Double Diamond Ranch

Discussion in 'Robin At His Best' started by Matthyro, Oct 5, 2003.

  1. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    David, the blocks are 1/8th inch by 1/4 inch. I am not exact at cutting so the length does vary slightly and some blocks have to be cut to fit.
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    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    It seemed to take a long time to get all the stones in place. I then used a coat of drywall compound as mortar. Once dry, I will sand it lightly then give the stones some paint.

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    That took a set of brass ones to do knowing that, unlike styrene, you can't just wash it off. The drywall compound I'm familiar with should come to a nice finish just by brushing over it with a medium bristle toothbrush. It will look great if (when?:D ;) :p ) it works out.
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    That is some great work on these stones Robin! They look very real!

    Mike.
  5. Matthyro

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    Progress so far.

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    It is shaping up Robin. Looking great.
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    Looks Great Robin.

    You got to have a flag on the roof:D
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    :D :D :D Faaaaaaaaaarm Out! :D :D :D
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    I am continually overwhelmed by the projects that you put together from scratch. The brickwork on this one is so real. I'm not sure how you do it, but I'm glad that you do. Thanks for sharing all of your "labor of love" with us.
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    This stonework looks great, Robin.

    Although I won't build a stone house, the same technique could be used for a masonry pillar of a bridge or for tunnel portals.

    I'll give it a try - thank you for lighting up a bulb for me! :cool: :)

    Ron
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    Well done.
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    Wow Robin, that is fantastic stonework!!!! You keep leading the way my friend - awesome!

    cheers
    Val
  13. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    Nearing completion.

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    In the meantime, I started with stable and bunk house.

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    Robin,
    Absolutely fantastic, as always. Once you placed the rocks, did you paint them then add the dry-wall compound as mortar? I'm thinking this technique would work great for a passenger terminal I'm planning.
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    Yes mhdishere
    I did paint the stones with a grey/brown colour before I put the mortar on. Added some more paint after sanding the mortar.
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    Another great model Robin, I am going to try that block method on the base of the Lighthouse I am building Thanks for the idea
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    The house with evetroughs and downspouts is complete other than a touchup here and there and will soon be installed on the layout

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    The stable and bunk house is taking shape. From the size you can imagine this is one of those huge ranches in the west where a large number of cowboys are needed.

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    Looking good Robin....It really amazes me how you build all this stuff from cardboard.