Having a Good Winter?!

 So, if you're reading this Newsletter, you have; for better or for worse, are surviving the crazy Winter weather we've been having this Winter! Our temperatures here in Georgia have been inching up all week so that today's high will be 69 degrees with a high of 64 degrees tomorrow ... at midnight tonight dropping down to a rainy high tomorrow of 45 degrees.
  Meanwhile, if you've been calling our 770-666-8100 business phone and not getting an answer, it's because we've been without students to help, AGAIN, we're spending so much time in the casting room. UGH! One of the High School students had a visit by a cousin who called the student to share the notice of a Positive COVID test. Our student is not showing any symptoms and has tested Negative, AND both Debbie and I have had our First COVID Vaccines (with the Second injection coming up in two weeks), but we're not taking any chances.
  We're still hoping to have the Scale Model Masterpieces website shortly and we will be stepping up our Business for Sale preparations in this coming month. For the past week we've been speaking with three separate parties interested in one or both businesses and at least one of them is asking question about truck size , work space, and people & time to pack it all up. They're going to need a big truck and at least four workers to get it packed in a day!  See you in the Hobby Room and wash your hands and wear a mask and be safe!
Baby Building Blocs Split Granite Textures-Two Pounder Special with and without Handy Blade Tool Size: 1/8"Thick x 1/4"Wide x 1/2" Long (all sizes are approximate)
  The colors may vary from the color that you are viewing on this screen due toDoctor Ben's 1/8 individual computer monitor color resolutions. We also offer "bulk" purchases for those really BIG jobs. We can also provide custom lengths & widths. Please contact us for a quote on your specific project.
  Each 11 ounce box contains at least 36 square inches of wall space when our Blocs are stacked flat as shown in the image to the right. It is very easy to assemble them right out of the box for a rustic finish or trim  ... Read More ...

5th Anniversary Edition: Rubbles Depot Kit by Scale Model Masterpieces/Thomas A. Yorke Enterprises HO/HOn3/HOn2/HOn30

As we mention in our October 2015 Newsletter & here in our website Blog, changes for the HO & O scale Rubbles kits are complete. The rusty brown corrugated metal roof is "back" on, the tower is glued in place and the windows & door are in-WHEW! And, *tons* of Options: Pick & choose your preferred roof, add all the Doctor Ben's Weathering Stains & Solutions described in the updated Instructions (and save 10-11%); additional SMM Details Set; and even another Loading Dock. Yes, ththis kit DOES include a Loading Dock; some folks like it so much that they want another!

So, all that said, we are offering a bunch of of "Options' for you to choose to add such as the Doctor Ben's Solutions and/or Stains listed and used in the Instructions for building this kit. Also offered are some optional roofing types for those would would like something other than the corrugated metal. Neat, HUH?

Not only does this kit come with "the Loading Dock Kit, but also a "ton" of Scale Model Masterpieces Detail Castings, you have the Option to ADD one or more Details Set (s) to the kit purchase.

The following is the list of SMM Details are included in this list: 

3 pieces each of: SMM5050, SMM5045, SMM5011, & SMM5041 and then 1 piece each of: SMM5139, SMM5170, SMM5178, SMM5180, SMM5106, SMM5030, SMM5035, SMM5100, SMM5135, SMM5105, SMM5085, & SMM5040(setof 3). Yeah, I know; that's a lot of details, right? Options, options, options! What else can we do???

  Be sure to scroll down to read all about the some of the Progress images and the descriptions that we share while in the process of constructing the 5th Anniversary Rubbles Depot Kit Pilot Model.

Doctor Ben's  Realistic Rust Weathering Solution #1150-4oz 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.

Scale Model Masterpieces-Boxes & Blocks & Bricks--Oh My!
    A few years ago we purchase the California Freight & Details Co HO product line. And believe it or not, we still have a number of the detail parts that we have yet to release. So, Here are four (4) newly released palleted sets: SMM5000-Palleted Boxes-Large w/Risers (2pcs)SMM5004-Palleted Boxes-Medium w/Risers (2pcs); SMM5010-Palleted Boxes-Small w/Risers (2pcs); & SMM5075-Palleted Cement Blocks-w/Risers (2pcs). Save 12% over purchasing all four individually! Item #SMM5003. Watch for our upcoming How-To Tutorial on our website Blog Coming Very Soon

For Sale: Scale Model Masterpieces formerly Thomas A Yorke Ent, California Freight & Details, & Sequoia Scale Models (Limited Products)
Questions we have received:
  1) Is this Scale Model Masterpieces business profitable? Yes it is. Current product line is just over 300 SKUs.
  2) What can be done to make this business be more profitable? We have NOT attended a model convention and even in the past six years which we expect the new owner to return to the various conventions, events and shows which will bring much more exposure than what we currently do over the Internet and word of mouth.
  3) What all is included? The entire SMM business includes everything from the Thomas A Yorke Ent, California Freight & Model Co & Sequoia Scale Models (N-scale tunnel portals & retaining walls-currently not in products that we merged to form the Scale Model Masterpieces ... Read More ...

Doctor Ben's How-To #4: "Hot Glue Casting" Booklet Now Available!!   A number of years ago I was browsing through my old Gazette magazines and I picked up the January/February 1982 issue where I found an interesting article. In this long-out-of print magazine, I found an article about casting detail parts. In that article Terry Metcalfe described how he cast parts by melting beads of a thermoplastic called “Makit and Bakit” beads in RTV molds using an ordinary kitchen oven. I decided that this process was definitely NOT going to work for me.
  As a former Mold Maker/Tool & Die maker, I am quite familiar with the plastic injection process which if you were not aware is how many of our daily plastic products are made. I tried Terry's technique several times in my plethora of RTV rubber molds and I just could not get them to come out as well as his article discussed. One day I happened to be using a hot glue gun in my hobby room and I had an epiphany. And the rest is history....

  It has been nearly 30 years since my "Hot Glue Casting" technique was published in the "Narrow Gauge & Short Line Gazette" magazine. Although this innovative process hasn't changed much over time, the availability and cost of Room Temperature Vulcanizing Silicone (RTV) as well as weathering and finishes has had some significant innovations. Now is as good a time as any to refresh this article with additional information and lots more color photos than was in the original publication.                                                             (16pgs color & B/W) Read More ...

      It Here!

  Welcome to the Doctor Ben's Scale Consortium on-line store website. Now on the web since 1996, here your will find original, quality weathering and scratch building products that are contest proven to enable you to build a model as bad as we do.
  Well, what started out as SMMB&S and a handful of products has turned into over one hundred products and continues to grow ...

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