Quotes

Life is short, break the rules. Forgive quickly, kiss slowly. Love truly, laugh uncontrollably and never regret anything that makes you smile. - Samuel Longhorne Clemens (Mark Twain)

Monday, August 10, 2020

Age of Sail, Black Seas - Plastic Frigates - Primed

I needed a little break so I grabbed all the plastic frigates from Black Seas, set the airbrush pressure to about 8 psi and hit them with the black primer. I know I have popsicle sticks around here some place but I couldn't find them while I was thinking about doing this, hence the lower PSI level. I thinned the Stynylrez primer down to handle the low pressure and did a couple of coats to get everything covered. So these represent the three smaller US frigates from the original six and six more brigs of one kind or another.





Primed and ready for some detail. Looks like they will need some pretty precise painting.






Wednesday, August 5, 2020

World War II Project - Return to Normandy - Railroad Station - Roofs...Again

I finished shingling all four roof sections for the station. Everything has been tested fitted and filed down to fit. While I really hate hand cutting shingles I think these turned out pretty good. With a little paint and some weathering the station should really stand out. I have plenty of cardboard to make more and it will be something easy to source, Costco is my friend. We buy the big boxes of dog biscuits from Costco and each layer is separated by a thin layer of cardboard, there are five pieces of cardboard to a box and with four dogs in the house we go through a box about every two weeks or so and they have nice straight edges to work with.

Since they worked out so well on the station I'm going to back and redo the roofs on the Sally 4th Terrace houses too. One has a roof finished with printed paper shingles and I stopped work on the second one because I didn't have any shingles or shingle material available at the time. Looks like there will be a lot of cardboard strips in my future.

Gluing up the last roof section, this is the center section with the chimney coming up through one side.
Gluing up the last roof section, this is the center section with the chimney coming up through one side.

Trackside

Streetside

Streetside with another piece of cardboard laid out for cutting.


Cartoon Wednesday


Monday, August 3, 2020

World War II Project - Return to Normandy - Railroad Station - Arches

I sat down and did one, yes one, window arch. It takes longer than I would like it to but not as long as I had feared, maybe 15 minutes all told and it will likely go faster now that I'm not experimenting. This is one of those spots where the laser cutting really helps out. I just need to cut some of the brick to the proper length, cut it to the proper taper using the cut as a guide and I'm good to go. 

Starting off. I actually worked three bricks at once. One on the left, one on the center and one on the right. The key is to make sure the glue is good and dry before you try and cut the taper in the brick otherwise its going to slide on you and make a mess. Lesson learned (maybe).

And the finished arch, looks pretty good and all the marks will get cover with the "plaster". One arch down, nine to go. Oh and two of this decorative circular windows, that should be a load of fun.