Kennecott Copper Company

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  1. 77railer

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    This begins a huge project...Im wanting to scratch build the Kennecott Copper Company in Alaska. Since I have never ever ever scratch built a single thing this will sure be interesting. This is pics of what I have done so far. Im using polystyrene for the foundation and then I plan on covering it with wood, painting/weathering and then hopefully it will look alright...time will tell. I chose the refrigeration plant as a starting point only because it was the first pic I looked at :) Not much done on her yet but its a start. Sorry the pic quality aint that good I had to use my digicam to take the pics.



    77Railer

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  2. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

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    Looks like a fine first attempt.
    Can't wait for the rest.
  3. 77railer

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    Thanks 88 :)
  4. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

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    I'll second that :) Looks good. It's so neat watching these models take shape :)
  5. 77railer

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    Progress

    Using the coffee stirrers I have cut them to fit and glued them to one side...looking ok so far...trying to decide if I want to model the mine in its glory days...which would have been painted red or if I want to model it now which is faded red and grey weather? Any ideas? Here is what I have done so far. Not much but its progress!!!

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    if you are going to use it as a working industrie I would make it in its hay day...steve
  7. 77railer

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    Was suggest I scribe lines in the wood to make it look more to scale...each line is now at 8 scale inches just as the original and looks alot better thanks to some great suggestions. Cant wait to see what it looks like complete [​IMG]

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  8. 77railer

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    I did a little work on the plant tonight. While there are a few things I need to fix here and there Im realizing that some things can be hidden towards the end. All and all Im happy with its progress and appearence. Hoping to finish boxing out the left side by the end of the week. The roof is going to be a challenge due to its shape in the front. We will just have to see how it goes,lol. :)



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  9. 77railer

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    More Siding

    Did a little work on the plant tonight...finished building the side room and put the wood on after it was cut and scored. Sorry for the rotten quality of the pics. Havent decided what to do with the roof yet...roofing paper, or wood. Maybe I will do both to check how the difference looks. Who Knows...LOL. Let me know what ya think.

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  10. Drew1125

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    That is a great looking model, 77!

    :thumb: :cool: :cool: :thumb:
  11. 77railer

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    Thanks Drew I hope to get more work done on it this week. I figure once I get the first one done the rest will be easier..hopefully,lol.
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  12. 77railer

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    Not Enough Time

    Well I got the back section completed as far as the wood goes. All that is left on this model is the roof, paint, weathering. Of the three I have never attempted well...any of them,lol. The roof is supposed to be tar paper. I read somewhere that toilet paper spray painted looks authentic. Any other ideas out there. For the paint I am thinking about diluting red paint in rubbing alcohol, and weathering with indian ink...if I can find it somewhere. I'm going to test everything out on some spair wood before I touch the model. Gonna have to write down my mixes so that the entire company is the same color...should prove to be interesting.


    77Railer

    Not sure exactly what is going on here...looks like some sort of dispute,lol.

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  13. nachoman

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    toilet paper might work..but I think regular photocopy paper will look fine. Reuse some junk mail, cut it into strips, an glue them on the roof in an overlapping fashion. Slop on some black paint, add some weathering, vent pipes, details...

    BTW, did you cut the coffee stirrers in two, or just scribe a line on them? And does anyone know where I can buy a box of stirrers, rather than swiping them from the local joint?

    kevin
  14. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Try tissue paper - the smooth, gift wrapping kind - placed into the wet paint on the roof. (I.e. paint the roof first, then lay the paper into it).

    Looks great so far!

    Andrew
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    Hi 77, if you are looking for faded out paint, it might be best not to thin the paint at all. What I do is put a little paint on a rag or paper towel and wipe it on, then wipe it off, like wood stain. The less paint, the better. I usually do this to 2 ft strips before cutting or assembly. You could do this after assembly, but should test on scrap to make sure the paint is "thin" enough. It's much like drybrushing. On the tar paper, I've used painted cut up grocerybag strips; next time I will use masking tape. I used the bag, because I didn't have tape on hand and was too lazy to go out. Both techniques can be seen here, about halfway down, posted by some clown named Knudsen:

    http://www.2guyzandsumtrains.com/Forums/viewtopic/t=851/postdays=0/postorder=asc/start=0.html

    Your work is looking good!
  16. 77railer

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    Thanks Guys :)

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    great progress 77, for the roof you might try 1200 grit wet n dry papper give`s good texture... have a good one mate...steve
  18. 77railer

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    Well gang 77railer has a little time again and decided to start back on the refrigeration unit..working on the roof now...cut my thumb...that hurt...once I get the digi cam back I will post some pics...


    77Railer