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  • I'm probably the only one in the modeling world who has never seen what's inside a Sierra West project
    box; but in case there are more of you out there who have live a sheltered life like I apparently have, here's
    a look inside the Woodcutter's Shack box:

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    Two bags of wood to build the structures, one bag of misc. pieces, a person, a bag of metal detailing parts, two pieces of wood
    for using as alignment gauges, and of course a box of awesome looking resin detailing parts.

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    Of course a few sheets of templates to aid in construction.

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    Also a spiral bound instruction manual which also explains all the different techniques and materials to build a world class
    model in a step by step format. So that's the box contents which blew me away when I started going through it.
    Now let the fun begin!!!!!

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    Although not a lot to show; but the first order of business was to figure out how to use the real estate that I had for the project.
    Grabbed the measurements off the templates and cut some paper pieces to figure out the footprints of the buildings. Also it
    helped me to determine how much of the black track to cut off to give me lots of room for details which actually amounted
    to about 8 inches but still gives me plenty of track left to store two cars for unloading.There is a second shed to the far left
    that I will scratch build using my own material similar to the one for the kit to store rows of cut firewood waiting for purchase.
    Then further left will be the coal side of the business which still needs to be figured out.

    While not a lot to show I felt it was imperative to plan out exactly where stuff was going to go before any construction was
    started. So now.....let the fun begin!!!!!!


    Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad

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    • Nice tree line Larry.

      As far as the kit goes if you read the manuel first then dive into you'll be way ahead of the game.

      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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      • Jerry thanks. Yup I've already looked through the manual a couple of times and will
        have it open when I start the build. It's one of those times when you really want to
        read the instructions....at least there in English.
        Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad

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        • Larry,
          Wow, that is quite impressive and a little intimidating. Looks like fun though.
          Good idea to layout the building locations.

          Scott

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          • Larry, I have that kit somewhere, and will follow your posting for inspiration and guidance. Our close date for our house was move up two weeks, so I am getting anxious to build trains again.
            - mike
            O scale builds: Choctaw Lumber Kitchen, Dining Room, and Buffalo Canyon RR Caboose.

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            • Larry said: 'let the fun begin!!!!!!'.
              Has the fun begun?
              Follow along as my dog and I travel the country in our van.
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              • Larry,

                Looks like you're now under a lot of pressure to produce results.

                I'm the other person who hasn't seen the inside of a Sierra West kit, because I'm too cheap to buy one.

                Mike
                _________________________________________________

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

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                • David_J_Buchholz
                  David_J_Buchholz commented
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                  You are not the only one who's " frugil" Mike

              • Scott thanks. When I received the kit and opened it the first thoughts I had was "what did I get myself into".
                After reading through the manual a couple of times I felt much better about it. Taking my time and going to
                enjoy every minute.

                Mike I don't know how much help I'll be but we'll give it a shot; should be fun though.

                Rick the fun indeed has begun; managed to get the siding and roofing boards all grained yesterday and going to
                start coloring them sometime today.

                Mike I don't feel so bad now about being a SW virgin; at least I'm not alone. They are pricey , but I got a good deal on this one
                so I decided to treat myself. Ah...no pressure....ya right. I'll do my best.
                Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad

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                • So here's what I've been up to the last couple of days:

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                  There are 55 pieces of scale 1x8's here all grained and colored ready to be applied to the frame work of the Shack and also the
                  Shed. The graining was done by pulling my saw across the length of each board. Tried using wire brushes but that didn't work
                  very well. The teeth on the saw are fine enough to give each board a nice graining.

                  The coloring was achieved by using three different colored chalks with a clear alcohol wash in between each color. Stared with
                  black using a single edge razor blade to scrap along the chalk giving a fine line of color. Blended with a soft wet brush working the
                  color into the board. Then followed by a dark green and finally a grey.

                  This color is quite a contrast to the Store which was also colored with chalks and alcohol. I really like the color variation using
                  this method which is explained in detail in the instruction book.

                  That's about it and next will be starting the glueing/finishing process on each wall of the Shack. Until next time.
                  Last edited by Larryc; 01-27-2022, 05:26 PM.
                  Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad

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                  • Time-consuming but worth the effort in the end. Looks good. Lots of variation within and between boards. Now you need to randomize them.

                    Mike
                    _________________________________________________

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

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                    • Looks great larry.

                      The only problem with the saw blade is every board ends up with the same close pattern.
                      You need brushes the kind plumbers or electrician use!! And not brass ones.
                      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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                      • David_J_Buchholz
                        David_J_Buchholz commented
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                        Agreed. Steel bristles bite in more.

                    • My monitor shows your strip wood color as a good color variation. I also agree with Jerry that just the saw blade doesn't give as good a pattern as also using the wire brushes that plumbers and even welders use.


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

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                      • Larry, I'll agree with everyone else about the colors on those boards.
                        I posted a picture of the type of brush to use in the lounge.
                        Follow along as my dog and I travel the country in our van.
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                        • Larry, the coloring of the wood looks good.

                          Just to be different than everyone else, I use a home made device made from used #11 blades stuck/glued into a piece of square brass tubing. It allows me to avoid the straight lines typically made by saw blades as I can control the angle and pitch of the scoring.

                          Now it you really want to go over the top, don't forget to add knots and knot holes to the boards.
                          Ron Newby

                          General Manager

                          Clearwater Valley Railway Co.

                          http://cvry.ca

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                          • Larryc
                            Larryc commented
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                            Thanks for the tip using the #11 blades. I made one up and it works quite well by using different angles and pressure applied.

                        • Micheal thanks. When I start doing the walls I'm just going to grab boards in no special order.

                          Jerry thanks. I can also add more graining aa I start applying each board as per the instructions.

                          Louis thanks for the tip.

                          Rick thanks and thanks for the brush photo; the Lounge is my next stop.

                          Ron thanks for the tip; not sure about knot holes...maybe a few.
                          Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad

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