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Guff Posted - 07/05/2019 : 4:25:59 PM
It’s good to be back…… The last 12 months were consumed with selling our old home, building a new house, packing, moving and all of the other work that comes from downsizing. Now it’s time to get back to one of the things I enjoy, making scale buildings for the Hard Times Ry.

My new build is a fictitious manufacturing complex based on a real product from the early 20th century...Hamlin Wizard Oil - 1859 - 1920.
The build will show signs of ageing but reasonably maintained since HWO is still operating in Hard Times Ry. Country well into the thirties, ignoring the FDA warning of false healing statements and the 1920 out of business date.

A short story of Hamlin Wizard Oil borrowed from the web!

Hamlin Wizard Oil was first produced in 1861 in Chicago by former magician John Austen Hamlin and his brother Lysander Butler Hamlin, it was primarily sold and used as a liniment for rheumatic pain and sore muscles, but was advertised as a treatment for pneumonia, cancer, diphtheria, earache, toothache, headache and hydrophobia. It was made of 50%-70% alcohol containing camphor, ammonia, chloroform, sassafras, cloves, and turpentine, and was said to be usable both internally and topically.

Traveling performance troupes advertised the product in medicine shows across the Midwest, with runs as long as six weeks in a town. They used horse-drawn wagons and dressed in silk top hats, frock coats, pinstriped trousers, and patent leather shoes—with spats.

Grinnell College research points out that the Hamlins claimed efficacy for Wizard Oil on not only human beings but also horses and cattle, one poster displaying an elephant drinking the stuff by lifting the bottle with the trunk. Bottles came in 35˘ and 75˘ sizes.

Carl Sandburg inserted two versions of lyrics titled "Wizard Oil" together with a tune into his American Songbag (1927).

In 1916, Lysander's son Lawrence B. Hamlin of Elgin, by then manager of the firm, was fined $200 under the 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act for advertising that Hamlin's Wizard Oil could "check the growth and permanently kill cancer."

Sketch of the proposed 1:29 scale build :

Main building - 24’ x 45’ Office - 16’ x 15’ Warehouse Annex - 18’ x 31’

Construction is basically the same as most of my other builds using foam board and painted paper siding so I will only highlight a few techniques.

I wanted the siding to be white but some fading and dirt accumulating on the siding from the years of exposure. To achieve this look I dry brushed streaks of Apple Barrel Antique White Acrylic onto most of the 8 1/2” x 11” gray construction paper allowing a little gray to show through. Followed up this process with a few streaks of Americana Warm White Acrylic to represent areas not as dirty and faded.

When dry, I cut the painted paper into 3/8” strips and applied to the structure walls.

Next step was the gable end trim.
Used 1/16” x 1/4” balsa strips painted with FolkArt Soft Apple Green Acrylic, cut to fit then applied to the gable ends.
When the glue dried I randomly streaked a very water diluted Apple Barrel Granite Gray Acrylic to the siding to represent aging. While the wood was still wet I scraped random areas to expose the base wood color to further represent finish deterioration.

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Guff Posted - 11/03/2019 : 7:17:33 PM
Thanks Carl!
Carl B Posted - 11/03/2019 : 10:41:15 AM
Well done Dave. [:-thumbu]
Guff Posted - 11/03/2019 : 09:21:40 AM
Good Morning Pete,
PLNT Line Posted - 11/02/2019 : 1:26:45 PM

Awesome work!

Guff Posted - 11/01/2019 : 11:37:16 PM
Bob, Mike, Fred and Rich.
Thanks for hanging in on this build.
Must build the crane, pave the driveway and add some finishing detail and I'll call it finished.
Thanks Guys,
Pennman Posted - 10/31/2019 : 4:55:15 PM
I'm still hangin in with ya on this !!

Looks great.

Terrell Posted - 10/31/2019 : 3:46:11 PM
Looking good !!
Michael Hohn Posted - 10/31/2019 : 3:45:24 PM
The docks help tie the buildings together, don’t they? Very nice.

sgtbob Posted - 10/31/2019 : 12:43:48 PM
As I told you when I saw you, this is a wonderful build.

Guff Posted - 10/31/2019 : 11:26:19 AM
Added Loading Docks

Guff Posted - 10/29/2019 : 11:38:59 PM
Thanks Ted! I'm currently building the loading docks.
quartergauger48 Posted - 10/29/2019 : 4:40:41 PM
This build is looking very, very good Dave'.. I like it'..Keep going'..
Guff Posted - 10/27/2019 : 1:10:58 PM
Thanks Frank,
It was fun to build!
Frank Palmer Posted - 10/25/2019 : 12:55:49 PM
Originally posted by Guff

Hope folks find the Dimone link useful!

Nice size shoe factory, it really fits the spot.
Guff Posted - 10/24/2019 : 10:30:29 PM
Thanks Pete,
Hope folks find the Dimone link useful!

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