|T O P I C R E V I E W
||Posted - 12/04/2011 : 10:59:40 AM
Now that Oatman's has been wrapped up for some time (awaiting the start of the layout down stairs, spring '12...) I've decided to start building the Sierra West Scale Models Shipyard in HO scale. Had a great time at the Fine Scale MR Expo back in October and Brett (Karl and Kevin) did a good job in convincing me to build the shipyard (well... not that much convincing, always wanted to try board on board modeling).
Onto the build, for openers, the pic on the box:
Contents of the box revealed (really well packed I might add and a fantastic 106 page Instruction Manual, lots of progress pic's):
The spread ... boy there's a lot of clean sticks.
And the sheets of templates, windows, card stock backings:
The contents of bag # 1, srtip-wood for the main walls of the Shipyard main building:
On an aside, while at the Expo, I attended Brett's clinic on board-on-board modeling, very well presented by Brett and supported by Kevin and Karl. An HO kit (The Tool Shed) was presented to each participant and off we went stressing and weathering the strip wood (including knot holes). Seeing that time is at a premium in the premium workshops (hence the name) I completed the remainder of the kit at home, practicing the techniques in preparation for the Shipyard build, end result:
Now I'm off to get my hands dirty with the wire brush, A&I and pastel powders. Progress pic's to follow.
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||Posted - 06/13/2013 : 11:39:04 AM
Beautiful work on that deck Paul. Anxious to see how
you integrate this into your layout,
||Posted - 06/13/2013 : 11:15:55 AM
Hi Paul. I like the colors you choose on the exterior walls. Looks great. I will continue to follow.
||Posted - 06/11/2013 : 1:16:12 PM
Awesome stuff Paul. Great inspiration and ideas.
||Posted - 06/11/2013 : 09:40:33 AM
Looking good. Keep the photos coming.
||Posted - 06/11/2013 : 08:20:09 AM
Just a quick observance. Next time you do a shingled roof, install a starter strip ( 1/8 inch ) under the first coarse of shingles and it will take out the gap that you are experiencing between the first and second row of shingles. I.ve been doing this for years and it always works. Love the wood colors!
||Posted - 06/10/2013 : 9:02:02 PM
Paul, great work so far. Hey, just in-case you forgot about it, Kevin did a great thread on coloring castings. May help you out on your castings. If you are interested, the thread is at:
||Posted - 06/10/2013 : 8:43:19 PM
Looking good Paul.
||Posted - 06/10/2013 : 11:45:12 AM
Paul beautiful work. The details are really making it pop out.
||Posted - 06/10/2013 : 10:12:11 AM
Kevin, the copper bus-bar weights come from a local metal supplier and are used in industrial (heavy) electrical equipment (rather than
using individual cables). If you can find a local metal work shop, they may have an idea where you can source them locally (I looked at
pricing them from our supplier but the end price would be about >$4.00 each (not including shipping Ö they weigh about 1/2 lb each).
Figured I would check to see if I had enough planks to finish the dock, apparently so (may have to butt a few of the last ones).
The scraps will be used for planking between the rails and edges (should have enough).
Trimming, distressing and staining the edges:
Now for the planking, starting from the other end with a strip-wood guide to keep everything square:
The last two planks were trimmed and since they were not full length, butted them under where the main building is to go:
After so much planking Ö couldnít wait to see how the main building looks on top, hence the trial fitÖ
Ö and now for a few picís with castings that Iíve been practicing on (these are not castings from the kit but rather some extras
Iíve picked up at the Craftsman Structure shows). Once Iíve mastered the technique Iíll work on the ones supplied in the kit.
Just a few more planks to lay and then itíll be onto the outbuilding sheds (2) and the saw-mill.
||Posted - 06/08/2013 : 12:22:57 PM
i would really love to get my hands on some of those steel bus-bar weights. where can they be gotten? i've asked an electrical contractor friend and he has no idea what i'm talking about.
||Posted - 06/08/2013 : 09:48:36 AM
Thanks Brad, nice to have you following along. John, the "Chopper" made it so much easier (5 sec per chop and no blood...).
Karl, I'll have a pic up soon of the main building on top of the dock (with a few castings I've been working on). Frank, you mean "Doc king"?
It will be nice to have all the structures done and move on to the scenery part of this build (just 3 more small buildings and a ships hull to go...).
||Posted - 06/08/2013 : 09:00:54 AM
Paul, you are the "Dock making King".
||Posted - 06/07/2013 : 10:36:33 PM
Excellent work on the joists and beams Paul, beautifully precise modeling with a very nice colour.
The decking colour is great in its subtle variations of shade, it really stands out as real boards.
Good thinking for the spacer boards between the rails, keeps the rails nice and clean with plenty of clearance.
The time and effort you put into the dock really shows through in an excellent result.
Making 110 cuts, even if you cut them one at a time and took 20 seconds per cut wouldn't take too long.... and the individuality Paul has achieved is unbeatable.
Cant wait to see your structure sitting on this deck Paul.
||Posted - 06/07/2013 : 12:48:08 PM
Great idea using the spacer strips Paul, something I should have considered.
Cutting 55 strips of wood into 3 pieces for the deck was very time consuming.
Your tutorial makes it look quite easy however. End result looks terrific.
||Posted - 06/07/2013 : 11:33:24 AM
Awesome job. A real pleasure to follow along....