|View single post by Reg H|
|Posted: Tue Jul 28th, 2020 04:18 pm||
This is a great kit.
One of the highest quality kits I have ever built.
The few problems encountered were strictly my fault.
I would have preferred to build this structure in 1/4" scale.
When I switched to HO in 2017 it was my intention to avoid craftsman kits and scratch building.
Since then I have built the mill, the log dump, a small office building and this hotel.
When I saw the hotel advertised I couldn't resist.
I was attracted to this building many years ago,
because of it's strong resemblance to the Cascadia Hotel in Skykomish, Washington.
I spent a lot of time in Stevens Pass in the '70's and '80's,
and breakfast at the hotel diner was an essential part of every trip.
I have two laser caboose kits and one caboose scratch-build project waiting in the wings.
There is plenty of work to do, but I think I will tackle the Great Northern wood caboose next.
Currently I am using a poorly assembled (not by me) plastic caboose,
that is kind of like a GN steel caboose and it bothers me every time I look at it.
The scratch-build caboose will be for the logging operation.
I will probably do it in styrene.
I use Alene's for limited applications.
On my previous layout (On30) I built a trestle completely assembled with Alene's.
I was attracted to the speed with which I could work due to the "tacky" feature.
A minor plumbing leak in my basement completely destroyed the trestle.
Now I limit my use of Alene's to applications in which the tacky feature is a benefit,
and inadvertent moisture would not cause a major catastrophe.
I use Titebond II or III in structural applications,
and Elmer's whenever it is important the glue dry clear.
I used the Elmer's on most of the shingles for the hotel.
On small details, like NBW's, I use ACC.
For plastic to plastic I use MEK.
It requires careful handling because it is pretty nasty.
I keep a very tiny amount in the model shop,
usually just enough to assemble one model.
I use a tiny bottle on the bench and use a pipette,
to transfer the stuff from the quart can in which it comes.
I will find a photo of that somewhere.