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Engine Wiper

Posted - 05/17/2019 :  4:19:15 PM  Show Profile  Visit craftsmankitcollector's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Lovely! Great modeling.

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Posted - 05/17/2019 :  4:21:07 PM  Show Profile  Send mark_dalrymple an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Fabulous, Greg! A masterpiece!

Cheers, Mark.

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Michael Hohn

Posted - 05/17/2019 :  6:02:39 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote

Excellent construction, finishes and photos.

I think youíve created a new avatar for Rich.


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Engine Wiper

Posted - 05/17/2019 :  7:15:17 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Outstanding as usual!
Nicely done.


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Premium Member

Posted - 05/17/2019 :  11:13:28 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Ensign

Thanks very much! Russ, Pete, Rich, Jerry & Dave, for your very kind words about my work on this barn.

Rich, I took this next photo with you in mind.


Thanks Greg, that's an awesome detail! Ah the fond memories of my youth... Are you leaving it there? You did this on my suggestion? How nice!

Mike - No worries whatsoever here...


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Crew Chief

Posted - 05/18/2019 :  3:18:28 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Summertime...and the livin' is easy.

Looking good, Greg! I'm taking notes for my build.


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Posted - 05/20/2019 :  11:13:54 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the great comments guys!
Just got back from our cottage up north.

Rich, I'm glad that you enjoyed that photo, that was inspired by your childhood memories of your fun on your parents farm.
I think that figure will end up eventually swinging on a tire under a tree somewhere on the farm.


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Posted - 05/21/2019 :  2:00:10 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
i'm glad you're back from the cottage. now onto the house!

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Posted - 05/21/2019 :  2:14:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Two houses to take care no wonder you can't get anything done!!


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

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Posted - 05/21/2019 :  5:48:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Kevin, I started working on the farmhouse today!
I'll have something to show you soon.

Jerry, with this farmhouse, make that 3 houses that I'm now working on!
The fun never ends around here!


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Posted - 05/22/2019 :  9:56:42 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi everyone, the hydrocal farmhouse is the next building I'll be working on here.
The masters & the molds for this farmhouse were created by Ed Fulasz, specifically for this kit.
This farmhouse without the front porch or summer kitchen added, footprint measures out to 5 3/8" x 3 1/2" inches.
These hydrocal castings are made to look like the house is covered with large pieces of "flagstone"

Here are the 4 wall castings that will make up the main structure.

The instructions tell us to begin by identifying and marking each wall with a letter.
Also by adding pencil marks to the outside edges of each wall 1/8" in from the edge.
I used a piece of 1/8" wood bracing to assist me with this task.

The instructions also suggest another pencil mark on the outside edge of each casting.
So that they will end up looking like mine shown below.

These pencil marks along the edges will be used as a guide for sanding the backs of these wall castings smooth.
The instructions suggest using a small block of wood wrapped in sandpaper.
I just used my flat glass surface on my workbench to lay a piece of sandpaper on, and sanded my casting edges that way.
You want to sand the edges smooth until your pencil marks just disappear.

I wanted to light the interior of my farmhouse so I also carefully cut out some of the window openings.
The ones that I didn't cut out will appear not to have any lights on in those rooms.

I was now ready to begin gluing the walls together, using 5 minute epoxy.
You want to keep the epoxy towards the back of these joints.
You do not want epoxy squirting out from the joint on the front side that will be seen.
So use just enough to give you a good joint, not a messy one.
The instructions tell us to start with walls " and "A" and "B" front and sidewall.
Then "C" and "D" walls making certain that they are square and that they are straight upright, I used my squares to assist me with this.

When the 5 minute epoxy had set up I then glued the 2 halves together.
Making certain that they were square to each other and also straight.

Now that we have the 4 walls together, it's time to hide the corner joints a little bit better.
We do this using some drywall compound.
Just a little applied to cover up each separation line that you can still see on the corners.

Once the drywall compound has dried you carefully sand the joint smooth (I used 150 grit sandpaper)
The corner on the left in the photo below shows the sanded smooth corner, and the one on the right side shows the un-sanded corner joint.

After sanding all the corners as smooth & flat as I could, I used a pencil to draw back the mortar joints that were now missing.
Using both the front and sidewall mortar joints as a guide to help me draw them back so that they connected with the others.

I then used a push pin to carve my mortar lines back into the hydrocal walls.
Gently scoring the lines deeper and wider as I traced over my pencil marks.

This is how my 4 corners came out looking after I finished.

That's it for now, next time I'll show you how I go about colouring these farmhouse walls.


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Posted - 05/23/2019 :  07:18:55 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
More flawless work Greg.

Your posts and descriptions of the techniques are better than any manual. Love it.

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Michael Hohn

Posted - 05/23/2019 :  07:38:16 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Kits look so much better when the corners get this kind of attention. Great job!

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Bill Gill

Posted - 05/23/2019 :  08:02:09 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Greg, you did a really good job assembling the walls even though you obviously cut some corners doing it. :)
One observation: The seams between the stones are all the same width.That gives the walls a "jigsaw puzzle" appearance with nice, tight, even seams. Kind of unusual for a rough stone building.
If you Google images of stone houses you'll see that the mortar joints aren't that regular. Maybe you could slightly tweak the widths of some seams with your push pin, especially (but not exclusively) at the corners of some stones so they don't all align so nicely. Small tweaks will add a lot to the overall appearance when a whole wall is viewed.

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Posted - 05/23/2019 :  08:21:35 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Greg, Your usual outstanding job and description.



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