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Karl Osolinski Posted - 03/29/2013 : 4:50:33 PM

Hello folks,

Been some time but I finally did start a new model.

I've always admired the work of Earl Smallshaw. He has a gift for making creative and interesting models and scenes that I really enjoy. His Tenement Row was featured in the February, 1989, Model Railroader and I finally decided to build my version of it.

Since Earl's model was going against a wall he didn't have to model the street side or even put all the windows in the sides that couldn't be seen. His finished scene is just perfect and it's a favorite of mine. I'm going to build the buildings complete and have the storefronts below the living area all different. Northeastern makes a kit for the three buildings but I prefer to scratch build the models and make them all a bit unique.

Here's the very not complete first building. With my bad hands it took some time to cut out the 33 window and door openings. I used the Monster Models aged brick for above the storefront and I love the stuff. I cut the openings in the brick using my Unimat jigsaw but it was a little too aggressive to use on the 1/16th basswood (Monster brick is 1/8th thick). Also, I cut real glass (microscope cover slips) for the 30 windows and storefront...no windows in the 3 backdoors.

I plan on combining this model with my last street scene (Gruhn Guitars).


Karl O.
Berkley, MI

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MSIGMON Posted - 12/05/2018 : 09:10:32 AM
Outstanding work on the old trash truck. Once again you have modeled an item most of us do not think about modeling.
Thank you for sharing your modeling skills. I for one have learned a lot from you.

Terrell Posted - 12/04/2018 : 12:52:50 PM
Looks a little old for the scene, Karl.

(Just kidding). Looks great!!
Frank Palmer Posted - 12/04/2018 : 08:31:39 AM

Karl nice conversion. You got me interested in those curious looking garbage trucks. I went looking and found this one. I wonder who the lucky guy was that got to ride in back?

TRAINS1941 Posted - 12/03/2018 : 5:35:12 PM
Nice looking trash truck. Great job Karl.
Karl Osolinski Posted - 12/03/2018 : 4:21:37 PM

Hello folks,

Well, it seems ol' Sparky's junk pile was getting out of hand so he called his buddy that owned an old, used garbage truck and asked if he'd bring it over, load it up and haul away some of his trash...

This started out as a Jordan flat-bed Mack that I decided to turn into a dirty, old garbage truck. I got some photos off the internet and scratch-built the one shown here. I made all the parts from sheet and strip styrene and ended up with this thing...


Karl O.
Berkley, MI

deemery Posted - 11/25/2018 : 4:44:01 PM
I had one of those Leroy sets, but I have no idea whatever happened to it!

spyder62 Posted - 11/25/2018 : 4:38:23 PM
I have a set around here some place along with my pens from when I was working as a draftsman and had to do ink drawings.
Was a few years ago, still have my slide rule from college also as we were not allowed to have a calculator
even if you could afford one back then.
Karl Osolinski Posted - 11/25/2018 : 10:45:20 AM
Originally posted by Nelson458


I can include antique drawing instruments and ink wells in my collections. Also Asian Netsuke and stamps.

Hi Tony,

Would these things be something like the stuff you collect? I know they're for lettering but other than that I have no idea what to do with them. They've been sitting in a drawer here for over 50 years and that's about the whole story.

Karl O.
Berkley, MI

1gnfan Posted - 11/24/2018 : 1:19:31 PM
No man's life liberty or property is sacred when the legislature is in session - T. Jefferson
Frank Palmer Posted - 11/23/2018 : 6:18:18 PM
Nothing like a slingshot dragster revving up to wake up the populous.
spyder62 Posted - 11/23/2018 : 1:37:28 PM
Did see that and GT-40's are great no matter what era
Karl Osolinski Posted - 11/22/2018 : 10:01:16 PM
Originally posted by spyder62

poor gal pulls up her top and no one looks :)

Hi Rich,

Thank you - you've made my day!! Did you also notice the white goose biting the old lady in the a$$? Oh, I guess my selection of vehicles must be totally wrong. Darn, and I thought they were perfect for the scene...very colorful.


Karl O.
Berkley, MI
spyder62 Posted - 11/22/2018 : 6:40:55 PM
poor gal pulls up her top and no one looks :)
Karl Osolinski Posted - 11/22/2018 : 12:12:28 PM
Originally posted by Tyson Rayles

Beautiful scene but the dragster is wayyyyyyyyyy ahead of it's time!

Hi Mike,

Yeah, I guess I don't pay a lot of attention to that sort of thing...doesn't bother me at all.

Karl O.
Berkley, MI

Tyson Rayles Posted - 11/22/2018 : 08:22:35 AM
Beautiful scene but the dragster is wayyyyyyyyyy ahead of it's time!

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