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In-ko-pah RR: Some new photos

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Posted by middleman on Sunday, November 29, 2020 10:03 AM

I'm lookiing forward to your "Un-Urban Renewal" project,Ray,but I'm blown away by the figures in front of the buildings. More of your own creations?

Mike

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Sunday, November 29, 2020 11:56 AM

middleman
I'm blown away by the figures in front of the buildings.

Me too... I would love to see close ups of these guys.

-Kevin

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Posted by Ray Dunakin on Sunday, November 29, 2020 8:47 PM
Thanks! Yes, I sculpted those figures. The couple on the left represent me and my wife Cris. The seated figure is my brother Mark. I've done a few other family members, and want to do even more, but sculpting figures is such a tedious process that I'm not often in the mood to do it.
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Posted by Ray Dunakin on Sunday, November 29, 2020 8:51 PM

Thanks. The figures don't look quite as good in close up, but here they are:

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Posted by Ray Dunakin on Sunday, November 29, 2020 8:56 PM

Here are some more figures I made...

 

My father-in-law is the engineer:

 

 

 

 

Our son is the fireman:

 

 

 

These two represent my dad and my stepsister. They were built to occupy my scratchbuilt railbus:

 

 

 

The passenger in the rear is Cris' grandmother:

 

 

 

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Posted by middleman on Sunday, November 29, 2020 9:48 PM

"The figures don't look quite as good in close up..."

I'm sure you are your toughest critic,Ray. They all look amazing.Thanks for posting those shots.

Mike

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Posted by HO-Velo on Sunday, November 29, 2020 10:02 PM

Ray,  Whenever I see your fine work makes me wanna' go up in scale.  Thanks & regards, Peter

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Sunday, November 29, 2020 10:19 PM

Ray, When I get my house done, and my workbench set back up... I would love for you to send me a figure that I can paint for your layout.

-Kevin

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Posted by NorthBrit on Monday, November 30, 2020 6:14 AM

A really lovely piece of work that is 'in the top drawer' of modeling.

Thanks for  showing.

 

David

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Posted by Ray Dunakin on Thursday, January 14, 2021 2:01 AM

I just finished another project. One of my early structures is a two-story drugstore. The exterior walls were made of real stone and mortar. Unfortunately I had used clear plastic in the windows, and this became fogged, yellowed, and cracked from exposure to the elements. Also the painted styrene portions of the structure were becoming worn and faded. The incandescent grain-of-rice bulbs I used for lighting had burned out long ago. 

 

So I refurbished the building, putting real glass in the windows, replacing the bulbs with LEDs, and repainting the parts that were worn and faded. I also cleaned out the dirt and cobwebs that had gotten into the interior.

 

At last the building is finished and reinstalled on the layout:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That's all for now. Enjoy!

 

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Posted by NorthBrit on Thursday, January 14, 2021 5:07 AM

Many modelers are good.

Some are very good

Some are excellent

Not many, but a few take it that bit further.

'One or two' are memorable.

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Out there beyond  we find Ray.

 

David

 

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Posted by Pruitt on Thursday, January 14, 2021 9:57 AM

Looks fantastic, Ray!

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Thursday, January 14, 2021 11:50 AM

It looks great Ray.

I'll bet that project would have made a great spoof of "flip this house" with the right narrator.

It was effort well spent.

-Kevin

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Posted by doctorwayne on Thursday, January 14, 2021 11:54 AM

Ray, your modelling is so well-done that I'm never sure if I'm looking at model-work or the real thing. 

Beautifully rendered! Bow

Wayne

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Posted by Ray Dunakin on Thursday, January 14, 2021 12:19 PM
Thanks guys!
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Posted by Ray Dunakin on Thursday, January 14, 2021 2:27 PM
My next project involves this brick hardware store:  This structure has held up remarkably well despite nearly 7 years of continuous exposure to the elements. The one area that needs refurbishing is the roof, which is becoming faded and worn:  The main work to be done is adding interior details and lighting. .
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Posted by York1 on Thursday, January 14, 2021 3:00 PM

Thanks for sharing your great work with us on the forum.  I hope you can continue to update us with progress on the hardware store.

My kids say they want a cat for Christmas.  Normally I do a turkey but hey, if it'll make 'em happy ...

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Posted by hon30critter on Friday, January 15, 2021 12:26 AM

Hi Ray!

All I can do is echo the others superlatives! You are an inspiration!!

Cheers!!

Dave

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Posted by mbinsewi on Friday, January 15, 2021 3:24 PM

I agree with everyone Ray, spectacular!  

Museum quality for sure!  Bow

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Posted by HO-Velo on Saturday, January 16, 2021 1:38 PM

Ray, Your artistic work is like a well executed movie set, all those subtleties adding to a wonderfully realistic sense of time and place.  I suspect ol' Sol plays a fading part under those bright 'Sandy Eggo' skies.

Thanks and regards, Peter

 

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Posted by Ray Dunakin on Sunday, January 17, 2021 12:08 AM

Thanks, everyone! I appreciate all your comments.

 

When I finished the exterior of the building back in 2014, I also made the removable box that will contain the interior details. The walls, floor, and ceiling were also finished, so all that remains is to add the interior details and lights:

 

I'm taking a couple shortcuts on this project that will make things easier for me. First of all, I found some inexpensive 1/24th scale tool and hardware sets online. These should work well to represent brand new hardware, with minimal work needed to make them presentable:

 

Secondly, I decided to make enclosed displays for the two windows. This means the only view into the interior will be through the glass on the doors, so I won't need to put as much effort into detailing the interior. I built the display enclosures out of 3mm Sintra PVC board:

 

Test-fitting the enclosures in the room interior:

 

That's all for now, more later.

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Posted by Ray Dunakin on Sunday, October 17, 2021 9:03 PM

When I started on the interior for this building (way back in January), I thought that using "store-bought" tools to make window displays would save me a lot of time creating interior details. As it turned out, enough of the interior is visible through the doors that I still had to create a lot of details for the interior. I ended up getting bogged down, and set the project aside while I worked on other things. Anyway, I finally have some progress to show... I made a row of bins for nails and screws, with space above it to display other products. Only one end is detailed because the other end will not be visible:  I built another rack full of various pipes:  The store's interior is built in a box that slides into the main structure. I cut an opening the rear wall and turned it into a false doorway to another room, using a photo. I also began adding details to the rear wall:  Here's a look at the interior as it nears completion:   The last item I made for the interior is a cash register. I used some Lego pieces to form the basic shape, then added various bits of styrene to make it look like an old-fashioned cash register with a wooden case:    Here's how the building looks with the interior installed and lighted:    The only thing left to do is make some exterior light fixtures, mount them, and complete the wiring. .

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Posted by York1 on Sunday, October 17, 2021 9:11 PM

Ray, more of your amazing modeling work!  Thanks for the photos!

My kids say they want a cat for Christmas.  Normally I do a turkey but hey, if it'll make 'em happy ...

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Posted by "JaBear" on Sunday, October 17, 2021 11:57 PM

Sledge hammer. by Bear, on Flickr

 

Thanks for sharing your great work, Ray.
Cheers, the Bear.Smile

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Posted by hon30critter on Monday, October 18, 2021 3:00 AM

Excellent work Ray!

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Posted by NorthBrit on Monday, October 18, 2021 4:22 AM

Wonderful modelling that is 'top drawer'.   Absolutely stunning.   The lighting is 'just right' imo.   Not dark or too bright.   Thanks for posting.

 

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Posted by Water Level Route on Monday, October 18, 2021 5:44 AM

Ray, amazing as always.  Bow  Thank you for sharing your incredible work!

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Posted by HO-Velo on Monday, October 18, 2021 12:50 PM

Terrific Ray, absolutely terrific!  Thanks for posting, regards, Peter

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Posted by Aralai on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 2:43 PM

Glad to see I'm not the only one that takes years to build and post. I will definitely take the time to go through your whole thread - your attention to detail is stunning!

Apologies in advance of you documented this earlier, but are your rock faces real rocks?

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Posted by Ray Dunakin on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 3:16 PM

Aralai

Glad to see I'm not the only one that takes years to build and post. I will definitely take the time to go through your whole thread - your attention to detail is stunning!

Apologies in advance of you documented this earlier, but are your rock faces real rocks?

 

Thanks! Yes, it's all real rocks.

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