View single post by mabloodhound
 Posted: Wed Oct 26th, 2011 05:10 pm
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Joined: Mon Apr 5th, 2010
Location: South Shore, Halifax, Massachusetts USA
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This kit is as close to scratch building that a kit can be.
It is all made from strip-wood, that you supply.

The kit from Rusty Stumps includes a detailed instruction manual and a number of castings.
In my case, I cut my own strip-wood from scrap 3/4" pine board that I had on hand.
A list of needed materials is supplied and you could also purchase the strip-wood from Northeastern or Kappler etc.

I built this to verify the kit instructions for Walt.
After the kit was finalized and released, I altered it as you will see below.

First was the floor framing.
Walt supplies the template for the kit.
I put plastic wrap over that and just glued up the pieces.
The final assembly came off the plastic with no problems.

Next was to add the flooring.
I had pre-stained it using a brown AI mixture.

The wall framing was assembled the same way on the templates.

One thing I did differently in this version was to make up the trusses using a jig.
I wanted the roof removable and needed more trusses than the manual recommended.

After making one truss following the template, I used styrene scraps to make the jig.
I then could glue up the parts in the jig and the wood glue won't stick to styrene.

If I build from styrene parts, I use a wood jig because the glue won't stick.

These are the wall framing with siding attached.
I brushed two different colors of stain on, darker on the outside and brown inside.
The interior never gets the weathered color of the exterior.

The assembled walls came next.

I had made up the windows and doors beforehand.
These are supplied in the kit as laser cut parts.
I painted them and added the glazing.

You'll also see a side door which is a modification I made to the kit.
My intent for the addition is it will be the kitchen and needed a separate door.

The next was to put the roof on.

I marked a location for the trusses and glued 2 of them to the underside of the supplied laser cut main roof.
I then glued a truss to the rear roof and glued the addition roof to the main one.
Then I went back and finished gluing in the remaining trusses.

The shed was built in the same way.

While waiting for glue to dry, etc. I painted the stone foundation and chimney.

I used a gray Wal Mart primer and then painted a DecoArt brand sand paint over that to give it some texture.
Then I went back and dry brushed various stones in different colors that field stones might be.

In my rush to finish this along with another diorama for CSC2011, I neglected to take more photos.
But I'm sure you can fill in the steps.

The base is blue foam, carved to create a hill, covered with drywall mud, smoothed out and painted with a latex flat black.
I covered the entire base with fine earth, sifted from dirt under my barn.
I also added small stones to indicate rocks and boulders.

I laid out the foundation and glued it in place using foam safe construction adhesive.
The stone piers are from an extra chimney that I got from Walt, cut into 3' heights.
The original manual calls for wood posts in those positions.

You'll have to imagine all the next steps but this is the final result.

The 'grass' is some course flock I had on hand.
Not the best but it will have to do for now.

Same with the trees.
They are some I bought on greed-bay a few years ago, so I covered the gaudy leaves with some fine light flock.

I also bought some 'flower' flocking at the EXPO2011 and added those.

I also need to improve my weathering skills.
I used chalks for this and will experiment some more after the show.
At least the final impression is there.  

I still need to add some 'hacked' ties and spread some 'hacking' (shavings) around.

Jimmy Simmons also built this kit but he followed the manual exactly.
His weathering and trees is something to see.  


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