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 on: August 12, 2020, 03:12:55 PM 
Started by 1-32 - Last post by 1-32
Thanks, Helmut. One thing that I want to change is the top pulley I have found one that is a lot more chunkey we will see.
Ray, I can't watch one of those old mines videos all the way through some of these guys just take too many risks. I am surprised that so many are still open most likely broken into to find all the old stuff left behind.
cheers, Kim.

 on: August 12, 2020, 05:19:20 AM 
Started by Ray Dunakin - Last post by Bill Gill
That building held up really well, surprisingly well considering the harsh environment. Good work repointing the stones and the spiffy new gallery is a
nice addition to the town.

 on: August 12, 2020, 01:27:38 AM 
Started by Ray Dunakin - Last post by finescalerr
I keep reminding myself your models have to live outdoors 24/7 when the vast majority of indoor models can't even compare. One thing worries me: The Dunakin Gallery sign. It seems a bit fragile. Heat, cold, water, and UV rays may damage it more quickly than you expect. Despite my concern for the lettering's durability, everything looks first rate. -- Russ

 on: August 11, 2020, 11:21:45 PM 
Started by Ray Dunakin - Last post by Ray Dunakin
After seven years of constant exposure to the elements, the building's exterior was in remarkably good shape. However it did need a little bit of refurbishing.

The stones on the front of the building were resin castings. These castings shrank slightly, leaving unsightly gaps, and a few had come loose:

I filled the gaps, using a gritty, acrylic putty made for artists, called "ceramic stucco". The excess paste cleans off with water. I thought that the gritty texture would be a nice effect but it ended up leaving tiny traces of grit on the stones too. It's not bad enough to bother redoing it, but if I were to do this again on another building I'd use plain acrylic paste.

After filling the gaps I repainted the entire front of the structure, and weathered it with grime and "bird poop" on the ledges.

The east side of the building was textured and painted to look like random stone construction, very similar in appearance to the real stone retaining wall on the cliff behind the building. This area still looked good, with only slight fading. I touched up the paint on a few stones here and there just to make it "pop" a little.

However, the two signs on this side of the building were badly faded and becoming nearly unreadable. I went over them with some fresh painted, applied by hand with a brush. I made the colors more vivid so they wouldn't fade so quickly.

Unsurprisingly, the top of the building had the most wear due to pounding rain and hail. In some places the paint was nearly worn off. I sanded them to give the surface "tooth" and repainted them.

Next I went to work making a sign for gallery. This would fit in the arch above the storefront. I used Slater PlastiKard letters and glued them to 0.040" styrene rods. I placed a thin strip of brass between the rods to keep them properly spaced while gluing the letters with solvent. Once the letters were secured I removed the brass.

The entire sign was sprayed with flat black paint. Then I used a fine brush to apply gold paint to the front of the letters. The styrene rods were trimmed to fit the arch, and the sign was glued into place:

Smaller signs for the windows were printed on self-adhesive vinyl. These were mounted on a brass strip and glued in place on the inside of the storefront. Then the storefront was glued into the building.

That's all for now. The next step is creating interior details for the second floor, which will be the jewelry-making workshop.


 on: August 11, 2020, 10:50:58 PM 
Started by Design-HSB - Last post by Ray Dunakin
Excellent work!

 on: August 11, 2020, 10:45:24 PM 
Started by 1-32 - Last post by Ray Dunakin
Ray, there was this guy on U Tube that reminded me for when you went exploring old mine workings in the near-desert to you. Can't remember his name but he went down into the mines either brave or stupid but it was interesting to see what was left on the surface.

Yeah, there are several YouTubers who do videos like that. Most of them worry me -- they might know what they're doing but they seem to take a lot of risks, and possibly encourage less knowledgeable people to enter old mines. Plus the government is always looking for an excuse to close off old mines, and I suspect those videos may be attracting government attention. Then there are the kooks who play up the "haunted mine" BS to get clicks.

 on: August 11, 2020, 10:34:32 PM 
Started by Scratchman - Last post by Ray Dunakin
When filling a bucket, it can get very heavy for a wee child or woman to hang onto, so you just drop the bucket handle over that little horn and when the bucket is full, turn of the tap and pick up the full bucket. It saves splashing any water around and wasting any, it's a rather simple idea that works extremely well. :-)

Ah, I see! Thanks.

 on: August 11, 2020, 07:46:08 AM 
Started by Scratchman - Last post by Bill Gill
Greenie another interesting cart, well done.

Ray, Just guessing...might the horn be to hang a bucket while it's being filled?

 on: August 11, 2020, 01:13:59 AM 
Started by Scratchman - Last post by Design-HSB
sometimes the desire is the father of thought. Thank you for the story.

 on: August 11, 2020, 12:15:29 AM 
Started by Scratchman - Last post by greenie
For those that have never heard of the word Furphy, here's a tad of reading --------------------------------


Now that little story even contains one or two whopping big 'Furphy's'.

  "Many Furphy water carts were used to take water to Australian Army personnel during World War I in Australia, Europe and the Middle East.[1] "

Whoever wrote that sentence above, did not even bother to find out if that sentence above is TRUE, or just a Furphy ( commonly referred to as B/S  )

Not ONE original Furphy Water Cart, ever went overseas with the Australian troops in World War 1.
They were used in the Army staging camps in Melbourne and Sydney whilst the troops were waiting to be sent overseas, so when a bunch of very bored soldiers were gathered around the Water Carts, many B/S stories eventuated.

Spread by the soldiers who supposedly "were in the know".

  "  In his book Memories of a Signaller, Harold Hinckfuss "

Appears he's even telling Furphy's, eh, remember that not ONE Furphy Water Cart ever left Australia's shores, for the European or Egyptian theaters of war.

The water carts that went overseas were made by two other companies, they used a similar sized water tank as a Furphy, but they were NOT Furphy Water Carts.
Furphy of Shepperton, Victoria were only a small company and were not geared up enough at the outbreak of the First World War and were UNABLE to fill the required order in time, that is why the order for Water Carts went to the other two companies.

So that is how the word 'Furphy' became an everyday word for Australians, it's a polite way of saying ---- "your telling Bull$hit".

By using the words --- ' that's got to be a Furphy', ---- it saved your teeth from getting a sever battering from some D/H, who has taken offense with you, if you used the words B/S directly to his face.

Just another weird bit of trivia, that some will see the humour and others wont.  :-)

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