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 Posted: Sat May 23rd, 2020 12:08 am
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So since I am avoiding track laying and wiring right now (ha!).

I decided to build a depot for my backwoods community,
and this seems to be the right one. 

I have collected various depots for some reason (I really like train depots  :Crazy: )
but always have been attracted to this one.

I decided to do a build Thread, since I have never seen one online.
A lot of great layouts have used this, so I know it's familiar

Anyway here is what I'm doing with it.
Please comment and/or criticize, as you feel appropriate.

So here's the box open, and initial pieces of delicate siding, color photo etc.

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The kit has a kinda awkward instructions format,
with a lot of archaic info on finishing (all based on Floquil paints and stains).

So that means I am going my own way with acrylics and craft paint,
because that's what I've got and I am learning to use them more and more,
as the last of my Railroad Colors dry up, and get used up.

So here's the 1st page and side pieces to assemble.







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You can see my work glass sheet to try and flatten instructions...

Oh boy.

Nice little box of castings and a bit of strip wood,

cardboard roof and Campbell shingles.


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The siding is delicate (1/32" die cut basswood) and needs some re enforcement,

so after glueing together sides, detailing and adding wainscoting,

I'll add 6x6 bracing.


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You can see adding the details is in progress and wainscoting being edge glued on.

I always use Elmers Carpenter's wood glue, quick stick and clear drying,
rather than Titebond which drys yellow & ugly and doesn't hold any better... I think. 

I always add nailing even if it hardly shows, especially with paint but I like the effect.

Board ends added and messed up a bit, with compass end, and other tools of abuse...


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Sorry for crappy photo, but this maybe shows detailing better.

I went back and forth about colors and decided this looked good.


After detailing I gave it an alcohol ink wash,

then added a diluted craft paint for colors.


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I am trying for a well worn look, but not decrepit effect.

So here are finished walls painted and braced...


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This is from the back showing bracing which I had just enough of.

The instructions warn about getting spacing correct for front and back, 
because of how the walls meet for the corner trim to work,
plus freight dock is tricky to get the parts to work nicely.

But all seems to go together correctly, since it was pre-cut and punched ! ?
That can be a problem if there was shrinkage, movement etc.
Often the case with old kits...

Who knows age of this and how it was stored before me,
I got it for a good price on Ebay, after looking for awhile.

But the wood is of excellent quality,
and I have barely had to adjust window & door openings (nice!).  
Next on to windows.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend. 


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I remember this kit. 

Late 1970s early '80s. 


Nice work.  I'll be watching.

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Yes I remembered seeing the kit for years,
and once I got collecting depot kits, I found this for a decent price...

A lot of these older kits are funky
(shrunk wood, clumsy castings, cardboard, dead decals etc.)
but they are kinda fun, in spite of issues.

Which leads me to windows...
 
1st shot is me gooping on craft paint over sprayed window castings.
I cleaned them up, cleared the bit of flash (minimal),
and used a flat red rattle can primer coat.

I don't have a good spray set up, so usually use what I have on hand,
and wanted a cruddy look, like a lot of coats of paint on the old station.
Boy I got it...

:shocked:  mikel

 

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