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Carl B

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Posted - 08/10/2019 :  7:25:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Kevin, Mike, Frank, Fred, Greg and Mark!

Mike- No thinning at all on the joint compound. The backer is 1/8" balsa sheet.

Frank- True. I don't think an architect was involved in most of the old buildings.

Greg- Chimney sweeps are on the way....

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Crew Chief

Posted - 08/11/2019 :  6:39:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Not only do you need chimney sweeps, I think Mary Poppins and her umbrella would fit nicely!

Looking good, Carl.


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Michael Hohn

Posted - 08/11/2019 :  7:51:56 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Carl B

Mike- No thinning at all on the joint compound. The backer is 1/8" balsa sheet.

Thank you.

Edited by - Michael Hohn on 08/11/2019 7:52:36 PM

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Posted - 08/11/2019 :  10:55:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice work Carl.


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Carl B

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Posted - 08/12/2019 :  09:49:31 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jeff- Thank you. The Mary Poppins idea is wild.

Mike- You're most welcome.

Thanks Rich.

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Carl B

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Posted - 08/15/2019 :  07:28:02 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Chimneys were everywhere in the 19th century. Fireplaces for heat and cooking were the norm. Chimney "pots" are the extensions of the flues above the final brick rows, and are still in use today. I ordered UK type pots from a Shapeways designer in England. The "white natural versatile plastic" their made from seems rock hard.

Separated from the carrier in groups of 6, 8 or 10 pots, cutting these apart was NOT a breeze. I painted these up in terra cotta shades.....

For the very long Oxford Arms Hotel roof, I settled on 4 chimneys with the 10 "pots" each. I used the Shapeways pots casting to determine the dimensions of the stacks, then used 2 layers of black foam core as a former. With MMW wood brick sheets, started cladding around it, and used stripwood to build out the necessary decorative rows. My first chimney has a layer of balsa around all 4 sides, due to a clumsy miscalculation, and I had to make up the desired size...

Days later, finally ready to be painted.....

Painting finished, pots being glued to the top, and drying.....

For the other 3 buildings, I tried a different method, because my MMW stock is dwindling. This is styrene brick sheet leftover from some Faller kits. This time around a wood core. Made three different configurations...

Different pattern for the decorative rows. I cut those from scraps of MMW wood sheets..

Just about complete. For me, the plastic brick sheet was much harder to work with than the wood sheets.

Test location arrangement for chimneys on their respective roof tops.

Till next time....staying up high....

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Posted - 08/15/2019 :  07:52:07 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Excellent job on those chimney's Carl, what a scene this is!


Take the red pill

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Posted - 08/15/2019 :  07:53:08 AM  Show Profile  Visit Bernd's Homepage  Reply with Quote

Great pics on making chimney's. That roof line looks great.



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Posted - 08/15/2019 :  08:04:20 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
holy smokes!

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Posted - 08/15/2019 :  08:18:10 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Holy pollution !

Your detailing is unbelievable Carl. As usual beautiful work.


"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 - 08/15/2019 :  09:02:20 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Looking good !!

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Posted - 08/15/2019 :  10:05:55 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Carl, those look great!
I think they need a little black soot around the tops.

Greg Shinnie

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Posted - 08/15/2019 :  10:06:29 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Looking very good Carl, I can see the chimney sweeps dancing.



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Posted - 08/15/2019 :  10:28:21 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nicely done, Carl! Very nicely done indeed!

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George D

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Posted - 08/15/2019 :  10:59:04 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Those chimneys may have been a lot of work, but your results are worth the effort.


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