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darrylhuffman Posted - 07/08/2019 : 06:41:18 AM
Almost 40 years ago, Tom Yorke produced a classic structure in HO and O scale. There have been different versions of this kit over the years but I wanted to work with the original.

I have had both HO and O scale kits on my shelf for all that time.

I have been building a lot of HO kits lately and decided it was time to build the HO Pool Hall / Bordello kit.

I began by spraying the hydrocal castings with flat white primer to seal the hydrocal.

I followed this with a variety of earth tone acrylic stains which are simply watered down craft paints available at Michaels and Hobby Lobby for about $1 each.

My choice of colors are heavy on the reddish browns as I intend this structure to be situated in Colorado.

Other areas of the country have more black and grey colors so the choice of colors is up to the builder.

There is no special technique to doing this. There have been lots of articles on painting stonework over the years. So unless people want more specific information, I will just proceed with the build.

After the stone walls were all dry, I dry brushed a light earth color over the small stones to tone them down. It is really easy to make it look like the stonework has the measles or polka dots and I wanted to avoid that look.
I wanted a more uniform look for the small stones.



After the stone walls were painted and dry, I used epoxy to glue them together and to the foundation.







As I go along, I will try to answer any questions you may have.

I figure this build will take about 10 days to complete. I don't sleep a regular schedule so I tend to wake up in the middle of the night, work on the model for 30 minutes or so and then go back to sleep while the paint and glue dry.

A couple of hours later I wake up and do another 30 minutes. I have been this way all my life and this erratic schedule is normal to me.

Having been in business for myself almost all my life has allowed me to do bookwork at 3 am when necessary.

I am 75 now so the bookwork is pretty much in the past. But the model building urge is just as strong today as it was 70 years ago.
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jsiekirk Posted - 08/12/2019 : 07:37:52 AM
Darryl
Very nice build!
mikethetrainman Posted - 08/05/2019 : 08:40:40 AM
Darryl just got finished going thru your whole build all I can say is wow!!! Very nicely done. I like all the colors and the stone work is beautiful.Thanks for sharing with us.
hairball Posted - 08/02/2019 : 3:20:58 PM
going to see if I can cut and paste a link to a photo bucket account where pictures of my pilot build of the BEULAHS HOUSE OF ENCHANTMENT yorke kit are stored.

https://s185.photobucket.com/user/madmike3434/library/beulahs%20house%20of%20enchantment?page=1


hope it works ............mike
hairball Posted - 08/02/2019 : 10:47:57 AM
hello Darryl, long time no talk to u.

In the O scale pool hall bordello kit , original that I re-issued with permission of Tom yorke. The middle dividing wall between the main building and pool hall side attachment , the stonework is partly parged over with cement/plaster. Its visable in the pool hall area and the staircase is attached too it. Yorke used this technique a lot, specifically on his stone or brick structures. On brick he would carve bare areas where the surface would be brick showing thru. The LAKESIDE GROCERY kit #138 featured this on the front wall.

Too me PARGING is trowelling a plaster type covering over stone or brick or another surface.

can send pictures of pool hall bordello wall if you want mike350@rogers.com

mike lynch
darrylhuffman Posted - 08/01/2019 : 12:13:22 AM
Mike,

I don't understand the term "partly parged"


Darryl
hairball Posted - 07/31/2019 : 7:24:36 PM
You have taken a tom yorke structure to a decrepit another level , as usual. And in HO to boot.

I know that in the O scale kit the inner wall that joins the 2 buildings together that inside stairs the wall is partly parged. Is this feature only in the O scale versio. I have never seen the Ho version before.

mike lynch
Ensign Posted - 07/29/2019 : 9:34:47 PM
Hi Darryl, wonderful work!
Thanks for sharing your steps taken with us.

Greg Shinnie
darrylhuffman Posted - 07/29/2019 : 9:09:37 PM
Speaking of signs, this building is about 30 minutes from my house in Idaho City.


darrylhuffman Posted - 07/27/2019 : 5:42:47 PM
Mark and others.

Thank you for your kind words.

I started building model structures when I was about five. We had visited Knotts Berry Farm and there was a display of a model of the Ghost Town. I was fascinated and have loved building models ever since.

My lovely bride of 49 years knows a vacation means driving through old brokendown ghost towns or other areas of urban decay.

She is always pointing out some old building in case I missed it. She is my biggest fan and points my best models on display in our living room.

I am also fortunate to have opened my first hobby shop in 1973 and a strictly train store in 1975. Through those ventures and my decision to film, edit and produce a series of model building VHS and DVDs, I have a world wide circle of friends who are all excellent model builders.

20 years ago I was going to 6 conentions a year. My focus was always the contest room where the best models are on display. I then focused on learning from the these fine model builders.

The invention of Yahoo groups also widened my exposure to fine model builders. I started and moderated such groups as Weathering, Fine Scale Miniatures, Tree Making and Waterfront Modeling. About 20 groups.

And, of course, the Railroad Line Forum which has allowed me to follow along with builders all over the world.

I am so very happy to have been born at the right time to enjoy the internet, the explosion of great kit and detail makers.

It's such a great hobby filled with wonderful friends. Thank you all for putting up with me as I continue to explore the world of fine model building.
darrylhuffman Posted - 07/27/2019 : 5:42:01 PM
Mark and others.

Thank you for your kind words.

I started building model structures when I was about five. We had visited Knotts Berry Farm and there was a display of a model of the Ghost Town. I was fascinated and have loved building models ever since.

My lovely bride of 49 years knows a vacation means driving through old brokendown ghost towns or other areas of urban decay.

She is always pointing out some old building in case I missed it. She is my biggest fan and points my best models on display in our living room.

I am also fortunate to have opened my first hobby shop in 1973 and a strictly train store in 1975. Through those ventures and my decision to film, edit and produce a series of model building VHS and DVDs, I have a world wide circle of friends who are all excellent model builders.

20 years ago I was going to 6 conentions a year. My focus was always the contest room where the best models are on display. I then focused on learning from the these fine model builders.

The invention of Yahoo groups also widened my exposure to fine model builders. I started and moderated such groups as Weathering, Fine Scale Miniatures, Tree Making and Waterfront Modeling. About 20 groups.

And, of course, the Railroad Line Forum which has allowed me to follow along with builders all over the world.

I am so very happy to have been born at the right time to enjoy the internet, the explosion of great kit and detail makers.

It's such a great hobby filled with wonderful friends. Thank you all for putting up with me as I continue to explore the world of fine model building.
mark_dalrymple Posted - 07/27/2019 : 4:19:01 PM
Darryl - I think this is a stunning build of this kit!

Thanks for sharing.

Cheers, Mark.
DSERR Posted - 07/27/2019 : 09:35:27 AM
Darryl
Your suggestions are appreciated. Looked into other alternatives for resizing but ultimately last Evening bought Photos deluxe... only 10 bucks including shipping!
Thanks again.
darrylhuffman Posted - 07/26/2019 : 2:19:50 PM
quote:
Originally posted by darrylhuffman

Signage is a fun part of the hobby for me.

I do not have a video on doing them as it is hard to make a video of me playing on a computer.

Plus all the usual sites I go change so often they are quickly out of date.

If we use my billiards sign as an examplr, I searched Google for:

billiards sign

When I found one I liked, I dowloaded the sign and opened the download with my photo editing program.

I use Adobe Photodeluxe 2.0 which came out about 20 years ago.

It is available on eBay. Easy to use.

I change the size of the photo to match the available area Ii have and print it out.

I only use Epson printers for my signs. The ink is waterproof.

I simply cut out the sign and glue it in place with Elmers Glueall.

If I need a detailed sign I print it on matte photo paper.

If you are ever in southern Idaho, stop by and I will teach you all I know.

darrylhuffman Posted - 07/26/2019 : 2:18:36 PM
Signage is a fun part of the hobby for me.

I do not have a video on doing them as it is hard to make a video of me playing on a computer.

Plus all the usual sites I go change so often they are quickly out of date.

If we use my billiards sign as an examplr, I searched Goole for:

billiards sign

When I found one I liked, I dowloaded the sign and opened the download with my photo editing program.

I use Adobe Photodeluxe 2.0 which came out about 20 years ago.

It is available on eBay. Easy to use.

I change the size of the photo to match the available area Ii have and print it out.

I only use Epson printers for my signs. The ink is waterproof.

I simply cut out the sign and glue it in place with Elmers Glueall.

If I need a detailed sign I print it on matte photo paper.

If you are ever in southern Idaho, stop by and I will teach you all I know.
DSERR Posted - 07/26/2019 : 08:52:55 AM
Darryl,
As mentioned earlier your build of this kit is exquisite in all respects as well as one of the most informative I have followed. I am particularly impressed with your signage. I have searched high and low for business/industrial decals and dry tranfers and have found nothing commercially available. It appears that you create your own as well as use photo copies of vintage advertising. Many years ago I figured out how to print lettered signs in MS word, but have forgotten how to do that. Bar Mills has some good billboard kits,for lettered signs and used them on an N Scale layout. Have you ever written or made a video regarding your signage. techniques?

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