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"The Twin Mills at Deer Creek" - 1:87 of Sierra West Models


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Hi everybody.

 

I  want to share my first SierraWest kit with you ... The Twin Mills at Deer Creek which is a really impressive and fascinating kit of a huge Sawmill complex of the early 19th century....  It consists mainly of stripwood and all the walls, roofs, floors and machinery is built like the real one - with plans in original scale, framework made of wood, stripwood added, .... And which includes a lot of resin and white metal parts (all the wonderful small stuff, machineries, shelfes, tables, workbenches, barells and much more ....) 

 

I started with the cutting of all my wood .... lot of wood .... :)

 

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17 bags with wood .... now ready for some colors ... I have inserted the first bags in a mix of water, black inks and two different brown and one dark grey color from Vallejo for approx. 24 hours .... and the other bags in a mix of Alcohol mixed with black, van dyk and sepia inks for about 20 minutes and wiped it off .... 

 

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.... and laid out all the wood for drying time ...

 

Cheers

Michael
 

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Started with the first walls and parts of the New Mill ....  

 

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I still need a bit of AI on the front wall to give it some more weathering .... 

 

Cheers
Michael
 

The main floor of the New Mill .... I tried to give the surface a heavy weathering with the steel brush, black and brown inks and pigments .... 

 

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Some further damages at the corners will follow I think .... 

Whats your opinion so far for my first try ... ? 

Cheers
Michael

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I very much like the look of this! Nice work so far.

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Looking good.

I WISH I had blueprints for my building!  I've found  free wood in the form of coffee stirrers stolen from coffee shops. I can glue them back to back, double, treble thickness, or more if needs be and file them into one solid beam, or use single ones as floorboards. All extra work, but it's part of the fun.  I am a big fan of acrylic inks and use them almost exclusively nowadays. I must admit I don't bother with baths, I just make washes and slap them on the wood, then distress it with a light sanding.

 

 

Watching with interest and can't wait to see the roof!

 

Rearguards,

Badder

 

 

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Hi Everybody,

 

I have reworked the center area of the wall once again - the gaps were too wide I guess... now it looks better for me ... also added some weathering to the wall ...

 

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The lower part of the floor for the New Mill ....

 

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The sorting table ... later directly next to the New Mill .... 


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The New Mill's main floor .... now with the supports under it and the cut out for the winch ... 

 

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Now it is time to say "MERRY MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OF YOU !!!!!" Have some great days with your families and friends !!!! 

 

Cheers

Michael

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Hi Everybody....

 

some new progress, done during the past few days ....

 

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Cheers

Micha

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Amazing. When you are finished, there's some members on here who would like some garden sheds for a man cave. :giggle:

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Truely  great work!

 

If I might make a very small suggestion though... I think each photograph would look much better if there was a gap between each one. With such a heavily detailed subject, at the moment it’s kind of hard to make out where one photo stops and the next begins. I think each photo needs a bit of breathing space to look its best. 
 

Just saying!

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On 5/13/2020 at 3:36 PM, Bandsaw Steve said:

Truely  great work!

 

If I might make a very small suggestion though... I think each photograph would look much better if there was a gap between each one. With such a heavily detailed subject, at the moment it’s kind of hard to make out where one photo stops and the next begins. I think each photo needs a bit of breathing space to look its best. 
 

Just saying!

Done .... :) 

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Hello,

 

some further progress ..... finished the roofs and added the chimneys and applied the first of several layers of resin in the log pond .... totally I need abotu 25mm depth ... now this is about 8mm .... :) 

 

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Hi Michael,

As dioramas featuring buildings go, this has to be up there with the very best.  Truly stunning work. The water looks to be coming along nicely, and it's going to be great when it's at full depth and the features can be seen underwater.

My only slight reservation concerns the log front left of the diorama, the one with the kink and the stump of a bough protruding out of the side. To me it looks like it might be a bit of a handful for the machinery to deal with, being the shape it is, but then I'm no sawmill expert and maybe the machinery could cope with it?

 

I have to keep reminding myself that this is 1/87th.

 

Rearguards,

Badder

 

 

 

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