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  • James,
    I love the shot on the curve, to me it looks very realistic, a railfan shot at dusk.
    The fencing and curtains look great. The curtains also add a level of realism.

    Scott

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    • James,

      I think whistle posts are fairly tall. One that we regularly walk past on the rail trail (former B&O) has the W well above my head.

      But, you should check B&M standard plans.

      The last two photos are wonderful scenes.

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

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      • Belated thanks, Scott and Mike. A town road crisis and some 1:1 preservation activity got me off track, but I did make some progress. A few days ago I got the fence painted and a commercial tree properly installed:

        View west from depot with fence painted.

        At this point, 17 of the planned 21 structures in this area are substantially complete. So I feel a sincere draft to get back to Bolles Motors, a kitbash of WKW's Wallschlager Motors I got my teeth into two years ago (bottom of page 80). Of course, I'd bought the WKW 'built up' building somewhere in the course of Obama's presidency.... At any rate, WKW's brick sheet was reasonably close to the original's somewhat oversize brick, so here goes the garage portion of the structure:

        Garage area walls being fabricated

        The prototype's garage floor was about 8 feet above the showroom, but my showroom didn't have room for the prototype's depth. I'm using Tichy 35" square 2-light masonry windows for natural light in the area. I'm beveling the walls 45 deg. at corners; the prototype's construction did not appear to involve either an architect or an engineer.

        Sunday will be consumed by more 1:1 preservation work and the last meeting prior to the Monday - Thursday NERx on-line event. If you want to hear my voice, I narrate the cab-ride video of Rick Abramson's New Haven Electric Zone layout (I also shot and edited it). This is planned to close out the show Thursday evening.
        Last edited by jbvb; 03-19-2022, 09:42 PM.
        James

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        • This is looking Good, James! Keep going!

          Pete
          in Michigan

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          • James,
            Looks good. How does one see the NERx online event.

            Scott

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            • jbvb
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              The "Next Event" tab of the nerx.org site has links for both a YouTube livestream and a Facebook livestream on the NMRA National's page. Some parts will be live, but most pre-recorded. Once the event is over we'll break the streams out into individual topic videos. The 'Past Events' tab has links to videos from our 2020 and 2021 NERx events. Technical and presentation management is handled by the NMRA National team, led by Gert (Speed) Muller..

          • Thanks, Pete and Scott. The NERx event went well, and on either side of that I've made some progress on Bolles Motors:

            Bolles Motors walls and roof assembled

            Next job is figuring out how to paint and letter it. I'm trying a link to one of the few prototype images I've found, posted almost two years ago:



            I see the 1950-ish image (serious car fans feel free to correct my limited make/model knowledge). If the image is missing to other users, let me know and I'll fix the post.

            [edit] It seems to work. What I did:
            1) Browse to the previously uploaded image in another tab,
            2) Right click, then select Copy Image Link,
            3) Back to the tab where I was composing the post, click Image icon to open Image Properties window,
            4) On its Image Info tab, paste the link into the URL field,
            5) Erase everything before "data/....."
            6) Click OK to put the image into the post
            [end edit]

            I need white letters on (probably) brick for the garage bay wall. I attended Chuck D's clinic on that using dry transfers, and I've seen others post about doing it with self-stick vinyl. I'll need an appropriate font, and probably skip the bottom line because I can't tell what it says. Then I need a lot of lettering on the frieze panel above the windows. I think I'll just print that so I can cut out a strip of paper and glue it in place. And I also need to guess the wood trim color - maybe just mask WKW's green and re-use it.
            Last edited by jbvb; 03-28-2022, 09:25 AM.
            James

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            • James,
              I think you captured the flavor of Bolles quite nicely. I like the color scheme.

              Scott

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              • That is going to be a great structure, James.
                Bruce

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                • Thanks, Scott and Bruce. While chatting with Pete about Bolles, I did enough research to want to save it here:

                  I have 3 photos of Bolles Motors:

                  The one above, which came from someone of my generation with a family connection to the dealership. This seems to show 1955 Dodges.

                  One from the 1957 city directory, with the same frieze lettering, showing 1954 Dodges This also shows a recognizable B&M XM-1 outside braced boxcar in an eastbound train above.

                  One from the 1963 directory, with retouched frieze lettering: they appear to have covered up "DODGE Job-Rated TRUCKS". and replaced "DODGE" and "PLYMOUTH" with "DART". This shows a 1963 Polara, the whole garage area and the station's retaining wall farther up Winter St.

                  All are grainy halftones, so I can't be sure whether the frieze is brick, or mortar parged over brick, or a metal sign applied over brick. The 1963 retouching suggests an enameled metal signboard, as signage lettered on brick would have been easy to update on the building itself. So the ease of printing a paper frieze is tempting, particularly as this isn't a contest model.
                  Last edited by jbvb; 03-29-2022, 08:57 PM.
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                  • James,

                    If you use printed paper, you can use the letters as they appear on the building. You could make a digital copy, eliminate the perspective, clean it up, fill in the missing letters, etc. Looks like "DODGE" and "PLYMOUTH" are different sign fonts. Do a Bill Gill.

                    Mike

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

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                    • CNE1899
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                      Mike,
                      Nice idea!

                      Scott

                  • Well, that's 5 months of no model railroading. But I have gotten 300 feet of carbarn track, plus a turnout and another 90 feet outside, ready for cars to be stored. And paved the way for another 250 feet of outdoor storage. Look at aerial photos of Seashore Trolley Museum and see how almost 1,000 feet of what should be running track and yard leads is covered, mostly by rapid transit equipment that can't move under its own power. This year's work will continue a start we made in 2021.

                    Some modeling will take place in September. Watch this space...
                    James

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                    • James,
                      1:1 railroad building still counts!

                      Scott

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                      • It's all good, James! Stand tall and be proud!

                        Pete
                        in Michigan

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