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    • February 11, 2020 9:47 PM EST
    • One of your best works of art, Dennis.  I love the use of various materials and the signage.

    • February 11, 2020 9:43 PM EST
    • Dennis between you and Doc Tom, you guys are my weathering inspiration. You just have such a great eye for it. I have the techniques, I have the ability, but you just have a God given talent for seeing it through. 

    • February 11, 2020 9:30 PM EST
    • Thanks Jim

    • February 11, 2020 9:23 PM EST
    • Fabulous work as usual. I love how you manage to make a lot of individual variation while mostly mass producing your siding, shingles, fence slats, etc. Inspirational as always... Now I have a bunch of techniques to try out...

    • February 11, 2020 9:16 PM EST
    • I still have many things yet to do to complete the model, I like to mount my structures on a 16 gage metal base, so I can add details and people figures, and small

      trees and shrubery and misc things that add to the scene. 

      I have a few things to add to the inside,

      I need to add under roof supports under the roof edge opposite of the lean too, and then add bottles in the lean too.

      Mounted to a base makes it easier to move and then the details can all be added on a bench allowing it easier to access, making better

      details easier to do. 

    • February 11, 2020 9:03 PM EST
    • [url=https://flic.kr/p/2irQwQ8][img]https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49519139087_8babae5107_c.jpg[/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2irQwQ8]IMG_4973[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/56388842@N06/]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

      [url=https://flic.kr/p/2irQwK3][img]https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49519138792_40c90f1132_c.jpg[/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2irQwK3]IMG_4971[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/56388842@N06/]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

       

       

    • February 11, 2020 8:57 PM EST
    • [url=https://flic.kr/p/2irJGTc][img]https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49518002233_d37816c799_c.jpg[/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2irJGTc]IMG_4945[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/56388842@N06/]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

      [url=https://flic.kr/p/2irJH3A][img]https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49518002778_cc5a9a49e9_c.jpg[/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2irJH3A]IMG_4949[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/56388842@N06/]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

      [url=https://flic.kr/p/2irNvpB][img]https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49518744077_c3c4b73f6c_c.jpg[/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2irNvpB]IMG_4951[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/56388842@N06/]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

      [url=https://flic.kr/p/2irNvSa][img]https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49518745617_c1dd385487_c.jpg[/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2irNvSa]IMG_4959[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/56388842@N06/]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

      [url=https://flic.kr/p/2irMpzb][img]https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49518529336_e6b813b4e7_c.jpg[/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2irMpzb]IMG_4965[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/56388842@N06/]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

      [url=https://flic.kr/p/2irPnJD][img]https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49518913381_d9e2ae7554_c.jpg[/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2irPnJD]IMG_E4928[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/56388842@N06/]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

      [url=https://flic.kr/p/2irPpDR][img]https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49518919831_d64397339a_c.jpg[/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2irPpDR]IMG_4969[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/56388842@N06/]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

      [url=https://flic.kr/p/2irLJxL][img]https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49518398058_53fd49eb90_c.jpg[/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2irLJxL]IMG_4968[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/56388842@N06/]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

    • February 11, 2020 8:40 PM EST
    • [url=https://flic.kr/p/2irNvzM][img]https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49518744667_f94dc41c13_c.jpg[/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2irNvzM]IMG_4955[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/56388842@N06/]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

      [url=https://flic.kr/p/2irJHkp][img]https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49518003753_da405bedcf_c.jpg[/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2irJHkp]IMG_4956[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/56388842@N06/]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

      [url=https://flic.kr/p/2irJHkp][img]https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49518003753_da405bedcf_c.jpg[/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2irJHkp]IMG_4956[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/56388842@N06/]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

    • February 11, 2020 8:36 PM EST
    • Finished Model Pictures

      SIGNS

      [url=https://flic.kr/p/2irPqa5][img]https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49518921526_4b7e3f0922_c.jpg[/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2irPqa5]IMG_E4930[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/56388842@N06/]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

      The signs are made from 2 layered acrylic lasered and cut on a laser. 

      I used a dremel with a wire brush and fine sand paper , to slightly remove the top coating. 

    • February 11, 2020 8:18 PM EST
    • Can see here the finished Chimney with a 3D printed chimney top

       

       

    • February 11, 2020 8:17 PM EST
    • [url=https://flic.kr/p/2irMoQL][img]https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49518526876_c6b5a4ab19_c.jpg[/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2irMoQL]IMG_4953[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/56388842@N06/]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

      This is is Birds eye view of the roof, I treated the steel with a coating of Muratic acid and then spraying hrdrogen peroxide, that will activate rust affects immediately.

      Then over night it is at the limit of rust i want, then I remove rust in places as seen in the picture, with the drill and wire brush, then spray with a clear coat to slow down

      more growth of rust.

      [url=https://flic.kr/p/2irMoQL][img]https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49518526876_c6b5a4ab19_c.jpg[/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2irMoQL]IMG_4953[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/56388842@N06/]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

    • February 11, 2020 8:03 PM EST
    • Now the first layer of the steel shim stock rolled through the home made crimper, I use steel so I get REAL rust.

      This is my shear to shear the strips. can also be cut by a good pair of sizzors or tin snips could be used. 

      [url=https://flic.kr/p/2irRKXP][img]https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49519378377_1e85519ff8_c.jpg[/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2irRKXP]IMG_4905[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/56388842@N06/]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

      Then the Crimper

       [url=https://flic.kr/p/2irMYtj][img]https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49518640008_b9f65efa0c_c.jpg[/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2irMYtj]IMG_4906[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/56388842@N06/]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

    • February 11, 2020 7:57 PM EST
    • Start Laying Shingles

      I layout lines 1" apart for reference lines for me to follow how straight I am laying them. 

      [url=https://flic.kr/p/2irMY7x][img]https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49518638803_a7340dbddf_c.jpg[/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2irMY7x]IMG_4889[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/56388842@N06/]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

      The rectangle hole for the chimney

      This side shingles all laid down

      [url=https://flic.kr/p/2irRL8J][img]https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49519378952_826c4d9083_c.jpg[/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2irRL8J]IMG_4909[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/56388842@N06/]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

    • February 11, 2020 7:52 PM EST
    • [url=https://flic.kr/p/2isdrjt][img]https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49523413011_09645055d1_c.jpg[/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2isdrjt]IMG_4976[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/56388842@N06/]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

      This is a couple packets of of cut shingles to be, 

      [url=https://flic.kr/p/2isey5w][img]https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49523630862_7fbc65a001_c.jpg[/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2isey5w]IMG_4977[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/56388842@N06/]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

      I used a cutter because I have one, I also just split many with my fingers and thumbs. With the cutters i do 4-7 layers

      at a time.

    • February 11, 2020 7:36 PM EST
    • [url=https://flic.kr/p/2irQDgU][img]https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49519160766_97a8aa1743_c.jpg[/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2irQDgU]IMG_4887[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/56388842@N06/]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

    • February 11, 2020 7:35 PM EST
    • Making Redwood Shingles

      I am making shingles this time with the table saw. I have done them in different ways, I actually made a shingle splitter, that works

      very well, but I like this way the best. I purchased a thin kerf blade to save a little lumber. It cuts very nice, and smoothly. I will cut 3 different thickness, about .050-.060-.070, these will give a very authentic look .  Then I take a wire brush on a cordless drill and wire brush the wood as pictured. Quick and easy.

      [url=https://flic.kr/p/2irRLf2][img]https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49519379317_64b523daa9_c.jpg[/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2irRLf2]IMG_4882[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/56388842@N06/]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

      Then I stack the three different thickness in no order, using masking tape and wrap it in a spiral as pictured. Then I set the fenceon the bandsaw  to 1" and crosscut the complete stick. So I end up with many pieces taped together measuring 1" long and 1-1/2" wide. 

      These were cut from a 2'x6' redwood board.

      [url=https://flic.kr/p/2irMYdK][img]https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49518639163_a6b5c28413_c.jpg[/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2irMYdK]IMG_4886[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/56388842@N06/]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

       

       

    • February 11, 2020 9:39 PM EST
    • I bet Dave will get over it if you have a railroad thatcus larger than a pizza box to show for it. 

    • February 11, 2020 7:25 PM EST
    • Thanks Devon, I honestly thought I could juggle the two, but once the challenge started and I got a good look at that station I knew it would take alot longer to sort out, so I gave myself that deadline to push myself to finish the raised bed instead. In the end I'm glad I did so, because it's so much better out there now. I don't think Dave is too happy but I'll make it up to him next year 

    • February 11, 2020 9:30 PM EST
    • First, the glamour shots:

       

      Building is constructed of a pink foam core, overlay is individual cedar strips to make up the siding, trim and structure.  The temporary tar paper roof is made of masking tape.   The doors were scratch built and the windows were cut down and bashed to make double hung units.  The Goodrich tire sign is paper, thinned down and glued on, then sanded to weather it thru.   All other signs are printed on vinyl and covered with a UV film.  They are mounted to .040 styrene for rigidity.   Lighting is installed and working, just not finished with the wiring.   I had the two Gilmore pumps, purchased the other two after the challenge began; other than that I had everything on hand.   Weathering is light to give it a look of a well maintained station.

       

      Now that the challenge is over, a proper base for outdoor use will be made, and pump islands for each side will be fashioned.   A plethora of details will be added, which would have broke the $30 bank.  The roof will also be changed over to corrugated metal and additional weathering to the structure will be done.   I will also modify the size of the chimney to look more appropriate to the building.

       

    • February 11, 2020 5:30 PM EST
    • Nice tribute, Neal.