Driftwood Stain

Tips and Tricks
Many people are trying to replicate Floquil’s Driftwood stain color. Here’s a recipe that is nearly a dead ringer for the original. Start with 1 qt of Sherwin Williams “Pickled White” Interior Wood Oil Stain Wood Classic.” Have the following tint added: W1-20 B1-16 Y3-11 Y1-2 The only requirement is that the Sherwin Williams outlet you get this from must have the computerized mixing setup. [This information originally appeared on the On30Conspiracy on August 7, 2000.] In use, the stain needs to be thinned with approximately 1 1/2 quarts of Diosol. I’m also told that the mixture works equally well using the newer water-based variant of the Pickled White stain. Again, it will need to be thinned prior to use, using water and a little rubbing alcohol.
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The Black Art of Photo Etching

Miscellaneous
I am convinced that photo-etching is somewhat of a black art – possibly even a form of alchemy. I say this because, like the alchemists, I started this process with some metal, some nasty chemicals and an idea. And, like the alchemists, I ended up with less of my original metal, a quantity of different nasty-looking chemicals, and an idea. And, an identical process does not always yield an identical result. Actually, everything turned out reasonably well. I was left with a large quantity of parts, and a bucket of salt water and rust. However, there are a few things that you may need to deal with that are not included in the main instruction sheet. In the next run, I’m hoping to have the process control a little better,…
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A Disturbing Discovery

Miscellaneous
I just made an interesting and possibly important discovery. I have the Miniatures by Eric kit OHK6 to convert the HO 0-6-0T to an On30 model. As I mentioned earlier, I also have a couple of the Bachmann 0-4-0 Porters. I presently have the cab removed from one of them, and so, I thought I’d take a look at what the MbE cab would look like on the Porter. When I slid it into place, imagine my surprise when it fit perfectly! As if it were designed to fit there! My next step was to compare the two cabs. As it turns out, the MbE 0-6-0 conversion cab is a COPY of the Bachmann 0-4-0 Porter cab - right down to the woodgrain detail on the underside of the cab…
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Pictures Moving to Flickr

Miscellaneous
It turns out that it’s possible to post images to the site, along with the appropriate text, from Flickr. As I get time, I’ll move all the images over to get picture posts working again. This will take some time. Please, stand by.
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On30 on flickr

Miscellaneous
center3testA Originally uploaded by searoom. There aren’t many On30 pictures on flickr — yet. In fact, the only On30 pictures currently on flickr are by my good friend Garry Cerrone. Very cool!
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New Link

Miscellaneous
Astute observers will notice that there are now two links in the menu bar that reference something called Fre-MOn30 — a mail list at Yahoo!Groups and a web site. Fre-MOn30 is an outgrowth of several initiatives for an On30 Module Standard, including OCMODS. The unique thing about the Fre-MOn30 is that it provides a standardized way to build non-standard modules. In other words, generally speaking, the standard is more about the module interface than anything else (although certain stipulations are placed on the mainline, to provide allow for the greatest compatibility with the widest array of locos and rolling stock). The Mid-Atlantic modules are compatible with Fre-MOn30, at least at the interface level.
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Site of Inspiration

Miscellaneous, Structures and Scenery
One of the more inspirational sites on the web, at least as far as I’m concerned, is Laurie Green’s, especially his waterfront scenes. Of special note is “Bob’s Boat & Bait Shop.” You may (or may not) recognize the structure from my mockup photos. Although based on the same design and concept, mine will, of course, be a bit different. Materials and construction details will be altered to more resemble similar buildings on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
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