A journal following the history, design, construction and operation of Bernard Kempinski's O Scale model railroad depicting the U. S. Military Railroad (USMRR) Aquia-Falmouth line in 1863, and other model railroad projects.
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June 26, 2013

Ship Yard and Saw Mill

The box car that Dave Emery built is just about ready for service. I lettered it for the Memphis and Charleston.
The capstan for hauling ships out of the water is visible in this shot too.
The biggest task on the to-do list for McCook's Landing is the ship yard and saw mill building. I have been working on it the past few nights and it is about halfway done.  Here are some work-in-progress shots.
The frame is made with 1/4 inch basswood, with laser cut the rafters and clerestory windows.

I laser cut a stencil using bristol board and two sided tape. The trick is to spray matt varnish first to seal the
edges of the stencil before spraying the primary color.

Jeff and Christian's lumber stack is visible in front of the mill. We'll probably need a few more of those. The coal cart
is a Train Troll kit.


  1. I've read a few good modelling tips over the years and I hope I gave a few when I was on forums, but that sealing the mask with varnish is the best yet, and it's always been a big bugbear, the dreaded 'blow-under', thanks!


  2. Beautiful pictures and amazing details, great work, thanks for sharing!