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Hello all.

I decided to build another kit for my little neighborhood.

So even though it's rather like the last build (carriage works),
I thought this fit with the group of backwoods type buildings.

Here's the elements, since I failed to shoot photos for initial assembly.
The building is the 'Builders In Scale'  Hose Co.

I got a pre started kit, that had some issues, and was missing a few elements,
but overall the important bits were there.

I really wanted a firehouse and I like building copies of real buildings,
so this seemed like one of the most interesting

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Here's the front shot before glue up.

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Sorry these shots a bit dark i think
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Heres a close up of the bell towera cute detail and a little tricky to get square...
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Here's the top view and my replacement roof out of card stock.

Really not enough bracing on the side walls, and I am really fighting warping,
but wanted to keep it as minimal as I could, for fire engines open doors etc.

I kept the color of the building the same as whoever started the kit, just because I liked the look,
and felt it was easier than trying to build up fading red paint, which would have been more prototypical.

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I love the hose drying tower in back,
a very distinctive feature of this structure.

Here you see my primitive view block, upstairs on the second floor.

I didn't want to see across the structure with all the windows upstairs.
This led to some detailing in case I light the upstairs eventually.

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So here you can see the roof in place,

checking to see how it all looks.

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So before I got to the glue up, I decided to add a couple of crew bunks in front,
so there might be a bit of interest in windows.

Plus a few pictures on the walls and door and trim mock ups.

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So next I will show you the glued up structure so far,
but need to take a couple more photos.

The instructions encourage you to age the metal roof with 'Archer Circuit Board Echant',
and even though it's hard to find, I still have some of the nasty stuff.

Mine must of gone south,
because I'm not really happy with the results.
      
I have used it a couple of times before with great results,
and with the same material (Campbell corrugated roofing).

But this time it was sluggish, and when it did begin to act,
it wanted to dissolve the roof, before it got rid of the shiny chrome effect.
Rats !

I didn't think this stuff went bad.

Oh well, tar paper is fine, and if I use the pieces I got,
I'm still going to have to paint and de-gloss the material.

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So here's a front shot, with one set of doors in place.

I added little hinges and used transfers,
just 'cause the other doors will be open, with an engine indoors,
when I find one of those precious Jordan kits.

Wish I had bought more of those, when they were cheap... geez.

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Another angle.





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And here's other side shot.

I like how messed up the window castings turned out.

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So here's the roof metal glued on... it looks pretty real,

but I have mixed feelings about it.


Let me know what you think...





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Here's the back view...





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Finally a closer shot from the other side.

cheers

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I think the roof looks good, normally not seen from the ground.


Roofing seems to get overlooked when building's are painted,

and unless they start to leak, little is done to maintain them.


The roof gives an indication of the age of the building versus a paint job.


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Mikel

I think your roof looks very good.


Here is a photo of some kind of workshop in Redlands CA. 

I think it dates back to the late 1800s or early 1900s.





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Thanks for your thoughts...

I think the photo you included was why I was not sure about it.

The way a roof often rusts more uniformly color and texture wise.
Don't want a zebra effect even though I have seen metal do that.

It's always trying to get a realistic effect,
that doesn't distract from the scene.

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Hi there.

So I decided to add some pastel rust to roof and seems to have helped ...

Plus got mast added, so basically done till it gets planted.

This was a fun build... never done a Builders In Scale kit before, great kits.

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Another angle on the roof.

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Great Work Mikel.  :2t:


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A few last shots of the setting for the Hose Co. building...

Kinda based on the original idea, without placing the side door higher,
like the actual building this is based on.

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Another view.





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So here you see posting and big beam that supports the building as the land goes down,
plus little concrete wall for the driveway.

It needs some scenery work, but kinda a good detail I think...
I like the tall skinny supports...

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So now I'm just waiting for the fire engine,

and so is Sparky the firehouse dog.

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A closer look at Sparky,

that engine is on the way.





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I've got some ideas about the group of buildings,

and thinking a track should run down parallel and next to the street.

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Another shot.





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So...little Jordan kit arrived and here it appears...

Sparky is pleased, now if I just had a volunteer fireman.


A bit more of the details to add, I forget how lovely these little kits were...

I really wish someone would pick up the Jordan line.


A tricky build, but they make really nice little models.


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Howdy

Here's the back of the saloon, now I got wiring run and added the stove pipe.
I changed all this from the kit because of the slope etc...

Wanted a back dock for the bar and a way to utilize the other door in back.
So here's where I'm at.

Still need to  add a railing on the landing and a few more details,
but it's coming together now.





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Hi Mikel  :wave:



C.G.& T. Hose Co.  is lookin' GREAT !  :thumb:


The engine is a really  C :cool: :cool: L  vintage find ...

... I have always been very tempted by the 'Airfix' 1:32 scale, oldie fire engine !  :bg:


Your last photo showing the back of the 'hood, is as interesting as the front ...





... the gentle downward slope you have made on the base is AWESOME !  :bow:

The buildings are sitting on their foundations, just like the 'real' thing.


Your "little neighbourhood" could be good, with a "parallel street track".  L:

What kinda trains have you got Mikel ?  ???



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



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Is 'Sparky' wearing an official Fire Dept. red collar ?  :P




" Not on the FIRE HYDRANTS Sparky ! ... "  :old dude:  ;)


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Thanks Si.

I mostly have collected narrow gauge locos and cars.

I am slow with building trackage,
as I created a fairly complicated plan and I get bogged down with it,
so I go build another building...

The original idea was a continually running track plan,
in dual gauge, with narrow gauge yards and industry,
and that's mostly where these buildings will go.

I'm just plugging along with that idea until I can finish back drops,
and wiring my hand laid track...

It's about the journey I guess.

mikel



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