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Contruction Journal ( 2020 Jan-Jun )
01/04/2020 Top

Built a tow truck from Showcase Miniatures
The kit layed out (note: squares are 1/2 inch)

Primed black

Initial paint colors

Almost Finished (needs a little touch-up on the paint and the decals)

Started some basic scenery on the riverbanks

Added some rock castings to the near banks

Roughed in some dirt color

Quick covering of grass

Next up ... remove the excess grass after it dries. Then add rocks and trees

02/22/2020 Top

Building Fred's One-Stop by Showcase Miniatures
Initial building framed out, with a few support beams to control warping until the additions/roof is added

View from other side

More of main building, now with additions and roofing

and from the other side

Still a lot more to go on this, porch, car shop, gas pumps, etc.

03/29/2020 Top

Continued work on Fred's One-Stop by Showcase Miniatures, installed the windows, doors and porch.
Some of the windows need touching up/realignment and the roof turned out too dark - need to lighten it up some

Still a lot more to go on this shop, gas pumps, etc.

Also, finally got around to cutting the plywood for the next section of track

04/05/2020 Top

Installed the plywood and risers for the next section of track

Then started gluing down the subroadbed for it

Also, though no pictures, I realized after posting the previous pictures of Fred's One-Stop
that all the windows were installed both upside down and inside out (major mess up)
So I spent an hour slowing pulling all the windows out so that I can rebuild them all

04/18/2020 Top

Continued work on Fred's One-Stop. Redid all the windows (what a pain) and repainted the roof to be lighter

Then added some trim work, a porch light and some interior lighting

04/19/2020 Top

Laid the track on the new section, so now there is a full loop back to staging and trains can enter the yard from either end

04/26/2020 Top

A little more work on Fred's One-Stop. Added the rest of the trim work on the house portion and started building the gas station portion. I fixed the broken bricks after seeing the pictures, but I did not retake the photos.

04/29/2020 Top

The color of the riverbank cliffs always bothered me. I thought they were too dark. Then I started looking at Colorado pictures and realized they were too gray and not enought tan/orange. So I ordered a set of desert paints and redid them.

And here is a side-by-side comparison, what they looked like before

Versus what they look like now

05/17/2020 Top

Hard to tell from the photos, but I added an interior and lighting to the station portion of the Fred's One Stop kit. I also built the cover and island for the pumps

05/24/2020 Top

Today was mostly small detail items. Besides attaching the two kits, I added roof rafter tails, the roof sign, the pumps, coke & ice machines, trash cans, etc. Plus I added several signs around the station area

Still to go are the steps and railings to the porch, and the steps, railing and awning to the backdoor.

05/31/2020 Top

Fred's One-Stop is done, as far as construction is concerned. Looks like I have a few light-leaks to fix, and I still need to add figures, vehicles, etc. but that won't happen until it gets placed on the layout, and where I'm planning to put it right now, there is no scenery yet (oops).

06/06/2020 Top

Created a scenery base for Fred's One Stop.

06/07/2020 Top

Started on a Deck Truss Bridge. Step #1 - Stain all the wood

06/14/2020 Top

Built the sides of the Deck Truss Bridge. The Top piece is finished, the bottom still needs to be trimmed and have the shoes added

06/21/2020 Top

More progress on the Deck Truss Bridge. Horizontal and Vertical tension bars install. Next up, a bazillion diagonal braces (both horizontal and vertical)

06/28/2020 Top

More progress on the Deck Truss Bridge. Diagonal braces (both horizontal and vertical) installed and working on NBW (nut-bolt-washer) castings. I REALLY hate NBW's right now.

Next up, the ends and the stringers.