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 Posted: Wed Nov 7th, 2012 02:17 am
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Hi fellow model builders  - -im a new guy on this forum and thought no better time than now to get rolling.  I usually model build in HO for either my layout or dioramas. 

A cool aspect of this forum is the range of scale and projects people are working on - inspiring and creative

A few months back, i was getting a bit burned out on in HO-land, but still wanted to build stuff, and decided 1/35 looked like something to check out; however, i was not really interested in military dioramas.  I concluded i'd build a big auto shop (maybe 1930's-40's vintage) specializing in off-road vehicles  - I know, sounds like an odd combo! - but I like that vintage of bulding, and many are still standing and in use, and a part of my "test" was to figure out how to make the military off-road vehicles not look too military anymore - and off i went to the world of 1/35!

This model has been board on board, brick on brick, duhrams on wood so far - its not a kit and i'm only following a basic idea for what i want it to look like when done.  As many of the tools needed in a shop are unique, ive scratch built many of them (auto lift, frame straightener, tire/wheel balancer, tubing bender, brake rotor turner etc - and whatever else i decide to build~!)  etc etc - Walt over at Rusty Stumps has been helpful too! thanks Walt!

I'll start this thread where i "am" to date and, if it catches on or it seems relevant, I'll bring earlier images forward - but for now here we go!




this is the basic idea - a woodframe shop, with some brick out front -



Walls are framed board on board - plus the stucco base - the colors are pastel - rubbed over ai treated wood once almost, but not, dry -




Wow! - someone sells individual bricks in 1/35 scale!! man, i could build an entire brick wall! that would be awesome!!!....or, slow, slow, slow!!! - and once built, i suppose it would need mortar....come on! - this will kill me!




No, in fact it won't - all in all, the brick wall unit wasn't particularly hard to build at all, just really - i mean really! slow to build!!!! - this extravaganza took a couple of weeks to build....not sure I'll do it again - but, i do like what it looks like!
 



And for a bit of context - here is a pic from inside - no, that red truck, is not military - in fact, it began life as a really ugly resin casting of a body - i guess for a slot car(?) i took out the knife, saw, file, drill and changed it up quite a bit: flared the fenders, extended the bed etc - then scratch built the frame, suspension, fuel tank etc - to create, an off road race truck! - the first of what became a few for this project - something new and fun to build! and, not many others like them out there!



As this is a shop, there are all sorts of tools needed - so far, ive built some of my own (the tubing bender and cart, arc welder, + an auto lift and so on) and used some from kits -




another view of what's going on - the "overhead part of this area (tire rack, posts, lighting, overhead crane etc) is the newest installation in the build - the frame straightener on the right is brass, styrene and aluminum tubing -




this is the inside of the front wall - This will go in right next to the area the red pickup is parked -

So, that's more or less where i am today - has been a plenty good build and yes, i do plan to eventually finish it up!


thanks for looking - cheers!

 

Nick



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 Posted: Wed Nov 7th, 2012 11:25 am
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Nice work. I like all the details. Definatley want to see more.

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 Posted: Wed Nov 7th, 2012 01:35 pm
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Love it... yeah the off road truck and buggies aren't what I would have expected but nothing wrong with that.



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 Posted: Wed Nov 7th, 2012 01:45 pm
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Absolutely neat! The detail is just wonderful. OK, so who makes the 1:35 bricks?

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Super work, Nick!

Keep going and please keep us in mind--we love in-process shots!


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Wow, awesome work! I especially love the brick portion.



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Nick -- WOW! Bunch of neat equipment and interior shots that I hadn't seen before. Great stuff!

Woodie -- Nick used some individual bricks that he purchased from a different supplier (maybe Fields of Glory Models?) ... but you can get bricks for making individual bricks, wall sections and various other handy components here:

http://www.dioramadebris.co.uk/135-scale-german-standard-size-bricks-mould-1350001-3-p.asp

I've made thousands of bricks from the Diorama Debris molds. They're well made.



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 Posted: Wed Nov 7th, 2012 08:26 pm
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Hi guys - and thanks for checking this project out, and the positive words!

OK - i'm the first to admit, the idea of a 1/35 scale racecar shop is a bit out there, but why not? its fun! - i do tho like and model train stuff too! this came to mind!  It is HOn3 which i built a couple years ago  the "restoration roundhouse" - the idea being restoration shops for narrow gauge train stuff - this is all static, but it was fun to do anyway.  While im not exactly an ace mechanic, i do like making models of vehicles almost as much as buildings, and like blending old and new in a credible way.  -

Sorry guys, but i realized how little railroad credibility i was showing here! ok, some rr:










I did finish all of this, but, enough time on the old projects....and back to 1/35

Woddie, Dallas is right, I picked up the bricks on line from a company called Fields of Glory based in the UK. The bricks are made of something like mortar(?) - they have the general consistency of chalk - so, they can be filed and snapped - cut with a saw, but not so well with a knife or pair of clipppers, because they fracture.   Another interesting (?!?!) quality of these bricks is that they are not all the same size, and some have flash - which means, each one got all four sides cleaned up with a file before there were installed.....They are also, relatively expensive - the good with the bad- they look nice, none arrived broken, the colors are good, they are tough enoug to be forgiving (uhhh...to me when i need to tear them off the wall, file them, etc) weren't harmed by water (or, spackle used as mortar), but, agian, not cheap.

If you have the time, or the inclination, moulding your own as Dallas mentions, might be a better way to go - at this point, im going to wait a while befor doing another big brick wall!!! at least until baseball season comes back.

Herb - ok - i'm glad to show some progress shots - wanted to see if anyone was interested before got too far into this - The project still has a long way to go, so plenty of problems still to arise (good subjects for discussion!) and do plan on finishing this!

Cheers

NIck

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Hi fellow model builders - thanks for the comments - since my last update, i cant bring forth a new "huge" change, but some progress has been made, in particular, the front walls are finally glued in place(!) and i finished out the small front office. 

In a response above, there was a request for some process photos  -  I'll try to rememebr to shoot a few - in the meantime, i'll share a few related pics - thanks!:



Im sure many of you have a Chopper -great tool! but in order to work on the larger 1/35 scale, i made a few little jigs out of aluminum - essentially extending the cutting table - works great,  and yes, all the material is finally cut to same length! - prior to this little improvement, it was me trying in earnest to do so with a pencil and saw...uhhh, yeah, all cuts within 93%-98% of actual desired length!! was not too good....



You can see the obvious benefit of everything being cut the same length! - wall studs, and blocking.  I use blocking for a lot of reasons - not the least of which is to help keep a wall square during construction - this is really helpful for laying out floor joists or rafters - no, really -it makes the work go more smoothly than just a pencil line, keeps construction moving fast, keeps things square, is easy to do, and is prototypcical



this shows the general approach to wall framing - there's a top and bottlom plate, plus blocking between studs - maybe redundant in this case, but, a really good way to keep things evenly spaced!




this is one of the partially completed interior office walls -construction per above - the "plaster" on the wall is thin plywood with pastels rubbed in




and here is the finished office -- the furniture includes a Verlinden kit, plus, scratch built roller chairs, long desk, laptops etc - and some wall art!

Finally, this gives a pretty good overview of where the project sits today:




the white wall is the shop side of the office - for this, i built a little shop manual library and added some color with notices, a calendar etc - oh, and yes., if you look carefully along the top, near the chevy parts sign, you'll see photos of locos  - two are BNSF Dash 8-40BWs (warbonnet and heritage) which i like because my HO layout has small radius curves, so i can only run bb axles, and a NWP GP9 - which is a nor cal shortline! which i like -

The brick foundation in the foreground will eventually become the base for the shop's restroom and employee lockers etc -  Another new element this time through is the floor paint.  I've seen this in shops before - I sprayed on the white, which went on a bit blotchy, but once dry, looks alot like painted concrete.  The yellow strip (reefer yellow) was hand painted.  I like it!

 

ok - thanks for checking it out and the comments!

Nick

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All the notes tacked up on the desk in the office make it feel "homey" to me! :) Dig the loads & loads & loads of details you've got going there and the immensity of this project. Zoinks!



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