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 Posted: Tue May 3rd, 2016 12:22 am
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My friends Pam and Barbara are wanting to make stuff to sell-handmade jewelry and crochet/knitted items. Well, they convinced me that I could make some stuff that might do well at the local craft/art shows in the area. NO, I ain't offering this stuff here, just thought ya'll might like to see what I am working on instead of slaving on my layout (I can do both!).  The little "dioramas" are of structures that have been forgotten by most folks but deserve to be remembered.





Here are 2 outhouses which actually do have prototypes. They are built in 1:24 scale since a simple outhouse would be lost in a smaller scale. I cut the wood on my bandsaw, the 2 door model has individual shingles. Both are built with interior framing and hinged doors...and each has a roll of funky antique TP beside the "seats".



This is a "3 pole shed", I am working on a "5 pole shed" at this time.  Built in 1:48 scale with a neat little Fordson tractor under the corrugated roof. The tractor was supplied by my buddy David Cox. The poles (posts) are made from weathered BBQ skewers which were used on my Mogollon Railway to hold down the plastic tarps, they have been outside for about 10 years. The metal roof was made from cookie sheet pan aluminum with corrugations pressed in.
The bases under these are nice wooden plaques from Hobby Lobby with weathered edges.
Maybe some might get inspired to make a "mini-scene" like these, they would keep someone busy and when finished...who knows, maybe they could bring some pocket change or pay some bills!




And this one...an old gas station (not quite finished) with an old pickup truck rusting away. The truck is a die-cast 1:43 model (again, D Cox supplied), all nastied up. I scratchbuilt the glass-top gas pump. Windows and smokestack are Grandt Line 1:48 castings and the roof is (again) corrugated aluminum cookie pan material.

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 Posted: Tue May 3rd, 2016 05:26 am
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What a relief! When I read about 'Americana' in the other thread I was afraid you were writing a book and we would never see you again.

I think the stuff you are building is brilliant. Dioramas and 'built' models go for big bucks on ebay too. People do have money somewhere...



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What sort of mishap occurred in the right-hand outhouse? I remember a song going "beans, beans, I love my beans, better than chicken and turnip greens" :-)

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Helmut...don't know what happened there. I just copied a photo of the real thing. Maybe some space junk hit it? I suppose it was a men/women outhouse but turned into a politically correct outhouse (current US social debate).
Whatever, it interested me.

Woodie



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Used soda and beer cans make great corrugated also. If the beer cans are not washed, they emit a faint, but wonderfully distinct smell also.

Herb (Hic!)



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Really good work, would look great on anyone's O scale layout!



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These are wonderful !!!



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Nice work Woodie :bow:



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Thanks guys, I'm not really aiming at model railroaders but at those who remember outhouses, etc. and might like something to just place on a shelf or bookcase...a part of their trivia collection. Folks here in Dallas just remember big hair, money, football, and other "more important things"...and did I mention money? This stuff will be (perhaps) collected by those who grew up around rural scenes, not billionaires. At least I hope so.

Woodie



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Who else remembers the Great Outhouse Controversy (NMRA Bulletin late 70's)?.
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