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    I got Mic Greenberg's Tip Sheet #'s 5 and 6 in yesterday's mail. As the first four have been, these are excellent and are aimed primarily at scratchbuilders who want to improve their techniques or learn new ways.

    Both Tip Sheet sets follow Mic's standard format of an introduction to the subject, followed by step-by-step instructions and photos, and concluding with a list of suggested resources.

    Tip Sheet #5, titled "Board-by-Boarding," shows in nine simple steps how to use a jig and stripwood to construct a simple wall where the effect of weathered, peeling paint is accentuated. Those of you familiar with Sierra West kit construction will find these 9 steps to be very familiar and just as "builder friendly." For those of you who have never tried board-by-board construction, Mic's nine steps make for a very easy initiation into this type of scratchbuilding.

    Tip Sheet #6, "Scale Model Tarpapers," is a great reference, and one which I'm sure I'll be going back to frequently! Again in nine steps, Mic shows how he makes weathered tarpaper in various colors from Kleenex tissue backed with newsprint, newspaper sheet, or telephone book paper. He also suggests which backing material works (or looks) best in a particular scale. For the past couple of years I have been using newspaper sheet sprayed with Grimy Black or Roof Brown and thought it looked "okay." But after seeing Mic's model photos I know there's a better way. Laminating two paper materials to create tar paper had never occurred to me, so this is a method I'm eager to try.

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    Since questions about where/how to order Tip Sheets frequently come up, here's a link to the product announcement with ordering/price info:

    http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/t...?TOPIC_ID=8853

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    Mike.

    Thanks for the great recommendation. I am kind of liking these two as the are from techniques I have used for 25 years or more. By the way this is the second message written but only the first delivered as I went to Google to confirm the spelling of meritorious. Once more great review.

    Mic
    Visit my website:

    www.micgreenberg.com

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    • #3
      Mike,

      Thanks for the review. Mic, hopefully the mailman will leave a present for me today. I am looking forward to getting these. I would really love to see a series on modifying trucks using the CHB and others as a basis. Mic, keep up the great work!!!

      Frank

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      • #4
        Mic,

        How many more tip sheets to go? Just so you know, I and probably many others are waiting till you finish them before buying them all. A friend of mine has your `Art of the diorama' it's fantastic but `Driftwood' was on every page so I'm glad your reworking all your info with newer available materials. Please don't take offence with people attacking your `Cottage Industry' I've been there myself and believe the best and most innovative products come from peoples cottage industries. (PayPal and a online ordering web sites make it convenient but also what most people don't realise, generally push prices through the roof)

        This is a Public forum, but people still need to show respect, sometimes I've seen these Forums decend into slanging matches because it becomes a way of people venting their spleens. I personally would hate any of our suppliers leaving here because they felt unwelcome. JMHO

        JFYI I write Cad software which I was selling, I gave up because users were continually on the phone with problems that my software didn't and wouldn't have a chance of creating.

        Mic, please keep up the good work.

        PaulD[:-sly]

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        • #5

          I have all of Mic's tip sheets so far. They are excellent but postage down to here makes them expensive.
          Rod Hutchinson

          Growing Old Disgracefully

          Australia

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          • #6
            PaulD, you might have to wait a few years[:-bigeyes2] as I believe these will be an ongoing item. Mic does some fantastic modeling. I hope to see what he has to enter in the Narrow Gauge Convention contests in September.

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            • #7
              Walt,

              quote:


              PaulD, you might have to wait a few years as I believe these will be an ongoing item.


              Thats why I asked, if he said 4 more I'd wait, If he said 20, I'd buy whats' available, as RodH has said Postage to Australia can be a killer, I want to maximise my kill

              Walt, I'm getting someone coming to Dearborn to get some of your nifty laser cut window sets. Will you have a good supply there? Will you also have some of those cast flatcar frames?

              PaulD[:-sly]

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              • #8
                Paul maybe you could ask Mario to bring them back with him from the convention? I'm sure he plans on bringing just about empty suitcases to the states and full ones when he goes back.

                Mike you mentioned a jig in your review, could you elaborate on that a little?? I'm working on something right now using foam, but would love to hear how Mic does his,thanks alot,Pat.

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                • #9
                  quote:


                  Originally posted by PaulD

                  Walt, I'm getting someone coming to Dearborn to get some of your nifty laser cut window sets. Will you have a good supply there? Will you also have some of those cast flatcar frames?

                  PaulD[:-sly]



                  Paul, I'm trying to build inventory of all my items in each scale that I produce them in to bring to Dearborn.... It's a daunting task, didn't realize how many different items I actually offer. [:-bigeyes2] Yes, I intend to have a good supply of the windows and doors as well as the white metal frames. How good a supply will only be attested to by how fast they sell.[}]

                  I'm working right now on three new backwoods kits that will be offered as a 3-in-1 set. I hope to also have a inventory of them for the show but seeing they extended my consulting contract my time is at a premium. I have two additional laser cut kits that only lack manuals but there's just sooooooo much time available. :erm: [:-jester]

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                  • #10
                    quote:


                    Originally posted by belg


                    Mike you mentioned a jig in your review, could you elaborate on that a little?? I'm working on something right now using foam, but would love to hear how Mic does his,thanks alot,Pat.


                    Pat, I'm away from home and won't be back there until next Wednesday. I don't have the Tip Sheets with me to refer to, so I can't answer your question with any specifics. Maybe one of the other guys who bought the sheets will see your question and be able to answer it for you.

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                    • #11
                      quote:


                      Paul, I'm trying to build inventory of all my items in each scale that I produce them in to bring to Dearborn....


                      Mario will bring at least 3 of everything back.

                      In reality though, if you ask him nicely he may bring some things back for you. He is a very helpul guy and eager to assist others.
                      Rod Hutchinson

                      Growing Old Disgracefully

                      Australia

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