more of these colors as a reminder/note to self that wanting to play with paint is a valid reason to play with paint
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The #TXHeritageToolTote is complete. This was a really challenging build and I’m very satisfied with how it turned out. In my typical fashion, I didn’t make any plans or drawings, I just tried to make what was in my head. Not the most practical approach, but that’s kind of how I do things. .
The exterior of the tote is 8oz Bridle leather and the interior is a simple 5oz veg tan. I sandwiched a piece of hardboard in between for structure. I beefed up the corners with wet moulded leather corner supports. This is an idea I’ve had for a long time. @weaverleathercraft sells a special holster leather that is design specifically for wet moulding. Best leather I’ve used for that application, hands down. .
The interior of this tool tote is really tricked out, I went a little crazy. My goal was to experiment with several different methods of securing tools. I included two block plane holsters, an axe holder, slots and wet moulded loops. A jack plane and smoothing plane can fit on the bottom and a fully loaded Texas Heritage tool roll nestled into the remaining space. .
The design and the construction process could use a few tweaks, but the basic platform of this tote is solid. I’ll work on an updated version soon, that’ll be the one that I teach at the Pratt Fine Arts Center in April.
Color match perfection 👌🏻 Working with @evolve.designgroup was a true pleasure from start to finish - not only were we completely on the same page in how her brand should be represented, her technical eye and color matching skills were truly on point.
@nj.nscale.on.a.door suggested a fine topic of discussion to me on a previous post and it seemed perfect for a Thursday afternoon. “The pros and cons of N vs HO scale”. •One of the most obvious is the size. As you can see from the photo, HO is basically twice the size of N. You can clearly fit more into the same space with N scale. It really depends on what you want for a layout vs the size you have available.
•A down side to N is the detail aspect. Although manufacturers are getting better with straight from the box details, I would still have to give the advantage to HO, but not by much. There are many sub-variables to this category. •Pricing is something almost every modeler looks at. Between these two scales, it’s hard to tell which is the most or least expensive. I have seen the same products made for both scales with highly different price points. This category all depends on what you want to spend, I’ll let you make your own decision on this one. I will call it a draw. •Variety. HO is indisputably the most popular scale modeled, therefore it has the majority when it comes to the availability of rolling stock, locos, structures and so on. Even in this new age of the hobby, it can still be hard to find that choice item you want for your N scale collection, causing modelers to scratchbuild, kitbash or 3D print what they want, and the lesser, to simply go without.
These points are just based on my personal experience. Each scale is wonderful in its own way and it’s completely up to the modeler on what and how they want model. Feel free to put your own opinions in. And thanks to @nj.nscale.on.a.door For an excellent question!
“The most beautiful thoughts are always besides the darkest
Today, I seriously thought about killing you
I contemplated, premeditated murder
And I think about killing myself
And I love myself way more than I love you, so...” Ye.
The #TXHeritageToolTote is almost finished. I’m working on some of the final details today, burnishing edges, oiling the leather, touching everything up. One of my favorite details on this tote, and a detail that will definitely make it onto the final version, are these wet moulded leather corner supports. These are reminiscent of the metal corner supports used on so many types of furniture, like Campaign Furniture for example. They add some structural support to the corners, and add an extra layer of protection for the tote. .
Remember everyone, our GoFundMe campaign to help restore the roof of the Benchoff Building is in full swing right now!! We’ve had a tremendous amount of support so far, thank you to everyone who has supported our campaign!! If you are interested in learning more about our GoFundMe campaign, and to donate if you’d like to help out, just click on the link in my profile. Thanks everyone!!