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Sierra West Machine Shop O Scale Series MT
Posted by Mike Hamer On 01/21/2018 At 4:04:18 PM


A friend approached me last year to help him out by building up his machines from the Sierra West Machine Shop Series in O-Scale.



As the cover of the instruction manual showcases...these are great looking models!
But, they had remained on my shelf for some time. I was starting to feel guilty and began looking at the machines over the last couple of months.
Thanks to Bruce for organizing the latest forum challenge. It spurred me on to get another of the machines (the universal miller) out of the contents of its bag and to build it in the new year as part of the group challenge. Feel free to check the challenge out in the Mike Chambers' Craftman's Corner.



To start this thread off, I'll share with you my building of the 36" vertical drill.
All I can say is "Thank Heavens these machines are in O and not HO, my regular modelling scale!"



As I mentioned in the challenge thread while building the other machine, this project will be a personal challenge for me.
I know nothing pertaining to the operations of these machines never having worked in a mill.



Furthermore, I know "next to nothing" about the terminology of most of the parts. Thanks to Brett for putting together these amazing models and thanks for the amazing parts list and corresponding diagrams!



Remember, I have already built this model up. The purpose of the thread is to take you through the steps along the way with any problem-solving measures I had to dream up.



Here is a picture of the universal miller I just completed in the challenge. Thanks so much for checking in!
HO Scale ACE Millwork & Cabinets
Posted by wrongsideofthetracks On 01/20/2018 At 5:07:23 PM
Hi everyone. He is a build I am just finishing up on. It is the ITLA Olympia Tile kit and decided to build mine out into ACE Millwork & Cabinets. It is going on my own layout. Quite happy with it - neat little building that fits exactly into the area I wanted to put it. Pretty easy construction and then of course painted and detailed. Here are some of the features:

ACE Millwork & Cabinets
- Base kit - ITLA Olympic Tile, HO scale. Used some spare ITLA sidewalk pieces for the base from another kit.
- Pained with Mission Models acrylic paints. Great acrylic paints if you have never used them before. Mostly military colours, but some weathering, metals and modern equipment colours as well. Great for airbrush and you can also brush paint them as well. Some other use of Tamiya and Mig Ammo for some of the other painting.
- Weathered using Pan Pastels, Mig Ammo pigments, washes and other weathering enamels. Abtleilung 502 oils.
- 3D printed details (roof hatch, roof drains etc. Other cast metal, cast resin and laser cut details from a wide variety of manufacturers. Preiser figures.

Here are some pictures of what I built:













Interaction enterprises 1950's Gas Station
Posted by Glen Haasdyk On 01/15/2018 At 10:43:23 PM
My second 2018 Challenge project will be Interaction enterprise's 1950's gas station.




I'll be continuing this project in the next post.
Fine Art Techniques - Pastels & Inks with Underpai
Posted by hon3_rr On 01/13/2018 At 7:27:56 PM
Fine Art Techniques - Pastels & Inks with Underpainting on Basswood

Where to start… To begin with I have been doing a lot of research and consideration/testing of ideas, materials and techniques found in the Fine Art World over the past 9 months or so. I have been contemplating how to apply some of the ideas and mediums to our hobby. These efforts have been in in lieu of actual modeling bench time due to physical discomfort from some medical issues.

I have not done much formal writing or posting to the forum as, quite frankly, the posting process is just too time consuming and distracting when I’m doing research and testing. I’ve been keeping notes for future reference for a larger ‘thread series’ which will be more comprehensive, better organized and hopefully have improved presentation. That series is what this work is for. Two forum members are aware of the proposed new series, like my ‘sandbox’ threads, and have provided strong positive feedback. This thread is a ‘soft jump-start’ to the developing new series.

I have felt that some of you may want to journey along with me as I go through the process for a specific technique with an individual medium(s) to get a understanding for how I go about the process of developing information to present to you, the modeler, outside of my normal modeling experience.

In this thread I’m going to try to express my thinking and testing methodologies. I’m not going to edit the entries in this thread into a series of steps, each building on the earlier entries as I normally do. Instead, this thread will be composed of my thoughts and self-discussions as I work through the process of trying to use underpainting in the application of inks and pastels to basswood . I’ll try to enhance the discussion with pictures as appropriate. A large goal here is not to allow the writing process to impinge on the research, testing and evaluation progression, but to allow you to ‘look over my shoulder’. As this will be a different style format than usual, please do not expect the thread entries to be as cohesive and sequenced as my normal writing style.

OK… here we go. Hope you enjoy.
SRMW- Martin's Machine Co. - Kitbash
Posted by Pennman On 01/07/2018 At 9:06:25 PM
This will be my challange project for 2018. I am going to build the South River Model Works kit, Martin Machine Co.,( from 1993 ), or at least make an attempt! This kit has everything needed to construct a fine diorama, thanks to South River Model Works - Bob Van Gelder, who rently retired from the structure making side of the business. (Good luck on your retirement Bob)




I am scratchbuilding half of the kit, so since my structure build doesn't fall within the bounds of the 2018 "Take One Down and Build One" challange thread, my build will follow here..after an introduction ....

This kit was built by at least a couple of people on the forum, Frank Bernard (Trevor Creek), and Scott Mason. I emailed Frank for a picture of his build, but didn't receive an answer from him. So, I have no clue if he ever finished his build. Although Scott Mason built two of these kits, he showed a few progress pictures, along with final photos, but not an S-B-S build.

Thanks, comments are welcome.

Rich
More New Stuff on the F&SM
Posted by halrey On 12/30/2017 At 6:17:33 PM
Well, most of the Expo team stopped by George's on Thursday, Jimmy had to wait on the sidewalk... not really.
George has been really enjoying the layout, he seams Very excited about having lots of time for scratch building.
Here are a few new additions and some modifications to current structures..

Oh, and a little fooling around as Doug points-out where George should have put a structure... all in fun.

Great day, followed with an Expo meeting.

Hal










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Can someone help me locate that RR chat room back in Oct=Nov 2000. It was free at the time but was in process of going to a paid subscription. the user name he used was
"mongoose" Guy was living in Columbus, Ohio and worked for the FRA and heard he either moved to MD or Crum Lynne, Pa
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I'm hoping someone here remembers a train/rr chat site back in Oct-2000, looking for a member using "mongoose" as a username. At that time, he was with the FRA and living in Columbus, Ohio. Heard he moved to either PA or Md but still with FRA.
The site was changing to a "paid subscription" and that's when I decided to end it.
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This is a great site. I enjoy it very much. You have a lot of great modelers here. I do Fn3 outdoors and On30 indoors. Thank you for letting me visit. I would like to be a member.
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