Category: "Milo Valley Farm"

Motivation

by brae  

I am gearing up for the next project.  I am feeling motivated and still in the mind to mini, which means I didn't push myself too hard in that last week of Ye Olde Taxidermist like I did last year with Otter Cove.  :D  I have a few things in the hopper.

First, I am back to stitching on the Tribal Foxes rug.  I have two new patterns I want to stitch, so I am making myself finish the foxes.  Here's where that left off at 73.25 hours.  I am stitching full cross stitch with single thread over 32 count Jobelan.

I started the tiny 1:144 scale Hampton House for the 2013 Christmas display, but I had always intended to finish it.  So, there's that project.  This could easily be put on a small tray and worked on when I need a break from the main project on the work table.

Milo Valley Farm needs a bit more structural work, but the main thing left is the Datsun.  I need spray painting weather (yeah, it's currently in the negative temps today), so this will be put off some more.

Then there's Watson Mill with the motorized sails.  This is where I am leaning most.  The fox rug and either of the next stitching patterns would work well for this build.  This project has been barely started, so I could dive in anywhere.

Of course, those rugs would also work for The Brownstone.  Here's the color mockup I made using the original Sketchup image from Mike.

I have the walls stored flat, so there's no rush to get it into three-dimensional shape.  I have quite a bit already invested in this project, so if I don't work on it next, it will likely be done right after the next project.

Considering The Brownstone is at least a two-year project and Watson Mill could likely take just one year, if that, I will likely work on the mill.  Let's see where I end up after cleaning my workspace and rearranging my supplies for a fresh start.  :]  I did not even mention the kits and plans still in waiting.  :O

Lovely flowers and garage minis

by brae  

I received a birthday package from Debora today.  She sent me some of her gorgeous handmade flowers along with some Chrysnbon kits (she knows my weakness).  These are all ready for planting, so I'll have to decide whether they will go in a planter or be part of the landscaping for a build.  hmm.  Thank you so much, Debora!  :D

Jasper helped unwrap, of course.

I also picked up two fun eBay items for Milo Valley Farm this past week...a compressor and a drill press.  These are heavy items, but there are no maker marks.

Little Milo

by brae  

Little Milo has passed away.  :[  He was two years old and still getting around fairly well though I could tell his health was failing.  These little hamsters live about two to three years.

He came to live with me during the transition between homes back in 2014.  He jumped up and down as I looked in the cage next to his at the pet store...I guess he knew he wanted a quiet life with me.  :]

This morning, I knew the time was close.  I said my goodbyes and wished him a safe journey.  I told him he could come visit any time.  He passed sometime today in the very spot I saw him last this morning.  I will miss my sweet little friend.


investigating the sea chest in the barn on Milo Valley Farm

Datsun 240ZG - part 8 - painting details

by brae  

Continuing work on the Datsun 240ZG.  April is here, and I think it's time I set aside the Datsun to work on the HBS Creatin' Contest and Watson Mill.  The Datsun takes a lot of time and a lot of work space.  I'm also getting close to assembling, which means a lot of body work prior to that...and that requires consistently good weather for spray painting.  Yesterday we had take-me-to-Oz winds, then whiteout snow, then sun.  Crazy.

But, I have a couple of things to share before I pull the curtain and put the car in the barn for safe-keeping.  I did start sanding and detailing the main body piece.  This is an excellent model, so there was very little to do in the way of prep work, just light sanding here and there.  I had spray painted the body with a quick pass of grey.  This paint layer helps highlight the imperfections and excess plastic from the molding process.  Cinder blocks from Mini Materials.

There's a vent detail in front of the windshield.  It didn't take the initial coating of primer spray very well, so I decided to detail it now.  Any subsequent spray-painting shouldn't interfere with the work.

I used a toothpick to drop in Testors flat black.

I wiped the excess with a paper towel.

This fills the vent and makes it look like an opening in the body.  I can touch up the effect after the final body color by using acrylic paint, which won't stain the enamel color the way the Testors paint would.  This is a good base to build on later.

Back in the engine compartment, I wanted the washer fluid tank to look like it contains actual fluid so I spent several hours painting it.  haaaaaaa!  The tank isn't glued in yet, but the holding bracket is.  I needed to know the angle of the tank to paint the fluid line at the appropriate slant.  Dirtying up the surface helps sell the idea.  :]

Datsun 240ZG - part 7 - initial aging

by brae  

Continuing work on the Datsun 240ZG.  The engine compartment of my barn find auto shouldn't be showroom new, but of course the Testors Fiery Orange turned out showroom new.  :\  Ah, well...easily fixed.

I sprayed the compartment with Testors Frosted Glass.  I am sure you can use any matte finish spray, but I had this one on hand.  It tones down the shine and gives the subsequent paint treatments something to grab.

Next up, adding grime.  The easiest way for me to add grime is with acrylic paint and Americana Staining Medium.  I mixed blobs of browns, greys and black with the staining medium and used a variety of soft brushes.

I didn't worry about areas where parts will be glued in place since it's part of the process to scrape those places clean before gluing anyway.  The transparent stain mixtures created realistic dark areas without completely obscuring the orange body color.  The staining medium adds a bit of sheen, which works well for engine grease.  :]

Flip it over to age the underside, turning the pristine flat black into road-worn dirt.  :D  Here I brushed on undiluted paint using a stencil brush, repeating the process for several layers.

This removed the smooth finish of the plastic base.

Using the leftover staining mixtures, I added a bit of light aging to the engine assembly. More can be added later, but it works in my favor to add some now while tight areas are easily accessible.

I'm not overdoing the process.  I prefer subtle aging that adds depth and visual weight. :]

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