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 Posted: Tue Jan 1st, 2008 11:34 am
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Bob you will be pleased to know i for one am useing the
index more than ever,a great source.
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Yes and i am also using it. Aint we good lads Bob.
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Ten brownie points for both of you. :lol:



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Making fairly good progress today. Here is a picture showing the roof separate from the Outhouse. The sub roof (White) is a snug fit into the walls of the Outhouse, plus it helped reinforce the roof panels.
The light brown color you see on the outside of the outhouse comes from the cheap brushes I bought at Walmart 8) :oops: At first I thought it was from the printed paper, but not so. It happens every time I use the brush. I'm pretty sure it will be hidden with the paint.



 8) :oops:

Here it is with the roof put in place.





And finally a view from the outside looking in.

I still have some detail that I would like to add (since I have nothing else to do), but it involves some styrene extrusions that I do not have. Trying to talk the Mrs. into a trip tomorrow to the train shop, hopefully they will have it. Plus that gift certificate I got for Christmas is burning a hole in my pocket. :roll: :roll: :roll:





This has been an experience to say the least. The Outhouse is, as I have said before, small, only 5/8" x 7/8" x 1 3/8" high.

Some problems I've encountered:

Trying to get the very small pieces on to the outhouse without getting the solvent all over everything. If I got some on my finger and it touched the exterior siding, it would begin to melt the clapboards.

Handling the very tiny pieces with large fingers, doesn't work. At times I could not even turn the piece around the way I needed it. Tweezers helped a lot, but I don't feel they are the final answer. May have to go looking for speciality tools for working on small things.

Trying to keep everything square while the solvent sets.

Working after dark posed problems with lighting that didn't show themselves until the next day. Guess my eyes aren't what they used to be either. :cry:

At times when I was trying to coat a piece with solvent it seemed like the brush, after dipping it in the solvent, still had none on it. I would hold the piece in place the required amount of time only to have it stick to my finger when I moved it away.

All I All I'm Happy So Far! :shock: :D

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You can definitely count that as a 100% success Wayne. It looks really good and you have obviously learned a lot from tackling so small a project. Your scratchbuilding future looks assured methinks.



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Quote Wayne: "All I All I'm Happy So Far! "

If that is the result of your first foray into scratchbuilding in plastikard then you have every right to be.

If you are having trouble sticking the pieces in place, you might like to try a technique I use a lot: just 'tack' the pieces in place by touching the solvent brush to them in a couple of places - just to hold them where you want them. When that has dried a few seconds later, it's easy to run the solvent brush quickly along the whole joint. It won't come apart again when you do it. :wink: It's a bit like spot-welding, I guess.

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A very smart job there Wayne. Good work :)
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Thanks for the comments Guys! I have really enjoyed this project. I wonder just how far I can take this scratchbuilding? My grandkids house (next to the Outhouse) is a two story, four dormers, walk around porch, brick chimney, built in the late 1800's. Might be like going from the frying pan into the fire!!!! :shock: Maybe I'd better build the barn first. :oops:


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If you are having trouble sticking the pieces in place, you might like to try a technique I use a lot: just 'tack' the pieces in place by touching the solvent brush to them in a couple of places - just to hold them where you want them. When that has dried a few seconds later, it's easy to run the solvent brush quickly along the whole joint. It won't come apart again when you do it. It's a bit like spot-welding, I guess.


Thanks Perry, I will try that. Do you think it would work on the face of the clapboard siding? There is not much contact area against that.

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It should do. Don't forget you don't need to flood the area with solvent. Use a fairly fine brush to apply it in small quantities and all should be well.

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Thanks Perry! I will give it a try. I'm sure as I work on more projects, all these little tricks will become common place. It's sure nice to have a source where I can go and ask though. :) :) :)

Now I'm off to see the local model train shop. :D :D :D I need to spend some money!

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What a good job mate. Brilliant for your first one. Wish hat gu in tyhe box would shut the door thou :D
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Wayne Your outhouse turned out great. Your problem with the glue getting all over your hands and the part is a very common one. If you will try the toothpick and put the glue only on the inside edge of the edge you are glueing it will solve your problem. Even if you are using a small brush, PUT THE GLUE ON THE INSIDE EDGE OF THE edge. The other advice I saw just above--use very little glue. (solvent) is probably the best advice you can get.

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Wish hat gu in tyhe box would shut the door thou

Now If that happened no one would know he's there. :oops: :oops: :oops:

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Excellent job Wayne - fires us all up to have a go. I can almost smell it !!! :lol: :lol: :lol:

I can see that, if the "project" idea gets off the ground, there will be quite a few of us doing some scratchbuilding.

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Hurray!!!!!! :D :D :D :D

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Petermac wrote:Excellent job Wayne - fires us all up to have a go. I can almost smell it !!! :lol: :lol: :lol:



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:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: Great line Petermac, wish I'd thought of it! :roll::roll::roll:

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Just finished with the facia around the roof edge. This really helped the look of the Outhouse.
This picture shows the facia around the edge of the roof. I Really should review these pictures before I post them. :oops:
It's like these pictures puts everything under a microscope!
From what I can now see quite clearly, I need to do some trimming on the ends of my facia pieces. :oops:





I turned the Outhouse upside down so you could see under the eaves.





It's Crying Out For Paint but here it is right side up. My next task is to work on the ridge line.






The roof now almost snaps in place. I doubt if a scale 35 mph wind would remove it.:shock: :shock: :shock:
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pictures are just fine wayne ,remember we dont say nasty things here on barchester ,so just let them keep coming.



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I mistakenly hit the "Submit" button instead of the preview button before finishing that last post, so I have now edited it and finished it.

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Built like a brick one, Wayne :)
You'd have to think that from normal viewing distances it'll look excellent.

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