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 Posted: Sat May 2nd, 2020 09:26 am
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" This is a little kit by Bill Banta called the Backwoods Warehouse. 
When it came out, I thought that is perfect for the Yankee Blade Depot! 
Gotta have one, bought it.
 
The only thing is that Yankee Blade is remote and small,
I need an agent's residence to go along with it,
so I am going to make some mods. 

Essentially only adding windows and doors and essence of interior. "



Hi Steven  :wave:


Looks like 'The Trouble & Strife' got some good modeling stuff for you to mess with.  [whack]

I figure 'Bills Backwoods Warehouse' is gonna be a dandy 'Yankee Depot' !  :cb:

It would be rude not to mod. it a bit, of course !  ;)

:dt:





We are all 101% focused on modeling here at Freerails, as usual ...  :thumb:

... so keep us Posted on the new building project Steven ...  :cool:

... it's always good to see what you're up to !  :bg:



:java: :moose: :dt:



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Thanks Si.  Very rude indeed!



Unable to get to my regular supplies, how I have had to experiment with new mediums.
Pulled it out into the sunlight to check the colors.  I'm kind of liking what I've got going on. 

The whole Orangy, Redish Brown, Yellowish look of pine or cedar on buildings in the desert thing is coming along.  Playing with color is fun. 
I started with pencils that are water based to try and create a "grain" and then added color. It came out ok.  Not quite colorful enough.

The wood still has to have that "new" wood look without looking like basswood, which on a model, never seems to quite pull off a "wood look". 
Go figure that one out. I used some Burnt Umber in a "Creamcoat" type paint to darken them up and create a better "stain" grain. 
The dock platform boards I did a little darker to show the foot/freight traffic. 
I'm liking it.  Below is the "new wood" foundation.

L:





I've also used some child style artist acrylics to create a red color for the walls. 
I'm liking that, then rubbed a red oil pastel (with a hint of blue over it) to create a barn red that I like. 
I buffed it out with my finger and dang... Its a very bold color. 
Below are the dock boards and the beginning of the siding for the building.

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 Posted: Sat May 9th, 2020 02:08 pm
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Board.

Not much going on, lots of driving and things that need to be handled, that is wearing me out.  Getting ready to drive another 650 miles (err 1049km) which I just did on Tuesday back to Southern California.  Now it is back to Northern California probably tomorrow. Crazy family stuff.

:hyp:

But I did manage to get a little bit done.  I ordered some strip wood and parts to modify the building and had them shipped to SoCal hoping to get them before I headed back.  The mail in NorCal is currently turned off due to the family crisis that brought me out.  I sure hope this stuff arrives here today if we are leaving tomorrow.  If not, I'll have to get the mail turned back on and order it all again.  What a mess.  I ordered some extra windows and some lumber to add battens, a common thing on wooden buildings of the era.  I also wanted to add a floor and some interior walls.  Fingers crossed the stuff arrives!

:w:

Here is where we are, the basic board siding is added to the end so that I could test the look and construction aspects.  I am using carpenters glue to put the boards on, ditching the spray glue as stated in the instructions.  It works well and I just take my time.  Glue a few boards, weight them and come back to do more a little while later.  There is no rush on this project.  It is just something to do in between things that I need to do. One wall, the easiest, has been sided.  Battens come next.  I hope to get to those this coming week if the parts arrive today.







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 Posted: Sun May 17th, 2020 12:21 pm
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A New View.

As I mentioned I wanted to add an agent's quarters to my depot.  To do that I needed to add windows.  I just couldn't (from my remote location) find windows that were the same size and style that come with the kit.  I really like the windows that come with it.

:java:

I also flipped the back wall so that the freight door is closer to the blind end wall that I already sided.  I had originally drawn out window placement to the size of the kit's windows.  I found laser cut windows through narrowgaugemodeling.com (no relation, other that being happy with the service provided). Six windows came in the package.  They were 2 over 2 like the kit's windows but a little shorter.  So the basic look is retained.  I would have preferred to have had the extra foot or so in height, but I'm happy.

:apl:





So, I redrew the cut lines and then checked the frame on the building for size.  I still like it. 
Next it will be time to cut the new openings and fill in part of the old.

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 Posted: Sun May 17th, 2020 07:57 pm
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Hi Steven  :wave:


Lookin' like 5 BIG !  :cb: :cb: :cb: :cb: :cb:  Wild West hats so far ! ! ! ! !


Your board painting seems like some good colouring work to me.  :thumb:

Are you finding some new techniques, with your new materials ?  ???


It's interesting to see the walls against your 1" Sq. cutting-mat ...

... 1:48 buildings generally, are a very 'hands on' size to work with.  L:


BTW ... That cutting-mat is very HYPNOTIC !  :shocked:  ...

... I keep lookin' towards the square in the middle.  :P


It's gonna be a  N I C E  model.  :old dude:


:java: :moose: :dt:


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New Holes.

Well, I worked a little today on the project before cleaning up.  Have family coming in for the week. 
And the room that I am using for this is going to be occupied. 

:w:

I cut the new windows out and filled in the larger ones. 
I had to sand the openings of the existing windows a little bit to fit the new windows.
But it is looking like everything is going together pretty well now. 
I will start the siding soon I hope. 

And, thank you Si. 
I'll give a primer on what I am doing for color when I color more boards. 
I am also waiting on some Mt. Albert Lumber for battens, trim, flooring and interior walls. 

I am always amazed at how easy it is to work in 1:48 vs 1:87. 
Those inch squares are pretty nice aren't they. 
Enjoy!

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Looking good. 

I find it a bit intimidating to start modifying an expensive kit,
but you have to do what you have to do to get what you want. 

I made the scale change in the other direction. 
I worked in 1/4" scale for years, but in 2017 changed to HO. 
There is a long story on that one.  

Originally I planned to only do R-t-R or "shake the box" in HO.  
But my appetites for nicer models got the best of me. 
Craftsman kits in HO are a whole different animal than 1/4".
Especially at 71 years old. 
And I haven't attempted any scratch building in HO yet. 

I am currently working on Bars Mills Idaho Hotel in HO. 
It would be a lot easier in 1/4".

The cutting mats sure are a benefit. 
I have a small collection. 
 
I also have "project boards". 
They are 3/4" plywood with two sides lined with 3/4" plywood strips,
about an inch wide carefully set at 90 degree angles. 
Very helpful.  I will see if I can dig up a photo.

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Hi Reg, Hmmm. 

Yes, I would like to see one of your project boards to see if it matches my idea of what you are talking about. 
Could be very handy. 

In HO I tend to go big.  There are so many kewl freight cars out now from my sweet spot, the 1960s that, when I moved from the big house to the farm house, I needed to make some choices as I did not know anyone where we moved to and figured that due to geography, there probably weren't many model rails.  So I chose two of my mistresses, 1880s and Narrow Gauge and left my mainline behind.  Bigger is smaller...
 
:thumb:


Modifying the kit hasn't been too big of a deal as it is just a rectangle and the walls are interchangeable. 
I am very grateful that Bill, made his "puzzle pieces" interchangeable so that I could flip it. 

:)


I will be hitting the road again next week so I hope to take the project with me and get some work done. 
The battens arrived so I will work on coloring with my next post.




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Steven:
Most of my current layout depicts a branchline of a transcontinental.  My last layout was On30.  Prior to that I had done some mainline models in 1/4".  Never much of a layout. Never had the room.
On the current layout I am building it to use the "scene library" idea so I can use GN, NP, BN and any period from the 1930's forward. Currently it is set up for GN prior to the day the roof walks had to come off.  I like roof walks and cabooses. 
The kit you are building looks a great deal like a Bars Mills kit.  I wonder if Bill Banta knows the folks at Bars Mills.  The hotel kit I am building is a very fine kit.  And the instructions start off with an apology about the quality!!!  No apology necessary.  
I will post a photo of one of my project boards.  I keep a few laying around so that I can switch projects out without having to completely put away one project while working another. 
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Here is a photo of one of my project boards. 
A lot of times there will be one of the self healing cutting pads on it. 
It depends on what I am doing.

In this photo I am working on the tension bars for a 1/4" scale Howe truss bridge.





It pays to have a table saw to get all these cuts straight and true. 

Also in the photo is one of my machinest's squares. 
I really love these things and had a collection,
even before I was able to establish my machine shop.

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