Tiffany's Drugs

Discussion in 'Photos & Videos' started by Uteram, Oct 15, 2002.

  1. Uteram

    Uteram Member

    I've started on the main town of my layout and have started getting the structures built and been playing around with the placement. Tiffany's Drugs is named after my grandmother's maiden name. My grandmother grew up in an old deserted mining town in the mountains of Utah called Mammoth. I've chosen to model my Mammoth & Oquirrh layout based on a fictitious shortline that was a spur on the old D&RGW through the mining regions of Utah. (Footnote: Last month's Narrow Gauge Gazette ran an article that focused on an old mining short line in Utah at the turn of the century. The area that was discussed in that article is the same area I am modeling)

    The town will (hopefully) have a resemblance to the town of Sheridan that Malcolm Furlow (my model railroading idol) built for his HO Denver & Rio Chama RR. I'll keep you aprised of the progress.
  2. Uteram

    Uteram Member

    Oops. Forgot to attach the photo....


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  3. Uteram

    Uteram Member

    Here are a couple of isolated views of the building....

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  4. Uteram

    Uteram Member

    I wanted to give the building that distressed, "just out of the depression neglect" look. I used a lot of chalk to do the weathering. I have found that it is by far the best, and EASIEST way to weather structures.

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  5. kettlestack

    kettlestack Member

    You dun went and did it again Uteram!! It's straight out of Silverton CO. :)

    You're weathering is fabulous and I can just imagine a street with buildings in like condition. Posters on the windows is something I would not have thought of but they look just right.

    I sure hope you're going to keep posting pics of further projects.

  6. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

    Uteram my friend, thats some sweet weathering on the structure, I love it.
  7. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member


    Beautiful job! I think you've done a superb job of the grouting. That's something I never seem to wind up happy with.
  8. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    Nicely done!

  9. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    Excellent job on that structure, Uteram!
    Fantastic weathering, great detailing!
    I really like that Sherwin Williams sign!
  10. Uteram

    Uteram Member

    Thanks all for your kind words. Will do on keeping the pictures coming. :)
  11. Great brick work! And I love the water tank and sign on the rooftop. That's an area most modelers completely ignore, yet it's an area that just cries out for detailing. Very nice work. :cool: :)
  12. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Real nice work!!! :cool:
  13. marty w.

    marty w. Member

    Excellent work. If that's a DPM kit, how did you do that mortar?
    Chalk? I have alot of trouble with mortar lines in DPM kit's. It seems the mortar lines are not very deep and it's hard, for me any way, to achieve that look.
    As Casey said, the water tank is a nice touch.
  14. Uteram

    Uteram Member


    Yes, it is a DPM kit ("The Other Corner" kit).

    The mortar effect is easier to do than it appears. First, I take ordinary spackling compound and water it down to a "lumpy soup" consistency. Then I take an old fine brush (don't use one you plan to paint with again) and blotch the spackle into the crevices. Do only a small area at a time. Once the spackle starts setting up to a chalky consistency, take a DRY rag and wipe off the eccess spackle making sure not to remove the spackle between the bricks. If you don't like the results of a particular area, wipe it off with a wet rag and start over. Seal the finished results with Testors Dullcoat to get rid of the stark white effect. :)

    Good luck!
  15. marty w.

    marty w. Member

    Thanks. I have tried spackling compound before without success.
    However, watering it down seems to be the secret. I'll give it a try.
    Thanks again
  16. NYCentral

    NYCentral Member

    Excellent Job!! and thanks for the info on the mortar joints.

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