Dueling shacks: Tarpaper

edited October 7 in O Scale Builds
After enjoying the boxes and its content, being struck with awe because of the great quality of it, the first thing one does is reflect on how and with what to begin.
Although I have the sawmill project with me, amongst other O scale SW kits, I thought it would be a good idea to be modest and begin with the beginners kit. The Dueling Shacks. Just to get the feel of the SW way of construction and patination. I did add a personal touch to it. They don't all have to look the same.... I hope Brett doesn't mind.
To begin with , the tarpaper one. For now, I finished the construction of the walls and a put on a first patination.

Question: even after passing the super fine steelwool, little tiny fuzzies reappear when applying alcohol over the chalk. Solution ? Now to be honest, it is only at the enlarged photos that they show. So perhaps I shouldn't worry to much.....









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  • Robert. I use a sponge backed very fine sanding block to knock off the fuzzies it is made by 3M . you can find them at most paint stores there are about four grades of them I hope that this helps. ......................Carl
  • Thanks Carl, I'll give it a try.
  • What a wonderful coloration and treatment of the wood. How about some details on how you achieved your appearance? It is unique but very realistic. I love the bleached look and the transition from dark to light.

    The wood fuzzies are not distracting at all in your pics and I am sure they are invisible to the naked eye...
  • I don't know about the US, but here in Europe, farmers used to put a tar-based 'paint' Carbolineum, on the wooden outdoor constructions. It is cheap, it requires no rocket science to apply . After several years of sun, rain, sun rain, it starts to get washed away there where it isn't protected by , for example the roof overhang. Hence the transition from dark to light. The unprotected parts get bleached under influence of this.
    For the coloration, I started as per instructed in the manual, but used black aniline dye instead of the Higgins Brand ink. Simply because it's in my workshop and we don't have Higgins here. It is alcohol based.
    Very diluted. It gives this grey base color. Then I just played with the chalk as per instructions. Then steel wool, some more chalk and the brass wire brush and 1200 grit sandpaper to extra brush/ sand the lower part. ( the 'bleached' part). This goes to show that a slightly different application of the instructed 'modus operandi' can give a complete different result. I am sure that every modeler out there has his own little ways of doing things.
  • I'm with Brett on this one that's some beautiful coloring!!

  • Robert, I love the coloring. I love the details. Thank you for sharing.
  • Robert,

    Looking might good. Watching for more posts and progress. Your photos are great. Keep them coming.

    Later, Dave S. Tucson, AZ.
  • Great execution of a great little kit.
  • I'm in!...really a unique wood treatment Robert. Your weathering and door and window work is very nicely done.
  • I like the coloration also. For the fuzzies, hit with steel wool prior to coloring. Sanding as described above helps also.
  • So , I put on the roof which I made out of separate planks (stripwood) because I wanted them to show through the old degenerated and worn tarpaper. With the cardboard, it wouldn't have been possible. It also felt a little to thick. The planks give a small curved shape to the roof. From underneath looking at the overhang, you can see the planks.

    For the tarpaper I used one layer of a paper handkerchief which I painted grey with enamel paint. At the same time I put it on the planks, so it was in fact glued with the paint.
    This gave me a strong base for the intense patination. For this only chalk and alcohol. The last was only for patination purposes :) ( I never drink alcohol)

    More patination, to make the transition from the shack to the ground, when it will be build into the layout.


    Next will be the corrugated one....

  • Robert,

    I really like the overall appearance of your shed.

    However, structurally the only support for the lowest roof boards outboard of the wall face appears to be the barge board (fly rafter) at each end and the thin battens on top of the tar paper. I think the roof would look more convincing if you added a rafter tail under each of the three roof battens on each side (assuming you haven't already planed to do so!).
  • You've got a point there. I just build it as per instructions. But I will add these rafter tails.
  • Beautiful work, the colouring is just great.
  • "Tar Paper" looks great Robert...nice and grungy with the moss growth, and general heavy wear. Matches the structure perfectly.
  • Nice coloration on the tarpaper. The end cap of the roof is a nice touch
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