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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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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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@Woodie
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.

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Mr Greene

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.

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Who else remembers the Great Outhouse Controversy (NMRA Bulletin late 70's)?.
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Oh, the "Biffy" issue that caused poor Whit Towers some headaches....

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Good Grief! I looked at the Trainboard bit about biffys (above) and I had a post from 2010...I had forgotten about TB, my post, and ...what was the subject?

Yep, I do marimba the biffy mess (pun intended) in the old Bulletin. Too bad somebody didn't post a photo of THE REAL outhouse car used on the SP narrow gauge for tourists. Surely (just don't call me Shirley) somebody will present a photo of that one.
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And the saddest part about the 1970 ho rah was that Towers told them where to take the job and shove it--- and the Bulletin (as the magazine was called then) went down the toilet.


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Without fear that I am hijacking this thread (I started it anyway), I used to be in the Nimra and loved the Bulletin. It was a monthly magazine full (no damn ads) of real modeling, prototypes, info, and of course comedy (Thumbs, etc). Years past away and sometime in the last 10 or so years, I was asked by a fellow (from the net) if I would like to write an article for "Scale Rails"-the new Bulletin. I wrote about an On30 loco I had built from an old Mantua loco and sent it to him. He SENT ME A CHECK to pay me! I thought (whatcha get for thinking) that any articles sent to Nimra were a freebie. Well, OK, I got the check and cashed it (I needed money anyway) and pretty much forgot about the deal. Then a friend brought me a copy of the "Scale Rails" with my article in it. What I saw was about 50 pages of "material"...10 or so pages of actual modeling and 40 or so of ads! What the devil??!!! It was neat to see my article in print but the "magazine" was a real P O S..(you know what that means?) Yes, I still have the mag and every once in a while I get it out and think..."what a way to go!". Oh well...

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IIRC the "Great Outhouse Issue" lasted over a year. Was a very shitty business...
Jose (full of it).

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Although... since the thread has already been hijacked by the owner... I really do enjoy some of the ads in old magazines. I can see what I missed and how cheap it was!

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Yes Ken...the old prices are a hoot. Back then, I bought PFM's HOn3 C&S 2=6-0 for $34.95 and the C&S 2-8-0 for $39.95. An Athearn SW was $14.95 and Athearn "blue box" car kits were $.98 up to about $1.49. What I was getting at was that the old NMRA Bulletin had NO ads, was chock full of neat articles and each month there were printed car sides in N (later), TT, HO, S, and O scales. Now, the rag is full'o' ads and ain't worth a s$%^&. (my opinion). Ya can't go back, just remember what was.

But outhouses, I know where there are a few...out in the boondocks and sticks. And a check on the net shows that there are plans for them in 1:1 scale and even kits for those who want an outside crapper! Oh yes, there are scale model kits for them which cost more that the bill of materials for a real one! Hoo Ha...

Woodie

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Woodie you have built a couple of spiffy biffies!

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And where's the Sears catalog???
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OK Jose...and everybody else...SPNG #251



Courtesy of George Turner-Slim Rails Through The Sand

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When the Sears catalogue ran out there was always corncobs---

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When the Sears catalogue ran out there was always corncobs---

... just thinking about the consequences of a slip scares me...
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Howdy Woodie.

Great dioramas !

The idea of being hit by space-junk whilst in the can ...

... is TERRIFYING !!

" Copy that Houston ...
... space-junk re-entering Earths atmosphere over Dallas ...
... looks like it's heading straight for the outhouse in Mr. Greenes backyard ! "

" Over "

:moose:

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S-Pee # 251 ?

Regards,     Michael

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