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 Posted: Wed Jul 8th, 2020 01:55 am
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Getting the Inside

Been working on little details.  Putting together the interior stuff mostly. 
We have a living space for the agent and a small office.
 
The largest portion is for the freight.  I found a desk for the freight room and put it in.
Painting all this freight takes some time as does laying out and building furniture.   

:f:





The extra support in the middle is for a lamp for the freight room. 
I will make one like I did for the saloon. 

For the interior lighting I am going to try something a little different. 
I will get into that when I get there, I am still mulling over it.

L:


The other thing that I did was build it so that I could open and close the freight doors. 
I did this only for photography.  But it is cool. 

I built door guards on the interior so that freight stacked up in there would not hinder the operation.  
Got that idea from real life freight houses.

:!:










Then, the building was designed with a freight platform awning. 
I wanted something a little more interesting. 

:us:





So I added a walkway cover too.  It snows... a lot. 
My agent will not have to shovel as much.
 
So I had a hard time trying to figure the hip out. 
I laid it out with paper.  Then cut the original awning to the angle that I had figured. 
I used some styrene that I had to fill in the original awning and cut the walkway awning from the same. 
Then painted them to look like wood. 
I was not too worried about detailing the paint as I did on the other parts,
as it will be not as easily seen.





I then glued it to the walls. 
Hmmm, my angle was off just a bit, but I glues it up anyway.  The cap shingles will cover it up. 
As a friend of mine in the trades used to say, "Putty and paint what a carpenter ain't."

:td:





Oh, I also added a Grandt chimney.  :shades:

I decided that I didn't want a tarpaper roof as what comes with the kit,
so I ordered some shingles for Wild West Models.  Cool, very cool colors. 
They look mahvahlous.  I will have to cut some flashing, then start shingling. 

:)





Until next time amigos!   :mex:




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 Posted: Wed Jul 15th, 2020 12:01 am
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We got you covered.

These Wild West shingles are rocking ! 
Fast, and look how cool they look. 

My wife was surprised they were just paper. 
She thought that I had cut all the wood and loaded them up myself. 
Should have let her continue on the road... what a stud. 

;)  

Wait, I play with trains, not much studley there I suppose.   :y:
But I love the look of the shingles.





I also finished off the interior, can't see much, so I just gave the illusion of an interior. 
I had bought a commercial bed frame to use, but it was WAAAAAAAAY too big,
so I built one that fit. 

:dt:  

I scattered some papers on the desk,
and tried to print a photo of the "Reese River Reveille" (Austin's paper),
but it didn't print out so well at all...
I'll have to go back when I find my copy and take another picture and try again. 
But there is a bedroom and office for the agent. 

I also tried to stuff the freight room with believable freight. 
I may have to look for a scale down the road. 

The agent checks his watch as a customer looks over his barrel of goods,
that arrived on the morning train.









I am really sorry, I thought I was going to do some new gee whiz lighting on this.  :brill: 
I had really thought that I would do some fiber optics for the lamps,
but they just didn't seem bright enough,
and I fell back on my old SMD LED lamp trick
(see page 5). 

I built another "saloon lamp" for the freight room,
and found some new beads at the craft store. 
They kind of looked like straight ahead lamp bases,
and built two table lamps using similar techniques.





The really great lamp is the dock light. 
It was a 3D printed lamp at Shapeways.  I liked it because it has "the look." 
I cut some "glass" for it, painted it, and cut the chimney off the front,
mushroomed a fat piece of fiber optic. 

I then drilled a hole in the back through the reflector,
and threaded an SMD through the hole. 
Glued the SMD to the font and the fiber optic to the SMD. 
Then ran the leads to my other poser supply (a 9v Battery for now)
and hooked them up.  Nice...  Gotta check for light leaks tonight.










:boogie:




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Let the Light Shine In

Update...

Had to check for light leaks before I moved on. 

Nope, none. 
But man it looks cool at night!  :shades:










So now it is finishing off the trim and building a stairway. 

Just a little more to go. 

Gonna have to start some kind of layout I suppose.

:us:




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Steven

I have been catching up reading this thread.


It’s all great.

The building is nicely modelled with the lighting which is a lovely touch.

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Thank you Kevin. 

It has been a fun build. 
I have yet to photograph it in the completed state.
 
I have a module that I want to put it on for that purpose,
but have been busy and hope to do it soon. 

Saving everything for the "Big Reveal".  

:s:


Flat out cool.

So I finished off a little project that I started before my big absences out west.
 
I wanted to see how easy it might be to modify a Bachmann flat car. 
Well in a quick post, it worked out better than I hoped.  

:dt:  :)


As I am finished (except for brakes, I have to order some parts),
I looked at it closely and compared it with drawings that I have.
 
This thing is pretty close to the dimensions of a Billmeyer & Small flat car!! 
Holy Platforms Batman!

:shocked:


So I have a few others... 'cause one is never good enough,
the railroad that I base my work on had 20 B&S flats. 
Hmmmmm..... 

The railroad made coal cars and stock cars out of these...
DANGER!  Fun ahead.

L:


I think my next foray will be to better represent the B&S flat cars. 
I need to buy about 15 more I think! 

I will walk through the process after I finish taking pictures of the depot. 
Enjoy your weekend!





Before and after.




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To za Koola.

Uh oh!  I found a new project. 
In researching my ancestry I found that one of my great grandfathers, in Staten Island,
owned a substantial... wait for it....  BREWERY!!!

[toast]

So what do you need to do if you are going to ship barrels full of Lager? 
A reefer.

:!:

So I began a project, was supposed to be easy, to strip lettering and re-letter,
a typical refrigerator to represent a car that he might have owned
(he didn't, but the what if was a cool idea).

:shades:

If you have even read some of my posts,
you know that NOTHING in my model world is easy. 

I am never satisfied with having what everyone else has, mine has to be different. 
So this project morphed.  I thought...

L:

It needed to represent an 1880s reefer, the brewery began operation in the 1850s. 
What if that reefer looked like a Tiffany! 

I love the Denver, South Park & Pacific Tiffany reefers,
but I am not near Colorado and EVERYONE loves and has a Tiffany. 

I couldn't have one,
but what if it was patterned after those cars with a different paint scheme...
Ok that works, so here we go.

I disassembled the car, which looks like a 1920s reefer,
and found some photos of these reefers. 

I could only find photos of the 27' car, but got a drawing of the 26' car,
which is closer to the dimensions of the Bachmann car.





As you can see, the ladders had to go.  So do the roof hatches. 
Lots of work to do. 

I took out my chisel blade and my cheapo whetstone. 
Keep the blade sharp to avoid ugly making of the plastic.  





I scraped the ladders down carefully then used 0000 steel wool to smooth it all out. 
Be very careful that you don't sand down any details that you want to keep. 

I then cut between the boards to show the separations,
and had to cut in two new grooves from where the ladder supports were removed. 

I used a 90 angle to guide me and SLOWLY lined out the new boards. 
I then took the back of the blade and depend and cleaned out the groove. 

I also removed the grab irons from the end as the Tiffany cars had no end ladders. 
New project, and I'm excited to try and figure out how I am going to letter it. 

Stay tuned.





I know I still need to photo the depot,
it has been raining and I want to go outside to do it.

:pop:




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Hi Steven  :wave:


Tiffany reefers !  :old dude:

I was the first in my county with a wireless set you know.  :shocked:


:P


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Hi again Steven  :wave:


Vague memories of vacuum-tubes :!: reefer madness ...  :Crazy:

... & flatcar B.S.  ;)  aside ...

... I dunno how you manage so much  :java: :java: :java: :java: :java:  5-cup work, so fast AND good !  :thumb:


It is all   L :cool: :cool: K I N '   very   C :cool: :cool: L   !



I was very impressed by your  'limited materials saga'  part of the recent work ...

... I can't help wondering myself, if TOO MANY options & TOO MANY materials ...

... can take away from the essence of & delay the producing of fine models ! 

:time:

I have found the same in sound recording, unsurprisingly ...

... less equipment & wiring, can equal more of & better recordings !  :)
Food for thought :pop:  I know you like a bag of chips next to the work bench !  :bg:


I have tried to put together a 'minimal' modeling tools selection ...

... & bin some junk boxes this year, inspired partly by your 'Walmart' paintbox !  :P


Keep it between the ditches & on the straight and simple !  :old dude:


:java::moose: :dt:


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Hey Si, Thanks!

It was fun to try and keep it minimal. 
A challenge for certain and challenges are what makes this all so much fun. 

:clown:


I like the idea of a crane factory... Lots of Junque in, Kewl stuff out. 

:cool:


Breakfast With Tiffanys

In the last post you saw the reefer that I was using,
some kind of 1910-20s Union Line kinda thing, meh, not my style. 

Much modification to do to make it 1880s. 
I got the ladders and end grabs off and smoothed out. 





But wait is that boogers on the car?  :us: 

I asked around on another forum,
if there was a way to remove the lettering but not the paint. 
The answer was GoJo hand cleaner.

I don't know if this is available in the UK or Oz. 
But basically it is a "waterless" hand cleaner that is used,
when working on greezzey things in the garage. 

Works wonders. 

Holy smokes it is great for lettering on Bachmann cars too. 
The stuff comes right off after a little time to soak. 
I just used my finger to rub it off.

:2t:










Now the graphics take a little more work, but they do come off. 
Just need patience. 
Not a whole lot of that here, but I am getting better.

:time:


It worked so well on the black lettering,
that I decided to quickly hit one of my next projects, another flat car...

Before...





After....





WOW!   Five minutes.    :boogie:

GoJo... Whoda thunk ?!!   :brill:




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