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ETinBH Posted - 04/19/2004 : 8:01:12 PM
I searched the topics and did not find one for Bar Mills Waterfront Willys, so I am starting this one.

It seams in the other threads dealing with a kit, that the opener posts a thread about the parts and goodies to start things off. Here is a photo of the various wooden and paper parts and another of the metal parts.

Here is a list of the metal thingies
2 combo piles
2 barrels
2 drums
1 scale laded
1 hand cart laded
2 tires
2 crate piles
1 crate
1 chimney
1 stove pipe
1 vent
1 air turbine
1 light post with lantern
1 lobster

I started by reading and rereading the scanty instructions. I guess Art thinks if we buy a craftsman kit, we ought to know much of the building process. I did find a door on the second from of the main building and nothing else, so I donít know what he expected. I researched a bit and found one builder put in a balcony and stairs, another boarded up the door and had a ladder against the building.

Oh, well, I will figure that out later.

I also do not favor the decking of the wharf and I will probably not fasten the structure to the one he supplied. Again, I will deal with that later.

I put the supports on the main parts of the building, washed them in ink, painted them with what I think might be a good color combo( with the grey trim???). I donít know. I never seem to stick with the original color scheme, so I donít see any reason to start now. I did some chalk work and will evaluate the results from the photo.

Here is a photo of my progressÖ

Well, thats a start anyway

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Mike Hamer Posted - 12/27/2006 : 12:25:25 PM
Karl...just getting caught up on the thread. Wow, what an impressive diorama from the colours you chose for the building to the design on the hillside with the realistic appearance of water and those great trees. Indeed, there are a number of "clinics" in this single thread. Congrats on a great job!
paulbrockatsf Posted - 12/27/2006 : 06:37:42 AM
Originally posted by Comstock Carshops

Rick, thanx for the info link, hopefully I won't blow posting the photo. On the topic of waterfronts. I am working on a new HO waterline boat kit, but not sure if it would fit into this era? Your input would be most helpfull.

I like the looks of the boat you are building. Who makes this kit?

It looks like it is steam powered. It would fit into a lot of eras. It could even be on a modern layout as a tour or museum boat.

paulbrockatsf Posted - 12/27/2006 : 06:20:09 AM


I am also impressed with your diorama. It makes a good waterfront scene. Your scenery looks very natural.

I think you would enjoy a Sierra West kit. His instructions are so well done that I feel each one is like a mini clinic.

I just looked at your railimages website too. Have you discussed how you make your trees? I would like to have more info.

Also, I agree with John about your trestle. It is amazing. Great job!!

jaynjay Posted - 12/27/2006 : 05:35:44 AM
I just looked at your pictures on railimages. Wow, now that's what I call a trestle!! I am almost embarrassed to admit defeat by two little 8 inch long trestles. That's quite the clockwork you built for the fence painter. Great work
NBandS Posted - 12/26/2006 : 7:40:19 PM
John, with regard to height:
The pilings that come with the kit limit you to under 3", but small dowels will make up the difference. (3" is nearly 22 scale feet, so it's probably enough unless you're modeling an area with a very considerable tidal range.)
Bbags Posted - 12/23/2006 : 7:36:05 PM
Hi Karl,
Here you go:


Just add you tutorial in this thread as it is a sticky and gets read frequently by both members and guests.

I am not sure if you realize this or not but your avatar appears to us as a red X.
Usually members post what they would like for an avatar to the following thread and then Mike C sets it up so all can see what the red X is all about.


UKGuy Posted - 12/23/2006 : 5:50:49 PM
Thanks for all the great encouragement, I'll post something about the trees on the scenery thread soon for those who asked.... when I find it

Tyson Rayles Posted - 12/23/2006 : 12:27:02 PM
Very nice Karl, great trees!
Comstock Carshops Posted - 12/23/2006 : 11:58:10 AM
Rick, thanx for the info link, hopefully I won't blow posting the photo. On the topic of waterfronts. I am working on a new HO waterline boat kit, but not sure if it would fit into this era? Your input would be most helpfull.

Jim T Posted - 12/23/2006 : 11:26:53 AM
Great job, Karl. Makes me want to do some kind of waterfront scene. There's certainly enough great waterfront buildings available now to do that.

Jim Mooney Posted - 12/23/2006 : 09:52:34 AM
Ruin a Sierra West kit? I think your well on your way! Nicely done.
RichBeau Posted - 12/23/2006 : 09:47:11 AM
Nice job Karl.
It's always nice to see a new perspective on an old standby.
And welcome to the forum!
--Rich B.
ETinBH Posted - 12/23/2006 : 09:39:20 AM
Way to go, Karl - very nice work and a good idea for an alternative setting for the kit.
Dutchman Posted - 12/23/2006 : 09:20:20 AM

Great job on Willy's. I agree with John, those trees look terrific!
jaynjay Posted - 12/23/2006 : 06:42:39 AM
Very nice work for your first wood kit. You've sparked my interest in Waterfront Willys. I looked at Artie's website but couldn't find any dimensions on the kit. Could you tell how high can the wharf can be above the base?

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