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    • February 22, 2019 11:18 PM EST
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      Ridge Run Forge Blacksmith Shop

      I am taking  break from car building and decided to start the first of the flats/facades for the display shelf diorama. My brother-in-law is a hobby blacksmith. His "company" is Ridge Run Forge. He built his shop to look like an old timey shop. I thought it had the perfect look for my 1890's mining town main street. Burke Idaho was the terminus of the Coeur d'Alene Railway and Navigation Co. AKA Canyon Creek Railway. Burke was built in a very narrow canyon and the tracks and main street were one and the same.

       

      This is the inspiration for the display shelf/diorama. So the shop will be one of the buildings lining the street. This is his shop I somehow screwed up and deleted the original pics sorry. I added a few of them back in a later post

       

       

      and here is the start of my rendition

       

       

      I will make the porch/walk stick out about 2" or 4 scale feet. The whole thing is going to sit on a raised platform unlike the photo and the walk will join all the buildings. Following Korm's suggestion I will make the building about an inch deep to give a little sense of depth and allow me set the picture of the interior back a ways for perspective.

       

      Any of you that are my Facebook friends don't mention this on there as it is a surprise.

       

       

      This post was edited by Devon Sinsley at April 18, 2019 10:00 PM EDT
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    • February 22, 2019 11:29 PM EST
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      Devon Sinsley said:

       

       

       

       

      Devon, I hate to rain on your parade, but I don't believe HP was around in 1890 

       

      The historical photo will make a cool diorama.

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    • February 22, 2019 11:40 PM EST
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      Dang it. And I was going to use that as a sign.

       

      Korm even made the suggestion to have the scene not be just a set of straight tracks in front of some straight buildings. He suggested as one option to make it on a curve. Well that would be a perfect idea and that picture is on a curve so its prototypical. Having the town on the outside of the curve will allow me to build the buildings on the end with a bit more depth also which I think well help with the overall feel. And on the inside of the curve allow me to put foreground detail, as he also suggested, so that the tracks are "in" the scene instead of "in front" of the scene.

       

      And in case anyone cares, the ruins of that stone building in the photo still exist today.

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    • February 23, 2019 12:25 AM EST
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      Devon, do I see two sets of tracks in that photo or are my eyes just seeing things?

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    • February 23, 2019 12:39 AM EST
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      Nope there is two. And at this point in history they are both standard gauge which means this photo was taken after 1890. One set is Northern Pacufic after they took over the narrow gauge. And the other is the Union Pacific. Eventually they were forced to share tracks through the canyon. 

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    • February 23, 2019 1:12 AM EST
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      Its kind of funny if you look at some of the roof lines on the buildings on the left, they look like real life building flats 

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    • February 23, 2019 8:29 AM EST
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      Dan Hilyer said:Devon, I hate to rain on your parade, but I don't believe HP was around in 1890 

       

      Ya' know I was curious about that so I had to look it up. It doesn't say that they could not have moved into a rented old blacksmith shop in the early 40's but I suppose it's possible.

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    • February 24, 2019 12:11 PM EST
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      Korm suggested near side details for the diorama. Canyon Creek had the nickname "****" creek. It lend itself well to nearside detailing.

       

      There must have been only one outhouse contractor in town.

      This post was edited by Devon Sinsley at February 24, 2019 12:12 PM EST
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    • February 24, 2019 12:35 PM EST
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      Devon, you must model the outhouses .  That would be cool. 

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    • February 24, 2019 1:13 PM EST
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      Devon Sinsley said:

      Korm suggested near side details for the diorama. Canyon Creek had the nickname "****" creek. It lend itself well to nearside detailing.

       

      There must have been only one outhouse contractor in town.

      Sear's catalog, the polished seat was a must!

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    • February 24, 2019 1:15 PM EST
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      Dan Hilyer said:

      Devon, you must model the outhouses .  That would be cool. 

      Yeah, and throw in some knucklehead with a fishing pole downstream

       

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    • February 24, 2019 1:35 PM EST
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      Oh I will model the outhouses. That's gonna be the inside of the curve. And a guy fishing for brown trout is perfect 

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    • February 24, 2019 6:07 PM EST
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      Comfort matters.

       

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    • February 24, 2019 6:57 PM EST
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      It still blows my mind that Sears is done! Who da thunk !

       

      The Amazon folks sure are gonna miss them or maybe not as they never knew they existed.

    • February 27, 2019 9:44 AM EST
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      Does anyone have a good technique for simulating scale knots in wood? And also any cool tips on making the black streaks that often bleed down from nails over time? On this one I figured just a very diluted black acrylic paint or maybe some burnt umber oil paint. But I don't want to reinvent the wheel.

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    • February 27, 2019 9:51 AM EST
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      You can file teeth into the ends of brass tubing, various diameter to rough in knots, chuck in drill.

      Indoors, india ink stains, outdoor; pin nails.

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    • February 27, 2019 11:29 AM EST
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      Devon:

       

      Not sure if this is what you want for the "black streaks that often bleed down from nails over time" but the below episode of What's Neat? has a segment on weathering stock cars that uses a technique with oil paints and dry brushes to create streaks that may work for you:

       

    • February 27, 2019 12:17 PM EST
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      Jim Rowson said:

      Devon:

       

      Not sure if this is what you want for the "black streaks that often bleed down from nails over time" but the below episode of What's Neat? has a segment on weathering stock cars that uses a technique with oil paints and dry brushes to create streaks that may work for you:

       

      Jim this was exactly the process I was thinking of using unless someone had a better idea. I have used this technique to making streaking rust in HO and it works great. And likely will be how I do it. I will play with india ink as well and stain. But I am thinking the oil paints will give me what I want.

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    • February 27, 2019 8:49 PM EST
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      Devon Sinsley said:

      Does anyone have a good technique for simulating scale knots in wood? And also any cool tips on making the black streaks that often bleed down from nails over time? On this one I figured just a very diluted black acrylic paint or maybe some burnt umber oil paint. But I don't want to reinvent the wheel.

      One guy drilled holes in the boards, then he inserted a tooth pick, and cut it off flush with the surface of the board.

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    • February 27, 2019 9:59 PM EST
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      That's an interesting idea David. That is certainly worth exploring. Thanks. 

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