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    • August 17, 2019 4:20 PM EDT
    • Mr. Cliff, and all, thanks! As to painting the metal bits, I'm not very sophisticated. For just individual bolt castings, I just slather them with flat black. For the braces, I first drill and attach the bolt castings, then prime that whole thing (Rustoleum primer rattle can) and then also paint with flat black (for these I brushed, but sometimes I airbrush. I brush when I have few things and/or I'm lazy).

       

      After the metal bits are attached, I use weathered iron oxide paint, grime, and dust and dry brush until I'm happy.

       

      That's the paint palette that I've used on all my projects so far. Seems important to be consistent to me so the whole railroad has a sense of cohesiveness. I do the same thing for materials: all the same rock, the same wood mostly (redwood and a bit of cedar).

       

      We'll see how it ends up when all's said and done.

       

      [edited to fix a typo]

    • August 17, 2019 1:41 PM EDT
    • Really nice, Jim! I always enjoy the construction with metal detailing, and yours is looking beautiful!

      How are you painting your brass & white metal? 

    • August 17, 2019 1:58 AM EDT
    • As Bill stated, the metal details are beginning to bring the loader to life.  Following along with great interest as I plan to build one someday.  Thanks for sharing your process with us.

    • August 16, 2019 6:39 PM EDT
    • IT LIVES!!! looks great

    • August 16, 2019 6:02 PM EDT
    • Started to add some of the fiddly little metal details: braces, metal base where the crane turns, some bolt details.

       

    • August 10, 2019 4:41 PM EDT
    • You are an excellent presumer, Cliff. Ozark it is.

    • August 10, 2019 12:59 PM EDT
    • Looks great, Jim! Nice touch with the bolt castings, I presume from Ozark?

       

    • August 9, 2019 9:33 PM EDT
    • Nice invasion, Rooster, I like it...

    • August 9, 2019 8:27 PM EDT
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      Notice how Andy's house/plantation has a ton of property. I got thrown out of Andys years ago!

       

      Sorry for the thread invasion Jim but we are on page 4 and really enjoying your pics!

    • August 9, 2019 8:18 PM EDT
    • I don't even like steam

       But I LOVE history and historic pics....that link is loaded with knowledge

    • August 9, 2019 6:09 PM EDT
    • OK, now that we've all learned a whole bunch, here's what I have done recently on the model:

       

       

      I like the cut of this jib better. I've also made a tiny bit of progress on some of the metal bits that (inthe prototype) hold everything together). Many more to come:

       

       

      Cheers!

       

    • August 15, 2019 10:00 PM EDT
    • I can't believe that I'm actually saying this, but I agree with Rooster.  Replace the missing shingles, and call it done.

    • August 15, 2019 6:29 PM EDT
    • I'm with Rooster, fix it and let it go, best weathers are "gods", 15 years painted green over the blue plastic, I get a lot of ? of how did you weather it, answer is left it out in the sun for 15 years, my "girl at the top of the stairs redo of "Johnson hardware" to hotel, very nice station model!!new hotel front" Bill

    • August 13, 2019 8:01 PM EDT
    • what Rooster said.

       

      if it were mine, i would just replace the missing shingles, to give it an "old, but maintained" look.

    • August 13, 2019 7:15 PM EDT
    • I personally think the station looks fine? Maybe the crews need to lay some fresh ballast to make it POP?  Many spend countless hours trying to weather stuff which you allowed mother nature to do ?

      However this is only my opinion and I'm no expert on anything.

    • August 13, 2019 6:02 PM EDT
    • Eleven years ago, and it looked a lot better back then.

      This year, it seems to have deteriorated to the point of repair.

      I talked to Ken about this when he visited and he was a lot smarter than me! (Not THAT hard).  

      Anyway, I had planned to scrape the shingles off the roof and install new ones.  He suggested that perhaps I should get new acrylic and not bother trying to clean up the old roof.  The acrylic has been ordered and delivered, and the shingles just arrived, so perhaps it is time to fix this!  

      I'm trying to figure out what to do different.  Maybe I'll treat the shingles, or maybe I'll just let it go for another 11 years...

    • August 8, 2019 3:16 AM EDT
    • Bill, these things are found on Thingiverse.com, and can be printed for free if you have access to a 3D printer at your library or community college.  You could also have it printed by someone who owns a 3D printer.  It's almost become a cottage industry, printing things for other people.  Or try Hacker Labs -- many cities have them.  A guy came into our 3D lab in Sacramento's Arcade Library and printed some end of track devices and a large scale street lamp from items on Thingiverse.  Just don't give up, their search engine isn't very good.

       

       

    • August 7, 2019 9:59 PM EDT
    • And for those of us without access to a 3D printer, how much for a couple of those housings?