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    Going to start a new project

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    I like the large windows and the overall shape of the structure. The main structure has a footprint of 6.2" X 4.8" without the two annexes. There are the two add-on structures, one wood storage shed, and one brick boiler room. The kit comes with a number of exterior details, and a second floor, but no interior. I plan to fix that:

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    I've collected a number detail parts/kits from Interaction. I have their machine shop tools for the lower floor and Office furniture and equipment for the second floor. I also plan to build a boiler for the boiler room and add stairs to the interior. I may still scratchbuild a few other parts and add a few others, but the basics are there.

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    This is what is included in the kit, laser cut walls, floors and roofs. The main windows are plastic castings and there are other 3d printed details.
    I should be getting started on this in the next couple days.

  • #2
    Appears to be a great looking structure. Looking forward to your progress.


    Louis L&R Western Railroad
    Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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    • #3
      Wow, look at all those windows! Quite a project, Glen. That should keep you occupied for quite awhile. Enjoy it. We’ll be awaiting updates…

      EDIT: There are some nice things on their pages.
      Last edited by k9wrangler; 11-28-2022, 05:16 PM. Reason: Info added
      Karl Scribner-Curmudgeon

      Cedar Swamp
      SW of Manistique, MI

      Avatar image by Savannah Lyn Burgess 7-15-2022

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      • #4
        Looks to be a real nice project!!
        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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        • #5
          Nice looking kit and components. This will be fun to follow.

          Bob
          It's only make-believe

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          • #6
            Looks like a break from all the diesel work.
            Someone once said........"Variety is the spice of life"
            I'll be watching.

            John

            GULF COAST & WESTERN

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            • #7
              Looking forward to that interior installation,
              In a time like ours seemings and portents signify. Ours is a generation when dogs howl and the skin crawls on the skull with its beast's foreboding.

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              • #8
                Thanks everyone.
                I started to experiment with some colors this evening.

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                There is a fairly large surplus clapboard piece the I'm using to check out colors. I stained the lower 3/4 with A&I first, then I brushed my colors over it. The Gray is Ceramcoat dizzle grey, the white is Folk-Art vintage white. I wanted to see what they looked like over both the stained and unstained areas. I like the stained/painted look as it looks like the paint is wearing off the the wood is weathering underneath. My thoughts are that this is a turn-of-the-century building being used in the late fifties so while it's still standing and sound, it is showing its age as an industrial structure.
                I plan to use the gray on the walls and the vintage white on the trim and windows. While I plan to brush-paint the walls and trim, the windows are cast plastic and I would rather airbrush them. The only problem is neither of these paints are suitable for airbrushing so I'm going to look for a close Valejo match for the vintage white at the hobby shop.

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                • #9
                  Glen,

                  That's a good looking kit with a lot of appeal. I'll be following along. Who knows? I might build one myself, most likely for our local club layout.

                  Mike
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                  Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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                  • #10
                    Thanks Mike.
                    A bit of progress tonight.


                    I stained the main building and shed walls with A&I. I last night and left them under some books to keep them flat. I'll be painting them shortly. I'll also be looking through the stripwood bundle and pulling out the pieces that are used as trim and staining them as well.
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                    I also removed the windows and doors from their sprues and sanded the edges flat. I think that are Tichy and that's a lot of them for the size of the structure. Anyway I'm primering them in white as we speak and I'll be airbrushing them in a Vallejo Off-white when they are dry.
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                    I may have to interrupt this build as I have another small kit on the way that I have to finish before Christmas.

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                    • #11
                      Glen, Sounds like the old "Too many irons in the fire".


                      Louis L&R Western Railroad
                      Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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                      • #12
                        Well it's more like too many Christmas Irons in the fire, as you'll see shortly.

                        It was 'painting day' today. Starting with the main walls:

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                        I used a fairly stiff flat brush to apply the Ceramcoat Drizzle gray to the walls. I didn't go for an entire coat of paint as I wanted the A&I stain to show through in places.

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                        Then it was time to add the signage to the front. There are two painting masks/templates included in the kit.

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                        You can simply paint the masks and glue them to the front of the building as your signs, or you can use them as templates. I chose the former. The masks have small 'nicks' on the short edges for marking where the black stripes will go, as well as positioning them later to add the white lettering.

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                        I first tested the masking template out on a scrap piece of basswood before trying the real thing. The instructions are set up for those that don't have an airbrush and would have to brush paint, but I airbrushed both the black strip and the lettering.

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                        and the finished sign. The key to airbrushing with the template is very thin coats and trying to hold the airbrush far enough away from the target that the paint is almas dry before it lands.
                        I used Polly-S tarnished black and Vallejo Off-white for the signs. I'll be using Folk-art vintage white for any trim that will be hand painted.


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                        While I had the Off-white in the airbrush, I painted all the windows and doors.
                        This is where I'm going to hit pause for a little bit. A kit that I've been waiting for has showed up and I have to finish it before Christmas.

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                        • #13
                          Back after my Christmas projects are done.

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                          I added the interior bracing and then airbrushed the interior walls. I choose Polly-s 'earth' for the interior wall color. I'll be lighting the interior so I wanted a lighter color for that reason. Also I understand that many industrial interiors were lighter colored during this time.

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                          I also started to add some exterior trim in advance of adding windows and doors. speaking of those:


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                          I was experimenting with some weathering for the window frames. I gave the one of the left a wash with A&I and the other is just painted. I'm thinking of doing the side and rear windows as the one on the left as they wouldn't be kept as clean as the fronts. and then lightly weathering the front windows with a dirt overspray.

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                          • #14
                            I made some good progress over the past few evenings.
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                            I installed the first and second story doors. The first floor doors and laser cut parts and some stripwood. I did have to sand the doors down just a bit (maybe 1/16") to make them fit. I can't be sure if it was the door frame parts swelling a bit when I stained and painted them. The second floor doors are cast plastic and fit well with minimal sanding.

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                            And then I glued the twelve front windows in place.

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                            I also installed the doors and windows on the rear wall. I left one of the doors open for some visual interest. The bottom two windows will be covered by the boiler house and storage shed so I'll be adding a extra false wall to the interior to cover the window opening from the inside.

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                            I did start on the side walls, adding the corner trim and using my magnetic assembly try to both square them up and make sure they stay flat while the glue is drying.
                            I have the next 10 days off for the Christmas holidays so we'll see how much I can get done on this project.

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                            • #15
                              Very nice work, Glen. It's going to be a stand out on your layout when finished.
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                              Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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