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 Posted: Thu Dec 1st, 2016 11:56 am
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Next along the street is the general store. I must admit to not making quite such a scratch building effort with this which started life as an Evergreen Hill pool hall kit.


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Originally, I made and attached several decals as advertising but of course as the building ended up in the row these are not that visible now.


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The decals were made up from my usual Google Images source printed on CraftyComputer decal paper and attached with Microsol and Microset to help adherence and moulding to the rough surfaces. As elsewhere, a few strokes of light grade sandpaper added to the ageing effect.

As with all my buildings, the interior is fitted out although again not as thoroughly as others - I think I ran out of steam whilst considering another project! - and some day I may add to the cabinets, shelving and stock to make it more like a cramped and full store would have been.


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It does offer "facilities" for those shoppers caught short though


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and storekeeper Bert does stay open quite late in the evening.


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Last edited on Thu Dec 1st, 2016 11:57 am by slateworks



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Sears catalog missing...
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 Posted: Fri Dec 2nd, 2016 03:34 pm
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Jose, I'll attend to that in due course! Meantime, the next and largest building on Updah's main street is the saloon come bordello - which I hope doesn't cause offence! Established and run by an Irish girl Molly, it's called The Painted Lady and Molly, wanting to give more of a French impression, has added Madamme to her name with an extra M for emphasis!

The model is based on one of the great range of drawings of Australian small town buildings left by Jim Fainges, now sadly no longer with us and to whom I am ever grateful.


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Made with my favourite stained coffee stirrer and balsa material, the building is in three sections, ground floor, top floor and roof so that it can be separated should access to the interior ever be required. Doors, windows and outside staircase are laser cut wood items and the pillars, balustrades and other decorative work mostly Grandt Line architectural parts.


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The sign is an image from Google Images, modified in Paint to suit, printed onto self adhesive label paper and stuck onto a laser cut card frame.


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The interior and exterior are detailed with figures from various sources and furnished from the cheap plastic furniture sets as mentioned previously and Grandt Line passenger car seats, the only extras being the "plush suite" in the saloon which is a laser cut card kit upholstered with some velveteen found in SWMBO's sewing materials, bed covers and pillows from the same source and the piano and bar which are also laser cut card kits.


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Molly has always been a go-getter and in her guise as Madamme Molly is not shy in seeing off the complaints from some of the more straight laced ladies of Updah such as Mrs. Grudgeit wondering why her old man spends so much time at the emporium!


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Such is Molly's thirst for profit and reputation that she has now brought out an own brand scent to sell to the hoped for invasion of tourists to the Country Music Festival, having commissioned Cyril the squirrel trapper to provide the necessary ingredients from his catches' scent glands and loco workshop foreman Gus, who also doubles as the town's sign-writer, to draw up a suitable advertising poster to stick on various walls around town.


Scent advert 3 by slateworks, on Flickr

Not only that, but she has also invested in two "comfort cars" to be attached for a small rental to the local tourist steam tram and its passenger car where drinking, gambling and "other things" can be found - but more of that another time!

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 Posted: Fri Dec 2nd, 2016 08:35 pm
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Doug:

What are you using for wood shingles?

I gotta say, for someone living across the pond you are doing a great job of capturing the essence of small town, 19th Century, western US.

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 Posted: Sat Dec 3rd, 2016 12:30 am
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Thanks for the compliment Reg, much appreciated. Much as I'd like to say I made the shingles, I can't as they're the Rusty Stumps real cedar random items
http://www.rustystumps.com/proddetail.asp?prod=W5502
and very nice too. I've used them on most of my buildings and a couple of sheets seem to go a long way.
One thing I have found though is that the self adhesive bit isn't too clever especially after the sheets have been sitting around for a few months so all my buildings get a thin layer of white wood glue on the balsa roof panel before the shingles are laid on to help them stick better.



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OOHHH!!!. NUDES!!! (passing out).
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Well I did say I hoped it wouldn't cause offence Jose - but then I guess it doesn't!(_!_);)



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 Posted: Sun Dec 4th, 2016 12:15 pm
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The remaining two commercial buildings in Updah's main street are the livery stable and blacksmith's shop, both constructed with wooden coffee stirrers and balsa to my customary "work it out as you go" design.

 
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The livery stable is fitted out inside with two stalls build from basswood and balsa with the fancy bits salvaged from old Grandt Line architectural parts and oddments found in the bits box. old cart wheels, horse collars, tack and spare horseshoes hanging on the doors and walls.


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Outside sits the horse-drawn feed and bedding delivery wagon, the horses and their collars, harnesses and the triple trees being McKenzie Iron and Steel items painted to suit.

 
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The reins are cut with a scalpel from old leather boot laces and could be finer and I'd look for leather clothing material if I was doing them again.


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The initiated might well say that the set-up won't work but it's the nearest I can find from photos!

The wagon is yet again a fictitious "design it as you go" effort using old photos as guides and basswood, balsa, some rather nice leaf spring etches, Keith Wiseman bearing castings and wheels from somewhere I can no longer remember in the build.


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Next I'll show the blacksmith's shop and then perhaps as a respite from building construction move on to some of the more esoteric bits of motive power I've built.

P.S. Just remembered, the wheels are Grandt Line Popcorn Wagon wheels.

Last edited on Sun Dec 4th, 2016 05:43 pm by slateworks



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The blacksmith's shop frontage was seen at the beginning of the previous post so I won't bore with more of that. The interior is fitted out with a forge with bellows, tools, anvil, blacksmith, apprentice and freshly tyred (tired) wagon wheels on the doors and lying around.

The forge is a Wiseman hearth and chimney with a scratch built hood and fire provided by red and orange random flickering LEDs.

 
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The bellows are scratch built with basswood, balsa, odd left-over plastic bits and tube and wire.


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Tools and other paraphernalia are Wiseman castings


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for which I made up racks from scrap metal


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or hung on the walls to "look busy".


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The work bench is just balsa with various castings, mostly Wiseman, added to with old watch and cigarette lighter parts. I have a bits box with all sorts of odd things in it saved over the years which "might come in handy one day" and it's surprising how often that day arrives!

The blacksmith is an Aspen Modelling figure and his apprentice is from Dixons Miniatures. The Wiseman anvil was drilled and countersunk to take an SMLED to simulate the hot worked metal and the log support is, well, just a real wood log albeit a small offcut!

 
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Doug,
You continue to impress me.  Your blacksmith shop is excellent.  Most don't have enough tools, you seemed to have filled that need nicely.  
I have only one question, what scale are your Dixons miniatures?  I can only see 28mm and they in my mind are too small.
Keep the great posts coming, I am enjoying your work!
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