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« on: July 20, 2009, 09:55:32 AM »

I finished the window for my ˝” scale garage. I used the same construction methods as I did for the one in my barn diorama. I made the frames from O scale 1 X thick basswood and I filled them with panes of microscope cover glass secured with Squadron white putty. The upper pane was deliberately cracked, but the lower one cracked in handling. One pane has unpainted putty simulating a more “recent” repair, perhaps the reason for the security bars. The shade is spray painted tracing paper and the security bars are .02 x .06 styrene strips with Grandt Line rivet heads. After cutting and adding the rivets, the bars were first sprayed with Pactra flat black and allowed to dry overnight. Then I painted them with several water-thinned coats of Polly Scale green. After about 10 minutes dry time, I took a short stiff brush, dipped it in water and carefully brushed the piece until the paint softened and began to chip, exposing the flat black. Then I used gouache and weathering powders to add the fading, streaking, rust colors and bleed thru. The backs of the windows were dusted with fine powdery dirt. A few sawdust chip leaves were added to the sill as a final touch. The Champion decal is from Microscale decals, and the closed sign was printed from a picture found on Flickr.










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« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2009, 10:23:37 AM »

 Chuck, very nice work.

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« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2009, 10:28:00 AM »

Hello Chuck,

with you, the only "problem", that become impossible to recognize reality with the model, or the model with reality!
You work with a microscope?
Wonderfull work and great quality of photograph
Sincerely!
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« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2009, 10:46:50 AM »

Chuck

As one would expect a very nice job indeed, great photo's.  And a very good tutorial.

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« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2009, 12:21:18 PM »

Holy moly!! I think you just "raised the bar" again!  Amazing work!

Are those the street numbers by the upper right corner of the door? Where did you get those?

What did you use for the screen?

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« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2009, 02:04:58 PM »

Chuck, I am exasperated by your abuse of this forum. You continally try to pass off actual derelict structures as models. If you continue with this charade I may be forced to take punitive action.

On the other hand, your photos do provide inspiration to all of us so some lenience is possible. Besides, the fictitious techniques you have described actually do work when real modelers employ them.

Finally, your penalty for humor a couple of weeks ago was to attend yesterday's Terrapin meet. You failed to appear. Your parole officer may force you, at gunpoint, to attend my meet in November at which time you will be subjected to intense interrogation (and perhaps admiration) by all modelers present.

On a less serious note, if it is even possible, the current model may be your best yet. I have run out of superlatives to describe my reaction.

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« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2009, 03:12:54 PM »


    I will not spoil the moment with words, just enjoy looking at it.

    thanks
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« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2009, 03:38:26 PM »

Thanks very much!
Ray, the numbers are Grandt Line HO building date numbers.  The screening is made from Stainless steel wire cloth. I think it was 180 mesh. I got it from Mcmaster-Carr industrial supply in a 12" square piece. I cut the pieces and dipped them in printed circuit board etchant to thin them a bit (careful, they will eventually dissolve!) and to darken the color. Final coloring was with thinned Burnt Umber Gousche applied with a cosmetic sponge so as not to fill the fine holes. It is easy to add distressing if desired.
www.mcmaster.com/#stainless-steel-wire-cloth/ =1ddbc9
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Russ, I can’t recall what attempt at humor got me into so much trouble. Wished I could have made it to the meet.
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« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2009, 06:06:30 PM »

Fabulous work as usual Chuck. Interesting rendition of the metal drip originally painted like the siding. Thanks for the how-to. It's quite possible that your optician is the best in the world as you see things more clearly than anyone I know.
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« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2009, 08:36:49 PM »

Very  very nice... as always Great Chuck!! You are a great teacher for all!! Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #10 on: July 20, 2009, 10:11:19 PM »

Thanks very much!
Ray, the numbers are Grandt Line HO building date numbers.

I'm having trouble finding those on their website. Are they part of a kit?

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« Reply #11 on: July 21, 2009, 07:38:04 AM »

Thanks for the nice words! Chester, I thank FLickr. A whole bunch of weathering enablers over there.
Ray, It it is P/N 5219, building plates and numbers. Its 3532 in O scale architectural details with a picture. the HO numbers are .100 high I believe.




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« Reply #12 on: July 21, 2009, 12:07:50 PM »

Ah, I see. Thanks Chuck!


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« Reply #13 on: July 21, 2009, 02:14:42 PM »

Awesome, outstanding...As always Magic Chuck!  Wink Tongue
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« Reply #14 on: July 21, 2009, 02:36:13 PM »

Chuck,
The security bars aren't quite parallel........................................ Grin

Would probably score quite badly as a NMRA structure;
poor paint job, boards not square, cracked glass during construction (note to builder, be more gentle with your technique), poor transfer of decals and signage, needs more glue where numbers have fallen off, incomplete paint finish on window, could do with a general clean...

About time you introduced some of this piece to the forum!

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