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quartergauger48
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Posted - 11/19/2017 :  3:11:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Carl, it's amazing what a true model craftsman will do to create realism. When little people should wander under the bridge, there is no fear of a cave in' The wall came out absolutely spectacular. Fit and finish is excellent'..A truly masterful job'..



Ted

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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 11/19/2017 :  3:22:13 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Carl,

Your wall and your street are each simply wunderbar. Together, they are fantastic.

Mike


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

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jschumaker
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Posted - 11/19/2017 :  4:05:43 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Excellent stone wall. The results show that the time put into it was well spent.

Jeff S.



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Orionvp17
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Posted - 11/19/2017 :  4:18:27 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by jschumaker

Excellent stone wall. The results show that the time put into it was well spent.

Jeff S.



What Jeff said!

Pete
in Michigan



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Carl B
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Posted - 11/19/2017 :  7:15:42 PM  Show Profile  Visit Carl B's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thank you so much for your compliments Bill, Frank, Greg, Jerry, Dave E., Dave D., Bob, Dave G., Ted, Michael, Jeff, and Pete.
Welcome Jeff S. and Pete- great to have you along!

It was a major challenge to stay focused and on target ! I wasn't sure it was going to work though...
I initially thought the individual stones should have been smaller- but at normal viewing distance- it just melds into one long wall!



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kebmo
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Posted - 11/19/2017 :  7:36:38 PM  Show Profile  Visit kebmo's Homepage  Reply with Quote
you're doing a helluva job...
jeez.


if you don't know where you're going any road will get you there.

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Carl B
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Posted - 11/19/2017 :  9:59:47 PM  Show Profile  Visit Carl B's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thank you Kevin!


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wesleybeks
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Posted - 11/20/2017 :  05:14:12 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Love the update Carl

The stonework is beautiful.



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time2play
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Posted - 11/20/2017 :  2:20:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

I don't know how I missed this thread until now. Superb modelling Carl. Thanks for sharing...

Bob



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Carl B
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Posted - 11/20/2017 :  7:29:22 PM  Show Profile  Visit Carl B's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thank you Wes!

Bob- Appreciate that- great to hear from you!



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LynnB
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Posted - 11/21/2017 :  09:31:50 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Congradulations on your retirement, I bet your busier now than ever. Thanks for taking the time to document your Christmas diorama, lots and lots of neat ideas you have done. I'll be peaking in once in a while.


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JeffB
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Posted - 11/21/2017 :  09:58:33 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Excellent modelling, Carl!

Jeff



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Carl B
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Posted - 11/21/2017 :  4:25:09 PM  Show Profile  Visit Carl B's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thank you Lynn. Indeed retirement is enjoyable and your right on- "other things" have occupied me more than expected! I didn't expect many would follow a non- railroad project, but it looks like I was thankfully, wrong.

Thanks Jeff.



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Carl B
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Posted - 11/22/2017 :  07:09:38 AM  Show Profile  Visit Carl B's Homepage  Reply with Quote
After studying the "work-in-progress" pix I transferred to her I pad, the Mrs. decided the gray street was not acceptable, and should be a brownish color, to better blend with the background structures. OK... I whole-heartedly agree, so I dry brushed over the gray with the same tones as in the stone wall.



Moving on to details...I received an order of warm white LED street lights and they look good, but needed painting. I used a wrought iron color, then a green dry brushing. The tube is metal & the base is plastic, which is loose, so you can adjust them as much as 2 3/4" high or shorter. Also, the first coat of paint on some Faller park benches, which are again pre-colored, but for a rainbow?



I'll be feeding power to the street lights with these resistors soldered to the 14 g. power busses I ran around the perimeter. One directly to the black (negative) buss, and one to the other side of the resistor on the white (positive) buss. I'm up to 42 lights so far on this project...



Finished the finicky little Faller benches, and received an order of Preiser little people dressed in vintage winter attire and relaxing..Just dropped in here for the photo-op....
Fake brick paper in back to cover a mess...



A feature that the Mrs. wanted early on, was a few outdoor markets to be included. She chose the Faller 180614 flower and cheese stands. Not having a clue what's inside, I was shocked when I opened it..



There are hundreds of parts to mimic round and square clay pots, a bag of foam flowers, cheese wheels & breads etc . I grabbed many paints and began attacking this mini-beast.. Un-recognizable pieces were also included and identifying them is difficult. Only numbers & arrows are in the instructions. Some of these I never figured out, and there are multiples of nearly everything..



The "wood" stand frames are extremely thin and fragile styrene. I finished the "cheese" and "flower" stand frames. Two stands looked odd, so I copied the dimensions of the frame exactly and made a third stand entirely out of 4X4 stripwood. (Finally some wood Kebmo!) The are plenty of extras to populate the third stand. The base is a wood block former, with vertical siding wrapped around it.



Finished all three, with an LED mounted just underneath the top crease of each canvas. Wires are run down and glued to a back corner vertical support. A hole will be drilled in the street to attach to the power busses underneath. And now I'm up to 45 lights...



More pre-painted Preiser people have arrived, and I will only repaint duplicates. I had some un-painted ones that are part of a "tradespeople" set, that will be used for the market stand vendors, with proper white aprons. I used 3M self stick squares and craft sticks to hold them. These 8 took me about 4 hours to finish.



Till next time....Happy Thanksgiving! Time is getting short...much more to do......





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joakleaf
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Posted - 11/22/2017 :  07:52:01 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What a great update, it keeps getting better.



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