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 Posted: Thu May 28th, 2020 03:36 pm
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Last night, I made a LOT of progress on the store structure.
I finished the roof entirely, got the front supports cut, assembled and glued.

The weathering went well, with a technique I figured out myself for a rusty metal roof.
I’d figured it out with that shack I’d made a while back,
and just did the same on a larger scale.
I think it looks pretty good for a rusted metal roof.

It’s easy to do,
I dabbed Testor’s rust colored paint in splotches almost like a camouflage pattern,
then dabbed dark rust weathering powders over top of that.
It’s quick, easy, and I think very effective.

The straw, I covered in rust powders as well,
then slid it down to the correct height after this shot was taken.





I managed to fit my cell phone inside and take a few shots of the interior.

Since this photo, I added some WW2 era posters to the inside,
with a ‘don’t share secrets’ one right next to the phone.





The only things I really need to do now are to paint and weather the front roof supports,
put a few figures inside and build and paint the gas pump.

Oh, I also need to print out and make a Texaco sign to hang out front.
I’d almost forgotten about that!







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 Posted: Fri May 29th, 2020 02:08 am
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Beautiful  :glad: !!!

I love the detail parts, and the screen door is downright perfect for down home Tennessee.


Doc Tom.

Down the road a piece from Stoney Creek in beautiful Tennessee.


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 Posted: Tue Jun 2nd, 2020 03:30 pm
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The gas station/store was put into place last night on the layout.

First, I had to remove the old structure, then change the ground around it.
It was a larger ‘footprint’ and I decided to change the area around it,
as previously I’d used much too coarse gravel.

I stripped it down with a caulking knife, smeared white glue all over the area,
then scattered small gravel around.
It’s a clean surface right now, so eventually I’ll be adding little stuff here and there.
Things like oil stains and the like.

As the glue was drying, I created a set of ruts in the gravel,
and it dried like that, alongside the store.
I was happy with that result.


I needed to put down a base for the gas pump and the front roof supports,
so I had painted a section of styrene, and scraped equal segments.

With the paint already dried, I added small lines of glue along those seams/cracks,
and put ground foam on that to show grass popping up.
Eventually, I’ll add ground foam around the edge.

When I added the gravel base, I recessed the ‘concrete’ into that,
and now that it’s dried, it does not look like it was just sat in place.


I almost held my breath the entire time I drilled a hole in the floor,
through which to run the wires for the interior lights.
I used a large bit, but drilled very slowly.

It all worked out well,
and I also added figures inside while I was waiting for the scenery glue to dry.


The original structure was close to the road, and this one is much further back,
leaving a larger area on which I can park wheeled vehicles.





One funny thing I noticed, when I looked at the lighting on, with the room dark,
the roof is partially translucent! 

Two thick sheets of styrene and a layer of paint and weathering powders wasn’t enough.

I guess I’ll have to paint in the inside of the ceiling black,
but I don’t do night ops, so there’s no burning hurry for that…





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 Posted: Wed Jun 3rd, 2020 03:34 pm
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Well, the Grindstaff store project is DONE, finished last night.

I added grass all around the concrete base for the room supports and pump,
some bushes and weeds along the bottom edge of the entire building.

Two figures standing outside,
Mr. Grindstaff himself looking in the direction of the tracks,
and another guy looking at him.

And then I painted some new and old oil splotches,
in several spots on the small concrete base,
as well as new and older bird poop on the roof.

I continued the oil spills to the gravel,
roughly where you’d expect to see cars sitting at the pumps,
facing either direction, and trailing off toward Stoney Creek Road.

As the gravel lot needed more randomness,
I sprinkled some ground up leaves and some random small debris,
especially on the outside edges as you’d expect.

It’s now no longer a consistent monochrome surface.










I started this project with a simple sketch, in April,
and it almost feels weird that it’s actually done.

I’m so glad I did this,
as the pre-built structure that was sitting there, never looked ‘right’ to me.


I had a blast working on this, and now I’m thinking of another project.
Maybe a small shack that has burned after being hit by lighting?




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Hi Lee  :Salute:


AWESOME lookin' paintwork & weathering ...  :thumb:

... the signs & door/window appear really 'prototypical'.  L:


The new building is a great addition to that scene. 


I liked it before as well ! ...

... the new version is even better though ! !  :)


:moose: :moose: :moose: :moose: :moose:


Si.




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 Posted: Wed Jun 10th, 2020 03:31 pm
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Thanks, Si.!

On the original store I used for inspiration
(a couple of photos of the store at Carter, TN, back when it was made of wood, in the '30s),
there was a two-sided Texaco sign facing toward traffic on the road.

It was connected to the roof and I didn’t want to re-create that,
as it hung from chains from a thin metal bracket,
something that could be easily damaged when taking off the roof to show off the interior.

So, I later found a photo of a pre-war shepherd crook style sign pole,
and I recreated that with the wire from a coat hanger
(it took a few tries to get the shape somewhat correct).

I was pondering how to frame the signs on to the pole,
as the real one used turnbuckles or metal brackets.

After using a grinder bit to cut off the ends,
I wondered how I was going to attach the sign into the center.
Then, as I was throwing away a soda can it just hit me as an epiphany.

I cut the shape out the side of a Doctor Pepper can,
glued it in place with ACC, and spray painted the whole thing black.

After blasting the whole thing with black spray paint and then Dullcoat,
I just glued the signs into place, and test fit it onto the layout.
Afterward, I weathered it with dry brushing and some light washes.





While the brackets aren’t perfect,
only an expert on 1930s Texaco signs would know that by looking.
I like how it turned out.

And here I am a few days earlier, enjoying running trains
(thanks to my long-suffering wife, Jennette, for the shot):







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 Posted: Thu Jun 11th, 2020 05:21 pm
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Lee.

You look real happy amidst your neat layout.

:bg: 

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 Posted: Mon Jun 15th, 2020 04:27 pm
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I shot this video late last night, on my third attempt, just to show what I’d been up to,
and for those who have just seen the layout through still photos.

It was all in one take, so when my phone booted me off near (but not at) very end of it,
I didn't bother shooting it yet again:

https://youtu.be/CRj4z_RbD3U




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 Posted: Thu Jun 18th, 2020 05:22 pm
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Here we go, my newest project.

A while back, someone uploaded color movie film from Hampton, Tennessee,
during what it labelled as, taken during the fall of 1940.

Sadly, I looked up the Vimeo video and can’t find it there now.
I’m glad I screen-saved a few shots from it.

In this film, they showed a few Carter County school buses,
heading back to Elizabethton from a football game.

They were 1939 Dodge truck fronts, with what have to be custom bus bodies.




















Sadly, nobody makes a ’39 Dodge truck in O-scale,
so I had to find something that could be used as a representation.

My scratchbuilding skills to create the bus body (with all its compound curves)
are nowhere up to the task, so I had to compromise there.

I’m going to use a Russian GAZ bus body,
grafted onto the front of another maker’s truck front end.





I’m going to grind off the nose of the truck from the firewall,
do the same to the bus body and graft them together.

After that, I’ll shorten the truck frame, to match the wheelbase for the finished body,
and mount it onto the shortened truck frame.

It’ll then be painted in yellow, and I’ll make my own decals,
as I have a typeface very close to the original buses, already prepared for the decals.

The irony here is that I model the summer of 1943,
so a school bus doing anything doesn’t make a great deal of sense.

Though I assume they did get used in the summer,
for moving people around as needed?




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 Posted: Thu Jun 18th, 2020 05:57 pm
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Great photos.  

I am excited to see what you come up with.

Reg




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