Karl Osolinski

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    Abandoned and Burned out

    Hello all,

    This started life as a Master Creations kit.....the hardest kit I ever scratch built. I plan on building Minerva Casket and Wattmoreland Waxworks but lots of stuff to change.

    Karl Osolinski
    Berkley, MI

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    Rubbles Depot & Water Tower

    Hello,

    Tom Yorke had a kit out many years ago called the Rubbles Depot. I was not able to get the kit but did have the photo used in the ad for it.

    Well, I decided to build it......stone-by-stone. I poured hydrocal into a former with some aluminum foil that was crumpled and then opened up and laid in the bottom of the form. The foil gave the face of the stones some texture. I cut the hydrocal into strips and snapped off the stones with pliers and glued them onto the subwall with super glue.

    The turret is made from two medicine bottles and the back of each stone on the turret was sanded to match the radius of the bottles. The roof was made from Durham's Water Putty poured into a Dixie cup and baked in a low oven for several hours. I then screwed it to the faceplate on my old Unimat and turned it using mostly knives and files. The scalloped shingles are real wood and laid one-by-one.

    The water tower base was done the same way as the depot walls. The tank is board-by-board and there are over 700 individual cedar shingles on the roof.

    Karl Osolinski
    Berkley, MI

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    Bar and Gym

    Hello all,

    I am very fond of the FOS kits and did this diorama for a friend, Paul Brock, from over on the RRL Forum group.

    I made some changes in the structures but the FOS designs are always very appealing, I think. The kits used were the J.J. Hollender's Gym and the Harrington's Bar and Enzo's Pizzeria.

    Cheers,

    Karl Osolinski
    Berkley, MI

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    REA Warehouse

    Hello,

    This is a scratch built version of the old FSM Weary Willy's kit. It is built board by board from Kappler lumber.

    Cheers,

    Karl Osolinski
    Berkley, MI

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    Gas Station Diorama

    Hello,

    This building started out as an Ed Fulasz kit. The only parts used from the kit are the base for the store and the brick front wall on the garage. All the walls were scratch built from Northeastern "aged" clapboard siding and the windows are from Tichy. I used the rubber cement method to achieve a peeling paint look on the walls. I made the diamond shingles from onion skin paper cut with pinking shears.

    Cheers,

    Karl Osolinski
    Berkley, MI

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    More Scratch Built Stuff

    Hello fellas,

    I like signal towers and sheds so I just keep building them. These are a few of the towers I've done from different sources. The brick one started as an Atlas plastic kit that I added a wood platform, stairs and Victorian roof like the one George Sellios did. All the others are from scratch.

    Cheers,

    Karl Osolinski
    Berkley, MI

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    Hi fellas,

    The way I do the peeling paint is pretty easy....here are the steps:

    1) Apply base color on wood (I use Floquil Grime)

    2) Dab on rubber cement with a stiff brush and let it dry for 15 minutes

    3) Airbrush on the final color and let it dry a couple hours

    4) Go over the wall with masking tape and "pick up" the rubber cement

    5) Apply india ink/alcohol wash and you are done.

    Karl Osolinski
    Berkley, MI
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    Hi Pat,

    No, the brick front wall is one of the pieces I used from the kit....I just colored it.

    Karl O.
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    Hot Rods at Big Lou's

    Hello folks,

    I really like this FOS structure....very tiny with loads of character. Lou, the owner, is really into cars so he is having his annual car show with BB-Q and live music.

    It looks like some hoods have arrived on Harleys and the big cop will be keeping an eye on them.....hope we don't have any trouble.

    Building all the cars was just so much fun (yeah, right). I customized some of them - the black roadster even has chrome lake pipes.

    Cheers,

    Karl Osolinski
    Berkley, MI

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    Fresh Fish, sort of

    Hello,

    This is how my FSM Emporium Seafood ended up. I changed 2 of the buildings from shingle walls to board by board walls and sagged the roof on the long shed.

    Karl Osolinski
    Berkley, MI

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    Robert's Machinery

    Hello all,

    This is the FSM G. Wilikers....it's a big model but has some interesting lines. I replaced the big transformer in the front with a billboard scene. I added extra details and people that I have stashed away.

    Karl Osolinski
    Berkley, MI

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    Hello jasbourre,

    I use a Sony 8MP, DSC 828. But, more importantly, the lighting is the critical ingredient for good table top photography. If you can set custom white-balance on your digital camera and work with a live histogram it makes it easier, but not mandatory. Just about any 3-5 MP camera can produce beautiful images. Also, always use a tripod and a cable release - if you can't use a cable release with your camera, set the shutter off using the self-timer. Here's a photo of my table-top set-up.

    Karl Osolinski
    Berkley, MI

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    Fanucci Flour

    Hello everyone,

    I just wanted to thank everyone for the nice comments I've received since posting photos of my models....thank you all very much and I'm glad that you are enjoying the photos.

    Well, since I hit the big 60 today, I'm going to take a break from building and maybe get more photos done.

    This is the FSM Crocker Mill kit.....one of my favorites with its tattered wood walls and decrepit sheds. I like swayback cars (even if they are exaggerated) so I built this one in a very lowly state of repair.

    Karl Osolinski
    Berkley, MI

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    Hi Tom,

    Thanks. I draw a freehand sagging roof line till I get one that I like and then make a cardboard template of it. Then I use the template and draw around it on graph paper - now you have the shape of the side. I then make a frame of 4x4's glued onto the drawn lines - use super glue on the 4x4 that will follow the sag. Don't worry it will hold it - once you get the vertical 2x4 stripwood on the framework it will be fine. Cover the frame with the 2x4 verticals leaving just the slightest space between some of the boards - break some or leave some off - whatever looks good to you.

    Now, you have to flip the template over for the other side - if you don't you'll end up with two identical sides with the boards wrong on one side. Cover the flipside with 2x4's and you are done with the sides. Make the ends and glue the box together.

    Cut a roof ridge piece from 1/8" thick basswood following the roof sag on your template. Glue it between the ends and roof it with 2x10's - you will automatically follow the sag on the ridge piece.

    Hope this helps.

    Karl Osolinski
    Berkley, MI
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    Barzini Lumber Co.

    Hello,

    I did this Barnstead kit and then did not care for the layout that was suggested. I thought it was using up way too much real estate so I pushed the buildings much closer together to make a smaller scene.

    Karl Osolinski
    Berkley, MI

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    Hi Ron,

    Thanks.....

    I was never really satisfied with the results of painting the metal roofing material - it just never looked right to me. Then I started using the chemical etchant (from Radio Shack) that gave it a nice texture but was not the color I wanted.....then I discovered dry paint pigments. Not only were they made in any color you could imagine but they were ground so fine that they could be used like chalks for weathering anything. I posted the link in my reply to Val.

    I use a soft brush and just "flick" the pigment onto the roof and then set it with a glue/alcohol mixture. The results are a nice, gritty looking rust on the roof. It's not real scientific but you can just blow it off if you don't like the way it looks and try again. Here's a close-up of the metal roof on my pile driver.

    Karl O.

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    DiGiorgio Furniture

    Hello folks,

    I think this is my favorite FSM kit ever. Named after Clint Eastwood's partner in the Dirty Harry movies.

    Karl Osolinski
    Berkley, MI

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    Hello fellas,

    I just finished this market yesterday. I scratch built it from photos of a market on the F&SM of George Sellios. It did take more time than I expected but most stuff usually does for me!!

    Karl Osolinski
    Berkley, MI

    Here is the first entry into "Gems". A collection of some of Karl Osolinski's work that he has posted here.

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    Wow! Beautiful work! To bad most of the photos are messed up at this point. I love your modeling, at least what I can see here.
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    I think if you'll click on the thumbnail, you'll see that it is just that which is pixelated and not the actual picture. This is a function of us changing servers and I'd hope it can be cleared up one of these days soon.