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graffen

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San Miguel Herald, an Evemodel O scale kit
« on: January 27, 2022, 09:39:43 PM »
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I got this kit cheap from China.
This is the box art:

It's actually a very uncomplicated kit, but it has a lot of potential!

The contents of the kit, it seems to be made of ABS.


The walls are shiplap siding, but a bit plain and will be woodgrained.


I added some wood grain on the planks.


I used an Xacto blade to scribe the plastic.

I scribe with the side of the blade, and when it makes nice corkscrews of plastic, you got the right technique.


I added some nail holes and plank ends while I was at it....

Measure out an imagined framing on the surface, I did it with 2' centers.
I embossed the nails with a tool I made using a wooden handle with a sharp compass needle mounted in it.


I had to fill some joints after gluing the main structure together.
I used thin plastic cement to get a really good joint.

I primed the structure with grey spray primer before painting the walls with an old wood color, a mix of Vallejo cement and sand. That makes the walls ready for paint.


The walls were painted with old wood color, so I started with a layer of hairspray to prepare the topcoat for the weathering.
I mixed a light greyish green color with paints from AK.
I airbrushed the walls with a thin, but covering layer.


Then I chipped the paint to make it look like peeling paint by revealing the old wood underneath.
That's achieved by moistening the dry paint with water and then removing the paint with a toothpick.

The text was painted with a hand cut mask that I very lightly airbrushed with a light green paint, just enough to see the text.
The letters were then filled in by hand, adding the serifs and shadows.
I named it "The San Miguel Herald", the newspaper that gives the term SMH (Shaking My Head) a meaning! 

The next step was to paint the foundation, shingle the roof and add a fire platform.



I also added a tar paper roof on the porch.



Almost finished!
Just some small details left to do.









The hoist was a challenge to build with the blocks carved from wood.

This kit was a real enjoyment from the beginning to the end.
It was fun to see what parts needed extra details or alterations.
"Ora et labora"

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Re: San Miguel Herald, an Evemodel O scale kit
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2022, 10:10:19 PM »
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Really nice job. 👍🏼
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Re: San Miguel Herald, an Evemodel O scale kit
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2022, 10:19:54 PM »
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Wow, that came out fantastically!

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Re: San Miguel Herald, an Evemodel O scale kit
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2022, 10:54:15 PM »
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Re: San Miguel Herald, an Evemodel O scale kit
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2022, 10:56:25 PM »
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Who's wood shingles are those?

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Re: San Miguel Herald, an Evemodel O scale kit
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2022, 03:40:55 AM »
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Who's wood shingles are those?
Sierra scale's, they are just cedar sheets cut to size.
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Re: San Miguel Herald, an Evemodel O scale kit
« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2022, 07:55:09 AM »
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Very well done .. thanks for sharing the process .

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Re: San Miguel Herald, an Evemodel O scale kit
« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2022, 11:49:19 AM »
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Thanks!  :D


I made a sign for the front entrance. Cardboard and wood with decals from micro scale.

Touched up some areas as well....



I'm really satisfied with how my wood blocks turned out.


Some bits and pieces on the floor as well.


The chimney was made by covering a balsa core with cardboard bricks.


Added flooring in the office.

Now it's only some interior detailing and lights left to do.
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Re: San Miguel Herald, an Evemodel O scale kit
« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2022, 12:22:08 PM »
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Very nicely done!

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Re: San Miguel Herald, an Evemodel O scale kit
« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2022, 12:32:03 PM »
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I'm really impressed in the manner in which you turned what looked like aluminum siding into wood clapboards.  The final result of the entire structure is outstanding.

Kudos!
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Re: San Miguel Herald, an Evemodel O scale kit
« Reply #10 on: January 29, 2022, 07:44:51 PM »
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Thanks!  :D
I painted and slightly modified a figure to handle the block and tackle.
I also made a load of an oil barrel for it as well.



It looks quite alright to me.
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Re: San Miguel Herald, an Evemodel O scale kit
« Reply #11 on: January 30, 2022, 12:25:04 PM »
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Beautiful work as always.  I really like the peeling paint effect.  If I had any criticism it would be the shingles look to nice and new.  I think it would look better if the shingles were weathered a bit.  Still fantastic work!

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Re: San Miguel Herald, an Evemodel O scale kit
« Reply #12 on: January 30, 2022, 01:12:56 PM »
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Beautiful work as always.  I really like the peeling paint effect.  If I had any criticism it would be the shingles look to nice and new.  I think it would look better if the shingles were weathered a bit.  Still fantastic work!

Scott
But it's a feature!  :D
I plan to add a pile of old and burnt shingles on the ground to make it look like they had a smaller roof fire, so they have laid a new roof and installed a fire platform.  8)
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Re: San Miguel Herald, an Evemodel O scale kit
« Reply #13 on: January 31, 2022, 05:47:10 PM »
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Nah, changed my mind...
Final weathering is done, the roof got a light weathering as well.

I modified a standing Preiser figure to make him sitting on the bench on the porch.

He got a newspaper to read as well. 😁



I made a ladder for the roof.
I rebuilt the block and tackle into four ropes instead of three.

Now there only are things left to do at a later time, such as the lighting.
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Re: San Miguel Herald, an Evemodel O scale kit
« Reply #14 on: January 31, 2022, 05:59:38 PM »
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That is some top notch modeling! I love how the news paper has separate pages as well as the rope loops not being one big loop.
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