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 Posted: Wed May 29th, 2019 11:59 pm
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One more element I'm working on is the various counters, stands and castings...
here's the array of them so far.

Though the bulk food/grain bin is just too large for the interior of Emporium,
with real estate becoming more precious, with post office and all.
 
I've got fruit and veggies for stand,
and I have to figure what all goes in front windows areas and the rest of counters...

Got my eye on one of the Rusty Stumps shelves with goods...
plus some wheels of cheese.  :)  mmmm cheese Grommitt.







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 Posted: Tue Jun 4th, 2019 09:42 pm
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EXCELLENT BUILD.

I looked at the box picture of this kit for many years,
but figured early stuff not well designed.
Well that's obviously not the case with this one.

I see them come up occasionally and will put this on my want list.

Walls generally will not warp if you use 99% pure alcohol with ink,
the higher percent of water 10--15% causing problems.
There is much better inks to use than Dr. Martins, forget what name is.

Also FIEBINGS LEATHER DYE and alcohol do a great job.
Available on ebay ?

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 Posted: Tue Jun 4th, 2019 10:44 pm
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Yeah, this is a great building, but...

A lot of these kits require some "imagineering",
and some problem solving.

As far as warp factor, I did use 99% and the Drs ink,
but different parts have given me a bit of trouble...

If it wasn't for interior emphasis in this,
I would have braced the heck out of it...

Also redesigned the roof set up...
It's gonna be hard to prevent light leaks, if I light it ...

Gotta try the leather dyes,
great idea Mike.




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 Posted: Fri Jun 7th, 2019 03:55 am
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I know what you mean by overcoming obstacles,
especially with these early kits,
and they can be an adventure. 

Some of them would be better to scratch build,
rather than actually building the kit.

I can see doing interiors in O scale or S scale,  
but as we age gets a lot tougher to work on the inside. 

I have even considered doing some 1/2" scale just to have the experience.
I can only think of a couple of builds I did where the insides were viewable.


The 1% water content in isopropanol rubbing alcohol,
and some weight, will keep a wall straight.
I was always over zealous with 1/8 " sq basswood bracing inside.
 
When using Fiebings ***leather dye*** USMC BLACK is the one to use. 

I have been amassing various On3 kits in rolling stock,
so guess will see what's still good in liquids after 7 years of non use.
Have the urge to build some bridges also.


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 Posted: Sat Jun 8th, 2019 03:10 am
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I think if I was starting over I would definitely be working in On3...
Detail level goes way up and better on eyeballs...
Great stuff available now too.

Mike I really think you're right about scratch building with many of these kits;  
I might build this one again in a different scale... if  I live that long.

No, I started collecting HOn3 for such a long time,
that it would really hurt to change at this point,
in spite of blindness  :shocked:  ha!  

I have succumbed to F scale, with one cool Bachman 2-8-0,
so maybe someday
(a guy can dream)   :Crazy:  




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the On30 Bachmann stuff has plenty of detail and most of it can be had at a reasonable price on ebay.

One day I bought some grandt line windows and doors ,had some northeastern siding and decided to try my hand at an O scale structure build #390 think was the WITCH HAZEL OINTMENT COMPANY..

I had a lot of HO and Hon3 kits and had been building in that scale since 88. After building the structure and a friend visited with a brand new On30 Bachmann shay loco with sound installed, that was it for me. The switch was on.

Yes its extremely difficult to part with things you scraped and saved to obtain , but once decision was made I was in both feet neck deep.

What knocked MRR..ing to side was purchase of a 1935 chevrolet roadster in 2012. After a couple of years the on30 stuff got sold on ebay and car stuff purchased.

long story still fooling around with the car that's 1/3 built and I no longer care. Back to MRR...ing again.

Next up trip to Rochester NY area to pick up all my ebay purchases of railroad stuff.
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