posted - 02/17/2021 :  7:42:44 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Carl B

Kevins right, time to get crackin' Greg.



Absolutely!! Enough chit-chat let the project begin!!


Jerry

"And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." A. Lincoln

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Orionvp17
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Posted - 02/17/2021 :  7:47:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by TRAINS1941

quote:
Originally posted by Carl B

Kevins right, time to get crackin' Greg.



Absolutely!! Enough chit-chat let the project begin!!



What Carl and Jerry said! Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler!!

Pete
in Michigan



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kebmo1
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Posted - 02/17/2021 :  9:08:05 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
parlez vous a hummahumma

diplomacy is the art of saying 'nice doggie', until you can find a rock.

Edited by - kebmo1 on 02/17/2021 9:08:55 PM

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Ensign
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Posted - 02/18/2021 :  12:08:14 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey everyone, sounds like I have a French modelers uprising starting to happen!

Carl, nice to see your going to be around as well!

Okay then let's begin!

The instructions tell me to start with the hydrocal castings.
First familiarizing yourself with all of the different pieces involved.
Here's card no.1 that comes in your kit showing all of the hydrocal castings and their identifying Numbers.




Here they are freed from their protective wrapping after 20 years in storage.





Here's a closer look at the lovely detail on the front A1 wall casting.





The first step we take is preparing the castings.
These hydrocal wall casting should be handled with great care!
If any of them get broken they can easily repaired using white glue as explained in the instructions.
All Hydrocal castings have slight variations or imperfections.
These are easily corrected with a very light sanding using #150 grit sandpaper.
I used double sided tape stuck to the backside of a whole sheet of #150 grit sandpaper.




I then stick this sandpaper down on a flat smooth sheet of glass. Having a flat surface to do this work on is critical!
It can be a piece of plywood, whatever you have that's smooth and flat to sand on will work.
Most of my wall castings looked pretty good already, I did find a small bump or 2 on the bottom of one wall.
(Sorry the photo didn't focus well on it.)
However it's this kind of imperfection that we want to get rid of.





The instructions warn us not to over sand these wall castings, just one or two light passes over the sandpaper should be enough to remove any rough spots.









Here's how that same wall with the imperfections on it, now looked after a sanding.





Also important make certain when sanding wall sides that they don't have any brick texture that you might accidently sand away.
Like this wall section shown below.





You can also use a single razor to carefully remove any imperfections on areas that you can't use the sandpaper on.





When I finished sanding all of my wall castings, this is how much Hydrocal dust I was left with on my sandpaper.
Not a whole lot, that's how little Hydrocal you actually have to remove.




After finishing the sanding, I turned my attention to cutting out the Hydrocal from the windows in the walls.
Do yourself a favour and get a brand new No.11 blade to do this with.
The instructions also suggest using one or two drops of water in these window openings that need to be removed.
I've removed windows from Hydrocal walls before without the drops of water.
So I'll just stick to the dry removal technique.
You will need to pass the blade over and around the window opening a few times before it start to finally cut through.
Remember due this gently, you don't want to break a wall casting by pushing to hard!





The Hydrocal material that you are removing is quite thin.




To be continued...



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Ensign
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Posted - 02/18/2021 :  12:26:49 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Once I had all of my window openings out, I decided to check all of my window castings to see how well they fit into the openings.
These window openings tend to get a little bit smaller when the wall castings are painted.
So I like to check them to make certain they fit nicely.
I soon discovered some of them not fitting at all, especially to 2 part windows with the arched tops.





I had to carve those openings a little larger
At the bottom, not touching the arch just removing material at the bottoms of those openings.
Just gently scraping the Hydrocal with the No.11 blade to make the opening larger.





This is how all of the wall sections that have windows looked after test fitting all of the windows in place.
Oops... I forgot to mention the front wall A1 large door openings, the instruction suggest not cutting those out just yet! So I didn't.




Here's how these Hydrocal wall casting will eventually get used.
Card No.2 shows where each piece will be placed in this shop.





That's all I have for now!

Greg



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robert goslin
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Posted - 02/18/2021 :  01:16:03 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Finally some action, and worth the wait Greg.
Nice job on the window openings. I've never done a craftsman kit, so wasn't sure what was involved with the hydrocal walls.
Interesting that the doors are already cast on.
Nice idea, unless you want an open door.

You're off to a good start, and I hope to learn a lot from this build.


Regards Rob

My current build.
http://railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=53468

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sgtbob
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Posted - 02/18/2021 :  06:11:31 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
All new to me, I have never built such a kit. It is nice to see how neat and accurate you are, no
wonder your models look so GREAT!!

Bob


http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=30102
http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=51837

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George D
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Posted - 02/18/2021 :  08:31:49 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good information on working with Hydrocal walls, Greg.

George


Fly Army

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