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Hi all,  

Just wanted to go through the building of this great kit...
seen a few peoples variations on this and here's my version...  

I like the footprint and it works well with my layout concept;
Backwoods 30-40's narrow gauge line somewhere in the Pacific NW...  

Anyway... box shot... old and decrepit.
Bit like some of us I suspect. 

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Here's the basic plan.





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And the floor plan.





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Layout of walls for studs.

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Adding board breaks.

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So I love adding nail holes and trying to be logical about where nailing would be with stud layout.

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And here's the first walls, plus they want you to add colored card stock as wallpaper,
so I added that with Aileens clear tacky glue.

Even with scale 2x4's this all seems to be ripe for warping...oh boy.
I like the look though.

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I cut out all the templates and followed the plan pretty accurately...
transfering stud and plate lines by measuring.

Slow but it works and didn't want to leave transfer paper color lines,
because I think this will all be stained and then dirtied up with alcohol and ink...

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Now here is the other sides with detailing and some distressing butting boards etc.

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So next I put together the base, which was just pressed heavy paper.

Not really very detailed,
but most of it is covered if I follow the lay of the land they show,
so I used it.

Re-inforced the hell out of it just in case... kinda overkill   :Crazy:    


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Here's the first stage.
 
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Then I cut out decking and tried to get it even,
so I had a bit of a lip to glue walkway to front edge.

You can see I decided to ad signs to walls as I was going along,
seemed easier than after I assembled the building.

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As you can see I got a bit carried away with AI wash,
but figured it looked like black mold creeping up the wall papered wall.
Get that a lot in this part of the world.   

Got two walls put together here and beginning to stain walls with ink/alcohol,
using Dr Martens sepia and brown for exterior and black wash on inside walls.

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Here I began putting together bathroom walls and door,
plus with last picture you can see I got garage doors built.
 
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So here's more of the garage room put together.

As you can see I added windows and glazed them as recommended in kit instructions
(and did paint window frames before I did that).

Not really going for a too run down look overall,
since I think this is a successful on going establishment...  

I probably should have painted all the flat wood, but like the stain effect...
Warping will occur with this I know.

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So here I have added walls for the shop area and office,
plus assembled walkway across the front of the building.

Haven't glued in bathroom walls (more to add in there).

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They lay out post positions on the walk for cover,
and then you add joists after its glued in.


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Several shots here for fun...

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I really like the counter between the office and shop... plus I got carried away with signs,
and realized they get covered up with the roof, that is heavy cardboard,
which keeps it stable for removal, so you can see all the neat interior details.

So I decided to create a truss system for the shop area... a bit more realistic I think.

It's a rather odd shape because of the way they set the kit up.
If the garage was used individually it would make sense.
 
But it does create a rather terrible roof for rain (if this was real).
Oh well... didn't think about that until putting the other building up against it.
Bah!
 
I think it does create an interesting roof appearance, with the whole thing put together.

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Another shot from above before shingling and tar-papering.

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One of the main reasons I love this kit,
is all the nice detailing Evergreen Hill put in the kit.
So adding benches and castings really starts to make it come alive.

Still gotta put that back window in.
I need one of those Bar Mills window fans...
don't want to choke the mechanics with all that exhaust.


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Then here's the false front office wall... hard to make this all meet up right...

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Hi Mikel,

Superb work  :2t:  :apl:  :apl:

Please keep the build story and the photos coming.



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Thanks for the encouragement.
 
So here's looking down on office area after gluing in details,
and trying to see how much space I have for folks and stove etc...
some details from kit, and a great old Model Masterpiece desk set.

Added a lamp from SS ltd and a safe in the corner,
for the big bucks the little mechanics are bringing in.

Printed up some papers and a coffee cup facsimile for the desk.

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Here is the other half, plus dirtying up floor and lots of details, a lot from kit plus tires etc.

You can see bathroom door and window are open just so we can see cool details, no privacy sorry LP's ...
added a cool water heater from SS ltd and will add some more as I go on.

Need to find a couple of good mechanic fellers.

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So, at this point I realized I need to put this in a base so I could figure out elevations,
and also nice to add a little scenery to make the scene start to come alive.

So pink foam and some styro packing material with sculptamold is the base,
with some shims to tweak heights so the structure doors and all line up.

I also began to see how Emporium structure would have to be set in wet sculptamold,
or I would have to cut posts to individual heights,
or fudge the whole base with camouflage foliage ... Bah.

So you can see the post holes ready to be adjusted.


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Here's the base after a bit of paint and some sifted dirt.

I like the redder color a lot like forest soil here.

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You can see I flattened drive areas to then gravel once I get buildings in.

So here's the chopping of posts, and gluing up beam system for floor.

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And a shot of floor assembly for Emporium being put together.

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In that shot is also back deck, for that same sort of joist and post & beam,
with some nailing and board breaks.

No heavy distressing, yet, it is a loading dock.

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I seem to have no shots of constructing walls and storefront of the Emporium ... oops.

But pretty straight forward ...
same process of adding stud patterns and "wall paper" to different sections and gluing up.

Inner wall opening is for Post Office section ...
a bit crowded, but not sure what all Emporium will sell  L:

But like the little casting and post boxes ... we will see.

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So here is the general overview once I set in buildings and added floor and dock for Emporium.

The base is 16"x10' and maybe will fit idea for grouping of buildings I am thinking for layout ... who knows.

You can see I have added posting and beams for front boardwalk roof building for that next.

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So the roof for upper walk ...

Cardboard with sections "Goop"ed together for flexibility.

Bless Walthers for that nasty stuff; works great for certain things ...


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And this is underside ...

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That shot is before I added wing pieces you can see in top shot ...

Ok so then this shows the floor in with little retaining wall I added at back from plaster and some carving.


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This shot shows the chimney and bracing plus the window shade and slide for back door.


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Pay no attention to that cold beverage in the background.

So backing up a bit, this all in place before I commited to gluing up front of Gas Station office.

But you can see supports for roof on walkway.

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Now here's the walkway roofs after being assembled ...
the emporium one is just set in place not glued yet.

Kit provides 400 grit wet dry sandpaper, which was different,
but I kind of like the effect with a bit of dusting.


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One other shot of roofing.

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Oops almost same one.

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Kind of in place from the side ...

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Getting lost in all these stupid shots ...

So in this shot, new gravel is down more on that in a bit.

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So in this shot a couple of figures added to the office,
and the shop cat laying in the way (of course) in front of the stove...

An old Revell figure and Dyna Model cat ...
and a Preiser fellow by the window.

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So I wanted a different look than Woodland Scenics ballast for gravel,
and I had seen Arizona Rock & Mineral real stone ballast and liked the colors,
and I had a idea what graveled roads should look like for this area.

So I found N-scale ballast to be close to my gravel road idea;
so I ended up using the CSX/SP/Wabash blend and I think it works well...
A little more realistic for local back roads I think.

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Another view.


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And around the side down to the loading ramp...

Still haven't committed to interior of the Emporium,
but soon I will get that and some folks loading out back,
and then decide about lighting.

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Here you can see the door in place on the loading dock,
and a bit more of the graveling...
Starting to add some powdered soil as well, to make it a bit less uniform
(and more weeds).

Also building some cool Douglas fir trees,
from Coastmans down in Port Orford out at the Oregon coast,
very nice product, not cheap,
but much better than my primitive attempts at making them up to now...
damn gonna need a lot of trees if this layout comes together.

But I wanted some tall firs at the side by the driveway.
They sell bulk tree kits and parts as well as fully built ones.

Anyway... kit comes with lots of sacks and stacks of boxes,
so there is some stuff for the back storage area,
plus I am constructing a countertop and produce bin for the front walk.

And then have to think about signs and such.

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Hi Mikel  :wave:



Your build ^^ is lookin' GREAT !  :bg:



A nice interesting building, with plenty to keep the eyes wandering.  :hyp:

I think the 'corner' on a slope is very  C :cool: :cool: L  !



Thanks for Posting the really nice step-by-step photos.  :thumb:



You make it look easy ...  :shocked:

... but I know it isn't !  ;)


I'm looking forward to seeing your pine trees.  :old dude:



:moose: :moose: :moose: :moose: :moose:



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Thanks for encouraging words Si,

I just hope folks get something out of this...

This is the most detailed picture coverage of a build I've done,
and yet I still wish I had more to illustrate what I ran into...

Oh well maybe next time, more to come.

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" I just hope folks get something out of this "


Hi Mikel  :wave:


I'm sure it is an inspiration to all ...  :old dude:

... to dust off those craftsman-kit boxes ...

... & get BUSY !  :)



:mex:



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Its really fun to actually get to building some of the kits I have collected over the years,

but I am realizing I have no room for most of them on the proposed layout.

Given the room I have to work with, I am going to have to be pretty selective...

Not that its gonna stop me from building more of them, but I am picking my battles.



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So I really like these tree kits and heres a quick look at what is included and how it comes out...  

First though a couple of my own attempts from scratch...

Example one.





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and another view

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These are sculpted bbq skewers and water putty bottom...

old furnace screen material, and Woodland Scenics ground foam, various colors and grinds...

Not really that great.





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So here's the results with the Coastmans kits...

Really looks more like Doug Fir which is most common around here,

and what I was hoping to get more of...





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another shot from the box I use to keep foliage materials from going all over

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really nice system and materials starting with this nice prepared trunk 

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They provide a block that you glue to a piece of cardboard

and the bottom pin goes into the trunk and holds them while gluing, spraying etc.


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They provide foliage material.

This main mat with tiny branches is great.

You tear off chunks and white glue them to trunks and shape them.


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so they also give you a few colors to dust with

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And the real cool part, all this nice prepared branch materials,

because doug firs always have a lot of bare branches and especially older growth,

and this really helps give you the realistic look.





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They suggest adding this material with a hot glue gun,

but I found it easier to use Walthers Goo,

and then touching up with paint if it gets ugly...





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Sorry for lighting, not the best to see detail,

but I think you can tell what I was trying to explain...


When glue is dry you can spray with fixative or hair spray,

and dust with finer scenery materials to help create a natural effect.


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I just purchased one package of 8 - 6" (44 scale foot in HO) to try them,

and I am really digging the results...

Eventually they will get planted on the diorama...



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Hi Mikel  :wave:



Thanks for the pine tree Posts !  :thumb:



They look like simple trees to make ...  L:

... but sometimes don't end up looking quite right.  :f:


Yours are looking :2t: like TOP TIMBER !  :old dude:



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:cool: ha ha...  only need a thousand more...

So here's a little more of my interior work for the Emporium building.

Lots of little details to come up with,
but here's a shot through the window to proprietor and a customer.





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In this shot you can see I got gas pumps for the Crossing in,
love that Grizzly gas...

Hose material a bit oversized, but real rubber type stuff...
kinda cool.





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Back to the Emporium here's the upper shot of counter,
and the cooler I built to keep the cheese and meat cold...

Stole this idea from a built kit I saw on EBail a while back,
very good version which has helped a lot with this build,
as the following of vague directions not my strong point.





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I can see in that last shot I need to trim windows...
here is the postal area.





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And our erstwhile postal clerk working hard...
need a bit more painting on what ever is in his hand.

Love these old Revell figures, I think they came from their station kit...
More to follow.





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One more element I'm working on is the various counters, stands and castings...
here's the array of them so far.

Though the bulk food/grain bin is just too large for the interior of Emporium,
with real estate becoming more precious, with post office and all.
 
I've got fruit and veggies for stand,
and I have to figure what all goes in front windows areas and the rest of counters...

Got my eye on one of the Rusty Stumps shelves with goods...
plus some wheels of cheese.  :)  mmmm cheese Grommitt.





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EXCELLENT BUILD.

I looked at the box picture of this kit for many years,
but figured early stuff not well designed.
Well that's obviously not the case with this one.

I see them come up occasionally and will put this on my want list.

Walls generally will not warp if you use 99% pure alcohol with ink,
the higher percent of water 10--15% causing problems.
There is much better inks to use than Dr. Martins, forget what name is.

Also FIEBINGS LEATHER DYE and alcohol do a great job.
Available on ebay ?

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Yeah, this is a great building, but...

A lot of these kits require some "imagineering",
and some problem solving.

As far as warp factor, I did use 99% and the Drs ink,
but different parts have given me a bit of trouble...

If it wasn't for interior emphasis in this,
I would have braced the heck out of it...

Also redesigned the roof set up...
It's gonna be hard to prevent light leaks, if I light it ...

Gotta try the leather dyes,
great idea Mike.


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I know what you mean by overcoming obstacles,
especially with these early kits,
and they can be an adventure. 

Some of them would be better to scratch build,
rather than actually building the kit.

I can see doing interiors in O scale or S scale,  
but as we age gets a lot tougher to work on the inside. 

I have even considered doing some 1/2" scale just to have the experience.
I can only think of a couple of builds I did where the insides were viewable.


The 1% water content in isopropanol rubbing alcohol,
and some weight, will keep a wall straight.
I was always over zealous with 1/8 " sq basswood bracing inside.
 
When using Fiebings ***leather dye*** USMC BLACK is the one to use. 

I have been amassing various On3 kits in rolling stock,
so guess will see what's still good in liquids after 7 years of non use.
Have the urge to build some bridges also.


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I think if I was starting over I would definitely be working in On3...
Detail level goes way up and better on eyeballs...
Great stuff available now too.

Mike I really think you're right about scratch building with many of these kits;  
I might build this one again in a different scale... if  I live that long.

No, I started collecting HOn3 for such a long time,
that it would really hurt to change at this point,
in spite of blindness  :shocked:  ha!  

I have succumbed to F scale, with one cool Bachman 2-8-0,
so maybe someday
(a guy can dream)   :Crazy:  


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The On30 Bachmann stuff has plenty of detail and most of it can be had at a reasonable price on ebay.

One day I bought some Grandt Line windows and doors, had some Northeastern siding,
and decided to try my hand at an O scale structure build #390,
I think it was the WITCH HAZEL OINTMENT COMPANY.

I had a lot of HO and HOn3 kits and had been building in that scale since '88.
After building the structure and a friend visited,
with a brand new On30 Bachmann Shay loco with sound installed, that was it for me.
The switch was on.

Yes it's extremely difficult to part with things you scraped and saved to obtain,
but once the decision was made I was in both feet neck deep.

What knocked MRRing to the side, was purchase of a 1935 Chevrolet roadster in 2012.
After a couple of years the On30 stuff got sold on ebay, and car stuff purchased.

Long story still fooling around with the car that's 1/3 built, and I no longer care.
Back to MRRing again.

Next up trip to Rochester NY area to pick up all my ebay purchases of railroad stuff.

mike lynch


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Welcome back Mike,

you have been missed.

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Thanks Rich,

Hope your keeping in good health and RS Laser is going great as usual. 
Bought a lot of early On3  O scale kits of different things like raised oil tank, sand house, coal tower. 
Sometimes its the only way to get the details that were made specifically for the kit.

I hope to get my mind right once again to be able to create one off structures. 
We shall see.

mike


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I finally finished CM Fraternity Hall (existing structure is in Elkhorn MT.)

I wanted to add some more lights,
and had to re-glue jazz band and dancers, plus add foundation material.

The kit has embossed paper to represent dressed stone,
and I just used colored pencils and alchohol/ink-wash, and think it looks fine.

This will be part of a group of buildings I think,
around Shenendoah Crossing, and narrow gauge engine facility.

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So this is the Crossing with a couple more buildings added.

Seemed like a little backwoods community was needed.

The Carriage house is based on another historical building (Montrose Colorado).

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A shot of the other 2 buildings.

Lights on Saloon sign a bit wonky still, but its coming along.

A Master Creations kit, and not weathered yet.

It has a full interior, complete with bar and piano, plus tables,
and a bunch of lil' folks to be added once I finish wiring.

Need to add top of chimney, and back stairs as well.

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On other side of the saloon we have a little bedroom.

Kit came with bed frame and picture so thought I'd add it.

Got a couple of figures and a light in there now.

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Here's a more finished shot.

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I also wanted to add a shot of the doors on the garage section of "The Crossing"

Ready for cars and trees.

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Ok here's the fly over shot of the group so far.

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Hi all, 

So I have been adding interior details to the saloon.

It comes with a fancy piano,
and a bit oversized but fun piano player, chomping on a big ceeegar,

Plus a nice bar,
chairs and very nice and delicate chairs.

So here you can see my additional figures I am adding.

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Here is after I got the bartender in,

and some more folks at the bar,

plus a few more bottles etc.





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And another angle ...

Now I just need to tuck all the wiring in,

and get smoke stacks on and supported.

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