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bror hultgren
Section Hand

USA
57 Posts

Posted - 01/03/2021 :  09:03:38 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I wonder if Lance Mindheim's photo wallpaper might be more appropriate. IIRC the shingles were ~1/8" (.0015 in 1/187) thick. What strikes me is the visual weight of the cast shadows
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Michael Hohn
Fireman

USA
7202 Posts

Posted - 01/03/2021 :  09:11:15 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The houses are looking great; I like the scene you are building. Wonderfully New England.
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SDB
Section Hand

USA
78 Posts

Posted - 01/03/2021 :  1:58:44 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi there --

I've been lurking on this thread for many years, but haven't said anything. I've also visited your layout during Tour du Chooch in past years. I really enjoy what you are doing. You're doing a great job capturing the feel of Boston's North Shore.

The Georgian style house (red house) is awesome. I'm not familiar with the exact prototype, but it certainly is a convincing example of a classic 18th c. New England house of its type. My question is, how did you make the portico? Is it a scratch build or is it a casting from somewhere? However you did it, it looks great!

Stuart
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jbvb
Fireman

USA
6799 Posts

Posted - 01/03/2021 :  4:28:30 PM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks Mikes (2), Bror and Stuart. I agree that low angles are tough for any peel-and-stick shingles I've found. I've used Campbell shingles once, but I don't think they represent asphalt shingles well when viewed from high angles. I'll try asking B.E.S.T. if they can get thinner stock.

Stuart, 28 Winter St. is in Newburyport, MA at the corner of Washington St. I have an index on page one of this thread. Here's the link to the 28 Winter build thread:

http://railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=52583
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SDB
Section Hand

USA
78 Posts

Posted - 01/05/2021 :  7:25:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
James, thank you! Very interesting thread. I should browse the scratchbuilding forum more often. I now see how you did the portico. It's really a work of art.

Stuart
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jbvb
Fireman

USA
6799 Posts

Posted - 01/10/2021 :  10:15:40 PM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Stuart. DigiCompuTron-A-Matics is waiting for color laser-printable transparency film to arrive. My NYC boxcar's elderly decals crumbled so it's waiting for a new set. So I worked on 32 Winter St.:



I haven't seen my picture resizing tool screw up that way before!

I remember rarely seeing daylight in the street side of that house - neighbors were close and passers-by were within a yard of those windows. So I modeled shades with tape. The kitchen addition has curtains made from red see-through Xmas ribbon, but nobody will see that unless it's picked up. No gutters IIRC. The model needs a little paint touch-up, then electric (visible) & gas (invisible) meters and the canopy over the front (side) door. Maybe tomorrow depending on deliveries.

Edited by - jbvb on 01/11/2021 7:25:50 PM
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Tyson Rayles
Moderator

USA
13434 Posts

Posted - 01/11/2021 :  2:47:43 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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jbvb
Fireman

USA
6799 Posts

Posted - 01/17/2021 :  10:50:33 PM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Mike. Since my last post, 32 Winter St. has progressed a little more:



I've been working on the fit of the roof. I also applied a little 'dirt splash' weathering around the bottom edge while cleaning my airbrush. And I figured out how to hold the rather flimsy side door canopy. The roofing is a 3M tape I bought for its green tint - it's made many window shades for passenger cars and structures. But it's also got effective stickum. The upper 'rolled roofing' sheet extends under the shingles, like flashing, and is firmly stuck to the styrene underneath. The two 1x4 braces will require careful handling, but I hope not to lose the canopy itself.

I also picked up a 4' x 4' sheet of .060 styrene. I still have some of my 4x8 of .040, but that isn't rigid enough for long-span floors and large walls. The first application was Gorin Machine in Bexley, built in 2015 from Walthers modular walls:



I made separate floors so I can go back and light and/or detail if the mood strikes. But after the paint dries and I install them, visitors won't be able to see through the building in unrealistic directions. Some new techniques I tried worked out well:

Using a 4' drywall square to mark and scribe;

Using a 'hand seamer' (sheet metal tool) to break after scribing.

Using a hand plane to smooth broken edges and fine-tune the width of strips.

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jbvb
Fireman

USA
6799 Posts

Posted - 01/20/2021 :  10:28:35 PM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I'd made an electric meter for 32 Winter St. and made 28 Winter St.'s this evening:



.040 styrene box, .080 diameter clear sprue dome, .025 phosphor bronze wire conduit, flattened for solder blob weatherhead and right angle fitting.
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Tyson Rayles
Moderator

USA
13434 Posts

Posted - 01/21/2021 :  08:03:31 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great job on the meters! [:-thumbu]
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Orionvp17
Fireman

USA
7528 Posts

Posted - 01/21/2021 :  10:00:05 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nicely done, James.

Pete
in Michigan
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George D
Moderator

USA
16776 Posts

Posted - 01/21/2021 :  10:56:54 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice looking meters, James. I hadn't heard of using a plane on styrene before - interesting. That 0.060" styrene should be plenty rigid.

George

Fly Army
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CNE1899
Engine Wiper

190 Posts

Posted - 01/22/2021 :  7:39:10 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
jbvb,

The houses are looking very New Englandy. I really like the machine works as well. Those meters are dead on!
Scott
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jbvb
Fireman

USA
6799 Posts

Posted - 01/23/2021 :  5:28:06 PM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Mike, Pete, George and Scott.

Today I presented New England Passenger Trains for the NMRAx event. That was different from any other presentation I've given since I started about 1985. The NMRAx tech setup had me doing my presentation blind; I saw my slides on my screen but not the audience, the host or the techs. So I just talked for ~45 minutes with no visual or audio feedback whatsoever I got the timing reasonably accurate, but I could have shortened the intro to say more about the last three slides. The questions I got were good, but I have no idea how big my audience was (aside from the two B&M modeling friends who've emailed congratulations).

Now I've toasted myself with a rum drink, I'll continue researching B&M wood/steel underframe RPO/Baggage cars. Perhaps some real world modeling after dinner.
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Orionvp17
Fireman

USA
7528 Posts

Posted - 01/23/2021 :  5:39:27 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nicely done clinic, James!

Pete
in Michigan
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