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Author Topic: Some recent work on the In-ko-pah RR  (Read 32411 times)
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« Reply #165 on: August 07, 2020, 01:39:52 AM »

Ray, that is some of your best work and the street scene at the top is first rate. Most satisfactory. -- Russ
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« Reply #166 on: August 07, 2020, 06:18:41 AM »

Ray, That's wonderful! Wonderful tribute, wonderful work, wonderful model!
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« Reply #167 on: August 07, 2020, 03:06:44 PM »

Amazing stuff this and a excellent tribute - with atmosphere and the night shots of the mine just make it
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« Reply #168 on: August 08, 2020, 04:14:45 AM »

That shop interior is really something. It's absolutely amazing how well the printed jewelry works. Stunning!

A wonderful small place to perpetuate your brother's memory.
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I'll make it. If I have to fly the five feet like a birdie.

I'll fly it. I'll make it.
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« Reply #169 on: August 08, 2020, 05:07:39 PM »

When are you going to open the jail?  That would give Russ a place to send those of us he is upset with. 
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« Reply #170 on: August 09, 2020, 01:40:53 AM »

We don't need no stinkin' jail, Lawton. Just stand in the corner! -- ssuR
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« Reply #171 on: August 09, 2020, 07:36:15 AM »

Ray your usual wonderful work.  And the outstanding detail you do.

Jerry
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« Reply #172 on: August 11, 2020, 11:21:45 PM »

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.


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« Reply #173 on: August 12, 2020, 01:27:38 AM »

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
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« Reply #174 on: August 12, 2020, 05:19:20 AM »

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.
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« Reply #175 on: August 17, 2020, 07:50:51 AM »

I admire your attention to detail. This shop is a really nice tribute to your brother.

Bernhard
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