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    Here are some really cruddy cellphone pics of the two industries I will be modeling on the latest corner module.

    First is a simple chemical offloading platform that serves an industry that is not located along the tracks.







    Second is the warehouse operation of a packaging company.



    At least that is the plan for now. The warehouse will probably be a Pikestuff Tri Star industries with a bashed small engine house as the loading docks.

    I know I have seen a chemical unloading platform that is similar to the pictures but I can't remember who made it. If anyone has any ideas please let me know.
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    I have the Pike stuff 2 stall engine house and the tristar ind. which will become Dura-Bond industries! So I will be watchin here if you get started before me - I have the brewery to do first - cornerstone modulars.
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    An alternative Ryan would be to scratch build just exactly what you have in mind. Use the Industrial Walkway, Railings and Industrial Stairway photo etched parts from Gold Medal Models and solder them together. Make all the pipes from brass wire. It's not that hard and you will have something really unique.

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    I have never soldered except for wiring. I guess there is a first time for everything. I looked at their website. Not a whole lot of pics of finished product. Just kind of hard to imagine what a flat sheet of brass etchings will look like. I don't plan much, I just look at pictures of finished products and imagine the changes I would make based on the picture of what I want in my head.
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    Kinda thinkin something along these lines. Enjoy my green belt MS Paint skills...

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    For the chemical plant check out the European kits in the Walthers Catalog. Also Plastruct has kits and parts to build all kinds of refineries and chemical processing plants. They made their bread and butter in making parts for scratch building industrial models. Craft and hardware stores have all kinds of plastic shapes disguised as household items.
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    Here is the link to Plastruct:

    Plastruct, Inc. - Home
    Here is the N scale refinery:
    http://www.plastruct.com/Pages/Onlin...CCode=KIT-2008

    Another question-what is the diameter of the pipe you used for your grain silos?
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    @Gene same construction adhesive as what I used to get the pipe together.

    Here is some progress on the brick warehouse type building. Finally got some columns and roof peaks on.

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    A little later in the day and we have foundation, docks and roof starting to come around. I am going to have to get the airbrush out of mothballs and see if I can still paint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Specter3 View Post
    A little later in the day and we have foundation, docks and roof starting to come around. I am going to have to get the airbrush out of mothballs and see if I can still paint.
    Are you thinking of using the ole "Black Paper X" trick on the inside to make it darker inside when looking through the model. Or do you have something else up your sleeve? Can't wait to see your color selection I'm sure it will look Great

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    Pete

    I appreciate the vote of confidence but I have not painted with anything other than a brush or rattle can in years. LOL I am going to look to find something like the actual building color. But we will see.
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    Here is the building for the ADM module with some paint on it.



    Not much time lately for modeling but I do get in a touch here and there. Now to figure out a wash for the mortar lines.
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    Are you considering using the old X-pattern paper for inside the structure just a thought, you probably already thought of

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    Thanks for the progress report Ryan. I really like the unique shape of this structure. Consider a gray or tan color for the mortar. They are a little more subtle than white. Try a spot on the back side somewhere. You can wash it off with a tooth brush after a minute or so if you don't like it. Looking forward to seeing more pictures as your complex comes together.

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    That PVC Silo idea looks to be a pretty good one.
    I think I'll give this a try on my layout.
    I like the way those big silos look.

    Any new updates you can share with us.


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    I have some floquil aged concrete that is the color I want to use for the mortar just have to thin it with something that wont remove the underlying red paint. Probably pick up some water based paint wed while at teh hobby shop to pick up my daughter's new rc helo. The water based paints seem to be easier to work with.
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    You always want to use a water base paint. That way you can wash it off if you don't like the look. With Floquil you'd be instantly screwed. Acrylic paints at Michael's are about $1.50 for a palstic bottle. I like your color choice.

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    Minor correction - acrylic paints, as water-based, can be removed from plastic models, but the method is not exactly "washing" it off, more like scrubbing it off. Acrylics do cure, so you can't "rewet" them. Tempera paint, on the other hand, is water based as well as "washable" or "rewettable", and this is why I use it for my weathering efforts, because often I get good results on the second pass, rewetting and adjusting what was done before.

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    windex is good for removing dried acrylics. I use it in my airbrush (along with badger cleaner) and for my brushes.
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    a tempura white wash done a couple of times on the two brick buildings

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