Friday 10 May 2019

Strong Station Kit

The roof is removable giving me the option of lighting and an interior.
You had a preview of this model in the last Wordless Wednesday. At a recent train show I picked up a few O scale structures that have a Maine two foot theme. This one is well built although missing the spire. It is a Banta Modelworks kit which I already have on hand but not built. It will work as a stand-in till mine is built. One might wonder why I purchased it when I already have one to build. Well it was a great deal. Can't turn down a deal. Two stations, a freight house and motor car shed all built for $55...George Dutka

The station is glued to two pieces of Gatorfoam. Not sure if they will be removable .
An overhead view looking into the interior on my workbench.
A look at the other side of the station.

Saturday 4 May 2019

FOS O Scale Crates

My finished crates with a bit of detail added to one.
I recently built a few FOS O scale crates for addition to a loading ramp and for leaning against a structure. The photo captions tell the story...George Dutka

What one gets in the package. Note FOS ships this item for free.
I begin by staining the crates with india ink and alcohol mix. I then glue them together. I give them a dusting of PanPastel gray and attach a label. There are a good amount of labels to choose from.
They are very easy to glue together and the powders really add to the weathered look.
Three are seen on the loading dock.
I glued one to the side of this small structure and added some signage and papers to fill it up.
Another look at how I filled one box. The bit of brown tone around the handles are actually the colouring from the laser burning done during cutting.

Thursday 2 May 2019

Clinic - The Magic of Rust

I had two tables set up for attendants to try their hand rusting up roofing sections. I had assembled about a dozen roofs that could work as awnings or open style sheds. I had a number of my finished roofs scattered around the two tables for inspiration. The gentleman in the plaid shirt is retired CN transportation officer Gary Johnston who worked for a time in my terminal.
At Schomberg I presented a hands on clinic on how I add rust to roofing and rolling stock. About eight attendants gave it a try. It is a very easy technique to learn. I hope to present this clinic once again at other events.

The following was the write-up found on the shows Facebook site.

"Adding rust to structure models and rolling stock is a favourite step with scale railroaders. However, doing it authentically and without overpowering the model is the trick. George is a very accomplished modeller in different scales and gauges. He has shared several building techniques previously and this one is ‘hands-on’: getting rusty.

Maybe you will be in the area next time the clinic is offered and try it yourself, it is a very simple technique...George Dutka

This section of roofing was being weathered by a young lad (maybe 14 years old) who was attending the show with his grandfather as an operator on their HO scale display. He is part way done his roof when I took this photo. He actually completed his roof and it was one of the nicer (rustier) models. I keep hearing there are no young ones in model railroading.
Another completed roof. Two colours of acrylics are used followed by some Bragdon bright rust and a sponge coat of dollar store silver. The base coat I spray painted on the roofs prior to the clinic using gray primer and Princess Auto Iron.

Wednesday 1 May 2019

Schomberg Narrow Gauge Show - Part Two

A great looking model entered in the locomotive portion of the contests. I believe this one was the winner for locomotives.
Here we find a few more views from last weekends get-together..enjoy....George Dutka

Mt. Albert brought along two HO scale kit offerings. I was disappointing to find out none of their wood bundles were available at the show. This is something everyone looks forward to at the show each year.
This is my rolling stock contest entry which won and also received the Mt. Albert award for the best use of wood. I took a DRG&W cattle car added a Maine two footer door and a beat up roof making it into a line-side tool car. More on this car in another post. David Woodhead photo.
A look inside the door of the kit. The flooring is tongue and groove. David Woodhead photo.
I took along one of my HOn30" diorama's. This one is the gravel pit scene. David Woodhead photo.
This is a paper kit built by Bruce Leckie for his On30" sectional layout.
An overhead view of the vendors and displays on the second floor. I am taking the photo from the upper level were the contest models are on display.