Sunday, December 18, 2011

Inspiration from an Old Friend, Pt.11

We're in the homestretch now. I think I have all the outer details complete. Let's take a look.

The external stairway is installed, as are the awnings over the windows and doors.

I decided against vines for added interest to this corner. I went with an awning for the loading dock..........

..........and a sign board, for the company logo.

I don't know, did I go from 'too blah' to 'too busy'?

The building is in place on the base, though not glued down and without the view blocks. Let's take a walk around it.
The back wall. Nothing much has changed here since last time.

Well, I did rust the louvres and the wall. Plus I painted the top capping.

I can't believe it! I took such great care to have the upper landing level. It doesn't look this bad in person, but I will have to address this problem.

A little hard to see in this shot, but the awning has a fair amount of rust on it. The bottom of the loading dock has already been weathered, I hope to have the rest of this end looking the same.

A look across the roof.

The front just needs a black-wash to match the back.

I really like how the vines turned out. Sure hope the foliage doesn't fall off.

I think one more installment, and  this baby's done. I need to attach the base to a wooden sub-base before gluing the walls down. Then I can add the view blocks. I have been playing around with some factory interior pictures, but I may chicken out and just paint them black. See you next time. Don

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Inspiration from an Old Friend, Pt.10

We're getting close to the conclusion. I've been wrapped up in little details this last week, so yesterday  I did a dry assembly to see where I stood.  Here are the results.

The back of the building. Mostly done, just need to install the view blocks, and maybe place some crates or pallets in the loading dock. I will install a spur up to the dock when I do the groundwork around the building. Also a final black-wash over the back after complete assembly.

I think there is enough 'rust' on the vents and the AC unit, as well as the water marks. The skylights are not nearly so white in person, but they could use a little more grubbiness. Need to touch-up the wall cap, it's just primered as of now. When the two roof sections are joined, I'll either gravel it or tar the joint.

These two sides need major weathering with washes. Sure is a lot of blank, blue wall here. What can give it more interest? Vines, maybe?

Yep, more weathering. Also need to install a view block on this side , too.

I have to say, I like the vines.

The stairway is nearly complete, just sanding and painting left to do. This end is still pretty blaah looking. Maybe some awnings over the windows and doors are in order.

Well, the end is in sight. One or two more installments, and we can call it finished. I'm kind of excited. Don

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Inspiration from an Old Friend, Pt.9

Well, I tried a few things to salvage the roof from Pt.8, but I just seemed to make things worse. I had already put gravel down on the small roof over the blue corrugated side, so I went ahead and put gravel down everywhere. You can still faintly see the tar lines under the gravel. I think it looks OK.

This is after two black washes to weather and age the roof details. I'm sure a few more will be in order when all the building's components are finally assembled.

Now let's move to the back wall, and confront my biggest nemesis..........glazing. Traditionally, I do not put 'glass' in my projects. I refer to myself as the Paneless Modeller. Not sure why, probably because I make a mess of it. However, I felt this project deserved  the whole shootin' match. So I thought I'd try this new adhesive I got a while back. I'd like to say it is two-sided tape, but there's no tape here, only the adhesive. It was a little tricky to apply, but once I had a system figured out, it went pretty quickly. I took my clear plastic and drew two lines, the distance between them the same as the internal width of the window. I rolled the adhesive on to the outside of those lines, as you can see in the picture. Then I firmly pressed the windows down on the adhesive. (The really nice thing about this product is there is almost no thickness to it.)  Once I was sure they were stuck, I sliced them all apart with my X-acto.

After that, they glued in nicely.

This is a smal flue pipe that comes through the upper left window. The bracket I made out of flat brass wire.

The small roof got gravel, too.

Here's an 'Oh, By the Way.'  I imagine you have figured out by now that I like using plastic. The problem was, as my stock collection grew, I spent as much time looking for the needed piece as I did on the rest of the project. I ended up buying accordian file folders for all my dimensional stock 15" or less. All of the sheet goods under 12" are separated in the dividers. They take up one whole drawer in my legal-size file cabinet.

I wanted to put some kind of interior or view-block, so I made some simple styrene boxes to fit on the inside of the back wall. I'll see if I can find any photos I  can place inside them.

This is the back wall after the first black wash. It'll take a few more. I did paint the inside of the upper left windows 'Antique White.' The view-blocks were being primed when I took this photo.

It's really coming together now. I guess the next thing I have to tackle is the stairway on the corrugated front.  If you haave any questions or comments, please don't hesitate. Don

Friday, December 2, 2011

Inspiration from an Old Friend, Pt.8

Now we're back to the roof over the middle section. I wanted this one to represent a tarred roof to contrast to the gravel roof (which technically is a tarred roof as well). I wanted it to be a tired-looking, faded tar over tarpaper surface with darker, newly applied tar lines over the joints.

Here it is primed and painted with a Tamiya Panzer Grey rattle-can. All of the roof fixtures have been painted, and some weathered.

This is the tool I made to cut wide lines in masking tape to represent the tar lines. Made out of scrap styrene that was on the Workbench, it holds two X-acto blades securely in alignment. A .010 styrene shim between separates them the proper distance.

I discovered if you took a bottle of Tamiya's Dark Grey, and didn't shake it well enough, it gave a blotchy, faded look. Perfect. I slathered it on with a large brush, not worrying about brush strokes. (If you've seen real roofers appling the hot tar with large mops, you'll understand why.)

I then covered the roof with masking tape, then marked lines a scale 36" all the way across.

I used the double-bladed knife to cut out the lines freehand.

This is a liquid substance to represent lead with faux stained glass. It would dry proud of the roof surface, looking just like tar. The piece of plastic is the screed to force the lead into the gaps between the tape.

The lead applied easily, with good coverage. I let it set til dry, then removed the tape.  OH NO! DISASTER! About half of the lead pulled off with the tape. I didn't have that problem when I did a few test runs.  However, in those tests I used individual pieces of tape laid side by side, and they were well-burnished to the surface. After cutting the grooves with the double knife, I didn't burnish the newly-cut sides back down. Live and learn.

Anyway, I removed the remainder of the lead, then used a Sharpie to color in the lines. Not really happy with the results, and will have to consider solutions.

Let me know what you think. Thanks for lookin in. Don