Welcome to the Summer Solstice!

  More crazy weather all around the USA and our June electric bill came today and it says that we used more electric in the past month than last July which was really hot-YIKES!
  Yes, the above is a strange title but once again we've received an onslaught of new subscribers which may or may not be drive to us by the weather outside.  We suspect is all the hum surrounding our "For Sale" announcement. SEE image above right, We wanted to be sure to welcome these new subscribers to our newsletter. And since all of our promotions are pretty much word of mouth, we hope that you will feel like sharing our newsletter with you friends & fellow modelers. You are our only advertising!
  The "For Sale" announcement went up on Facebook earlier this week. We've been responding to a number of questions about our sale announcement; many repetitive questions regarding the information about the business. We created a website listing with the questions and much more information on our website as a "New Release". Please CLICK the above right image and feel free to share with fellow modelers especially those who may be interested in owning their very own, turn-key hobby business! 
  Since we are all about weathering & Structures, we occasionally add an image to this intro. In a past newsletter we posted an image of the FSM Mackenzie Milling Co (HO) that I built for a customer. One of the group of modelers who visited George Sellios and his *fabulous* F&SM layout last weekend posted some amazing images of their visit on Facebook earlier this week. I probably haven't seen George in forty years and other than his hair turning slightly grey, he still looks like the very same guy that I stumbled across all those many years ago inspiring me to build super detailed model structures.  See you in the Modeling Room!
Doctor Ben's Fine Scale Nailhole Tool 
HO, S & O Scales (3 individual tools)
  Depending upon which tool is used, this Fine Scale Nail Hole Tool will produce two nail holes per scale six inch clapboard in HO scale/three nail holes per six inch N scale clapboard or two nail holes per scale six inch clapboard in S scale/three nail holes per six inch O scale clapboard on wood, plastic, metal, or paper.
  Depending upon the softness or hardness of the surface and the amount of pressure applied to this Fine Scale Nail Hole Tool, will determine the depth of the scale indention into the material. Nail holes need not be so obvious that they stick out like a sore thumb. In all actuality, most nail holes in quality prototype construction do not show anyway. More Info HERE
STACKS 'O SACKS-Laying On Ground (and all kinds of other configurations!)
Scale Model Masterpieces (formerly Cal Freight) N, HO, S, & O Scale
   One of our best kept secrets as this Stacks o' Sacks in a bunch of configurations of pictured at right to boxcar loads! And we show lots of images of how the stacks look next the scale figures, too!
  Scale Model Masterpieces Detail Parts are composed of UNFINISHED Resin,and/or High Quality Labstone castings & Finish Required. Assembly using most plastic cements and painting may be completed by hand or an air brush. Want to know how to weather your finished model? Got Questions? Always Ask Doctor Ben!  CLICK HERE to see sack options ...
Crates & Boxes, Oh My! (and all kinds in many sizes!)
Scale Model Masterpieces (formerly Cal Freight) N, HO, S, & O Scale
   Wood boxes to plywood boxes, we've got so many; too many to list pictured at right! And we show lots of images of how the boxes look next the scale figures, too!
  Scale Model Masterpieces Detail Parts are composed of UNFINISHED Resin,and/or High Quality Labstone castings & Finish Required. Assembly using most plastic cements and painting may be completed by hand or an air brush. Want to know how to weather your finished model? Got Questions? Always Ask Doctor Ben!  CLICK HERE to see them ...
Who's Got Your Roof Vent & A/C Details (all sizes & shapes in many scales!)
Scale Model Masterpieces (formerly Cal Freight) N, HO, S, & O Scale
   We've got so many Roof Vents & A/C Units in all scale; there are too many to list shown at right and on the website! And we show lots of images of how the Vents & A/C units look next the scale figures, too!
  Scale Model Masterpieces Detail Parts are composed of UNFINISHED Resin,and/or High Quality Labstone castings & Finish Required. Assembly using most plastic cements and painting may be completed by hand or an air brush. Want to know how to weather your finished model? Got Questions? Always Ask Doctor Ben!  CLICK HERE to see them ...

Doctor Ben's Weathering ProductsDoctor Ben Ready-To Use Weathering Solutions
The Doctor Ben’s Weathering Solutions are the original products that I used tohttp://www.debenllc.com/How-To-1-Art-of-Turning-Toys-into-Models-Booklet-Doctor-Bens-Scale-Consortium-_p_11.htmldescribe in my NMRA & Train Show weathering clinics many years ago. Originally, I simply mixed the Industrial Weathering Pigments with Isopropyl rubbing alcohol and applied them with a brush, allowing gravity and capillary actions to do most of the work. This resulted in a more three dimensional affect than previous efforts.
  Another technique of creating aDoctor Ben's Antique White Weathering Stainweathering solution involved using shoe dye and was penned by Wayne Wesolowski in his article "Dr. Weso’s Weathering Goop" (Railroad Model Craftsman, September 1977, pg 38).
  Many other folks have come up with their own concoctions, including George Sellios, whose Fine Scale Miniatures instructions detail how to use an India ink and alcohol mixture. The FSM technique was an improvement over Wayne Wesolowski’s shoe dye technique for a couple of reasons. Continued Here ...

Doctor Ben's Rustic Barn Red Weathering Stain #1089
Original Doctor Ben's Barn Red Stain! 

  Using this Doctor Ben's Product: Ever since 1991 we have offered Doctor Ben's Aged Driftwood Weathering Stain as a non-petroleum, identical color match replacement for the long defunct Floquil Flo-Stains© products; especially Floquil Driftwood stain made famous by the Fine Scale Miniatures kit instructions of the 1970s to present.
  Thousands of jars of Doctor Ben's Aged Driftwood Weathering Stain have been sold with equally thousands of satisfied customers. This product is designed to be applied as a stain and should not affect integrity of the material to which it is applied. A good rule of thumb that we feel best describes the coverage of the Doctor Ben's Weathering Stains is that one coat will provide a light coverage; two-three coats will provide a medium coverage and four or more coats with build up, the more porous the surface, the more difficult it is to remove, so test a small less noticeable area before the Doctor Ben's Weathering Stain is applied to the entire model/project.  And Read about all the great uses in our How To #2 "The ABC's of Staining Castings & Models" booklet and in our website Blog (June 2015 Archives). "We Turn Toys into Models!"

How-To Technique: Palletized Products Posted by Richard E. (Ben) Bendever to Tips & Techniques

   I will be the first to confess that this technique is NOT the construction of a complete pallet. This technique is to "create" the illusion that the detail/stack is resting on a pallet. For this How To Technique, I will use HO scale 2" x 4"s about 9/16" long for the risers which enable a forklift or pallet jack to get under the pallet to lift it and move it. Continued Here ...

Kitbashing Ideas for the G-Street Warehouse Kit ...

  Some folks have mentioned that they already have a G-Street Warehouse Kit (from 1984) but no where to put this monster ... How about converting it into a Backdrop structure?

At right is a couple of suggestions of how to "kitbash" the G-Street Warehouse into a Backdrop kit. Don't let our suggestions limit the possibilities; it's your pike, arrange them to suit your needs! Also available are Concrete Backdrop Kits #1 & #2 ... no limits to the possibilities!

  As part of our Upcoming "Scratch Buildin' Series", we will offer all four walls, roof, loading docks and doors of this kit for individual purchase. Interested? Let us know!

  Want a NOS (New Old Stock) G-Street Warehouse Kit from 1984 complete with original Instructions and original Hydrocal castings?  CLICK HERE!

Sorry, only one NOS kit available ...
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