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The silver city mine building

More pix to share. These come from Gael Troughton who in the persuit of accurascy, went to Google Earth and after a challenging search, found Street View pictures of the prototype.  I think I inadvertantly made that job tougher by calling the kit “Silver City”.  It’s actually located just off the V&T end of the line in Virginia City.

Gael’s model is a very accurate rendition and beautifully built here in HO.

Thanks for sharing Gael.


A bit more

From across the big wet, Marc Witten sends us an up date on his work with our Critters DVD.

Marc was one of the first people to tackel our steeplecab and his work convinced us to publish the DVD.

He also shows us a freelance warehouse flat made board on board.


A few pix to share

Steve Guthrie freelanced this shed with materials he got off the “Wood Industrial Buildings” DVD.  As a kid, he and his grandmother sold vegetables and bait from it.

I love it when builders go off the trail and start exploring.

He calles this “Retta’s shed


embossing by hand

While I feel that for most applications, our images show plenty of dimension, I do think there’s a place for some extra effort.

I have been playing with embossing by hand. I use a burnisher with a small ball end and put the paper of a surface that has a little give like a softer paper. For stone, I start on the front and press in on the grout lines. Not too hard just enough to get a little deformation and I don’t do the whole sheet just a few areas a couple of inches in diameter.

Then flip the paper over and with a bigger burnisher I push out some stones using the marks I made on the front as a guide. Don’t over do it and don’t try to be even. Uneven is good. I think this would work especially well on corners and areas of special interest.

I did see on another forun someone had printed stone on watercolor paper. It has a lot of give and texture. I thought it was a bit too much but it’s good to know it’s possible.

That’s the tip for today.