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'O'-Scale Structure - Mixed Media Kitbash/Scratchbuilt
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 Posted: Tue Sep 26th, 2017 06:55 am
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As a long time Cardstock modeller, albeit in N and HO scales, I wanted to see what I could do with a small Clevermodels kit - in this case the Brick Garage with Loft - and changing it into something totally different.

The idea is to use Clevermodels textures for the brickwork, and the roof, which will be sheet metal. The rest will be made from card and wood.

At least, that's the plan. We'll see how it eventually turns out at the end!

I'm not sure what industry this could be, though I doubt it will be a rail served structure. The layout is set in 1965 - any suggestions on what it could be would be most appreciated.

The idea is that the original garage structure has been built on top of, the roof removed and a new, flat work area with an enclosed staircase up to both it, and the timber and clapboard tower structure.
This is what the kit should look like when built:


Here's a sketch I knocked up of the general idea of what I want to achieve:


And here are some step by step construction photos to give you an idea of how it has reached the stage it's currently at. It's mostly built cardstock and basswood. :)


























The last part with the stairs going down into the roof will have a door added there as I go - the enclosed stairwell going up the side will be tarpaper and batten, and I'm not sure on how the walls around the third floor will look - maybe more clapboard, perhaps vertical slats, maybe shingles - I've not decided yet.
It's getting there, slowly but surely. :)
Comments and critique will be most welcome!
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 Posted: Tue Sep 26th, 2017 01:27 pm
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Very interesting Dan. I've never been a card modelling fan but Clevermodels offerings are very good. I originally used their Sam's Leather Goods shop as the basis for Updah's gunsmith's but decided I didn't like the resulting surfaces and used it as a template to rebuild in coffee stirrers, balsa and cedar shingles.

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 Posted: Tue Sep 26th, 2017 08:12 pm
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I'm with you Doug. While I appreciate the new high-tech printed cardstock kits, I really love the tactile look & feel of wood, etc. for my structures. Now, if I were into HO or some other smaller scale then I would probably opt for the printed surfaces. The old Paper Creek printed siding was nice as is the Clever Models line. The PC printed shingle stock was hard to beat, it looked better than anything else even on O scale. But that being written, I might be interested in a large smelter complex made from card, but could I afford such? Now I have a 3 lifetime supply of balsa and bass wood so maybe I need to get to work on the new layout!
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 Posted: Wed Sep 27th, 2017 05:43 pm
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"Comments and critique will be most welcome!"

OK.

In the first of the construction photos, the brick wall has a bad case of gaposis at the corner.

Run one piece of brick paper around the corner a quarter inch, or so. When dry, sand the edge with fine sand paper--about 320 grit--the black paper that the auto body guys use is great stuff. When you have the edge sanded off, then paper the adjoining wall. Match up the brick pattern, if you can.

Much less eye catching.

On the whole, good work, keep at it.

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 Posted: Sat Sep 30th, 2017 10:05 am
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Hi all,

Thanks for the comments and critique, all are most welcome! :)

I do agree with you all that making buildings in actual wood is much more fun and rewarding than cardstock, but for brickwork and concrete, there's no way in hell I'd be able to achieve the same affects as Clevermodels do if I had to paint them myself!

Cardstock does require a lot more work the larger your scale, but then the same can be said for every material you could build with, I think. :)

Woodie, Clevermodels stuff is surprisingly cheap, as you can of course print out as much as you need for the job at hand - another bonus of the medium. :)

Herb - thanks for the advice, I'll certainly be following it. :)



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Remember this? :D

Well, I'm still working on it. Here's the latest progress:









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