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  • Now that the right side of the Shack is pretty well finished, thought I would share an update:

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    The oil tank was a resin casting sprayed painted flat black as was the barrels. The tank has some nice details like the chain going
    from the fill pipe to the tank. The whole thing was lightly weathered with rust added to the rivets.

    The platform was made from 6x6's, 2x10's, and the ladder from 2x4's all grained and colored to match the Shack. It was built following
    the instructions more or less.

    Some of the barrels were painted another color then rusted while others were just heavily rusted. Also included a crate and a oil can as well.

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    The end photo shows the tank better showing the rust on the side of the tank. Also on the back of the platform is a pump
    which was blackened and buffed with just some minimal rust added.

    All in all I think this turned out pretty well and I cut back some of the detail items so the scene wouldn't be over loaded.
    As much as I admire Sierra West's dioramas I feel they are over crowded at times; which is just a personal preference for a
    less crowded look.

    Next up will be cutting tons of small branches to turn into log blocks and split firewood. Probably going to use some fresh
    cut ones as they are easier to use the pruners on and also split. They'll look green for a bit but they will dry out and turn brown.

    That's the state of things on the CC&W for now. Thanks for looking.
    Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad


    • That is a fine job Larry!! Enough details and the weathering of the rust seems to me just about the right amount.

      You should be real proud of what you've done with this kit!!

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


      • Jerry thank you for the kind words. Yes I am very pleased with the way this kit is turning out and it's also
        very enjoyable at the same time; not to mention I have learned so much technique wise which is a bonus.
        Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad


        • Excellent!
          Looks way better than your pretty well appraisel.
          Use some of the other details in other scenes on the layout.


          • Larry,

            That's some terrific modeling. Your light hand with weathering and density of details proves the adage of that great craftsman, William Shakespeare: "Discretion is the better part of excellent model railroading."


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


            • Larry, nice conclusion to a fun build. I like your approach,, too. Sometimes less is more and these days, some models are weathered way too much. Mike


              • Rick thank you, it's very much appreciated. Yes the plan is when the entire layout is
                finished, if one ever is, then I'm going back through and will add some of the left over
                detail parts and maybe upgrade a few things a bit.

                Michael thanks for the nice compliments. I'll have to remember that quote, although
                I think Williams model railroad would have been quite different from todays.

                Mike thanks. I agree about using too much weathering, especially if the scene really
                doesn't call for it. Another "pet peeve" of mine is over loading a scene with too many
                detail parts.
                Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad


                • Larry,
                  Nice job on the tank, platform, and other details. I agree with the others on your level of weathering. I especially like the rust on the tank!



                  • Scott thank you so much. The weathering is one of those the more you do it, the better you get.
                    I know ahead of time how much I want on an item; if I use too much I wipe some of it off with
                    a Q-tip. That's what's nice about using chalks.
                    Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad


                    • Larry C., I love it; I can't ever get the weathering 'just right' and all the little 'things' that are scattered around to look all random and ruined. ERGO.... is this where we order one??????????? Seriously though, you've done a marvelous job!!!!

                      KYLE CREEL
                      SUPT., GM BCRR


                      • Larry, how is the log chopping progressing? ~mike


                        • Kyle thanks. Weathering is one of those things, the more you do the better you get at it.
                          Also using chalks helps. If it's too much then you can remove some until you like the
                          effect. As far as detail placement I try not to over think it and just let it happen.

                          Mike lots of chopping going on. I hope to have something to show sometime soon.
                          Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad


                          • The Crew has been busy at work cutting and chopping wood along with another load
                            of logs being delivered; so here is an update with an almost fully functional "Wood Cutters"

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                            Here is the overall view of the wood cutters area at present. Still a few more details to add over the next couple of weeks.

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                            Started off with a barrier to keep the wood stacked neatly which was made from grained 6x6's then given a coat of A&I. The wood
                            was split using an old pocket knife and stacked one layer at a time and glued with white glue in between each row. So the stacks
                            of wood are all split wood. Cut up some blocks of wood which is next to be split. Also split a piece and inserted a wedge part way into
                            the wood. There will be a guy with a sledge hammer behind the block to split the wood. I saved all the little wood scraps and bark to
                            add some realism to the scene. There is a pile of split wood which will be stacked in the shed just sitting there.

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                            Here is the shed with some wood stacked inside with some pieces laying on the ground. For this I actually cheated a little by
                            cutting a small block of pink foam to fit inside the shed. This was painted flat black to cut down on the amount of wood needed.
                            The back two rows are actually only one deep and the third row is a full stack of split wood. This is where a truck, when I get to it,
                            will pick up the wood for delivery.

                            There are blocks of wood on the ground at the end of the saw waiting to be taken to the splitting area. Also the open belt going
                            to the saw bothered me so I figured, since there is a lot of logs, why not use two to form a barrier so someone doesn't just walk
                            into the belt accidentally. This was an easy fix by planting two 6x6 posts into the ground and two logs glued up against them.

                            Next is to spend some time with three LP's getting rid of flashing and repainting then gluing in place. There are a few more detail
                            pieces to add over the next few weeks before calling the "Wood Cutters" scene finished; if it really ever is. Also started working on a
                            flat car which is being refurbished to carry a load of logs.

                            That's it for now and thanks for looking.
                            Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad


                            • Excellent scene, Larry. Enjoy watching the progress.
                              Karl Scribner-Curmudgeon

                              Cedar Swamp
                              SW of Manistique, MI

                              AVATAR Image stolen from Model Train Stuff advertisement in my e-mail


                              • Larry, excellent!!!
                                Great job of detailing the scene.