News 2-STALL ENGINE HOUSE KIT -- KIT REVIEW WITH PICS

Zscaleplanet Oct 22, 2020

  1. rray

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    The trick for the Aztek airbrush, which is what I use, is to try and only use Tamiya paints. Then you just have to squirt an eyedropper of alcohol into the airbrush to clean it. But when I paint locomotives, I use Floquil, and that requires the full hassle solvent cleaning and disassembly.
     
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    Thanks, Robert. That is good to know about specific paint to use. You are correct about how quick Tamiya dries on the brush. I suppose the lid should not be left off the jars very long. I found the same issue with Vallejo's silver paint when I painted Carlo' vehicles. You get only one swipe before it dries. I guess some pigments react differently? Dipping the brush in alcohol made it easier. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Jim
     
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    Always fascinating when airbrush tech comes up. I have quite a collection. Badger, Iwata, Grex, a cheap one with no name (but the most often used!) internal mix, external mix, single and dual action, whew! I used to do architectural rendering BTW. Inks are the best! spray some water and they are clean. As stated Enamels, Lacquers (like Floquil) and 2 pack paints are the worst. I always choose the one easiest to use and clean for any job. But one thing never changes, you have got to clean them properly after the job or they will get ruined.
     
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  4. Zscaleplanet

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    Well, I thought I had better get these latest pics of the Basher 2-Stall Engine House posted before Speedy "Jim" Gonzolez (aka BostonJim) builds this same kit in "one" day and posts his pics -- LOL. :D

    The attached pics lack two things I have yet to complete -- a minor weathering of the roof and the addition of the the two smokestack, which I cover below.

    Since this started as a kit review, I will continue in that direction with some near completion input:

    • While this kit is not high in parts count, it is still a rather complex build with the need to pay close attention to panel line-up, etc. But overall, it is a fabulous kit and will be a huge addition to any yard, big or small.
    • Panel line up was challenging, but that could be based on the glue I was using. Overall, this is a very precise kit in regards to the cuts and fitament, but plan on patience and time required.
    • As was mentioned, it may have been best to use Tamiya's ultra thin primer for the walls prior to painting, in order to avoid warp. I specifically had challenges with warping of the main two door wall panel, and had to put some pressure along the back-side using modeling clay and rigid wire, in order to get it straight.
    • As an addition to this kit - I added the secondary small wooden platform on the one door. This platform came from another kit. The brick will just below it was fashioned from laser over-run on the left-over parts of the kit. There was just enough to trim away three small walls, and mount them under that platform. All of the 3-step staircases and main platform come with the kit by the way.
    Smokestacks:
    The smokestacks kicked my butt! I decided to go another route with them, fashioning my own via brass square stock and some pyramid shaped covers (6MM X 6MM) that I ordered from a bead and fabric stud supplier. I am awaiting for the covers to arrive. If these work like I think they will, I will continue this review by showing them and what I used.

    There may be someone out there who can pull the smokestacks off with success, and kudos to that person. But they kicked my butt, so I am trying something else that I think will work for my kit

    I put a bug in Mike Basher's ear about doing the smokestacks via 3D, as I think that would just add the icing on the cake for this kit. He is taking it under advisement. Rest assured, he is one focused on quality and value.


    I just ordered the Sawtooth Warehouse and the Church from Basher. I am anxious to start on that warehouse and I suspect the results will be on par with this 2-stall Engine House.

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  5. rray

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    Very nice! That's the level of realism I like to see! [​IMG]
     
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    Thank you sir! Indeed if we keep working towards greater levels of realism, I think more embrace will Z-scale.

    This forum is an inspiration for many and I appreciate the many tips, tricks and techniques that others share as well. Anything I can do to further the cause, I will happily do so.
     
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    Hey, Lance.
    That came out fantastic. I like your mortar technique and will be using it going forward with laser kits. The mortar and weathering is brilliant. I already have a couple of engine houses so that was not on my list. Ditto on the sawtooth building. I have a couple of Kibri and a couple of MTL ones. I did super detail one of the MTL ones with open clerestory windows. My curiosity is piqued about the chimneys. Archistories makes some stand-alone paper chimneys. I wonder if they would work. Mike Basher's kits have a lot of appeal. His response to the market is commendable. Jim
     
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    Sweet, that building belongs on a world class layout.
     
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    Jim,
    Once I get the pyramid shaped covers, which I hope will work as I think they will, I will post some pics of what I came up with and where to get these covers from. I am using brass square-stock for the body and the chimney, and I have on order something called a "Rhinestud" as this one is called. You've seen those metal studs that decorate Harley saddle bags, or say a woman's leather purse. Wellllll low and behold, they have small 6MM X 6MM pyramid shaped ones that are the same dimension as this chimney top in the kit. Which was part of what I struggled with in this kit.

    Stay tuned and I will provide an update and build pics in a few days once the Rhinestuds arrive. If they look appropriate that is.:unsure:

    Thanks Eric! Stay tuned as well, as I just finished the platform for my layout and will post initial pics soon.

    Lance
     
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    Hey, Lance
    Jewelers and beaders have entire catalogs of findings and shapes that can be used for all kinds of things. For years I used tiny rubber earring backs for 55 gallon drums. A bag of 100 of them cost $2.00. Jim
     

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