Sunday, December 28, 2003

Truck Shop Too - Rises

Well after lots of distractions eBay, holidays, etc....Truck Shop rises and it isn't GREEN!!!
Well off to more distractions before I finish some battens and swash on some more board wash.

Sunday, December 21, 2003

Sledge Hammer

Holiday Greetings all!
Some say it was a bad storm other little people seem to think it the wrath of an angry god and some even report seeing a large fist desending from the sky.

Before you morn the loss of my Truck Shop, notice the framing beside it is no longer GREEN!! Besides by the time I'm done I will have framing and basic grey/brown weathering down. It didn't take but a couple hours to reframe. I had Kappler on hand. "

Friday, December 19, 2003

No Not Too Green

I have started on the nail holes but everything I do seems to close them back up. What size pin do you use in your vise and at what 'point' in the process. Should I wait until after the walls are stained and mostly weathered? Or is there a reason for now?

You know sitting 10' away from my green monster it doesn't look so bad. Maybe, all my close-up work and pictures over-emphasize the green.

Thursday, December 18, 2003

Too Green?

Maybe my Truck Shop isn't too green. Everytime I add something it looks better to me. Maybe just the eyesite going. Didn't get to the office today. Will try Friday.

My name is Wally and I'm addicted to buying models bought Baxter's, Schramm's and a CC Crow roundhouse on ebay last night. It has been 24 hours since my last bid. I need a sponsor to call when I have the urge.

Wednesday, December 17, 2003

Green Monster

Well after two days without cable or internet I'm back. Somehow I didn't get a whole lot done.

I did talk to Brett and learned the logic of battens, every building in RRC has a different texture. I still think battens on an open air structure would be unlikely but I did it anyway.

My other experiment turned out less well. I want some green mildew weathering instead I got a green building. Any suggestions? No, St Nick a sledgehammer is out of the question it might break the new glass on my work table.

Off to do XMAS---maybe soon I can work on the office...I started it yesterday while I wait on a few windows I need from SW."

Sunday, December 14, 2003


By the way...Yes, I am thinking about flipping the ends and putting the shed on the end near the large doors. Not sure yet, just thinking

Batten or Not

Busy day at church. Didn't get much done on Truck Shop. I did do my first windows and decided to frame the big doors too.

I tried to get y'all to share an opinion about to batten or not and hardly a reply. Well, what do you think? Not size of battens but battens or not."


I've just about decided to go batten-less on my Truck Shop. There are lots of 'out' buildings around where I grew-up and battens seem out of place on a shop that was thrown together for function. A office or house battens--Yes because it needed to be air tight. This truck shop will never be air tight. Who cares if the truck gets cold at night. I just think that rustic is the way. I read the thread about smaller but I think none. Any reason why not to go batten-less like the building next door is already batten-less?

I'm also thinking about a sheet metal roof. I saw the thread about the tin roof. Any suggestions for who sells or how to make corrogated sheet metal roofing?

Warning - For my first model ever I'm getting pretty cocky! Don't worry I'll break something and things will be normal. Like the other day when the stained lazer-cut windows that I left by the stove caught fire--only a small one-- I lost the tarpaper shed windows and a sash.

Saturday, December 13, 2003


"Test fitting the walls!
The jig and rubber band are all that holds the windows in and the walls upright.
I'm trying to decide about battens now. They seem out of proportion and a number of old buildings around here especially the out building type are just boards"

Friday, December 12, 2003

Framing II

I'm back 'on track' the Truck Shop is all framed and much better than the first time. Guess the glue disaster was a good thing. Only took two sessions of about 4 total hours to rebuild. It is actually my first. This is my first model unless you count those things as a kid where you ended up with Testor's Cement as the texture all over the outside of a plane or boat or whatever. I hated them. Mine never stayed together if they didn't get broken in the first place.

Well must go off to a party"

Railroad Line Forums

Well guys...
I have wax paper and double stick tape and all. Not to mention two ends framed. They are going together much easier and more exactly this time. Maybe the first time was intended as practice. The Tractor Shop will be more solid now.
Off to finish the front and back framing.

Somebody take my credit card. I bought a compressor at Harbor tonight to replace the one I just bought from Hobby Town--Blue one from Testors. The new one is 3hp with a 8g tank. I tried out the airbrush and good pressure makes all the difference. I could probably drive nails with this too. Well if I return old blue that is an even trade.

Thursday, December 11, 2003

Railroad Line Forums

Here it is my first framing that worked!

Thanks guys all the post but especially the last few have helped a great deal!

St. Nick I have revised my Christmas wish list. I'll buy one of every SW if you will leave them built under my tree. I have been a good boy. I can work on Minden Flour, so don't worry about my not having anything to do. "

Saturday, December 06, 2003


Y'all are making me dangerous before I started hanging here I would have driven right past. I stopped in a hole in the wall train store Cook's Trains in Shreveport, LA a couple of times this week for spray paint and such. Each time I eyed a dusty old box in the corner -- C C Crow's Minden Flour Milling Co. Well today I just plopped down the old credit card and bought it for what it listed for on his old site before BIS less than the $250. listed today if he has it.

It looks like fun, very different than SW.

My name is Wally and I'm a kit builder. I have been 5 hours without buying a kit. I like the smell of dusty old boxes even the mothball smell of SW. I need help."

Thursday, December 04, 2003

Rock Walls

Ok Guys...
I have been doing this by the book and suggestions gathered here.
I finally got the base coat on the rock walls tonight...
Floquil spray concrete.
I don't like it as a base coat too silvery doesn't look like the beginnings of rock to me.
The outside looks better than the inside because of the rock imprint. The inside doesn't even look like concrete walls to me and you don't really weather the inside. I know for the most part not seen but I know it is there.

This is the second thing I'm too picky about. I was disappointed with my staining of bag 5 with that different method. They are much darker than 1-4 which I liked.

I was thinking about using some thinner to clean the concrete off the walls and starting over using some of the suggestions from Foss. Maybe with an earth base coat thinned and brushed on. What do you think?"