An Office for the Cement Distributor

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tompm

Active Member
Recently I have been working on a section of the layout I call the Cement Distributor. It is a scene centered around Walthers Cement Distributor kit. As I am finishing the area I realized that I needed an office for the Cement Distributor. I dug through the junk box and found this old caboose. A quick coat of Folk Art Amish Blue and a place near the cement distributor.

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Next I need to add some glass and boards to the windows and some weathering.
 

tompm

Active Member
I now added glass to the windows and also boarded a few windows up.

I weathered the caboose/office by dry brushing Folk Art Burnt Sienna. I then hit it with a wash of Folk Art Charcoal Gray and blue windshield wiper fluid. Lastly I sealed it with Dull Coat.

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tompm

Active Member
I took some strip wood that I had and cut it to size. I then stained it with washes of India ink, Folk Art Burnt Umber, and Folk Art Raw Umber. I then glued the wood together and placed them on the layout and then placed the caboose/office on them.

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Next is the driveway and path.
 

tompm

Active Member
Using different color sands I created the driveway and pathway for the office.

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Next is adding trees and foliage.
 
Tom,
That's a nice job. Thanks for explaining your steps to the finished office. The only thing needed now are a couple of guys sitting around watching the world go by...
Tom
 

tompm

Active Member
Thanks folks!

I have now added some trees, foliage, clump foliage, and fine leaf foliage to the scene.

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TrevorG

ProtoLancing-Fretotyping
Almost there...

Tom,

Looking great buddy! I think all that remains is to add some sign of life in the form of a car or truck and a person or two doing...something. Maybe someone on the steps talking to someone else in the truck or walking to or from the truck.

Trevor
 
Tom, great job!

A question for you. What is the effect and or purpose of the blue windshield wiper fluid? I am not familiar with the technique and curious about what it achieves.

THanks
 

tompm

Active Member
Thanks everyone.

simon1966 said:
A question for you. What is the effect and or purpose of the blue windshield wiper fluid? I am not familiar with the technique and curious about what it achieves.
I don’t have a good answer for you other than it works.

When I got back into the hobby I was using Polly Scale paints. Everything was fine until I tried using it in an airbrush. No matter what I used it clogged. I tried airbrush thinner, distilled water, different types of thinners. Finally someone suggested blue windshield wiper fluid and it worked. When I switched from Polly Scale to the craft paints bwsf continued to work so I did not change.

Somebody told me it has to do with the alcohol content and how that helps things dry faster.
 

tompm

Active Member
I added a mailbox and electric pole to the office.

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I also added an electric meter and a smoke stack.

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Thanks Tom, so the windshield wash is used as a thinner, I will have to try that myself.

The extra details really add something to the scene, nice job.
 




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