Friday, April 29, 2011

Busch FedEx and DHL trucks

Added a few real world vehicles to the set and it is doing wonders. It's fun to see real world businesses represented in the layout. I've taken to printing other real world business signage to add to buildings in the layout and it really does add to it nicely.

The Busch FedEx and DHL trucks are really well made and have enough detail to make them a worthwhile add for sure.

Briddon Bus Terminal

I finally have the bus terminal looking like I want it to.
This section of Briddon (the fictitious town of my multi-part layout) lives at work. I love looking over at it while I toil. :)
The Tomytec bus sets are a lot of fun. You get the white station building, a bus wash, storage shed, gas pump and a few other details on the weathered and painted bases. This set up is made up of the A and B sets, I believe. I tossed in the taller station building and drink station and it ended up rounding out things nicely. the bus is separate. SO many to pick from it's not funny. I tried to keep all the Briddon buses using the same white bus with grey and red color schemes.

Why do I love buses so much? I have four here now and was looking at more the other day! :)

Kitbash: The Factory - The Crew Added

Monday, April 25, 2011

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Kitbash: The Factory - Weathering

More Weathering progress on THE FACTORY.
I plan to do some better photos later after I get some people and devices into the scene.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Kitbash: The Factory - Progress

THE FACTORY - Progress Report

I'm moving right along with my factory blend. I have a first layer of grime and weather going. Now I need to spend a little more time on the paint up, then switch over to the details. (Fence, planting, etc.) It's a fun little project.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Weathering Shop

WOW! Now this is weathering detail. I heard about these guys on MODEL RAIL RADIO and had to check them out. Though, now I am both glad I did and bummed that I did. Their work is amazing and really got me thinking about the items I was working on. I need to pay attention to details and spend the time really working a texture of detail. Not that I can hit these levels with the time and materials I put in, but I can raise my personal bar a little higher - that's for sure!

Amazing work - check it out!

Miniatur Wunderland - Emergency Vehicle

More amazing footage on how these vehicles and scenes are put together. A lot of work to get things to work correctly!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Kitbash: The Factory

Next up, THE FACTORY kitbash.
I had this little factory that I wasn't really happy with, so I got a larger piece to go with it. I'll build out the foundation and make the overall building area a little more impressive.

Now I'm just not sure what kind of factory I'll say it is. I believe the larger kit is some sort of ice house, so maybe something interesting with a play on word naming.

Deep Freeze.

The Ice Farm.

Something like that.

I'm using styrene for the first time as a base for the structure. You can't really tell, but there is a grid built into the white base.

I'm going to make the two buildings match a bit more as well, most likely painting up the smaller building to match the larger. Additional details and the like will be added as well. I'm using this project to teach myself to SLOW DOWN and enjoy the process. I've been rushing projects due to time constraints instead of just slowing down and taking my time.

The HELJAN kit (larger) was fantastic to put together. It was machined well and fit together like I've expected Japanese kits to work out which is rare. The US kits I've tried have been really difficult.

Process and progress photos will follow. Comments welcome as always.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Monday, April 11, 2011

The Brownstone

I like the color combo MUCH better than the original.

The darker brown really makes me think apartment building. The brown/orange was out there. I didn't like it, but I dug the style. This is building C - I think I might pick up the other two and fix them up as well. However, there's a lot I'd have to fix up. Starting with the addition of actual floors! :)

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Kitbash: The Taymore Building

My new kitbash - The Taymore Building. Your basic two building to one bash. I've been dragging my feet on this one due to the masking work I want to do on it. The windows are stuck in, so I plan on masking them all to avoid having to pop them out and back in again.

No pain, no gain, right? :)

I'm going with white, so the green top will be painted white. I'm going to drop a fence around the lower roof and add a few trees for fun.

Stay tuned for updates! :)

Friday, April 8, 2011

Little Toy Gun

Well, I love this song and....there's a train in :)


Thursday, April 7, 2011

Kitbash: The Factory

My next bash is going to be a simple combo. I'm taking these two kits and putting them together into the same compound, trying to match look and feel and adding a bunch of detail elements. I have another project in mind that will do more of a build up style combo, but this one is a simple "put them both together in a space" situation. A little less build and a little more on the detail side.
I'm saving the internal details for the second project as well. I just need some fun time and don't want to work on anything that's too intense. :)
I plan to use the Gold Medal Models N 160-01 Chain Link Fence with Barbed Wire and Gates to enclose the building. I might even do something wacky like making it the Uneeda Medical Supply Co. from RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD. heheheh
I'll post pictures, of course.