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1980 Tom Yorke HO Pool Hall / Bordello Build
Posted by darrylhuffman On 07/08/2019 At 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.
Wall Murals in HO
Posted by darrylhuffman On 07/07/2019 At 6:00:48 PM
I came across an old DPM model wall and painted a mural on it. The model is of a hotel named Pines Hotel.




I figured the hotel had a cafe as part of the building so I painted the opposite wall showing a rising sun mural.


Need help with brick structure
Posted by Martin Fischer On 07/07/2019 At 05:11:35 AM
Hi group,

starting with a Classic Miniatures kit I built this structure:



The original kit mainly uses cardboard for the walls and the windows. I used these preprinted pieces as template and made them from styrene sheet and brick sheet. Also some details were added.

But one thing is still missing:



How would the brick walls be capped? The kit instructions recommend cutting strips from the supplies brick material. To me that doesn't really look right. So what would have been done on the prototype?

Ideas would be:

  • just the plain bricks (similar to what the instructions say)

  • tin

  • special bricks, maybe a rounded shape. I think this is what DPM does with their kits.



Prototype or model photos, instructions, whatever. Every answer is highly welcome.

Regards
Martin
Dealing with Sellios' cast metal walls
Posted by RichBeau On 07/05/2019 At 7:20:27 PM
Recently realized that I've never built a structure using any of George's metal walls (Swackhammer's, Seawall's, Chippy Hollow, etc). I purchased RailroadKits.com Harbor Fish Market walls and thought I'd reproduce this simple structure.



My first question is how did George glue these together?
My second, how did you do it?

I've got some ideas but I figure it's good to tap into a know resource.
TIA
--Rich
Anyone ever build Suydam Cardboard kit?
Posted by jaynjay On 07/01/2019 At 1:15:34 PM
I found a California Models (pre-Suydam) kit 70 the "1879 Combination Town Depot" hidden with my kit collection. The kit looks very challenging, and the finished product is questionable due to the lack of detail. I put away FOS' Degraw's Poultry due to lack of interest in it, plus the main roof was pissing me off. Just curious about the early Suydam cardboard kits and the problems that go with them


Adding More Real Estate to the F&SM
Posted by halrey On 06/24/2019 At 11:14:07 AM
So Saturday George graciously hosted and open house for 26 of the Expoís fateful, Dave Kruiswyk coordinated the event, they came from as far as Seattle, it was great seeing everyone.

Well the speed that George builds is amazing he has added about 12 or 13 feet of new layout, an ďLĒ that starts behind the turntable at Fillmore and swings around in front of the windows, it will be the town of Gorre.
The Brothel is actually Yehudah Heating without brick! Nice.

Anyway, always a great treat, thanks to George.

Hal









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 Posted By: nicktisch 
Thanks for the great notes about the Divco Milk Truck. The Woodward Cruise was the first time it was shown since restoration.
Signed: 8/26/2008 9:20:20 PM
 Posted By: John Cecil Gray 
Just Browsing for ideas and hints for the Linwood & Federal RR
Signed: 8/19/2008 9:36:02 PM
 Posted By: Richard M. Reid 
WOW!!!

Inspiring work gentlemen!!!!!!
Signed: 6/30/2008 6:47:14 PM
 Posted By: simenon 
Looking for model rocks
Signed: 6/28/2008 10:07:46 AM
 Posted By: Bob Hunt 
Plummeted into the forum for the first time this evening looking for some info on Campbell Scale Model kits. I am joining immediately. I am semi-retired, teach guitar and bass, love HO and have practiced proto-87 for three years now, having only a "test bed" in the garage. I hope ot learn and participate in the forum as much as possible. Thanks for being here. Bob
Signed: 6/22/2008 12:21:05 AM
 Posted By: Kenneth Duwa 
New builder, trying to make a river, need to know how, step by step
Signed: 5/17/2008 11:01:18 PM
 Posted By: Kenneth Haan 
Most interesting site, I shall, when my web site comes back on line to place a link to here.

Since 1983 I have sold many kits to many satified cusomters, however due to the tough economic times and the deluge of modeling equipment dumped onto the modeling market, most customers cannot make up their mind as what to buy and purchase nothing.

Remember when, Mr. Athearn and his company would announce a new car type about once each year. The new car would be manufactured in ten road names and priced within the means of common modelers.

Now everybody in the marketplace is scrambling to put out as much and more than the buying public can swallow. Note as well the great number of model railroad stores simply throwing in the towel and exiting the business as too highly competitive and or too much to keep in their modest inventory.

Worse, is the way companies do business, buying a lump trailer full of trains and once sold or out of parts to maintain them, they say to the customer, "That's Tough!"

My business too feels the crunch, and mattering on this year's sales figures will make our mind as to remaining in business or slipping from sight.
Signed: 4/15/2008 7:13:20 AM
 Posted By: Douglas K. Lee 
Hello, I was introduced to this forum by a friend. I have recently come across many interesting items, that I am hoping someone out there can help me with. original plans and scale drawings for a stream line scale type elect. train submitted to Lewis marx in 1950, I also have #1 produced still in the box. #32250 I am looking for some direction. any comments or suggestions would be helpful.
Thanks, Douglas K. Lee
Signed: 3/21/2008 10:26:10 AM
 Posted By: RAYMOND 
I am new member, I was wondering if there is anyone out their that knows the section station alone the railway during the years of 1942 thru 1960 Flagstaff, Williams, Ash Fork, Seligmen, For I lived on some of those section station but have forgotten the distences from the small towns where these station were located. If anyone knows where these station where at and the distences, please write to me at ray_acosta@q.com or jraycost@gmail.com, thanks.
Signed: 2/9/2008 7:17:56 PM
 Posted By: Tom Ebert 
This is the second or third time I've visited the site. Its very good and I've enjoyed reading through many of the posts. Unfortunately I do NOT have high speed internet at home, so don't spend alot of time (1/2 of the week) on the net. When I am down near work I do.
I am building the Cascade Div GN prototype in HO scale between Skykomish and Appleyard (Wenatchee) Wa. Time stopped in the fall of 1953.
Thanks again for the site.
Tom Ebert
Signed: 2/4/2008 9:35:16 AM
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