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 Posted: Tue Jul 31st, 2018 01:15 am
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Ray Dunakin


Joined: Wed Jul 25th, 2012
Location: San Diego
Posts: 1251
Thanks Woodie!

Way back in January 2015, I finished the interior of a radio repair shop. That same building had room for another shop which was going to be a barbershop. By March of 2015 I had scratchbuilt a barber's chair:

Then the barbershop got put on the back burner while I worked on some other projects. Well, I'm happy to say that I've finally finished the barbershop, more than three years later!

I started by building a corner cabinet with a mirror. The parts were cut from thin Sintra PVC board:

The mirror was something I had bought from the craft store a few years ago. It had a thick, very oversized frame cast out of polyester resin. I had to sand off most of the frame to get it down to a useable size:

Once I got this far, I decided to add a counter extending to the left:

I added a couple strips of quarter-round rod to hold the mirror in place and hide the gaps:

After adding some styrene strips to represent drawers, and slices of styrene channel for handles, the cabinet was painted. Here's a shot of it temporarily in place in the building:

Then I started making all the little details. A coat rack was made from a strip of styrene and short sections of thin brass rod:

Various bottles were turned from clear acrylic rod and hand-painted. Vintage signs, posters, calendars, etc were printed on self-adhesive vinyl. The "glass" on the clock was cut from a cheap plastic "google-eye":

I wanted a simple wooden chair for waiting customers. I tried ordering one in 1/24th scale from a vendor on Shapeways. The first batch arrived and were too small. I notified the vendor, he made some changes, and sent me another batch. These were too large. Finally I just scratchbuilt a chair in the correct scale. Mine's the one in the middle:

I painted it to look like varnished wood:

More details were created to fill up the east wall, including a scratchbuilt magazine rack:

Here's an overhead shot, with the ceiling removed:

I made ceiling light fixtures from an acrylic "tulip" bead, a white fluted bead, and a plastic button. The bases of the lamps were painted with a metallic "steel" paint:

At last the building was finished and reinstalled on the layout. I also have added curtains and lighting to the Grizzly Bar Saloon:

The town of Mineral Ridge is really starting to look alive. Once I've finished adding interior details and lights to the remaining structures it will really be impressive:



Visit to see photos of the rugged and rocky In-ko-pah Railroad!
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