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 Posted: Mon Oct 12th, 2015 03:14 pm
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Alwin
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Those stone walls are great! Curious how they look when finished.

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 Posted: Mon Oct 12th, 2015 08:22 pm
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I finished scribing the east wall of the two-story, central portion of the depot:





I also created a special piece which will be laminated to the back of the west wing's end wall, to increase the wall's apparent thickness:





Here are all of the pieces that I've completed so far. These are enough to begin assembly:





Woohoo! I've assembled the walls and it finally is starting to look like a building! The east wing, which will be an open, shaded waiting area, will be assembled separately. I'm still trying to figure out the best way to build it:





Here's a view of the south side. I still need to build the bay window:





Here's the top of the west wing's end wall, showing the special piece that was added to make it look thicker:





A view of the northwest corner:





One of the next things to do, is blend together the mortar lines at the joints.

That's all for now!



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 Posted: Tue Oct 13th, 2015 06:31 pm
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It's coming on well Ray.

After cutting out, I lay all the wall panels out in order on the bench then mark the starts & ends of each course across each panel joint - then just freehand the courses across the width of each panel.

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 Posted: Fri Oct 16th, 2015 02:08 pm
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Remember that wall I goofed up and had to reject? Well, I used the top of it to make this piece, and laminated it to the rear of the south wall:




BTW, I've moved my website to a new web host, and this update is only on the new host. So if you can't see the above photo please let me know.



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I've been working on blending together the joints at the corners of the building. In the past, I used an epoxy putty made by JB Weld, sold under the name Kwik Plastik. Apparently this is no longer available, at least under that name. So I've had to do some experimenting...

First I tried a product called Magic Sculpt. This is a two-part epoxy putty available from art and craft suppliers, and commonly used for sculpting. It's light gray. I applied some to a couple of corners, and after it cured I scribed mortar lines into it. It's a bit harder than the Kwik Plastik, and was a little tricky to scribe. In thin areas in sometimes flaked off during scribing:






Next I tried a JB Weld product called "Water Weld". This turns out to be very similar to Kwik Plastik, and may even be the same product under a new name. It too is a two-part putty. It is almost white when cured. It's a bit softer than Magic Sculpt, making it slightly easier to sand and scribe. It also flaked off in some spots, but not quite as badly:




The results of both products in this particular application were very similar, but I'd say Water Weld has a slight edge. Neither one is ideal for use on a semi-soft material like Sintra. But considering that these are supposed to be rough, random stones, the defects are not significant and will be pretty well hidden when painted.



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Ray, what do you use to glue the corners? I wonder if PVC glue, thickened with chopped up PVC Sintra scraps would work as putty? Just a thought.



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 Posted: Sat Oct 17th, 2015 01:41 am
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I use Weld-on 16. From what I've seen I don't think it would work well that way. However it might be worthwhile to try that with one of the plumber's type of PVC adhesives.



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I wanted some of the stones to stand out from the wall, to give it more dimension. To do this, I start by gluing thin slices of Sintra to a few random stones. Then I use a hobby knife with a new, sharp #11 blade to carve them. Here are a couple before and after shots:











Here's the finished wall:






I won't do this to the rest of the walls until after I've added on the east wing.



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 Posted: Sat Oct 17th, 2015 11:25 pm
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Ray you must have the patience of Job!
Great job on the walls and great tutoral :2t:
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Hi Ray,

I think your stonework looks very convincing. What puzzles me,
though, is the row of stones above the windows. What keeps them from falling down? Wouldn´t you need a concrete beam or
a stone arch to prevent that?

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Wolfgang

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