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    It has been more than a few months since I have shown any of my work here, but I have been busy. There's no time like the present to jump back into modeling now that it is beginning to get colder and the outside projects are finished for this year.

    I have seen a lot of discussion regarding the choices of either having a layout vs diorama construction, due to space restraints. Since I too, really don't have the space for a full-blown layout, I have previously constructed dioramas that fit on shelving units for display.

    This time, I am planning on something a little larger that can be displayed on a desktop or along a shelf. It may have track with the ability to run a train or two or not. I am still pondering those options, but I will figure that out once the real estate gets filled in, to see if there will be room.

    For this project, I am calling it: "A few buildings on the edge of nowhere...", which will be some industrial type structures and outbuildings..

    So..let the construction begin... and I will do so in my next post.

    Rich

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    A few buildings on the edge of nowhere...in HO Scale.

    There have been a few members here who have built Fine Scale Miniatures Sewall's Foundry. One thread in particular was from my friend, Nelson458 (Tony Burgess), and you can find that here: https://railroad-line.com/node/35597

    I have always liked that building and I am going to scratchbuild / kitbash it. I did find a kit on Ebay a couple of years ago, but before I let it go, I had made some molds of the metal walls of the main building. My purpose for doing that is I hate to paint on metal and would rather paint or stain hydrocal walls. For me, I have better ability to control the coloring of this medium over metal. For me at least, by using floquil paints and floquil stains in thin washes, letting the layers dry in between washes, color is more subtle and softer in appearance than trying to achieve the same look using primer on metal with additional coats of paint. If your paint is too thick, it absures many of the fine details. Craft paints or other paints like Model Color AV Vallejo can be used as well, but for my application I went with Floquil.

    Before proceeding any further in this thread discussion, I must note that my computer crashed and I lost a considerable amount of modeling information, including pictures, etc. I normally take quite a lot of pictures when constructing my models, so you may not see some of the steps I took in between some of the pictures I will present here. I will note that as I go along best I can.

    First picture is the FSM Kit cover

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    As I previously noted "above" having made molds of the main building walls, I stored them in a plastic container to be used at a later time. Upon opening the container a few years later, some of the molds had stuck together and melted at thier corners. I think there had been a reaction between the metal and the brushable liquid rubber after the molds were made. I did have the partial molds that were still useable and I poured them anyway. After drying for a few days, I saw that some of the wall corners need filling to complete a finished wall. So, I mixed up a small container of Castin Craft powdered hydrocal and water, and using a small paint brush, I filled in the missing stones at the corners of the walls.

    Ok..now a sketch I made using my molds as a guide..

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    That's where I will leave this for today.. Comments are welcome and thanks for looking.

    Rich

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    • #3
      Looking forward to all that you have to share with us!

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      • #4
        Good morning Rich,
        Glad you're posting again. I'll be following along.
        Dave
        Dave

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        • #5
          Well! Well looks who's finally crawled out of bed and started a thread!!

          An interesting sounding thread a small shelf layout sounds perfect!
          A great first building to be placed there.

          I'll be following your ever move Rich!
          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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          • #6
            Glad to see this thread Rich, and your willingness to post your build. Looking forward to your progress.


            Louis
            Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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            • #7
              That looks like it will be a fun build to start your project. There’s lots of interest crammed into a small space. It should be a real eye catcher.

              Terry

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              • #8
                I was wondering when we'd see your modeling again. This is a very welcome thread.

                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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                • #9
                  OK Rich,

                  I brought my comfy chair and beverages. Show us what you got and how you do it. I'm starting to get my enthusiasm back to build something. I know I have that rock crusher building to finish, but I need a motivator and I think I bought one at the Syracuse train show.

                  BTW, got your e-mail.

                  Bernd
                  New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds

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                  • #10
                    Great to see a build from you....I'm following.

                    Castin Craft powdered hydrocal and water- Are you saying you mixed these 3 ingredients together?
                    Carl

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Carl_B View Post
                      Great to see a build from you....I'm following.

                      Castin Craft powdered hydrocal and water- Are you saying you mixed these 3 ingredients together?
                      No, Carl, I just used the Castin Craft and water. I forgot to put astriccs around the powdered hydrocal.
                      thanks for the question.

                      Rich

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                      • #12
                        Cool Rich! I'm sure you'll nail that jem!

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                        • #13
                          Hey fellow modelers ~ thanks for starting the parade or getting this party started, and for your comments of following this new adventure, Dave B., Dave G., Jerry, Louis, Terry, Mike, Bernd, & Carl.

                          I have a few errands to run today, but before leaving I will post again soon. Thanks for the nice comments and for following along.
                          There's still a few seats left and I might dim the lights a little, so you won't see my mistakes..

                          Rich

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                          • #14
                            Thanks for the nice comment, Phillip and for following.

                            Rich

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                            • #15
                              OK.. no time like the present..and I wouldn't wnt anyone to fall asleep waiting...

                              As I have mentioned, I did acquire a kit and I had made molds that didn't turn out as expected.
                              So, at that time, I decided to shelf the project for a period, and build other projects.

                              Some time later, I acquired another kit on Ebay, and at quite a reduced price.
                              Upon receipt, I noticed that most of the castings were present, but not all of the walls for the main structure, nor all of the details.
                              I did get the instructions and the templates, so I thought it could be started again.

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                              There is a small square metal wall that is connected to each of the peaked walls in the picture above, to complete two sides of this main building.
                              The wall on the lower left above, is the top portion of one of the longest sides of the building, as you will see where it goes shortly.

                              I noticed another group of details being sold on an Ebay auction, a few days later, of which had included the foundation pieces for the small woodworking shed.
                              As fate was on my side, I won the auction, and now had enough to begin my project. I had lucked out !

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                              The next two pictures are models made by others, but I do not know who. They appear to give anyone motivation !

                              I'm not sure who built the models in the next two pictures, but they represent how the structures have been placed in many of the completed builds I have seen. I plan on re-arranging the configuration of the buildings placement in this diorama build. More on this later.

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                              Thanks for watching, everyone, I will be back later this evening.

                              Rich



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