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Offline J.L.

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Re: Textile Mill Diorama
« Reply #120 on: April 01, 2018, 08:22:03 PM »
Thanks fellows. One day at a time.

There is a company in town that refinishes older furniture with chalk and Fusion mineral paints to give them a new lease on life. They cover virtually anything.

I mentioned to the owner that I wanted to replicate the look of bare concrete on a primed wooden floor.  She suggested daubing a mixture of mineral paints on with a sea sponge.

This picture is not very pretty. but in the end, it might work. It is a mixture of Putty, Little Lamb and Soapstone daubed on one at a time. I left the area in front of the boiler a little darker. You can see where I experimented with darker 'Ash'.  :(

 It will be interesting to see what this looks like when the walls and the engine platform are in place. :???:
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Re: Textile Mill Diorama
« Reply #121 on: April 01, 2018, 08:59:58 PM »
That looks good John. Is it the putty that makes it all stick to the wood?

Bill

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Re: Textile Mill Diorama
« Reply #122 on: April 01, 2018, 10:00:30 PM »
Hi Bill,

No,'Putty' is the name of the Mineral paint. There is a Benjamin Moore high-hiding 'Fresh Start' all purpose latex primer underneath everything. It's good stuff. I use it on all the MDF matrerial.

Tomorrow, I may be able to put some walls up!

Cheers...John



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Re: Textile Mill Diorama
« Reply #123 on: April 05, 2018, 12:36:06 PM »
The fire wall is in place. It is screwed up from underneath the floor of the diorama. It will have to be removed to later work on the floor.

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Re: Textile Mill Diorama
« Reply #124 on: April 05, 2018, 01:00:21 PM »
Wow that looks great! Really captures the right feeling.

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Re: Textile Mill Diorama
« Reply #125 on: April 05, 2018, 01:59:38 PM »
John, I see you have mastered the mylar templates ... your brickwork looks great.

Tom
I was cut out to be rich ... but ... I was sown up all wrong!

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Re: Textile Mill Diorama
« Reply #126 on: April 05, 2018, 06:40:38 PM »
Thanks for the compliments.

I mentioned that the firewall would have to be removed to do later work.

Here's why. A router was used to cut an opening in the floor for the drain sump.  Room was needed to setup fences to keep the router edges cutting straight.

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Re: Textile Mill Diorama
« Reply #127 on: April 05, 2018, 08:42:29 PM »
The finished floor plates...

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Re: Textile Mill Diorama
« Reply #128 on: April 05, 2018, 08:45:11 PM »
We are getting close to finalizing the placement of the boiler. The back wall of the boiler room has been in place while I determined the location of the sump pit.

The wall is laminated. This allowed the chimney to look as though it was built into the wall.



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Re: Textile Mill Diorama
« Reply #129 on: April 05, 2018, 08:49:33 PM »
The faux boiler is made of wood, plastic and chewing gum (just kidding about the gum), but with this air line, it should be able to take lots of pressure - safely.  ;)

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Re: Textile Mill Diorama
« Reply #130 on: April 05, 2018, 09:28:22 PM »
Another great thread of learning. It's just fantastic work and detail.

Best wishes with your treatment. Speedy recovery please.
Carl (aka Zee) Will sometimes respond to 'hey' but never 'hey you'.
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Re: Textile Mill Diorama
« Reply #131 on: April 05, 2018, 09:32:31 PM »
Thank you Carl.

Kind words.

John

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Re: Textile Mill Diorama
« Reply #132 on: April 06, 2018, 01:43:40 AM »
More nice detail work John. I check in daily.

Bill

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Re: Textile Mill Diorama
« Reply #133 on: April 06, 2018, 09:03:50 PM »
Thanks Bill.

Yes, you are a constant companion watching the project grow.  That means a lot to me.

I mentioned on two occasions that the firewall was removable by unscrewing screws from beneath the floor. Here is another example of how well that plan has worked out. I forgot that the lower half of the machine side of the wall had to painted to give the room that 'industrial' traditional look.

No problem, but it would have been if the wall was glued vertically in place. Rolling the final coat of paint onto the bricks gave the a nice texture.

Two boiler room walls are up.


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« Reply #134 on: April 06, 2018, 09:14:05 PM »
I've seen butcher twine or light white rope wound around pipes to insulate them. Practical, but if a nice coat of plaster is not appiled nicely, the end result looks like rope wound around pipes.

I've been thinking of using textured self-adhesive tape lengthwise until a fellow at an arts and crafts store suggested plaster wrap. Bingo!

Like having a cast applied, the tape is emersed in warm water and wrapped around the pipe. When dry (20 minutes), you've got what was back in the day, an environmentally unfriendly asbestos wrapped pipe coated with cloth and plaster.

 The colour is even right.

No idea of how useful this would be for fellows using live steam.