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Ted, I took your advice on the paint! Come to find out you and Lee use the same paint. I tried to order just a couple from the big  A but after an hour searching for just 3 colors I bought the 8 pack! LOL

Lee Great job on the infantry painting! You seem to be a very well rounded person when it comes to this hobby! My wife says I getting well rounded but that's ok I have a tilt wheel in my truck ! LOL

Shasta, Great call you never know when you are going to need those guys!

I hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Mike I sent you the Vallejo web site.  That's where you can get the single bottles of their paint in every color.. Even though the AIR paint is for air brushes, it is also applied by brush, and works the best on figures,  The best viscosity is 1 drop of paint and one drops of water....and you'll get great results...........

Thanks Ted, my wife must have 100 bottles of paint from Walmart so I thought I would give that a try first and if I have to move up to better paints! I will be sure to remember1 drop to 1 drop!
Thanks again!

Some pics from around the farm on my old layout.  I custom painted and decaled the Divco truck from a photo of the farm my dad worked at before WW2.  Also scratch built the barn based on another local-to-me farm which is now preserved in a state park.  The farm is named after the orchard i worked at while in high school.divco trucka-fruit-stand-farmall-1barn

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Paul, your landscaping folks are doing a wonderful job making things look great! I am not to sure about letting them Ford folks in as you know they can be hard to get them to go home at the end of the night! LOL

Farmall-Joe, Outstanding work and I love the life story and lesson that goes with it! If the young folk read it they might learn something. But then again if there into trains then I am sure there parents have already schooled them in life already! LOL

Dan, sure looks like your going to be busy for a while! Looks like you have 4 going on there right now. I cant wait to see the progress as they come to life!

Mike G. thanks for the compliments.  I found the photo i used for the divco truck.  Attached both for comparison.  At the time i had access to Adobe Illustrator and a laser jet printer at work to do the decals.  The farm's milk bottles and barn trim were green so i went with that for the colors.  Many stories from dad of his time working there sparked the idea.  Dad and that farm are both gone but the memories live on. Elmwood farm Divco [2)divco truck

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Mike G. thanks for the compliments.  I found the photo i used for the divco truck.  Attached both for comparison.  At the time i had access to Adobe Illustrator and a laser jet printer at work to do the decals.  The farm's milk bottles and barn trim were green so i went with that for the colors.  Many stories from dad of his time working there sparked the idea.  Dad and that farm are both gone but the memories live on. Elmwood farm Divco [2)divco truck

Joe, It is so cool you still have that photo to enjoy! But IMOP even better is the memories you have to build from! I really like the scene with the Fordson  waiting to saw up some firewood! Great shot!

Well guys for me I was all excited as I had bought a Fire engine tiller off the bay and it arrived today.  When I got home form the Dr. I opened it and was totally let down, Now I am going to have to resale it as I love the engine, but it is to small for me and my layout. Now I know to be more hard nosed and not to think 1/50 will be just fine! Here are a couple photos and a comparison of what I am talking about! Hope you all enjoy!

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I will sell this one and look for a 1/43!

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It certainly looks small next to the TT but i think if you really like the engine, you have some ways around keeping it.  Try grouping it around vehicles of a similar era and size, or further in the background where things naturally look smaller.  And, even the largest most modern equipment in that era are dwarfed by todays vehicles (unless youre looking at a Smart Car).

Mike, Joe is correct'.. Make a fire scene way back on the layout'.. It will look fine from a distance'..  The truck you have it next to, may be 1/43, however, it is a giant of a truck, and could very well be a 1/40 scale as many of these new modern trucks are.  Remember the smaller the scale number, the larger the vehicle... Crazy I know, should be the opposite.........🤪

Mike, like Ted mentions, it'll look fine back aways on the layout from other vehicles...stand alone maybe?  The only time the size difference would be noticed is if the 1/50th was right next or near to a 1/43 especially.  You could always "station it" next to the nuclear plant just in case something was to go wrong there. I play the illusion game with my little people...a 1/43 Preiser can look gigantic next to an Artista or similar...put them in the appropriate place and the larger ones look fine!  That's a good looking fire unit though...an obideaant Dalmatian would look good sitting on post...

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Dewman, the Sargento truck looks very familiar, the many Sargento cheese factories are about ten miles away from me in Plymouth WI. The cheese capital of the world. Nice work!

My wife is from that area.  She has cheese shipped to us by the boxful from Gibbsville. Growing up in New England i said whats wrong with Vermont cheese? Needless to say our cheese is still all WI cheese!  LOL!

Picked up a 1930 Agway diecast truck recently, but didn't realize it was a bank. I'm not fond of diecast banks for my layout and had to figure out a way to convert it to a smooth roofline. Obviously, the problem is that there's nothing for any filler to adhere to in the slot and it would just fall to the bank floor.

I used an old drywall patch technique and cut a small piece of .060 styrene a little thinner than the slot and about 1/4" longer at each end. I then reamed a hole in the middle with a hobby knife and inserted a tiny screw for a small pair of vise grips to grab onto.

After a couple of trial insertions of the styrene into the slot to make sure everything fit, I put a small dab of fast setting epoxy at each end of the styrene piece and, using the vise grips to securely hold it and not drop onto the truck floor, I inserted the styrene into the slot and pulled it tight up against the underside of the roof of the truck. I then carefully turned the truck over so that the weight of the vise grips held the styrene piece in place against the underside of the roof and waited 5 minutes for the epoxy at each end of the strip to set. Once set, I released the vise grips and removed the screw and let the truck sit overnight.

I then started applying filler into the hole (I used Testor's model putty) and kept filling and sanding (up to 1000 grit) to get the slot perfectly smooth and level with the surrounding roof.  When I was satisfied that it was level and smooth, I applied a coat of grey primer and re-sanded any high/low areas and primed again. I then applied two (2) coats of Rustoleum Gloss White paint.

P.S. - the white "ring" in some of the pic's is just a reflection from the overhead LED light.

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