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 Posted: Thu May 21st, 2015 04:18 pm
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Thanks guys! Yes, the Rhyolite station was one of the inspirations for this.



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 Posted: Thu May 21st, 2015 04:24 pm
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Hi Ray.

Love the building style.

The 3D & rough-walls look great.

It's gonna look cool on the layout.

Cheers.

Si.

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 Posted: Thu May 21st, 2015 10:43 pm
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Hello Ray,

Great work on the "Dunakin Deviation" line around the new depot.

Is the Spanish/Mission/Revival depot design based on anywhere in particular ?

Regards,                Michael

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 Posted: Thu May 21st, 2015 11:42 pm
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Thanks! The depot at Rhyolite in Nevada was the primary inspiration for this, plus some Mission style depots at a few other locations.



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 Posted: Fri May 22nd, 2015 10:57 pm
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I have just checked out some photos of that Rhyolite depot. Unusual but attractive looking building, pity it saw such short use as a RR depot.

Regards,                 Michael

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 Posted: Mon Jun 1st, 2015 06:03 pm
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My first full column in Model Railroad Hobbyist has just been published in the June issue! It's free and can be read online or downloaded to your computer, kindle, iPad, etc.


http://model-railroad-hobbyist.com/magazine/mrh-2015-06-jun



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 Posted: Wed Jun 3rd, 2015 06:58 pm
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:shocked::shocked:Oh my god that's amazing. Have you built that into a hill side or did you ship all that rock in and build it up your self?

Cheers Dan

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 Posted: Wed Jun 3rd, 2015 08:22 pm
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Shoulders wrote:
:shocked::shocked:Oh my god that's amazing. Have you built that into a hill side or did you ship all that rock in and build it up your self?


Thanks! I did both -- it's built into a hillside, which I had to partially excavate to build the tunnels and such. And I hauled in all the rocks (many tons!) and mortared them together myself.



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I got sidetracked a bit into another project:

Recently I needed to build a small wooden shack using Sintra PVC foam board, to be featured in an article I'm writing for Garden Railways. At the time I didn't know where it would fit into the layout. Eventually I decided to put it in the town of Grandt Cliff. Until now the only other structure I'd created for that site was a miner's cabin. This will be an old shack which has been converted into a sandwich shop, called Serenity's Sandwich Shack.

The town site is at the base of Grandt Cliff, and was undeveloped. To prepare the site, I had to chisel out some of the rocks and mortar near the base of the cliff. I built up a foundation for the shack, starting with a section of miniature stone wall made of real rock and mortar. I also used some small slabs leftover from a previous project:




Strips of foam core art board were hot-glued in place to make a form, for extending the foundation:




Mortar was poured into the form, then shaped and leveled. The cavity in the foundation is to hold wiring for the building lights. A brass tube acts as a conduit. Another tube provides drainage:




Eventually there will be two or three other buildings at this site, including a RR depot. So after pouring the foundation, I also began pouring part of the slab for the platform of the future depot:




I added a small slab to one side of the shack's foundation. This will be part of steps leading to the shack:




Here's a shot of the unfinished shack, temporarily in place on the foundation:




A similar shot, with the more work done on the porch. The porch and shack are built as two separate pieces to facilitate painting. They won't be glued together until after both structures have been painted:




And here's a shot of the entire town site, located below the Cliffside Mine:




Enjoy!



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 Posted: Mon Jun 8th, 2015 06:35 pm
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Looks good, like it.

cheers Dan



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