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PostSubject: Re: Frenchies Bar   Sun 13 Jul 2014, 11:27 pm

Easy Peasy...this is what you need to get it out John.



  


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PostSubject: Re: Frenchies Bar   Mon 14 Jul 2014, 12:06 am

The Makita tool...dangerous looking! The car looks good, especially the tapered white of the front! Maybe a spotlight for driver or passenger side would be all I'd add. Thanx for another piece of history.
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PostSubject: Re: Frenchies Bar   Thu 23 Oct 2014, 9:44 pm

Great work on the Sheriffs car John.
Any news on Mrs Frenchie?
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PostSubject: Re: Frenchies Bar   Wed 31 Dec 2014, 5:25 am

I love it all, John, from the spot on weathering on the buildings and the period cars. I hope to see it in Salt Lake!
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PostSubject: Re: Frenchies Bar   Wed 31 Dec 2014, 3:34 pm

Art: Judging from what I have seen and heard of your work, I appreciate your compliment very much. I'm finally getting back to Frenchie's this week----or as soon as I get over this *&&*%$ respiratory illness I have going. Got to move along to get it done in time for GSL in April.

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PostSubject: Re: Frenchies Bar   Mon 09 Feb 2015, 5:03 pm

Frenchie's has been stalled for several months, but I'm finally getting back to it.  I hit a block with the building when I  realized that I just didn't like the way the roof was going together and did not like the decision I had made to make the roof removable.  At the same time I didn't like the orientation of the roof ridge.



I have decided to rebuild the roof; changing the orientation of the roof ridge from N/S to E/W.  The front canope will be an intregal part of the roof structure rather than a separate piece.  The most basic change will be that the roof will NOT be removable.  Instead I have decided to electrify the building and install LED lighting to illuminate the interior.  

Over the past couple of days I have salvaged the material from the original roof and have gotten a good start on the new roof.

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It was a bit hard to take the salvage tool, a BFH, to the original roof structure, but I think the end result will make the effort worthwhile.  

***For some reason the second photograph will not appear in the thread.  If you want to see it just click  on the link,***








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PostSubject: Re: Frenchies Bar   Tue 10 Feb 2015, 3:05 pm

Here is Frenchie's with the new look.



Next up is finishing the interior, wiring the LEDs and completing the exterior scenery.  I'll post again as appropriate.

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PostSubject: Re: Frenchies Bar   Tue 10 Feb 2015, 6:04 pm

I think it looks much better, but never thought it looked bad before. Hope that makes sense. Thanks for the update.
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PostSubject: Re: Frenchies Bar   Wed 11 Feb 2015, 12:18 am

I did a mock up of the diorama this afternoon. There is nothing final here other than that there will be the three automobiles and that there will be several figures. The arrangement of the figures and other items is open to discussion.





The placement of the figures and such is completely open. Let my know what you think and give me any suggestions that you may have.

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PostSubject: Re: Frenchies Bar   Wed 11 Feb 2015, 2:08 am

I like the new roof, looks great I would keep the worker on the roof as is, I'd leave the panic table their and move the two front figures to the back and a little behind the police car but that's my 2 cents worth
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PostSubject: Re: Frenchies Bar   Wed 11 Feb 2015, 12:38 pm

Hi John,

I really like the new tin roof, but as Mr Z mentioned, the old roof looked good too, although I do prefer the look of this new one...

It's good to see Boss Hog, I wonder what he's planning to do...

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PostSubject: Re: Frenchies Bar   Wed 11 Feb 2015, 2:15 pm

I like the new design much better, John. The much improved ridge piece looks more realistic.

As a whole it looks beautiful. Great work.
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PostSubject: Re: Frenchies Bar   Sat 14 Feb 2015, 6:18 pm

I decided to roof the "beer garden" attachment to Frenchie's with black tar paper to provide variation.  I had never made a roof of this type before, but have come up with a procedure that I think does a good job of replicating what I wanted.  I thought you guys might be interested in how it was done so have prepared this step by step.

I had a term paper protector with a stiff black cover.
 


I cut the cover from the protector and cut that into scale 4 foot strips.



Using sand paper and a wire brush I dulled and abraded the shiny textured surface of the protector cover strips.



The prepared strips were then coated with a homemade dark gray stain and Bragdon powders were used to get the color that I felt was appropriate.  The strips were then attached to the roof of the model using 3M spray adhesive and given a final  application of Bragdon powders.



I think this makes a pretty believable tar paper roof.  Let me know what you guys think.

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PostSubject: Re: Frenchies Bar   Sat 14 Feb 2015, 10:54 pm

Looking good John!!
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PostSubject: Re: Frenchies Bar   Sun 15 Feb 2015, 1:27 am

Orientation of roof more "normal" now. The old way did look like it was a side entrance but facing the road. Re: tarpaper, my Revell Ford woodie I made into a kids' playhouse had a tarpaper roof. I cut file card into scale 3 foot wide pieces, painted it with thick semi gloss paint (brushed). It came out reasonably well. Good luck, but you sure don't need it with your skills and eye for how things should look!
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PostSubject: Re: Frenchies Bar   Sun 15 Feb 2015, 4:23 am

Looks great from here. Nice work.
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PostSubject: Re: Frenchies Bar   Mon 16 Feb 2015, 11:36 am

Looks great.
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PostSubject: Re: Frenchies Bar   Mon 16 Feb 2015, 12:57 pm

Thanks for the comments guys.

The exterior of the Frenchie's building is essentially done with the exception of a couple of minor details.  I've taken some photos and would appreciate any criticism or suggestions you might have to complete things.  I have left the vehicles and most of the figures off for the time being as for the moment I am more interested in getting the building done.  







The box with the red and black wires coming out of it contains the 9V battery that operates the LED lighting for the interior of the building. The wires will be covered with folage when complete..

I think the rear of the building is rather plain and would like to add something here..  I'm open to suggestion as to just what.  I do know that there will be a fairly large tree near the right side of the building.  Let me know if you have any ideas.

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PostSubject: Re: Frenchies Bar   Mon 16 Feb 2015, 3:08 pm

The pile of fire wood looks to clean and shiny next to the building. Can you "weather" the wood a bit?
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PostSubject: Re: Frenchies Bar   Mon 16 Feb 2015, 3:24 pm

Everything is looking great, John. The detaiils are fantastic.

The only thing I'd change would be the Beer and Barbeque sign. It looks a little too large for a hanging sign and could be a hazard for the tall clientelle that have lingered inside for awhile. A permanent mounting on the ends of the three exposed truss beams would be good.

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PostSubject: Re: Frenchies Bar   Mon 16 Feb 2015, 4:44 pm

I think the gas pump looks out of place. Maybe move the picnic table to a different location and extend the awning on the front. Like a car could drive under it to pump gas. Just my 2 cents worth. I could be wrong I have been before.
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PostSubject: Re: Frenchies Bar   Mon 16 Feb 2015, 6:07 pm


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PostSubject: Re: Frenchies Bar   Sat 07 Mar 2015, 5:11 pm

Any progress John?

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PostSubject: Re: Frenchies Bar   Sat 07 Mar 2015, 7:19 pm

Some progress Al, but not the type that shows in photos. I have the lights wired in except for the final connection. I plan on finishing that today. I'm also starting on the final stage of the base today. Hopefully I'll have photos in the next day or so.t

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