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#41
Modellers At Work / Business Card size dioramas
Last post by darrylhuffman - June 08, 2024, 03:40:17 PM
My friend Mario Rapinette, used to build business card size dioramas, usually of workshops.

I built 4 business card dioramas and blended all into one larger diorama.
#42
Modellers At Work / Re: Slum Structures
Last post by darrylhuffman - June 08, 2024, 03:16:02 PM
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#43
Modellers At Work / Re: Slum Structures
Last post by darrylhuffman - June 08, 2024, 03:14:31 PM
Tom Farrell built three tenement structures that looked great, so I built my versions.
#44
Modellers At Work / Slum Structures
Last post by darrylhuffman - June 08, 2024, 03:07:42 PM
My parents migrated to California during the Dust Bowl in 1932.  They were part of thousands of poor people who dreamed of Paradise but who found reality quite different.

I have always been fasinated by Hoovervilles.  My childhood home was 9 by 20 with no indoor plumbing.

It still stands today and is used as a chicken coop.
#45
Modellers At Work / Re: HO Sierrawest Loco Service...
Last post by darrylhuffman - June 08, 2024, 03:00:39 PM
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#46
Modellers At Work / Re: HO Sierrawest Loco Service...
Last post by darrylhuffman - June 08, 2024, 02:58:51 PM
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#47
Modellers At Work / HO Sierrawest Loco Service Sho...
Last post by darrylhuffman - June 08, 2024, 02:57:25 PM
I was looking at photos of Karl Allison's excellent build of the Sierrawest Loco Service Shop.  One of the finest models ever built.

So I purchased a copy from Brett Gallant and started work.

Two years ago I almost died and spent 6 weeks in the hospital in recovery.

I was paralyzed from the waist down just like I was when I had polio in 1948.

They let me out of the hospital when I convinced them I could walk from my recliner to the bathroom without assistance, using only a walker for support.

I use a walker at all times and slowly I am gaining strength.

I have always been a dedicated model builder who has never gone through the doldrums or slack periods.

But I was not able to build anything for a full year.

This model is the first I have built after a year in recovery.

In addition to the excellent castings which came in the kit, I added a lot that I had leftover from other kits.

I decided to leave off the roof so the interior is visible.
#48
Modellers At Work / HO Campbell Red Mountain Mine
Last post by darrylhuffman - June 08, 2024, 02:35:55 PM
I have built three versions of this kit over the years including two scratchbuilt versions.  One full size and one selectively compressed.

I put one on my old kit versions outside and left it to see what would happen in a full Alaskan winter.  It seemed like a good idea at the time.

I always used Elmer's glue at the time and when springtime arrived, I found I had a new, prepainted and warped kit.

Recently the bug to build another copy of this mine bit so I picked up a kit on Ebay and started to build.

I had forgotten how big this model is and how hard it is to build.  I have gotten spoiled on laser cut kits and this one is definitely old school.  I had also forgotten how hard it is to work with pine as opposed to basswood.

The build was straightforward and enjoyable.

I built the model pretty much as it comes in the kit.
It took as long to build it into the scenery as to build the structure itself.
#49
Modellers At Work / Re: Feldbahnmodule with ship
Last post by Stuart - June 07, 2024, 06:44:24 PM
Impressive as usual!
#50
Modellers At Work / Re: Feldbahnmodule with ship
Last post by finescalerr - June 07, 2024, 11:50:16 AM
Your model is really looking good at this point. -- Russ