So, today is our third, or is it our fourth week of Self-Isolation and both Debbie and I are doing okay. This Pandemic has interrupted our lives and routines just like it has to most everyone around the world. Debbie's Mom turns 100 in early May and the Celebration that the family has been planning since the first of the year may end up being a month or two late. We feel extremely lucky that we and our family have been fortunate to NOT become infected or worse. We have been vigilant in following recommendations of isolation and social distance guidelines. We hope and pray that you and your family are equally as fortunate.  
  This week and next week are expected to be potentially extremely high risks of infection here in Georgia. I am scheduled for an eye injection on Friday (AMD) but, today is the day that the doctor's office calls to confirm my appointment. We'll need to construct some cloth face masks to wear if my appointment is still scheduled.
  You may remember my call for information about "boiler plumbing" in last week's Newsletter. I must have received two dozen messages with some really great information. And then I received a message from the Customer who needed the information to let me know that the image I had shared in the Newsletter answered all his questions!
  We have received a lot of messages from customers who are NOT spending this time watching the news, but are working on building & weathering models. I have encouraged each and every one of them to PLEASE share images of what they are building especially when they use Doctor Ben's products! That goes for you, too! Please be sure to follow the recommended guidelines to keep distance from others in public and frequent hand washing so that we may see you in the Hobby Room next week! ...
 Rooftop Flat-Top Power Vent Kit (6 kits)
Scale Model Masterpieces/Thomas Yorke Ent.

 N/1-160 Scale - HO/1:87 Scale - S/1:64 Scale - O/1;48 Scale
Click on your scale to see this product. Assembly, finish, & weathering  instructions are in the Product 
Ash Pit & Details Kit for Enginehouse/Roundhouse HO & N
Scale Model Masterpieces/Thomas Yorke Ent.
Kit includes: N Scale-3”x 2-5/8” x 1/2”tall / HO Scale 3”x 3-1/8” x 1/2”tall LabStone Casting, timber risers, (3) ash barrels, metal support bar, & NBWs
Click on the image at the right to see the N & HO product. Assembly, finish, & weathering  instructions are in the Product Description and as always, Doctor Ben's is highly recommended!  
Z Scale “Brick, Wood, Cut Stone, Concrete & Rock” Tunnel Portal & "Optional Retaining Walls Z/1:220
Scale Model Masterpieces/Thomas Yorke Ent.

Portal-2-11/16”wide x  2-1/8”tall &  Optional Retaining Wall(s) 2-1/4”wide x 1-7/8”tall
You would be surprised to know that Z Scale is very popular and according to one of our website visitors/customers; "Dude, you know that those Z Scale Tunnel Portals & Retaining Wall Sets make great bridges and overpasses in HO & O scale!" And I said. Yep!
Avram's Baking Company Kit BOX and PARTS
Fine Scale Miniatures JS-10 FSM NOS HO/1:87

Items Included and shown in ABOVE Images: 
1.) Four (4) LARGE, Double-Sided, Full Step-by-Step Instruction/photo Sheets
2.) Original Kit Box in Excellent Condition
3.) Large Color photo sheet of Pilot Model by George Sellios; photographed by Tara Sellios
4.) Instruction Card Set
5.) Remaining Template Cards leftover from construction of this kit
6.) Remaining/Leftover wood, parts, odds-and-ends/parts, etc; kit builder had left over when model was completed and the above items were put back in the original kit box and stored for years. MORE INFO HERE!

What's a FlasH Friday Special?

  Our Flash Wednesday Special starts today and ends Midnight April 9, 2020 EDST where practically everything*--almost 1,000 items-- in our Website is potentially Free Standard USPS Economy Shipping--> Doctor Ben's Scale Consortium - Scale Model Masterpieces/Thomas A. Yorke Ent. - California Freight & Details Company - Narrow Gauge & Short Line Gazette - Grandt Line Products - And many, Many more products... Practically 1,000 items!

   Sale Code to use at Checkout: flashship needed! Just spend $29 and the website does all the rest for you. All Credit Cards- AMEX, VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and Paypal, Checks, and Money Orders, where practically  everything* in  our Website is Free Postage.  

  * Please Note: There are only two  groups not included in this sale: OOP/Fine Scale Miniatures HO Consignment Kits & Smoky Mountain Built Up Dioramas. Also, this is a www.debenllc.com Website Only offer and is NOT available in our Ebay, Bonanza, or Ecrater Stores.

Scale Model Masterpieces (former Thomas A Yorke Ent.)  

Size: 1/4" to 5/8" diameter x 5/16" to 1/2" tall  #SMM9311

  This product includes one (1) set of 29 Old Tree Stumps shown at right and does NOT include the scenery. These detailed, high-quality Labstone Old Tree Stumps are a natural light tan color and accept paints and stains very well.

Want to know the easiest & fastest way to realistically stain & weather stumps?  We have the *Tips & Techniques* article for you in our Blog! 
Staining & Weathering Tree Stumps with Doctor Ben's, Blog Archives, August 2015

1923 Ford Model-T Stake Bed Truck Kit as well as a bunch more!
Jordan Highway Miniatures NOS HO/1:87 
This Limited Availability New Old Stock (NOS)/Out of Production (OOP) Jordan Highway Miniatures kit is composed of UNFINISHED/UNASSEMBLED plastic injected (& sometimes metal) parts. Assembly & Finish are Required. Assembly using most plastic cements (SEE BELOW) and painting (& Doctor Ben's Weathering) may be completed by ... More Here!

Doctor Ben's Weathering Solution Spotlight:

   Instant Age #1152 Ready-To-Use Weathering Solution for Wood, Plastic, Hydrocal©, Metal & Much More-4oz Jar & 8oz, too!

  When I first began building Fine Scale Miniatures kits  (manufactured by George Sellios) many years ago, the part that I enjoyed the most was the weathering. Nothing irked me more than to build a model in a brand new, pristine condition. I began looking for something more that what the FSM instructions offered. Don't get me wrong, I owe a great deal of what I learned about building models from building early Thomas A. Yorke kits, Model Masterpieces kits, Builders in Scale kits, Timberline kits; heck, there's even a thing or two to learn from building the Campbell kits.

In my quest for the ultimate weathering process I remember that back in the 1980s India Ink and Alcohol were all the rave thanks to a number of popular modelers. And if not careful, it was very easy to "over" apply the mixture resulting in a dark, goth look when viewed under normal lighting covered up much of the model's detail.
  The Doctor Ben's Instant Age takes the original technique one step further with the inclusion of a Doctor Ben's Weathering Pigment. NOTE: Using another dry product to add to the India Ink technique may not work as well as using the Doctor Ben's because of quality and fillers in the other pro duct. 
Doctor Ben's 8-Color Solution Set #2

 My addition of the Doctor Ben's Weathering Pigment to the Instant Age Weathering Solution results in significant improvement creating a more dimensional look instead of just the India Ink laying on the surface of the model. But there are a couple of notes when using Instant Age. Originally, we packaged Instant Age as a "Ready-to-Use" product and customers complained it was too thin or diluted. Today's Instant Age is twice a strong as the original which allows the modeler more flexibility in the level of coverage when applying Instant Age. There is very light by simply slightly mixing the Instant age and dipping the brush tip in the very top of the Weathering Solution, or the other extreme is shake the heck out of the jar (lid tightly screwed on) and you've got really dark. I prefer to apply several light coats being sure to wait till each coat is dry and if I'm in a hurry, a hair dryer or heat gun with dry the Instant Age real quick.Much more detail is discussed in our Doctor Ben's How-To #1: Turning Toys into Models booklet and in our Blog Archive June 2015.

The long story short is that although my formula has changed over the years, AND, a lot of folks have tried real hard to copy my Doctor BeHow To #1 Bookletn's products, but they still haven't come close. Several even posed as 'friends' to get the formulas. Today, you can buy various weathering powders (NOTE: some are just ground artists chalk and/or tempra finger paint powders), and there are folks are offering stuff used to tint wet concrete (yes, really!), but nobody—nope nobody— has a weathering solution OR an industrial weathering pigment that will perform anything like the Doctor Ben's products do.

And for the record, these are the very same Weathering Stains & Solutions that I have demonstrated in the many Clinics and Model Shows and used to finish the plethora of Fine Scale Miniatures (FSM), Master Creations, Sequoia Models, Downtown Deco, Thomas Yorke, Scale Structures Ltd, Evergreen Hill Designs, Model Masterpieces Ltd, South River Model Works, and many other kits (including quite a bit of Athearn rolling stock) Doctor Ben's How To Booklet #1over the years that have been recognized as award winning, museum quality models.

Using this Doctor Ben's Product: Weathered Rust differs from Realistic Rust in that it is more like the rust that you would see on old farm equipment sitting out in the field—dampened by the morning dew slowly etching away at the metal surface. This product is a topical application that does not affect the surface integrity of the model. This product has built in adhesive polymers that enable it to stick to any surface. Get too much on and want to remove it? Not a problem, read on about all the great uses in our How To #1 booklet and in our website Blog.. You will not be disappointed.

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