Friday, January 30, 2009

Add an airhorn to your model

How to Make a Medicine Bottle Air Horn

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An air horn brought from the store will only last as long as the compressed air inside the can does, but with a few household items, you can easily make your own air horn that will last quite a long time!


  1. Using a heated screwdriver will make it easier.Poke a hole in the cap, side, and bottom of the medicine bottle. Size does not matter, except for the hole on the bottom, which should be large enough for a drinking straw to fit snugly into.
  2. Take the cap off the bottle. Cut a piece of a balloon and stretch it over the top of the bottle. Secure the balloon with a rubber band. Replace the cap on the bottle.
  3. Cut another piece of a balloon and stretch it over the bottom of the bottle. Secure it with a rubber band.
  4. Poke the straw through the hole on the bottom. It might be helpful to first poke a hole in the balloon.
  5. To use, blow into the hole on the side.



  • Use a heated screwdriver to make poking holes in the bottle easier.
  • If it's not working, try moving the straw up and down.
  • The straw should be longer than the bottle itself.
  • The larger the straw (in circumference), the louder the sound will be.
  • Making the hole on the side larger will make it less of a strain on your cheeks to blow into it.


  • Do not use this air horn near anyone's ears; it could cause hearing damage.
  • If using a heated screwdriver, exert caution not to burn yourself or to breathe in the fumes of the plastic.
  • Exercise appropriate caution when using edged tools such as scissors.

Things You'll Need

  • Medicine bottle
  • Scissors
  • Balloons
  • Drinking straw
  • Rubber bands

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Brick In The Yard Mold Supply - YouTube

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Monday, January 26, 2009

very good figure making class - Articles - All About Your Garden Railroad & G Scale Trains Articles

Modeling Passenger Operations
Chapter I Chapter II Chapter III Chapter IV

Figure Making Class
Chapter I Chapter II Chapter III

Live Steam Class
Chapter I Chapter II Chapter III Chapter IV

from RCGroups forum:
If you go to my large scale, a large scale model railroad site and look in their articles file (
) you will find a very good figure making class where the author does
use the aluminum armature and goes in depth on the figure making
process with Sculpey.


Portland Oregon

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Model Jonesport Lobster Boat Lines circa 1930-1940

Three of Dave Mainwaring's Jonesport lobster boat display models, plank on rib, early construction stages. One in the background is 32+ inch and two hulls in foreground are 17 1/2 inch. Future models will be built with transoms installed with the planking. They were built over male molds.

There are abandoned vintage Jonesport style hulls scattered on the shores. Driving through the area from Corea to Damariscotta, Maine you will sold wooden lobster boats passing away in driveways and fields. You will find some of these boats advertised as 1940's lobster boat available free on Ebay. You will also discover as many cabin and deck arrangements as there a hulls. I have photographed many of boats riding at anchor so model builders can see one t use a guide.

Dave M.

In my search for early Jonesport lobster boats I surface a picture of the bone yard in Jonesport Maine.
Boneyard in Jonesport