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  • #61
    Thanks, Ted!

    I forgot to mention that the door and window are Grandt Line parts -- the only commercial parts on this structure.

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    • #62
      Splendid building, Ray, and yes these signs are great!

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      • #63
        Ray, Another winner! Glad you didn't wait until it was completely finished to show it! Wonderful signs all around!

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        • #64
          Ray, another winner. :up: :up: :up:

          It looks so good I think I will have to get in there to eat. However, "The best sandwiches in the

          desert" could be good or could be bad. How bad can a sandwich be and still be the best sandwich in

          the desert???

          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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          • #65
            Ray, I don't know how I missed this thread, but I have corrected that now. :erm:

            Wonderful modeling as usual!

            I found this photo on "Pinterest" that reminded me of the station that you are currently working on.



            Greg Shinnie

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            • #66
              Thanks so much for the kind words, everyone!

              Greg, that's the former Las Vegas & Tonopah RR depot in the ghost town of Rhyolite. It was the main inspiration for the design of my depot. BTW, it looks like it's made of concrete blocks, but those are actually stone blocks.

              Here's a bit of info about how I painted the signs:

              The sign on the top of the front of the building (Serenity's Sandwich Shack) and the sign on the front of the porch (Sandwiches/Cold Drinks) was done with stencils. I laid out the lettering in Pages on my iMac, and printed it onto self-adhesive vinyl. Then I cut out the letters, peeled off the vinyl and placed it in position. I applied the paint using a combination of light, dry-brushing, and stippling. After removing the stencil, I touched it up as needed with a fine brush. Then I painted the dark outline by hand using a good, #0 artist's brush.

              The large signs on the sides that say, "Cold Drinks" were tricky. Because of the battens, I couldn't use a stencil. So I used a pink colored pencil to very lightly lay out the shapes of the letters. This was not done to any detail, just very rough forms, like stick-figure letters, mainly to make sure I the size and spacing would fit the area. Then I hand-painted it with a #1 brush, using very thinned down paint and mostly kind of dry-brushing it. The outlines were done as before, with a #0 brush. The saving grace is that I was going for a not-very-professional look for the signs on the sides.

              The smaller signs were were supposed to be very amateurish and crude, so I just winged it, painting them freehand with the #0 brush.

              One thing that really helps when painting freehand, whether lettering or any other small detail, is that the hand holding the brush should have at least one finger resting against the model. This makes a big difference in steadying your hand.

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              • #67
                I wanted to have stone stairs going up the slope to the shack. To do this, I made a form out of foam core board:






                Then I used curved tweezers to place small stones in the form, added some 1/4" hardware cloth, and then poured in some thin mortar:








                The mortar wasn't quite thin enough to get into all the spaces between the stones, but that's fixable:




                I rubbed thin mortar into the gaps, brushed off the excess with a wet brush, and after it set I sanded off some of the residue and it turned out fine:




                Here's how everything looks so far. The building itself is almost finished. I just have to add the lighting and a few other minor exterior details. I also have to finish the landscape around the building. And later I will build and detail the interior:












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                • #68
                  Well step right up too a great sandwich, should be painted on the kick plates of those nice new stairs.

                  Nice work on those Ray!

                  Greg Shinnie

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                  • #69
                    Awesome work on those steps Ray, and thanks for the SBS! :up:
                    Carl

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                    • #70
                      Hi, Ray. That is some fine modeling there. I really enjoy seeing your work.

                      Thanks for sharing.

                      Jeff

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                      • #71
                        Thanks! Greg, I was planning to paint some kind of sign on the steps, just hadn't decided yet what it would be. I like your suggestion so I'll use that!

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                        • #72
                          Simply fantastic Ray' Those steps are soooooo excellent'... id="Script MT Bold">


                          Ted

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                          • #73
                            I wanted to jump in again with words of praise but I am sort of lost for words, simply outstanding work.

                            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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                            • #74
                              Interesting way to fabricate stairs... And I really like the final look. Your creativity in installing the stairs also needs comment as it blends so well with the surrounding terra firma. Overall, great creativity and modeling work.
                              -- KP --

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

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                              • #75
                                Thanks guys!

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