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 Posted: Wed Jun 17th, 2015 02:20 am
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Ray Dunakin
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Well, I was going to try to hold off posting more pics of this until it was finished, but I'm so tickled with the way it's turning out, I couldn't resist. This has been a really fun build!

I've finished painting it, including many hand-painted signs. Still have to add the corrugated metal to the main roof. Also need to add some light fixtures and other exterior details, and glue the porch to the building. Also need to finish the surrounding landscape, and the stairs/path leading up to the building on either side. Eventually I'll build and detail the interior too. Here's how it looks so far:













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 Posted: Wed Jun 17th, 2015 05:19 pm
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Here's a bit of info about how I painted the signs:

The sign on the top of the front of the building (Serenity's Sandwich Shack) and the sign on the front of the porch (Sandwiches/Cold Drinks) was done with stencils. I laid out the lettering in Pages on my iMac, and printed it onto self-adhesive vinyl. Then I cut out the letters, peeled off the vinyl and placed it in position. I applied the paint using a combination of light, dry-brushing, and stippling. After removing the stencil, I touched it up as needed with a fine brush. Then I painted the dark outline by hand using a good, #0 artist's brush.

The large signs on the sides that say, "Cold Drinks" were tricky. Because of the battens, I couldn't use a stencil. So I used a pink colored pencil to very lightly lay out the shapes of the letters. This was not done to any detail, just very rough forms, like stick-figure letters, mainly to make sure I the size and spacing would fit the area. Then I hand-painted it with a #1 brush, using very thinned down paint and mostly kind of dry-brushing it. The outlines were done as before, with a #0 brush. The saving grace is that I was going for a not-very-professional look for the signs on the sides.

The smaller signs were were supposed to be very amateurish and crude, so I just winged it, painting them freehand with the #0 brush.

One thing that really helps when painting freehand, whether lettering or any other small detail, is that the hand holding the brush should have at least one finger resting against the model. This makes a big difference in steadying your hand.



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 Posted: Wed Jun 17th, 2015 06:23 pm
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Great work Ray! (as always)

Those signs look great too. My own painting techniques / hand stability are not that great, sadly.

Alwin

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Wow, great work on the structure. :apl:
Four Moose work for sure!
:moose::moose::moose::moose:



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 Posted: Wed Jun 17th, 2015 11:42 pm
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Nicely done. The beauty of large scale. :)



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 Posted: Thu Jun 18th, 2015 05:58 am
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Thanks guys!



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 Posted: Thu Jun 18th, 2015 06:20 am
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Boy that looks great !



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WOW, that little building is neat! Thanks for the tips on the signs too.



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 Posted: Thu Jun 18th, 2015 09:19 pm
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Hi Ray.

That sarnie shop is making me HUNGARY !

Gotta go for a snack...

...awesome work Ray !

:moose:

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We always expect great modeling from you Ray, and you never disappoint us.

I still don't believe that you leave your efforts out in the elements----I know that I couldn't, even though my efforts are no way the quality of yours.

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