What's on your workbench?

JR59 Jan 29, 2006

  1. rray

    rray Staff Member

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    As far as their coffee goes, I don't know. I don't like iced coffees, and I refuse to pay more than $1.50 for a coffee, so I go through the Mc Donalds drive through or I go inside the 7-11....

    Hmm, 7-11's have been around forever too? [​IMG] I think I know what I want to do next. [​IMG]


    I made a bit more progress, today working on the signs. I also painted it to see if the paints I have match the signs. I still have to do all the electrical, window glazing, details, etc.

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  2. MMR283

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    Just a little history about Dutch Bros. They started in Grants Pass, Oregon in 1992. They are now over all of the west coast with some located in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and now to Tennesse. The way they are growing it won’t take long to be in the mid-west and east coast. As for your question do they make a good cup of coffee, the answer is yes! I feel they are much better than Starbucks. Where I live in Idaho anywhere you come to a Dutch Bros., there is usually long lines, but well worth the wait!
     
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  3. MMR283

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    Robert, you have captured the correct look of the Dutch Bros. You definitely have the right colors on the building and signage. All it needs is a line of cars with people waiting to get their espressos! Great job on putting this together!
     
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  4. Kurt Moose

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    Looks great, wow!

    They're all over here in Washington too, WAY better than Stalebucks for sure!

    Keep up the great work, dang!(y)
     
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  5. StevenWoodwardNJ

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    Robert Ray, you are the man! That Dutch Bros. is spot on!

    Not much for me lately. I did finish painting my first (of many) Z beer can tank cars. Here's a pic of it next to it's big (N) brother. I have to do another, the print registration is off on the logo. But I can 3D print more cars at any time.

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  6. StevenWoodwardNJ

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    I've purchased a number of your vehicles, the rolling definitely does help with painting! I'm printing my items on a resin printer. I'm just about done with making the tires separate on the trucks I've designed. In Z it's not easy, even the slightest shrink rate makes a big difference. For tandems I'm trying to do separate outer rims, which will really make painting a breeze.

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  7. rray

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  8. MMR283

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    You’ve once outdid yourself again. You have thought of all the details and lighting that makes the Dutch Bros., as realistic as possible. A huge well done Robert!
     
  9. CNE1899

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    I found some time to sort thru more of my dad's Z stuff.
    I was going thru the Rogue Locomotive Works GP38 shells, chassis, parts, and decided that with all the shells, I might want to use them to practice airbrushing.
    I used to build models from grade school to high school, but I had never used an airbrush, even though I owned one.
    So with all these early mold rejects and first run shells, I thought I'd paint up some local railroads, Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Pan Am Railways, Guilford Rail System, and the CNJ (not local). I am also staring out with a western lumber railroad as my first paint scheme.
    Some of the locos are GP40s, so I wanted to see how well I can transform the GP38.
    So here are the several dozen shells.
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    The tools I used were a razor saw, X-acto knife, two small files, a sanding block, and piece of wood I used to mount the shell in a vise. Two GP38 shells are needed to make one GP40.

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    I cut out and filed away the areas on the future GP40 shell that were to be modified. On the GP38 donor I cut out the the angled overhang area to increase it on the GP40. I also cut out a fan shroud to place a third fan on the GP40. I cut out a square section around the fan and filed it round.
    Drilled a hole the same size of the fan in the GP40.
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    Unfortunately, looks like I didn't line things up nicely when I took the picture, but it does fit well.
    It took me about a half hour last night. These were my test subjects. As you can see, the window divider did not mold completely and the shells didn't take paint well.

    Scott
     
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  10. rray

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    That sounds like a nice project, with q great start. I have been using an airbrush a long time, but have never mastered it. I just get by, and need to practice before each paintjob.
     
  11. CNE1899

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    Rob,
    I figure if I practice on something I'm not so up tight on, when it comes time to paint my steam projects, I'll be confident enough.
    BTW, I like your latest avatar best.(y):LOL::)
    The Dutch Bros build is the cat's meow! Do I see counter details in there?

    Scott
     
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  12. SJ Z-man

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    Good lighting *really* helps. Horizontal strip light, about top of your forehead, so you can see the sheen (reflection) of the paint. 1) you know you are spraying and 2) when it’s too much ;)

    And colors close to the existing part don’t easily show up, unless the light angle is right. Like light dirt/grime on a white or tan car or, oil/grime on a black tank car.
     
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  13. drken

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    I'm trying to do more regular updates and as I'm currently stalled while looking for interior details, I thought I'd let everybody know how my current project is doing.

    Parts all printed in black PLA to make everything lightfast.
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    The underside of the roof showing the built in light fixtures for the main building, office, and porch already painted silver.
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    Gluing in the red and white lights (0402 leds) using Pacer's Formula 560 canopy glue. Very strong, very clear.
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    Ceiling painted flat white using Golden's Acrylic Paint (used to paint everything here).
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    Light testing successful!!
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    Main Building (mostly) painted inside and out
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    Another angle showing the light fixtures for the 3mm leds used for the observatory
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    I now have to find some z-scale chairs, seated people, a speaker's podium, and whatever else you would expect to find when looking in an observatory.
     
  14. rray

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    Look on the Shapeways shops, you never know what you can find
     
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    I have tried that also I did the tires then a set of rims, but they are so small putting them together will take a lot of work! I have been watching to see if they will come out with a rubber type of material! that would be cool to do the tires in they have the SDF in black but cost more but has a finer detail!
     

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  16. southernnscale

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    So now on my work bench are some Mowers for cutting that static grass! 42in cut 18hp craftsman garden tractors just got today! started paint a few!
     

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  17. rray

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    Those mowers are awesome!
     
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  18. rray

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    I have been working on a combination of Walt's Borden Milk Car shell and AB Brakes using my underframe with sandwiched in lead weight, and the modified MTL Commonwealth trucks to build the 40' Merchants Despatch Milk Car. I had to do the research as usual, and discovered this:

    Known to modelers as "Butterdish Milk Cars", they could be found on trains running on the D&H, Rutland, Lehigh Valley, DL&W, NYO&W, Erie and the NYC. The fleet included 35 cars, all of which had twin 3000 gallon glass-lined tanks, for a 6000 gallon car capacity, and were numbered BFIX 501-535. The cars were built in 1935 by Merchants Despatch Transportation Company, had black underframes, and the aluminum tank shroud were painted some White and some Silver, then in the 1940's a Red-Orange.

    In the mid 50's the cars were painted black and renumbered as BCDX Borden Chemical. They were relegated to hauling chemicals used to make Elmer's Glue-All. By 1957 there were 25, in 1960 there were 22, and in 1965 there were 12 left. The 12 cars left in 1965 are 1006, 1007, 1008, 1010, 1018, 1019, 1021, 1024, 1028, 1030, 1031, 1032.

    So I cheated, and followed the underframe detail from a combination of Funaro & Camerlengo HO kits, Overland Models HO Brass, and Precision Scale HO Brass models, and where they all agreed on the brake layout, I used it:
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    The AB Brake parts are all Walt's 3D prints he sent me, and when painted flat black and dusted with chalk powder, the detail really pops:
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    I just painted the tank shroud Tamiya white primer, and plan on doing the decals tomorrow. I used body mount couplers since that is what you have to do when using the MTL 904 trucks. I really like these cars, a neat addition to my Z Scale collection.
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  19. CNE1899

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    Rob,
    These really are the cream on top! They are the Cows Moo!
    Excellent job on the bottom details!

    Scott
     
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  20. JoeS

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    The mowers look great! Gonna need a lot of static grass with that fleet! Haha!

    I can honestly say I’ve never seen a milk car. But without a doubt you nailed it!
     
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