Scotia Supply

Hello Everyone,

I started building Scotia Supply this afternoon. I believe it is a re-issue from the early 2000s.

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My first step in any build is always to pull everything out and page through the instructions. All SierraWest kits are loaded with top quality components and this kit is no exception.

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I removed all the castings from the box and cleaned up any flash. It's rare to find one of Brett's castings really needing any cleaning up.

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I blackened all the metal castings using Jax Pewter Black.

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I primed the stone base and the concrete platform with Rust-Oleum 2081 Light Gray Primer. Lots of cool detail in this solid resin casting. It also smells like my grandmothers closet.

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The castings are all primed. They are still pretty wet in this picture. I prime some of them with Rust-Oleum 270179 Black and some with Rust-Oleum 1917 Khaki. If they are primarily wood I use the Khaki. Black if they are mostly metal. I do use Black for wooden barrels. It's easier to rub the paint off the metal bands than try to paint them black.

Thanks for checking in.




  • Definitely ready to see this one shape up!
  • Hi Steve. I have that kit so I will be looking in at your progress have fun,Nice work area.Carl
  • edited January 2018
    Awesome to see my second kit constructed with todays techniques and materials! Great choice Steve, this will be fun to watch.

    "Scotia" is pronounced like the place in Canada "Nova Scotia". I have been asked a lot over the years about that. It was named after a gold claim in the Sierra Nevada mountains during the 1800's gold rush. Thus the name "Scotia Mining Supply" which was generically shortened to simply "Scotia Supply".

    Btw, the large stone block casting makes a great paper weight!
  • edited January 2018
    Couldn’t have come at a better time for me Steve! Excited to see you working up Scotia Supply and based on your modeling, should be a build to follow for sure. When I started BlueSky, Brett’s first release, I mentioned my plan to build each of his new releases as the come out and start at the beginning and build each of his early kits in order from the first and so on. Scotia Supply is next in line.

    I’ll be following along closely Steve, well done!
  • Looks like a great kit.

    Smells like your grandmother's closet how come you didn't mention she was building Brett's kits before you did!!

  • KKarns said:

    Couldn’t have come at a better time for me Steve! Excited to see you working up Scotia Supply and based on your modeling, should be a build to follow for sure. When I started BlueSky, Brett’s first release, I mentioned my plan to build each of his new releases as the come out and start at the beginning and build each of his early kits in order from the first on BlueSky. Scotia Supply is next in line.

    I’ll be following along closely Steve, well done!

    Ken how old will you be when you start this kit so get moving I am 76 and do not want to miss it...................Carl
  • Right Carl, I don’t think you’ll see Steve and I both posting Scotia builds at the same time at the rate I’m going!
  • Ken. Could be that I may start the one that I have just can't make up my mind. So many choices and so little time. ...............Carl
  • There's a lot of days before your next birthday!! Next you'll be telling us the grass needs cutting!!

    So start now and you'll be done before your birthday!!

  • Hey Steve, are you going with the diorama dimensions 10 3/4 x 6 1/4 (stock)? That stone base casting has some great detail and your primer coat just sets it off nicely, can't wait to see what you do with it. I love how vertical the structure is, chance for some great detailing.
  • The stone base is super cool. Tons of detail in the casting. I can’t wait to get some color on it to see what it really looks like.

    I’m not sure how I’m going to lay the base but I think it will be pretty close to the plans. I’m going to stick with similar colors for the building but I’m going to color them using newer techniques.

    Hopefully I’ll get some time tonight to dig further in.

  • I made a little bit of progress tonight.

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    I colored a few stones with some thinned out craft paints.

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    I added a light coat of A&I over the stones. I'd rather do several coats of lighter washes to get the color I want. It's easier to control.

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    This is after 3 washes of A&I. The photo is coming out considerably lighter for some reason.

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    I took a few minutes to color some of the wooden crates. I'm going to approach this build a little different. I usually paint all the castings towards the end of the build. I'm going to paint everything up front this time. I really get bogged down with the castings towards the end and I lose momentum on the project.

    I'm in the process of getting my photography setup upgraded. Brett gave me some good pointers but I had to order some lights. Hopefully I'll be able to get some clear, more detailed photos as this build gets moving along.

    Thanks for checking in.

  • Stone casting is looking good. I could see some weeds growing in the mortar spaces.
  • The stone is coming out great, as is everything else!

    I especially like the floating look from sitting on the glass!
  • Like how your taking your time on the stone casting, such a critical focal point of the build. Interesting take on casting work. I tend to do mine in small spurts depending on the mini-scene I’m currently focusing on. I find I change the apperance and finish of the casting as the scene evolves. Told you I would be having my “ear to the rail” on this build...
  • Steve, your start on the kit is great. Looking forward to seeing more. The stone casting is going to be a gem.

  • I am laughing too much to comment. Okay, I stopped. Wonderful comments. Great job Steve as always. You guys are beautiful. Always nice to hear from Jerry. Carl he will cut your grass.
  • Small update tonight.

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    I drybrushed all the stones with a very light gray craft paint. I painted all the areas that represented boarded up windows with SW Earth from the Reaper kit as a base coat.

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    I scrubbed some dry chalks into the boards. Various colors all wood tones. This window was originally a piece of corrugated metal that has since been covered with boards. I colored the small section of metal showing with a mix of SW Roof Brown and Dark Rust. I dusted it with some rust tone chalks.

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    I then used a small brush to wick some A&I into the edges of the boards. I also very carefully dusted some black chalk in a few areas of the wood to pull some shadows out and make it look a little more rotten. The black chalk adds some cool effects but it can really ruin a good weathering job if you aren't careful. I speak from experience.

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    I played a bit with some wall colors. This is Apple Barrel Marsh Green with some A&I over it. I'm also playing around with the peeling paint a bit. I'm figuring since the lower floor windows are all boarded up the rest of the structure is going to be pretty weathered but not abandoned. The peeling paint was done by coating the siding with mineral spirits before I applied the green color. After the paint dried I pulled it up with some scotch tape. Although I like the way this looks I still have a bit more experimentation before I completely settle on the wall coloring.

    Thanks for checking in.

  • Looking very nice so far Steve.

  • Excellent wood coloring on the boards of the stone casting Steve. I like the subtile green color and the bottom...say 1/4 of the wall with the aged peeling paint with a bit more old bare wood showing through...nice.
  • Thanks Ken. I agree I’m going to keep it pretty weathered with lots of wood showing. I think that combined with some hanging and split siding should give a nice texture.
  • I very much like all the coloring. Has a nice softness which I always appreciate.
  • Hey Steve,
    I really like the stone casting and the door. The peel on the clapboard is great! Congratulations on the expo contest! I really enjoyed watching your last build come together. Amazing modelers on the forum for shure.

  • Thanks Ed. Thanks Jim.

    It’s good to hear you enjoyed it Jim. I had a great time building it. I’m thinking this should be a quicker build for sure. I’m glad you are following along, I’ll try to keep it interesting.


  • Hey Steve,
    Just catching up on this build. So far so good. I like the peeling paint effect. In the photos it's pretty subtle, but effective. Really looking forward to following along.
  • Thanks Joel.

    I finished most of the detail work on the base over the weekend. The only piece I'm not sure about is the board capping the top of the stone. I'm tempted to paint it to simulate wood but I'm afraid the thin color line in between the stone and the green will be very distracting. I think I'll wait to see how much of it shows once I have the sided portion complete and set on top.

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    I painted the 2 brick area with Americana Burnt Sienna mixed with a little Apple Barrel Barn Red. I prefer a slightly orange brick. Of course this looks terrible right now.

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    Same color here. Terrible.

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    I paint on Apple Barrel Antique White and rub it off with a rag. I wanted these brick sections to have a very defined grout. Sometimes I skip this step. This still looks pretty bad at this point. I need to tone it down.

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    To tone the brick down I washed over the brick with A&I. This is after 2 A&I washes.

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    I also dirtied up the brick on this door and colored the trim with Apple Barrel Khaki.

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    I colored the door with Apple Barrel Marsh Green and Khaki. I weathered it with some A&I followed by some chalk. After this picture was taken I blended the chalk a little better. It came across a little splotchy here. For me that's one of the benefits of taking close up pictures as you go, you can correct something you might not see till later.

    I'm going to work on the siding next.

    Thanks for following along.

  • You are right, the close-ups don't miss a thing.

    Green doors look great.
  • Very nice detail work Steve. The green really sets off the door trim and cross bucking. Brick work is subtile and looks old and worn. Wonderful base for the structure to follow! Anxious to see how you handle the cap...see...with following your build I get to have you work through those issues for me...ready to be schooled my friend!
  • Thanks Bryan, Thanks Ken.

    I'm still not sure how I'm going to handle the cap. I'm thinking of making it look like tan wood. Similar to the wood on the boarded up windows.

    I got to work on the siding tonight. First I added some pretty aggressive grain with my wire brush. After that I added some split boards and a few board ends with a razor blade and a #11. Every time I build a kit with milled clapboard siding I'm torn over nail holes. They really shouldn't be visible in HO in my opinion but they add a level of detail and texture that I do like. I decided not to add them on this model.

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    After I detailed and textured the walls I primed them with driftwood from Roundbell. I honestly don't know if this is a necessary step. I've built kits with and without a driftwood primer. I think the only time it's an issue is if the wood has a huge noticeable grain texture that goes between several clapboards. I bought 5 bottles of this stuff when my local hobby shop went out of business so I'm using it.

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    After the driftwood dried overnight I coated the siding in A&I. This will give me some color under the paint when I start pulling it up.

    2018-01-29 004
    I coated the siding with mineral spirits and just when it starts to dry but still has a sheen to it I painted the wall with Apple Barrel Marsh Green. This is after 2 coats. It really looks horrible, I'll fix it I promise. I've done this technique using 1 coat and I find it doesn't pull the paint as well.

    2018-01-29 005
    I used a wire brush over the siding first to scrape off some smaller areas and break the paint up a bit. After that I used some scotch tape and pulled several sections up. The neat thing about this technique is if you can really meter how much paint you pull up by how hard you press the tape into the siding. Any spot that I added detail I used my xacto and scraped more paint off.

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    I washed the wall with A&I again. I really needed to tone it down a bit.

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    This is after 2 coats of A&I. After the second wash I felt like everything started to blend together and feel more natural. I think this as dark as I want to take the walls. I'll revisit the color tomorrow and see how I feel about it.

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    I propped the siding up against the front of the stone base. I really wanted to make sure my green door and my green siding ended up the same color. It looks pretty good to me.

    I glued the bracing to the back of the siding and I'll let that dry overnight. The driftwood, 3 A&I washes and the paint thinner really warped these walls good.

    Next step trim and windows.

    Thanks for checking in.

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