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 Posted: Fri Sep 6th, 2019 06:18 pm
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Suggestions?


So I decided the model isn't going to build itself and started to work on it some this morning.

Before I go too much further, I decided I had better tackle the inside window sashes.

I did sashes before on the dry goods store front windows, but I could use 1x2 lumber for those. The little plastic Tichy windows seem to be a bit more of a challenge for me.

I decided to try cutting sashes out of a file folder with a straight edge and X-Acto,
and then stain them with alcohol stain pens (Copic).





I think it kind of worked (although rather tedious)

But once again the camera shows that I need to trim them up better.





They actually look much closer to the same shade as the walls.
The original file folder was yellow,
and it seems the camera picks it up more than the unaided eye.

I think this method would work fine for the windows in the land office,
but the meat market is 6-pane casings instead of the 4-pane of the land office.
I'm not so sure I can get something usable at that size.

Anyone have any ideas on a better approach?

Tom


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 Posted: Fri Sep 6th, 2019 06:23 pm
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Si. wrote:
Just one comment ...  :old dude:

... I think you've been really lazy with the wood burning pen.  ;)

I could send you a proto-photo to prove it as well !  :P


The word 'strafed' comes to mind ...  :Salute:

... when I look at the wall paneling behind my loudspeakers !  :P


Boy, you just can't please anybody.  :bg:


Thanks for the excuse.
I really like playing with the wood-burning pen.  :glad:


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" Thanks for the excuse.

I really like playing with the wood-burning pen."



Hi Tom  :wave:



Is it easy to hold & use ?  ???



I looked at some 'cheapies' a while back ...

... & they just looked like 're-modeled' soldering-irons !  :f:



When I think of 'pen' ... I want to hold it close to the HOT end ...  :shocked:

... NOT by a handle 5" away from the target !  :P



I possibly haven't seen the greatest ones available though ?  L:



:moose:



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Si,

My wood-burning pen is GREAT!

So what did I buy?

Well, I realized what a great tool a wood-burning pen can be,
so I looked at dozens of models.

This was my favorite:

TruART Wood Burning Station

I checked with my Finance Director.
Here is what I bought:





I think I paid $13.00 on sale at one of the big box stores.
It actually is easy to control and works very well.
Probably all I will ever need.

Tom


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I also started looking into the land office interior layout.

Here are a few test prints of the wall hangings.

They are (left to right) A genuine US Government map of AZ from 1876,
a map of the Yellow Creek mining district,
and a photograph of President Grant.





The map of AZ and the photo of President Grant are commonly available on the Internet.
The Yellow Creek mining district took a little more work.

I started with a map of the Tombstone mining district and modified it to be Yellow Creek in 1876.

I started to change ALL of the references to Tombstone on the map,
and then decided it was "just a little bit nuts, like some of those guys in Washington",
since you can't actually read any of it up close and it will be hanging on a wall,
where you will be lucky to even be able to tell what it is.





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I also decided to go ahead and use my paper sashes.
The test one I made has been installed in the land office.

Before:





After:





Not a huge difference, but it does add some dimension to the window and covers the unpainted mullions.
Hopefully, the grey plastic will be covered once I trim the window.


Tom


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I needed this photo to help me with some planning, so I figured I'd share it.

Nothing much new just little bits.





Sometimes I really dislike cameras.
Since I posted this, I can't stop staring at the stupid second floor shades.
They're just much too clean.

Now I have to figure out how to get the windows back out without wrecking anything,
or find some way to tone them down externally.
Maybe just dirty up the windows?


Tom


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Tom, try a quick and distant, say from a foot away, spray of Testors Dullcote or the like.

A single pass should give the windows a dirty look without making them totally opaque.

You'll probably want to mask off the surrounding fascia areas.




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" I started to change ALL of the references ... on the map,
and then decided it was just a little bit nuts, like some of those guys in Washington "



Hi Tom  :wave:



If you need to change the map later on ...  :P

... you could always just add on some extra stuff afterwards, with a 'Sharpie' !!  ;)



:doh:



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slateworks wrote: Tom, try a quick and distant, say from a foot away, spray of Testors Dullcote or the like.

A single pass should give the windows a dirty look without making them totally opaque.

You'll probably want to mask off the surrounding fascia areas.


Good idea, thanks Doug.

When I started futzing with them,
I found that one of the acetate sheets isn't stuck as well as it should be,
so I may need to try to pry them out anyway.

I hope not, they're CA Gelled in and will probably take the siding with them.

I'm going to try some Vallejo Matte Varnish first,
I can be more careful with my airbrush than my aerosol of Dullcoat.
Maybe mix in a touch of grey paint.

If the window blows out well... time to pry it out.

Tom


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