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 Posted: Fri Nov 20th, 2015 01:51 am
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Hi Ray,
Once again up to the usual great level that we have come to expect from you. Great work Ray
Dennis :moose::moose::moose::moose::moose::moose:

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 Posted: Thu Nov 26th, 2015 07:20 pm
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I forgot to mention something in my previous post… When I designed the walls of the waiting area, I used a drawing program to create simple templates. These were printed onto paper, cut out, and then traced onto the Sintra:




After texturing both sides of the north and south walls, I glued them to the main structure. The joint was not perfect, especially on the angled, south, wall, so there was an uneven gap at the joints. I filled these gaps with JB Weld's "Water Weld" epoxy putty, taking care to press it firmly into the gap. After it set, I sanded it down, and then scribed it to match the walls. Here are before and after shots of the north wall, followed by the south wall:











Here's how the whole thing looks so far:






The base of the waiting area is removable. I scribed 1/2" squares on the floor to represent terra cotta tiles:




Small stainless steel screws hold the base of the waiting area in place. The base can be removed for painting, and for easy access to the waiting area interior:




Here's a shot of the end wall in progress. I have to align the stone courses to match those at the corners of the north and south walls:




That's all for now. Hope you're all having a great Thanksgiving!



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 Posted: Thu Dec 3rd, 2015 10:00 pm
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Another update!

Previously, I had added some protruding stones on the west end wall. These were made by gluing thin strips of Sintra to random stones, then carving them. But I had to hold off on giving the rest of the building this treatment until I'd finished the east wing. Well, now that is done, so I added the protruding stones to all the walls. Here are a few shots, with the first one showing the strips prior to carving:








Next I made the balconies that will be on the north and south sides of the depot. These were made from pieces of 6mm and 4mm thick Sintra. The following two photos show the underside of the balcony, so you can see how the 4mm layer was cut at an angle:






Next I added the roof to the west wing, and to the center section of the depot. I still have to do the roof on the east wing. I also began construction of the bay window:




And here are a few shots of the depot as it currently looks, temporarily in position on the layout. Sometime soon, before I get much further with the construction, I need to fill in the gap in the foundation around the base of the building:










That's all for now. Thanks for watching!



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 Posted: Thu Dec 3rd, 2015 10:01 pm
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Thanks for showing! Very nice building Ray. I'm learning a lot by watching the process of building it.



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 Posted: Sat Dec 5th, 2015 04:37 am
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Hi Ray.

AWESOME !

I really like the proportions & curves on the depot.

Cheers.

Si.

:moose: x5



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 Posted: Sun Dec 6th, 2015 08:53 pm
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Here's how I filled the gap in the foundation...

First I taped waxed paper to the lower part of the building. Then I added a few layers of masking tape, so that the final opening in the foundation would be just slightly larger than the building itself. Next I coated the masking tape with petroleum jelly, and placed the building on the foundation:




I used a blend of high strength mortar mix and vinyl concrete patcher. This was spooned into the gap around the building. I used an old zoo membership card to spread and smooth the mortar, however a scrap piece of styrene sheet will do. I couldn't get it as smooth as I wanted but it's close enough:






As you can see, I just barely finished by the time it got dark. Due to the cold, the mortar set very slowly and I had to wait several hours before removing the building from the foundation. Even then, the mortar was still not fully cured, and a small section broke off. However, this will be easy to repair. For now I just set the broken piece back in place:




I sanded the top of the foundation to get it a little smoother. It's still not perfect but it will do. Here's how the depot looks with its new foundation:






This close up shot shows what a great spot for photos the depot will be when it's finished:




I've also added lintels to the door and window openings. These were made from strips of 1mm Sintra:




And I've started adding the capstones (I think that's what they're called) along the top of the walls, beginning with this wall on the west end:




That's it for now. As always, thank you for your comments and for following along!



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 Posted: Mon Dec 7th, 2015 11:17 am
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Correct Ray, capstones, or, better,  capping stones - at least that is the English architectural name !.

I like the random raised/carved wall stones & I think the angled wall wing looks fine. Have fun with the geometry of the angled roof verge !.

Regards,            Michael

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 Posted: Thu Dec 10th, 2015 02:39 am
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The lower portion of the building will have a sort of wainscot of stone blocks. I started on this by adding a strip of 1mm Sintra along the top of this area:




Back when I made the first building in Mineral Ridge, I had made a mold of hand-carved stone block pieces, and had cast a lot of extras for future use. (For details, go here: http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/IRR_Mineral_Ridge_1.html )
Anyway, those are what I'm using on this project. I'm just gluing them to the Sintra. Some are cut to fit, or to create corners:




Then I fill any gaps with styrene putty, let it dry, and carve off the excess putty. Here's how it's looking so far:








I'm almost halfway through making the wainscot.



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 Posted: Thu Dec 10th, 2015 09:10 pm
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BTW, yesterday I came home and discovered water seeping out of my mountain:




Apparently the neighbors behind us, on top of the hill, have a leak in their sprinkler system. I told them about it and they said they'd get someone to find the leak but so far that hasn't happened, and it's still leaking. I'm a bit concerned because I don't know how long that slope can hold up with water constantly flowing through it, and we've got rain coming tonight.



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 Posted: Tue Dec 15th, 2015 11:47 pm
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Arrggg.... I suppose they are liable for any damage, since it is a leak. I would have my insurance company call theirs... maybe that will get them off dead center.

The building is looking great!



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