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 Posted: Thu Apr 29th, 2010 10:14 pm
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Russell Geare
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I'm building this kit for a local hobby shop. I'm only assembling and painting the kit so I'm not adding any details or modifying it much. This is a nice kit to build with everything fitting like it's supposed to. I didn't like the laminated "peel and stick" trim pieces, I cut new ones out of basswood. The laminated pieces give a rough appearance and you can't add any grain enhancement. Your options are limited as far as weathering too. If it were for me, I would use plastic windows too.



I used the "singeing technique" found here in freerails. The closer you make the wood to toast, the more you can enhance the grain detail. Works like a charm but you gotta be ready to blow the little stuff out. Mullions disappear pretty quickly. But to add the heavy weathering at the bottom of the structures, you can't beat singeing. I used a modified version of the "peeling paint" technique also found here on freerails. Easy to do and quickly effective.



My weathering goal is to have the building look like it's at the end of it's paint cycle.  I'm counselled that because gas stations were usually owned by oil companies, they were not allowed to become too dilapidated. Somehow this one slipped through the cracks.



I think it's supposed to be repainted next week.



For the roof, I used the supplied conststuction paper "tarpaper" roof stips sticking 'em down with tape Herb gave me. It comes on a waxed paper backing and has no core. The tape is the adhesive. It holds really well especially after burnishing, you can get and keep the seams nice and crisp. Although Diosol partially disolves the adhesive when submerged, I was able to use Diosol based washes along with acrylic and alcohol washes without the details letting go. I'll probably add another wash to tone the roof down a little. I sanded in some sagging to the roof panels to break up all that flatness before I added the tarpaper.

I'm workin on the pumps, oil racks, and brick canopy support pillars now, the castings are rough and the brick stuff is really questionable but there's no money in this to fabricate new ones. Wadda you do? The bricks are way outta scale and not well made to begin with. I'll keep ya posted.

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 Posted: Fri Apr 30th, 2010 02:27 am
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Sorry if I gave you the wrong idea, but when I said owned by the oil company, I was talking about the pumps- remember you wanted to do the salt number on them? back in the days that that station represents, the property and buildings were most likely privately owned. That isn't to say that the oil company didn't care what the structure looked like, but they didn't have a whole lot of leverage on the owner-- if they got him mad enough, there was another oil co. waiting to sign him up, and as an inducement THEY might even pay to have his building painted in their corporate colors.

BTW- the siding came out looking super!

Herb :old dude:



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 Posted: Fri Apr 30th, 2010 02:44 pm
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You could not ask for better results than that Russ! :s:

Outstanding work. :2t:



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I always was intrigued by that kit when I saw it online. Now its up close. Nice work!

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Nice work Russ, I like the peeling effect in the wood. :2t:



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 Posted: Mon May 3rd, 2010 10:21 pm
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Thanks fellas, I learned all this stuff from you guys. I was feelin confident so I thought I'd try to put a sign on the canopy. Never tried this before but Herb told me how to do it and it sounded possible.



I sanded the top side with 600 grit sandpaper and fine steel wool. I used backless or coreless tape (adhesive only), kinda like a rubber cement stuff, and burnished it on. I was real happy how easy it went on. Next time I'll try sanding the back of the sign print with 600 also. Thinner would be better.



I put the interior walls in and the rest of the doors and windows and trim. I installed the doors in the open position hopin to create a dynamic atmosphere.



I sanded off the brick detail on the columns that came with the kit. I scribed a tile type pattern into the sanded blanks and painted and weathered them. I've been puttin off the gas pump castings but I guess they're next.

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 Posted: Sat May 22nd, 2010 06:17 am
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I made up a quick base to deliver the model. Everything else is from the kit except the pump hoses and the sign pole. I made one up instead of using their laminated wood pole. They provide window material but I didn't like the out-of-scale reflections and didn't use it. The kit went together easily and was a lot of fun. Thanks to all you guys for revealing your secrets to weathering!

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 Posted: Sat May 22nd, 2010 02:42 pm
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It came out just the way that I knew it would Russ--VERY nice!

What's next?

Herbie :old dude:



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