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1  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Banta Silver Bull Saloon. An HO scale build thread. on: Today at 04:10:16 PM
Once you are satisfied with the fit of the substructure, attach it to the main walls. Allow the glue to set. The tools set vertically into the holes are there to help coax a small warp out of the wood while it sets.

Fit the panels that make up the porch roof ceiling.................with these, the critical alignment points are the post holes.

Once that is all glued, clamp it securely and let set. The siding and any sheet material has a bad tendency to warp when using white glues. My choice is the E6000 solvent based glue. Apply with a round toothpick and slap the pieces together. You have a couple of minutes to positon things before it cures. Strip wood gets white glue.

When attaching the siding panels, I mentioned the alignment at the windows is critical. Here I have used a piece of 1/32nd inch plywood spacer to help hold things in position. Even the laser guys have tolerances. Roll Eyes Grin

And on the other wall, the siding comes down flush with the porch roof and is aligned with the window openings.

Finally, this is the mornings work. Most of the blue siding panels are installed. I got other stuff to do now lol. Cheesy

More soon!


2  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Banta Silver Bull Saloon. An HO scale build thread. on: Today at 04:10:02 PM
This morning I got to spend a good four hours at the bench with tunes and morning refreshments Grin

Today's task was the blue siding and the accompanying trim the goes around the panels. This is tedious, and requires a lot of delicate sanding to ensure everything lines up nicely. Test and check and test and check before gluing anything. I like to mark the backs of the pieces too so I readily know their position and orientation.

Begin with one wall and work from center outwards.

And in a couple hours you have the ground floor all done. Alignment of the panels to the door and window openings is critical at this step. Don't rush it.

Then the porch roof gets built up. It is an inner plywood core with engraved pieces for each side. Fit the core pieces to the main walls carefully. Sand slowly and carefully and check the fit often.

3  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Brendam Warehouse Truck Loading Dock - Part 1, 2 & 3 on: October 14, 2018, 10:54:05 PM
Well damn gotta quit hiding stuff like this in the Thomas forums Len.  Grin

These card stock and photo print models are intriguing to me. I like the fact you can pretty much print your own parts, and the cost has to be reasonable.

Nice work Len. Keep it up.

4  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Banta Silver Bull Saloon. An HO scale build thread. on: October 14, 2018, 03:52:54 PM
Next we start on assembling the front tower. Locate all the pieces and glue together. Weight and clamp until set.

Once dry, insert the bottom of the tower into it's slots and roll the top back and against the main building. Let the glue set.

We now have a completed inner substructure. Banta kits are usually a plywood inner core covered with scribed sheetwood or stripwood. This one is no exception.

Weight down the floor and let everything set up tight overnight.

Rear and Front views.................

Stay tuned for more.......................

5  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Banta Silver Bull Saloon. An HO scale build thread. on: October 14, 2018, 03:52:35 PM
Thanks Warflight. Hope you enjoy this build.

Not really sure who Benjamin Franklin is other than he invented the lightning rod I think. And BTW......the term is "bated breath". Nothing to do with fishing  Grin

Anyhow........back to it here.

Stripwood. Lotsa stripwood. All needs to be colored. I grabbed Flo-Quil Stain Marker and went at it. I have 6 or so shades, this was Colonial Maple.

Now that the pesky messy work is out of the way, assembly can begin. Starting with the floor assembly and the left and right front walls, carefully fit and align to the slots and test fit everything before you proceed with the stickem stuff. Once satisfied with the fit, glue up all the tabs and slots sparingly, and assemble. Be sure everything fits flush and is fully seated in position.

Front walls................

And side walls...........note the reversed clothespins as clamps. That was a little tip I got from Bill at Banta Modelworks.

Make your way around to the rear walls, again making sure everything stays snug and secure as the glue sets.

Use clamps where needed to make sure nothing moves and also to ensue a secure bond. Those fancy angle clamps are Right-Clamps available from Micro-Mark. The blue plastic bar clamps are also from Micro-Mark. They are my choice for hobby tools.

6  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Banta Silver Bull Saloon. An HO scale build thread. on: October 13, 2018, 08:10:55 PM
Thanks guys Grin .....pull the trigger on a kit, Ken. You won't be disappointed. They even got the B'man's approval.

7  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: HO Locos stuttering on: October 12, 2018, 06:14:01 PM
Start with a thorough cleaning of the wheels and wipers. Then clean and lube the drive train.

8  Discussion Boards / HO / Banta Silver Bull Saloon. An HO scale build thread. on: October 12, 2018, 04:12:08 PM
Popped this one open today. Have I mentioned that I like Banta kits? Even the colors on his box art model grab me.

This one I vowed to myself, that I would document and photograph from start to completion. Follow along if you would like as I build the Silver Bull Saloon.

This is a modest little establishment, that thinks itself far more important to the town's prosperity than it actually is. False fronts rule!!!!

Step one is to get the kit open. Usually with craftsman kits, this is the point where most people chicken out, pack it all back up, and sell it to me at the swap meet for 10 bucks. But I digress. the box.

Pull everything out, and before you even think of opening those nice baggies........find the instructions and start reading. Done reading? Good. Now read them again. And again.....and again and again.

That's good. Now if you can't everything up and sell it to me for 10 bucks.. While I'm reading, I am getting a mental image of how this thing goes together. Finally it's time to open them little baggies and start laying parts out.

After identifying all the pieces, it's time to start coloring everything that needs to get color. Only thing to remember here, is to never use water based paints on wood. OK.....almost never. Roll Eyes Seriously, if used incorrectly, or excessively, water based paints will warp your wood badly.

The side and rear walls got stained with good old Minwax from your local hardware store.

The front wall panels got sprayed with a lacquer based paint.

The upper wall trim panels got stained using dollar store furniture touch-up markers.

As did the window frames and sill parts.

I used an enamel based stain from Testors for the walkway planking......this is the "black" shade.

And the "natural" shade got used on the other walkway panels. Note how the same stain changes tint from pine to birch plywood.

And that's it for today. I have a hotrod swap meet to attend this Saturday and have to go scope out an old Duster on Sunday. More pics next week once I get back to the bench.


9  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Some updates from my layout. on: October 12, 2018, 03:51:38 PM
Then I grabbed an old Sequoia Scale Models Blacksmith Shop and built that while I waited for things to dry. This is an old kit.

I added a few details and it is lit inside.

Time for the rest of you to quit talking and go build something. Grin


10  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Some updates from my layout. on: October 12, 2018, 03:49:11 PM
I ballasted some more track and got the Rueben Katz building planted permanently.

11  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Some updates from my layout. on: October 12, 2018, 03:47:08 PM
Have I mentioned that I like Banta kits? They fit perfectly and have a look to them the just appeals to my modeler's eye.

This is a laser cut frame with individual planking for the walls. Again I failed to take enough construction photos.

The model is planted on a thin piece of plexiglass and will look good with a couple of Tichy 22ft ore cars. The ore car on top of the tipple is a Grandt Line part.

12  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Some updates from my layout. on: October 12, 2018, 03:42:21 PM
This one is a Banta Modelworks laser kit. The Silver Plume Bakery. I colored it by dissolving weathering pigments in mineral spirits......essentially making my own paint. This has just about become my new favorite building on the layout. The interior is simply a few computer generated prints of bakery displays from Google Images.

13  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Some updates from my layout. on: October 12, 2018, 03:38:57 PM's time to add a bit to this thread. The summer is gone......and a crappy one it was. We have had snow, on and off, for three weeks already. Looks like this is going to be a long train season coming up. We never got to the race track once past September the 2nd. Weather killed it all.

But on the bright side......I did get some building done. I try to spend a few hours a day at the bench doing something.

First up is a Campbell Scale Models Branchline Water Tank kit and the shed that goes with it. I never took any construction shots. I hate when I do that. I get so focused on the build that I neglect the camera.

This tank/shed kit is a pile of sticks, some die cut slabs, cardstock for the shed and corrugated aluminum for the roofing. Windows and doors are styrene.

14  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Random steam pics thread on: October 05, 2018, 08:16:42 PM
15  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Random steam pics thread on: October 05, 2018, 08:16:11 PM
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