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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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So here's a close up of freight door... Pretty gloopy.


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So then I added alcohol/ink coat and started on window filling.

Canopy glue/window maker for the uppers and acetate for the bottoms (next).
Some paint touch up will be needed on mullions, but it's coming along...

We get spoiled by nice Grandt or Tichy plastic windows,
plus the laser assembly type which make really nice windows.

But since the walls were pre-cut I decided I would go with their castings...
A bit clunky but not bad...


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That was all well and good,
until I discovered I was short one of the small windows...

Great... so I went and looked to see what might work for a replacement,
and really couldn't find anything available (it's a small area where they go),
and not sure what approach to take.

I decided to assemble one with mixed results...

I used scrap micro ply bits and scale 2x4, but not really great...
I will see how it paints up or try again in daylight.

Lesson learned.
Count your windows before starting dumb ass.

Boy that window paint looks crappy, ha!

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So after paint and setting my feeble little window,
I decided it was ok (even if a bit crooked).

My "good enough" filter comes into play.

It is always hard to know how far I want to go with detailing,
always is a bit of a compromise.

I am not trying to win contests, so moving along...

I do like the colors and think it still maintains the "real world" depot look.
Kind of close to DR&G colors as I remember, or maybe old school UP.

Hard to find color photos from the '30s or so, of narrow gauge depots,
not that I'm actually going for a prototypical match.

On we go.

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Ok, got windows glued in walls, so on to assembly.

I like the canopy glue windows for uppers, looks like leaded windows,
not a great photo but hopefully the effect will be noticeable as I get farther along.

I am thinking of adding a second floor,
so I might do some more detailing noticeable through lower half of windows,
so having them a little clearer may be good.

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Hi there

So beginning glue up of main structure here...

After getting all windows in and adding support pieces,
for a floor for 2nd level (You can see floor set in).

I am not sure what I am going to do up there yet,
but at least I can add interior walls,
so you can't see through building, if lighted at all.

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Here's another shot of the glue up in progress.


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And finally a better shot with freight section added,
and ticket office and station agents office glued together,
but not added yet.

You can see how great the windows look in this shot,
and floor supports at scale 12'

I need to add trims next and figure out roof and supports...
More to follow...

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So I got a little time to build this week
(been working on a porch cover for a client, it's taking some time),
and got large gable trusses constructed.

This is a very distinctive feature of this kit,
and really is classic for a certain period of station building.

In my opinion this reads pretty realistic,
even though I suspect this is a fantasy design,
versus a plan based on a actual building.. (?)


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Then I got busy on roof rafters,
and did a little detailing on underside of roof cards, even though it may not show,
just a little scoring before painting, and then cut rafters to fit (I hope).

You can see where I cut opening for second chimney,
then decided I want it on the other side of the roof,
so put it back in before roofing.


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Busy week but did make a little progress and added some more details to the project.

After trying lights inside the building I knew I would have to black it out or come up with a way to finish the interior walls.
So like a crazy person I decided to cover walls with some heavy paper I found in a paper sampler I had from years back.
It was a nice depot kind of wall cover and I have been doing a bit of papercraft, primitive but effective I think...

This shows the upper outside wall once I put window boxes in and placed the pieces against the interior bracing.
It makes for a rather fat wall but looks good I think. These aren't glued in yet just trying them out.

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So this is downstairs at a different angle...

Cardstock and Ellen's tacky glue and the interior has a good finish,
and light penetration is mostly taken care of.

I still cant quite figure out wall placement and also how stairs might work,
so that's the next thing to build.

I really just try and get"good enough" representations for interiors,
so at least when lighted they look appropriate.

Photo is a bit dark and you can see some "Goop" on window edge,
but not much will be seen from outside.

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I made up a little stairway,
after considering how it might work in the building I put it together.

Just some scrap bits of matte board and wood.
Funky but I wanted the interior to look logical and this seemed good...





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Then upstairs I guessed where some walls might be and mocked up some doors.

This gives me some light blocking so you can't just see through the buildings...   

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So added ticket office and got some more of the wainscoting trims going.


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You can see the ticket office here and details.


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And then here is the agents office added and the freight dock added and in position.

More of the corner trim on and wainscoting trims...
Time to finish shingling.

You can also see I sealed with paint between floors to hopefully prevent light leak,
as I get lights into the structure.

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Hi Mikel  :wave:


Nice to see the interior photos.  L:





YES ! ... Light leakage can be a problem ...  :f:

... good to get it sorted at this stage.  :!::cool:


It's gonna be a good 'en !  :thumb:


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So I have finally got to roof and adding trusses, which are a lovely feature,
but I had a hell of a time getting them to work, fighting warping roof card etc.

Trying to replace acrylic paints with Floquil or another oil based product can be a pain,
should have sealed them before roofing and adding other detailing, rafter tails etc.

But here's a few shots of how far I've got.

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Here's an outside shot, getting around to next set of roofs...





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A shot from the dockside, with a chimney placed, to see how they will work.

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Hello all.

I got a little done and decided to re create door casting so I might have one side open.

I got rafter tails installed and am working my way around the structure...

Busy in the 1:1 so it's slow going right now...

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Here's the chimneys... coming together...
4 sided castings, pretty rough, but look good after plastic putty and paint.

Finials are fanciful but cool and give the station a classic look.
Adding rafter tails and small roofs next...

Hope you all are doing well.
More to follow.

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Hi Mikel  :wave:


Great to follow your build of a real 'classic' !  :thumb:


Those vintage 'craftsman kits' often have that very illusive 'something' ...  L:

... which is exactly what folks want & looks awesome in a scene !


Your builds are a delight to watch happen Mikel !  :cool:


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Nice build,

the roof lines scream heavy snow!

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Greetings all, hope you all are well...

So a little progress with interiors and painting all the nice dock details.

Plus looking for period people (which is hard these days... too short a skirts and no hats!).
I model the late '30s and I guess besides Weston figures I am kinda screwed.

Someone was producing hats by 3D printing so maybe that's part of the solution...
Every man wore a hat at that time, amazing (and I'm not talking ball caps).

Adding details with ACC and tissue plus plastic putty (crude but sort of workable).

Anyway made a couple of counters and a bench,
plus I added a few signs...

more to follow





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So here are shots with basic interior details.





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And other side with my first figure...
A cheapo seated figure with a slightly altered skirt length.

A telephone that probably will get a booth,
and posters of great travel destinations.

Just simple stuff to look good with lighted interior which is next...





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I have no idea what to do with counter tops yet...




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Mikel

HO hats...


I used to start with a hole punch for the brims. 
I would cut down the circle to the desired size. 

"X" the center and push it over the head,
then use thick CA to affix it to the head. 

Once the CA cured I could use a file to shape the crown, then paint. 
The CA also gave the brim stiffness to be filed as needed too. 

Just an idea. 


I like the phone booth idea, can't wait to see it. 
Like an old wooden one seen in the 1930s movies!

Steve


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I've made hats similar to Steve's method. 


I use thermal receipt paper because it is very thin.
 
I soak it with diluted white glue,
and lay it over the end of a short piece of dowel, or something similar, and let it dry. 
After dry I just trim and paint.


I found several miniature metal hat charms on eBay that work well,
but then I model in 1/35 scale and they would be much too large for HO.


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Thanks Guys...

So I tried ticket punches and a ring binder punch,
but too small or too large (good for a sombrero but...)

So I'm gonna get a leather punch and try that  HAT TRICK :!: ...     


So duly inspired I went forward with the phone booth idea.

I've taken some leftover micro plywood scraps from a laser kit,
and with a little research built one for the depot.

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Thanks Steven for the encouragement!

I think it came out kinda cool and you can tell from this shot,
how it's gonna work once I put it all together...

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Heck yeah!  :pimp:   

Nicely done and VERY cool!  :shades:


I love it.



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Howdy...

I finally got to adding support beams to the roof truss pieces,
and this is how they came out...

With minor adjustments for wacky truss placement
(my failure to get them to match up well).

I wanted to extend them out more than the photos showed,
and so added a scale foot of overhang.

I am not sure if it looks right,
but it's done and on to other details.

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Here's another shot.

Back to people painting...

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Hi Mikel  :wave:


Really nice work on the depot building !  :bow:

You seemed to do it all pretty darn quick as well !!  :time:





Your interiors are AMAZING as well.  :thumb:

How's the phone booth ?  ???


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Rats, I never got another shot with the booth against floor...
Oh well, still got to run lighting and people the waiting area.

Here's a shot of outside now as I begin to get details going.

Been considering how the scene will work,
but right now all is up in the layout space,
as I had to clear my work space for house sharing in the fire evacuations.

(oops I see one of the workers lying down on the job)

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Here's an earlier shot with roof support beams in place.

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The other end of the building with truss support beams installed.

Instructions are vague on this detail but I liked it,
so extended it a scale foot beyond facia boards and hope it works.

Cheers

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That was build #1 for me, followed by #514 more over the years.

As a first build it was difficult and a learning experience.

 


Yours turned out really nice. 


I have often thought I would like to do it scratch in O scale.



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It really is iconic.

Love the "high country" look, even if it is perhaps a fantasy design.


I think it would be terrific in O scale.


I cant wait to get it worked into the layout,

but I really have to get more trackwork done before that happens...


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Mikel Parker wrote:  
... primitive but effective I think...


Hey, what works, works.

And the whole effort looks to have worked successfully.


This project looks like a scratchbuild,

right out of a 1970s or 1980s Railroad Model Craftsman magazine.


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Hi all

So I haven't been working on this much ...

Need to get the station position figured out,
and hope to get track around it then.


I have been considering lighting, and after getting a couple 0402 LEDs,
will wire the exterior lights with those, once I get wiring figured and parts.

They have these unusual light standards out of soft metal,
with wire (real or not) run on the outside so it would be seen...

Seems perfect if I can make up a realistic wiring run,
small enough gauge wire, and no un-sightly soldering (yikes).

I might ditch them, but as you can see they look pretty good,
and seems to fit the model.


Also I got the signal put together,
and then I need to add that as well.

I got it mostly put together,
as you can see in the picture.


More to follow.

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Hi Mikel  :wave:



It hardly seems like just yesterday ...  :time:
... when you opened up your HO 'time capsule' from a vintage era !  :old dude:





I had to remind myself of where ^^ your latest painted details go !  L:


Lookin' VERY nice indeed !  :thumb:


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