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  • #31
    Larry,
    Looking great! Your weathered wood technique is excellent.

    Scott

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    • #32
      Nice job, Larry. I like the beefy posts; they seem about right for a structure of this type. Also the size of strip wood for the sheathing looks good. For a different look on future buildings like this, you could use 8x8 or 6x6 diagonal braces to look like they've been mortised and tenoned into posts and beams. But I think for a shed like this what you did looks good and is appropriate.

      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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      • #33
        Jerry thank you. It's proving to be a fun build.

        Mike thank you and thanks for those great suggestions as well. I do have a Bates crawler
        that will be sitting somewhere outside.

        Rick thank you.

        Scott thank you so much, I'm liking the way this is turning out.

        Mike thanks. I'll file your suggestion for use on a future project; it would add some
        extra detail to a structure.
        Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad

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        • #34
          Progress is looking great!

          Philip

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          • #35
            Philip thank you. Well since we've had a few days of rain the outside projects have halted
            now and then. Gave me a chance to work on the diorama, so here is an update:

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            Before I could go much further with the building I needed to get the rafters built and the lighting sorted out. The rafters
            were constructed from 6x6's using a pattern that I drew up on graph paper. Actually they all came out pretty much the
            same. You'll notice that not all the rafters are colored; figured I'd only color what would show to save on materials.

            In order to have a light in the shed portion of the building I needed to redesign that part a little by adding one rafter over
            the workbench which changed the look somewhat but that only made it look unique. After shortening the 10 light set to 3
            I ran the wired through each rafter with the lights glued to three of the rafters. After this was done then I glued each rafter in
            place one by one. It ain't pretty but it works well. The wire comes out the bottom of the building and a trench will be dug in
            the foam to hide it leaving the power pack at the back off of the display. Everything runs on two 1.5 AA's with an on and off switch.
            The actual lights are LED's.

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            Here is the shed area all lit up even though you can't see the light from the front. This is all done with one light.

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            The garage part of the building uses two bulbs which lights it up quite nicely. Even though this is my first attempt at adding lights
            to a building I'm rather pleased with the look.

            Next up is working in the sub roof and the actual roof itself, I'm leaning towards a wood shingled roof for this project which should
            fit in quite nicely with the overall theme of the building.

            That's about 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

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            • #36
              Nice job Larry!!
              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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              • #37
                Very nice work Larry.
                I'd like to make one suggestion though.
                I would put some yellow/orange paint on the LED bulbs so they give a warmer light.
                Follow along as my dog and I travel the country in our van.
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                • #38
                  Jerry and Rick thank you. Thanks for the suggestion Rick, I agree the warmer light would look better.
                  I didn't even think of that but it's an easy fix.
                  Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad

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                  • #39
                    Larry,

                    The lights are a nice feature. It would have been a shame not to be able see all your fine work.

                    Mike
                    _________________________________________________

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

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                    • #40
                      Larry, looking good. I like the idea of a warmer light. Persist! ~mike
                      O scale builds: Choctaw Lumber Kitchen, Dining Room, and Buffalo Canyon RR Caboose

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                      • #41
                        Hey Larry, I heard some hammering going on, and I had to get on over here to see what the fuss was all about.
                        This build of yours is one that I have been wanting to construct myself, and I have been watching closely. I too,
                        have been fond of the models that Brian Nolan constructed, and this build of yours is no exception. Your
                        attention to the fine details will put this diorama over the top when you add more to it later on. It will become
                        a focal point on your layout and I would consider it be placed in the forefront somewhere, if it were me.

                        I would like to mention that strand of lights you are using, as I use them myself. One nice thing about them is
                        you can cut off as many as you want, and they still work. I read that you are going to put the battery case at the
                        back of the display board. That is a good spot, but as an alternative solution, you could place the case underneath
                        any small shed as well. (without gluing down the shed to the diorama) so you can change the batteries, and the
                        unit won't be seen. Just as a reminder, don't leave the batteries in the case for an extended time if not using them,
                        they will corrode and the acid will destroy the metal.

                        Sorry this is lengthy, but I will be following along more closely now. You are an excellent builder.

                        Rich

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                        • #42
                          Michael thanks. Adding lights is something that I've been wanting to do for awhile so this gave me
                          the chance to do so.

                          Mike thank you. I've already painted the lights and it does give it a nicer look. I'll post a photo soon.

                          Rich thank you for the kind comments and for stopping by. I'm using Brians repair shed as an inspiration
                          only and will add my own twist to it. I do like your idea of hiding the battery pack better. I may add a small shed to
                          the back area so that could hide the batteries. Usually I remove the batteries when not in use; had too many
                          issues with them over the years. It nice to hear someone else uses the same lighting so I guess I wasn't too far off.
                          Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad

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                          • #43
                            Larry,

                            I also have a couple of other ideas of hiding the battery pack that I have used in other builds.
                            If you saw where I built South River Model Works - Martin's Machine Co. scratchbuild, I made a slider door at the rear of my diorama. Inside that slider door is where I positioned the battery pack - out of view. In that build, it could only be accomplished due to having a large, inside space with which to mount the pack. (First picture)

                            On anorher build, I made a drop box to house the battery pack, below the diorama. That was my build of the Kitbashed Yorke kit- Critter Engine House in HO, which can be found here: https://railroad-line.com/node/37296/page7 (Second picture)

                            Perhaps there are alternative methods but these did work for me. Just trying to give you a couple of ideas here. I'm confident you will find a solution that will work for you.
                            Good luck,
                            ​​​​​​​Rich


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                            • #44
                              Rich thanks for the suggestions. Looking at your first photo; that is a very nice looking building and I'll have
                              to read through your "York" thread when I get a chance. It's always nice to see how others handle the same
                              things that I'm working on.
                              Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad

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                              • #45
                                Thought I'd share a quick update on the Diorama:

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                                Using Rick's suggestion, the light bulbs were give a couple coats of yellow-orange paint. The color looks more natural
                                for that era. That what's so great about this forum is the sharing of ideas and techniques.

                                Still working on the roof of the Repair Shed coloring, weathering, cutting, and glueing as I go along. I guess that's it for the
                                time being and thanks for looking.
                                Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad

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