Live in South Carolina in a small town right outside Camden. I am retired from the US Army – 1969-1972 Vietman(18mo) and Ft Huachuca AZ a a 72B; Machinest for five years; Ran Model Railroad Hobby Shop (Best job ever); Apartment Renovator; 1987-1999 Ft Hood TX, Saudi Arabia/Iraq (Desert Shield/Storm) with 3/32 AR, Germany with 1/70 AR and 1/67 AR; California with 1/40 AR and Korea with 1/72 AR (1st Tank) all as a M1/M1A1 Armor Crewman; 1999-2006 with Army Reserve as a 55B/89B with service in Baton Rouge LA (great food by the way) .. Kuwait, Afghanistan and Uzbekistan (few days each of the last two).
Now .. I’m retired and happy with life (well .. other then not being wealthy and having a bevy of throng clad young-things running around the house)
Didn’t accomplish much today. Went to a TCA meet and picked up a non-running Atlas 0-6-0 Diesel switcher for $5. Worth it to me as I want to turn it into bits and pieces ..
Dropped by New Brookland Hobbies then and picked up some Floquil .. Aged Concrete, Dust and Grime .. so in the end .. not a bad day.
Experimenting a bit here. I cut three pieces of foam to fit into the corner and between the structures .. then hot-glued them together. What I want to do is carve a hilly slope that connects the two into the backdrop.
The ‘method behind the madness’ is to give the impression that the buildings are built on very un-level ground. Retaining walls inserted at the appropriate locations and winding steps and roads should help. The slope itself will be rubble and dirt with perhaps a little grass. There’s not much room really but should be enough with trees against the backdrop to hopefully (and magically!) blend the scene into the backdrop. I’m thinking though .. that this will be pretty much an example where forced perspective may work since the buildings form a view block and restrict the view .. so that might work better then if it was out in the open.
Just how well that works is still to be seen. I’m thinking though .. that if that little bit of foam is left ‘loose’ .. then like the buildings, it can be taken to the workbench for detailing.
|Last Friday and Saturday I attended the Narrow Trak 12 meet. This is an annual model railroading narrow gauge and logging convention in Transylvania Co., NC. It’s not very big .. but was fun. Mostly clinics.|
|MMR Ben Bartlett’s clinic was on Constructing a Laser Kit. He used Motrak Models’ HO Scale MOW Shed as an example, covering basic construction methods.|
|Johnny Graybeal gave clinics on the Eastern Tennessee & Western N.C. RY and Steam Shovels of the Narrow Gauge;Matt Baumgarner talked about the Ritter Lumber Co., in Mortimer, N.C.; Gordon Fewster gave clinics on Small Control Panels and Scenery; Yvonne McCall-Dickson on the Carr Lumber Company (interesting in that the buildings had been right outside where the convention took place); Jerry Ledford on Western Carolina Logging.|
|Tom Yorke gave a clinic on Working with Balsa-Foam|
When I was trying to design my 6″ gate valve I ran into the problem of – where the heck do I find something small enough to look like a valve stem for something that small. I found a chart for Kennedy AWWA Gate Valves where they show the stem dia for a 6″ valve is 1-1/4″. In 1:48 we are talking about a threaded rod that is only 0.026″ dia. Woah.
Very small dia threaded rod can be found. You can purchase #0000-160 (0.021″ dia) .. for about $50 a foot! I saw that and quickly decided .. uhhhh … no. (on an aside that is 160 threads per inch. If we reduce that to 1:48 that is something like 3.3 threads per inch)
I had fair success in taking a single-cut file and rolling it across a piece of 0.020″ solder. Holding the file at an angle (“Single-cut files have rows of teeth cut parallel to each other at an angle of about 65 degrees from the centerline.“) the teeth empressed grooves into the solder that looked very much like threads. The problem with this method is that you are restricted by the tooth-spacing of the file you are using – this of course relates directly to the ‘threads-per-inch’ of the pesudo-threaded rod we are trying to create. A ‘Smooth Cut’ has the greatest number of threads per inch – and a 6-inch file has more teeth per inch then a 12-inch file.
This running around in circles brought me finally to Acme threads. This is what would be used on a valve stem. The Acme thread was a development of the square thread. It has a 29° thread angle with a thread height half of the pitch; the apex and valley are flat. A 1, 1-1/4″ dia rod would have a Pitch of 1/5 (5 threads per inch or .200″).
Now .. at 1:48 – one inch is 0.021″ (rounded). Dividing that by 5 we find that the pitch would be 0.004″ .. woziers!
Once upon a time .. long, long ago, Shortline Modelers Lounge held a contest for construction of a small building – 12′ x 12′. In the end, my submission was a shed that was mostly falling down …
Prior to doing the ‘falling down’ shed I had intended to do a super-detailed building with all of the framing exactly as the full size building would have been. Never happened but thought I would share a couple photos of the structure that “never was”
I’m prepping for a clinic at a local TCA meet next Saturday. This is one of three similar pieces. One will just be a stack .. carved and distressed .. one divided up into about four stages .. paint, AI stain, shadows, highlights and pigment wash and then this one which will be complete. I’m just at the stage with highlighting the rock with white. The ‘rock’ .. is a stack of two different kinds of foam, couple layers of 3/8″ sheetrock, cork (squares) and cork (shelf liner). Letting dry tonight .. tomorrow do a pigment wash (brown tempera washed with water into crevices etc.) .. then when that dries (prob next day or late tomorrow) .. rubble, rock, sand, dirt secured with white glue & water. The day after that paint and final staining .. should be ‘good nuff’ for a clinic.