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New Kits at various stages of construction
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Lately I have been working on several small kits from a couple different manufacturers. The first kit is Sweaty Betty’s from Bar Mills Scale Model Works.  This was a birthday present from my wife. This kit has been really easy to build, the directions are supurb as I have found is standard for Bar Mills.  The way the front windows are put together is...

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Lobby Interior and Roof for Fryxell Feed and Seed
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I have finally taken the Fryxell Feed and Seed kit from JL Innovative Design as far as I intend before putting it on my (as of yet not built) layout; with the exception of the porch roof and the completion of the lobby roof.  I intend to leave the final weathering and details until that time to make sure that it will fit into...

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Product Review: Northwest Short Line “The Chopper II”
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I recently purchased a very useful tool at my local hobby shop.  The Chopper II, made by Northwest Short Line, is a device for cutting scale lumber.  By using a rigid blade on a pivot it allows you to make straight cuts on scale lumber up to 1/4″.  This version has a self healing mat on the cutting surface, which should add considerable life...

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Rusting Metal Roofing
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I decided that I needed the corrugated metal roof to be rusted and corroded to match the peeling paint of the Fryxell Feed Store.  I used Ferric Chloride to “rust” out the individual panels once I had cut them to the needed size. -Safety Note- Make sure to fully read the directions on the bottle when using chemical etchants.  Use safety equipment as directed...

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Assembly
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Assembly

Oct 15, 2009 by

Here the various sub assemblies are put together on the base I cut out of scrap plywood.  In this picture you can see that I have constructed and installed the front dock and the back porch, the only major change I made was in putting another ramp on the near end of the dock.  I have yet to finish weathering the back porch.  The...

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