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  • Geez, I would need an electron microscope just to attempt the details...

    Very nice Dave :up:
    In memory of Mike Chambers

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    • Joe, yours looks great too! :up: Nicely weathered - looks like a bait shop! You've even added rafter tails! WOW! You must use an Optivisor or some kind of magnifier, huh? Tell us about the roof - is it ribbed roofing?

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      • Hey Al,

        thanks for the kind words. I definitly use an optivisor and rafter tails ... tweezers come in handy too. I'm going to try to get a better photo in daylight after work today to show you the roof. It is corregated - I used the adhesive backed foil tape that is used for duct work. I corregated it using a piece of corregated styrene as a form. Though the stuff is adhesive backed I still used CA to bond it to styrene sub roof.

        I think I need to take photos as I am modeling because I realize that it helps me see the flaws better.

        Joe

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        • Dave and Joe,

          Very nice work no matter what the scale.

          I love to see these scratch built structures since they are a one of a kind and will not be found anywhere else except on Railroad-Line.
          <img src="http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/data/bbags/20076794158_b3b.jpg" alt="" /><br /><br>John Bagley<br /><br>Modeling the Alaska Railroad in HO in Wildwood Georgia.

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          • Thanks for the kind words everyone!

            Nice work in your bait shop Joe. It's a great looking structure especially when you consider that it is about an inch wide...and I can appreciate that

            The rafter tails are a great touch and they add so much.
            Thanks,

            Dave K in NB

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            • Joe very nice work on the bait shop. One of the best tools I have is my digital camera. I find all kinds of things that need fixing with it.
              Mike Mace

              Northern Division of the Santa Fe

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              • These pictures have slightly better lighting and show the roof a little better ...





                Joe

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                • Was flipping through some photos and came across this little project that I thought would be interesting to share.

                  Since many folks here are interested in the little extra details that add interest to a scene and we talk a lot about castings...what about actually building details...?

                  Background: My father restored old farm machinery as a hobby after he retired. I grew up with an odd collection of old rusted farm tractors in my driveway that were in various states of restoration. This model is based on the kind of thing we used to bring home (many of them in much worse condition than this).

                  This was a simple one evening project made from scraps in my parts bin. The front wheels were from an Micron Arts buckboard kit, the rear wheels are made from the wheels of an old luggage cart shoved inside some styrene tubing. The fenders are tin foil. The flywheel is an N scale brake wheel. The rest are scraps of styrene and brass.

                  This is located on the same diorama as the stone shed I posted pictures of earlier. As you drive around farm country you see lots of old rusted tractors sitting out in fields and behind barns. I encourage folks to try scratch projects likes this - especially for old rusted out details that are meant to enhance a scene. Folks look for vehicle kits and then balk at the price - especially if they are just meant to be a detail and not the main subject of the scene. Total cost of this model is next to nothing since it was all scraps.

                  This is modeled after a Titan 10-24 (great grandad of International Harvester)



                  Here is a photo from the Internet of a similar type of tractor after being restored to operating condition.



                  The model is N scale. I don't have a reference photo to indicate actual size. The model is actually just over a half inch long.

                  The fun thing about ths type of project if that it does not need to be 100% accurate because it is so small and not the main subject of the scene. It adds a bit of context to the scene. It is fast, easy, unusual, and adds a lot of interest to a scene. I encourage you to give it a try. It will surprise you how rewarding and easy a small scratch project like can be - it will also be something you are not likely to see on anyone else's model...
                  Thanks,

                  Dave K in NB

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                  • I love it Dave. Very cool.

                    Joe

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                    • Here's an oldie I pulled out of the archives recently. Not 100% scratchbuilt - the bike started life as an old 1/24th scale Revell "Parts Pack" kit. Someone pointed out that the outrigger needed a little more support, which in looking at it is a good call.

                      Enjoy,

                      Ken Hamilton




                      Ken Hamilton

                      www.wildharemodels.com

                      http://public.fotki.com/khamilton/models/

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                      • Ken,

                        Love it! What a cool and unusual project. Thanks for posting the pics. This is the kind of stuff that adds a lot of interest to a scene.
                        Thanks,

                        Dave K in NB

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                        • Here is my latest one just finished for this week. It is built as a kit and going to New Zealand. It is a modified scratch build version of the stuffy's main building. The names are Vilmore's Boarding House and Bleachers Seafood.


                          Vance

                          www.fsmtrees.com

                          www.trainsho.com

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                          • A boarding house over a seafood restaurant...interesting combination. I imagine those boarders will be going through some air freshener [:-goldfish][:-sour]

                            Nice work vance. Are those windows and doors Grandt Line?
                            Thanks,

                            Dave K in NB

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                            • The windows and doors are Tichy. The front entrance is a Smalltown USA 20 ft. store front that I cut down. If you look at the photo gallery for my customer (Bruce) I built him 2 buildings. This one fits with the other and are joined with a overhead walkway.

                              http://trainsho.com/v-web/gallery/bruce
                              Vance

                              www.fsmtrees.com

                              www.trainsho.com

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                              • Also if you notice the other building that joins with this one is a version of the center building of Skinners Row.
                                Vance

                                www.fsmtrees.com

                                www.trainsho.com

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