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 Posted: Tue Aug 20th, 2019 11:16 am
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It's facing up nicely Tom.

Love the distressed tar paper.




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slateworks wrote:
It's facing up nicely Tom.

Love the distressed tar paper.


Thanks Doug.

I got a chance to finish the basic facade of the building.





Now I've got some planning to do.
As you can probably tell, I've decided to add an awning on the front.

Since everything I've "planned" was planned after I built,
there have been small challenges along the way.

The current challenge is that I want the awning to be rather minimalist,
just 4x4 uprights, a 4x6 header and 2x4 stringers,
with some old HO scale 2x24s I found in my junk drawer for the planks.

The challenge is that the floor needs to be removable for the interior work,
but the awning will probably be too fragile to hang free on the front,
when I put the floor on/off the model.

I have considered cutting the boardwalk part of the floor off of the main floor,
and gluing it to the front of the building,
but it will only have the back edge of the floor boards for attachment.

So far that seems to be my best option,
as I have another idea that may benefit from that approach.

Anyone have a better idea?

In the meantime, I'm deciding on trim colors,
and starting to work out the interior arrangements.

Tom


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Tom,

So is the walkway foundation part of the building then, and not removable?

If I understand what you are saying,
you are going to leave the walkway planks and awning attached to the building. 

Is there room in the foundation, to glue some lateral supports, underneath the walkway,
that will fit in between the foundation beams, to help beef up the walkway when removed?

It's looking good.




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 Posted: Sun Aug 25th, 2019 02:45 am
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Steven,

Thanks.

The floors were not part of the original model.

I made them to make the building look more "western",
and because I just could not come up with a way to make the roof removable,
that I thought would hold up well.

The floors are just balsa scrap I had left over from many years ago.

The design is that the base of the walls fits into/around the floor assembly.
The slots in the floor are where the walls fit.





The inside door was made high to clear the floor,
and the floors are supposed to represent the original building with two extensions,
first the back third of the land office side, and then the shed on the meat market.

The open area is a closed off portion of the shed that I left,
in case I decide to make the lighting self-contained.





The floor is basically 8x8ish and 2x8ish joists.

The boardwalk was added last as it is also supposed to be an addition as part of the land office expansion.
I figure I could cut it off and fit it to the front permanently but it won't have much strength.
 
I have been playing with the idea of supports to strengthen it,
but don't have something I can live with yet.





The floor actually fits pretty tightly against the walls,
so that the model can be handled without the floor falling off,
even with an interior.

I purposely bowed the outside wall of the land office a small amount near the bottom,
so that I need to put the building on, by aligning the land office side,
and pressing a little bit toward the meat market side, while placing the model.

The floor stays on well, but comes off easily.
It works great.

I decided while I was building the front to add another window
(your fault--you gave me the idea with your 1:1 scale house project).
Then I decided the upstairs would be a separate business.
Then I decided to add an awning...

I originally figured I would add a fairly substantial awning,
and just cut notches to fit it into the boardwalk.
But my research (26 Men, Tombstone Territory, The Tall Man, The Texan, etc.)
convinced me it should be light-weight.


Tom


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I should add,

I was thinking about cutting notches out of the front spar of the foundation,
and fitting beams to the boardwalk, to go part way under the floor of the building,
but...

I "designed" the building to go on from the left side,
it will not go on from any other direction, or straight down,
and would be very hard to fix, without having a visible bow in the land office side wall.


Tom


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I finally decided to just go for it on the awning.





I cut the boardwalk back off of the main floor.
I actually cut off just slightly into the 8x8ish beam,
so that a sliver of it was still attached to the boardwalk.

That way I still have the light block on the floor, but I also have a tiny lip under the front,
to make sure no light shows through the rear of the boardwalk,
and a slightly better gluing surface.





I think I worried needlessly.
The whole porch is actually very strong.


Tom


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Looking even better Tom.

That porch and its awning give the whole building much more character.





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slateworks wrote:
Looking even better Tom.

That porch and its awning give the whole building much more character.


Thanks Doug,

I actually like it much better now also.

I really liked the back of the building,
but always thought the front needed something.

I'm right now looking into one possible additional feature,
before I start to finish up the doors/windows,
and figure out where the stoves go, to put in the stove pipes.

The interiors will probably wait until I get some other projects out of way,
but maybe not...

Tom


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Focus

Back in post 79, I talked about how I need to build a layout,
or I just accumulate stuff.

This is great for reducing new purchases, but can make you a little crazy,
when it obsoletes stuff you already own.

I have probably a half dozen to a dozen perfectly good O scale 55 gallon drums.
Didn't exist in 1875-1885.
They sit in my "useless stuff" drawer.

I have some nice asphalt shingle material.
1911-1913 (depending on source).
Same drawer.

So today I was looking at the meat market to decide on the roofing.
I went through my roofing material box (a very small box)
and saw some really nice asphalt sheets from Stoney Creek Designs in red or green.

NICE. I'll cut into 3 foot strips and have a nice rolled asphalt roof.
BAM! 1893.
Same drawer.
 
Bummer.

Tom


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Hi Tom  :wave:



It's all looking jaw dropping ... GREAT !  :thumb:

Ace photos & step-by-steps.  :cool:


Just one comment ...  :old dude:

... I think you've been really lazy with the wood burning pen.  ;)

I could send you a proto-photo to prove it as well !  :P


The word 'strafed' comes to mind ...  :Salute:

... when I look at the wall paneling behind my loudspeakers !  :P



:mex: :mex: :mex: :mex: :mex:



Si.




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