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ed k

Posted - 10/21/2017 :  9:37:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
DynOmite! Guess that old TV show.

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Posted - 10/21/2017 :  10:13:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi everyone, well you are probably wondering what's happening with this build.
It's been so nice here outside, that I've been doing some exterior painting on my house.
One of the joys of owning a older home, never ending exterior maintenance.
Anyways I have managed to get a few things done on Dunn's.
I was able to use the other stone wall casting the uncut one, to change the way my roof sloped.
So now it slopes towards the back wall.

I also was able to finally build a base for this scene.
Using a 1/2 inch piece of plywood measuring 14 1/4" x 13" inches.
I also needed to raise this base off the ground a little for the lighting circuit board.(Which I will eventually screw to the bottom of the plywood.)
I ripped a piece of scrap pine into 1 1/4" inch wide strips, which I glued & nailed to my 1/2" plywood, keeping it back a 1/2" inch all around the outer edge.

I also glued down my Styrofoam hill shapes to the plywood.

And now I can finally show you my solution to Bill's concern about my dynamite shed's location, and how it's door/opening presented certain dangers to the poor folks that visit or work here.
So after trying many different dynamite shed positions, I finally settled on this.
These are square stock 14" x 14" pieces weathered and painted like the trestle bents were.
With some 1/8" inch wooden dowel used as additional upright supports.

The back side.

This will be used as sand & stone storage bins, but more importantly used as a barrier wall to the dangerous dynamite shed.

I would now wager, that I have the most improved safety wise, dynamite shed that Mr. Dunn has ever seen!
And some extra material storage bins to count on too!

Here is how my final structure layout is now looking.
Looks like Mr. Dunn has gotten some pumpkins!

One other thing, from that bit of retaining wall that I cut off, I was able to piece that together to make this little return wall for this spot.

That's all for now.


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Posted - 10/21/2017 :  11:23:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Now that is good thinking'.. Greg, "SAFETY FIRST"
Especially around dynamite'..


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Posted - 10/21/2017 :  11:52:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great idea Greg. Looking good.


"And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." A. Lincoln

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Posted - 10/22/2017 :  07:50:56 AM  Show Profile  Visit sgtbob's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Wow!! Looks really good. I wish I could be so neat when I work.



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Bill Gill

Posted - 10/22/2017 :  10:10:57 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Greg, As always, another great solution!

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Frank Palmer

Posted - 10/22/2017 :  10:29:26 AM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage  Reply with Quote

Oh no all those punkins that Mr., Dunn has accumulated are going for naught.

Greg, the base is also “blast proof”, half-inch plywood OMG.

Edited by - Frank Palmer on 10/22/2017 10:29:52 AM

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Carl B

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Posted - 10/22/2017 :  10:40:56 AM  Show Profile  Visit Carl B's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Have fun on the circuit board mounting on the bottom Greg..

I used a similar method for my Thomas Point Lighthouse build, and it is a challenge...

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Michael Hohn

Posted - 10/22/2017 :  11:40:46 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote

That's a great solution, giving you opportunity for the interesting details. I have a mental image of some poor guy plastered on that wall.


Nobody living can ever stop me, as I go walking that freedom highway -- Woody Guthrie

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Posted - 10/22/2017 :  12:19:42 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey guys, thanks very much for your posts, and for your interest!

Bob, I'm not really that neat, I tend to clean up a bit before I shoot each photo.

Bill, I'm so glad that I passed the safety inspector's concerns.
Thanks for pointing that out, I think I ended up with a more interesting scene because of it.

Frank, blast proof is good! especially when I'm around.

Carl, when there is a will, there is a way.

Mike, between you and me, there is no dynamite in my shed, nor will there ever be.
The only way you are going to see a guy plastered on that wall, is if he has had to much to drink, and collapsed there.

Thanks again everyone!


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Posted - 10/22/2017 :  12:49:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great idea for the dynamite protection. It would be neat to put a man in front of the shed door stocking dynamite cases off a pickup truck bed.
Nice work!

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Posted - 10/22/2017 :  1:44:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Greg, great use of materials, and modifying your bunker structure. That sand & stone storage bin, used as a barrier wall for the dynamite shed is a plus!

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Posted - 10/23/2017 :  1:10:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Dave & Louis! For your interest, and for your thoughts.

Dave, I like your idea about the worker moving dynamite into the shed.
I will see what I can do, a little further down the road.

Hi everyone, Just a quick one photo update today.
I've decided that my version of I.M.Dunn will have a concrete surface inside the working yard.
I use drywall mud spread out thinly on the 1/2 inch plywood. I have just applied a second thin coating over my initial application of the mud.
Once this is dry I will mark my expansion lines with a pencil drawn right onto the dried mud, and score over those lines using a sharp point.
I will then paint and weather the drywall mud to look like old concrete.


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Posted - 10/24/2017 :  12:57:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi everyone, well today I continue with the work of turning drywall mud into something that looks like concrete.
I start by drawing my pencil lines onto the dried drywall mud.
I originally drew 12'x 12' squares on my drywall mud, but thought this many squares looked to busy.
That's the nice thing about drawing your lines in pencil first, it allows you to see what it is going to look like before scoring your lines.
So I carefully sanded my pencil lines off, and drew my larger 24'x 24' squares back on again.
You will also notice that I covered over my Styrofoam pieces with plaster cloth as well.

I then used a push tack with a metal ruler to score my expansion joint lines into the dried drywall mud.

After I scored all of my expansion joints, I then used the push tack to score in some crack lines into the surface.
I use a vacuum to clean up any dust that is created during this process.

I then pour some A&I over the entire surface of my base.
I do this over our laundry sink so if some of it runs off the base it doesn't make a mess everywhere.

This will bring out all of the expansion joint lines and your cracks.
It also revealed some cracks in my plywood that I had not seen before I washed it all with A&I.
No big deal most of them will get covered up with the structures and other details.
I tried to keep my drywall mud coats fairly thin, that's why I ended up with those other cracks showing through.
You can repeat the A&I washes, with each wash you do your concrete will get a little darker.
I used 2 washes to achieve my concrete colour.
I was now finally ready to glue down my retaining walls to my base.

And that's how I do concrete surfaces using drywall mud.

That's it for now, thanks for having a look!


Edited by - Ensign on 10/24/2017 1:15:15 PM

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Posted - 10/24/2017 :  1:32:01 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Looking terrific Greg. My wife bought me this kit for this coming Christmas. I was at home when it arrived so I'll have to act really surprised when it's opened on Christmas day.
I really enjoying your build. Your comments, as well as the others on the forum, will help when I build this next year...


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