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jbvb Posted - 01/31/2008 : 8:10:46 PM
I'm modeling the Boston & Maine's Eastern Route in HO standard gauge in my 207-year-old house's attic. The attic has its pluses and minuses - plenty of space, just up the stairs and finished, but the combination of the sloping ceiling and a 36" minimum radius meant I could only do an around-the-walls plan. Also, it can get a bit hot in the summer and cold in the winter.

The layout incorporates my Rowley MA modules, presently the only finished scenery, in the rural northern half of the attic. The southeast corner is where I'm building my compressed version of West Lynn, MA including the General Electric River works and the West Lynn creamery.

This photo shows the mainline curve passing the future creamery (spur under the file) and the Saugus Branch (long staging tracks) coming in from the left. I'm spiking rail on the branch, building the switch comes next. The flying plywood is actually pretty rigid with the flange below and the backdrop partially installed, it will get better when I bring the backdrop around to the left edge of the photo.
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slimrails Posted - 11/21/2019 : 11:33:06 AM
What a great house build, James. I reminds me of the colonial era houses that I would see back in Madison and Guilford CT.
Orionvp17 Posted - 11/21/2019 : 09:53:16 AM
Nicely done, James! Planting Season can wait... this looks good as-is.

in Michigan
Michael Hohn Posted - 11/21/2019 : 12:14:44 AM
The asymmetry of the house gives it a certain charm. Very nice.
jbvb Posted - 11/20/2019 : 11:09:38 PM
That's fine, Dave, as long as you don't have to negotiate it with a Homeowners' Association. AFAIK that concept was unknown in Northern New England during my modeling era, and certainly in yours.

I did some weathering with A&I and a brass brush - the Dames are perpetually trying to defend their white paint from the B&M (and other neighbors') soot. But I couldn't generate quickie verdigris with any chemicals I had handy, so I put the copper flashing on after sanding it to get rid of any clear coating. I'll get my prototypical verdigris in a few months or years. And I added a stink pipe with the last little bit of flashing.

I applied static grass in Late Summer color (Scenic Express, I think, label unclear) and put the fences back. Then I consumed two cutoff disks making a 'door stone' from a core I found after drilling granite blocks at the old B&M station in Haverhill. It's barely visible in this photo (taken as if from the roof of Gorin Machine across Franklin St.).

I checked my stash of plants; All I had for late-summer flowers was Hollyhocks and Goldenrod. No flagpole either. So I'll turn the lawn into a garden later, after some sign-painting and shopping.

Next post will be back in the Bexley Depot area.
deemery Posted - 11/17/2019 : 2:25:00 PM
When we lived in Derry, there was a sign on a house "The old Emery place, 1793" (I forget the exact date) I wanted to do a sign on our brand new (at the time) house, "The new Emery place, 1986" :-)

jbvb Posted - 11/17/2019 : 10:30:24 AM
Dave, I might put that someplace close enough to the layout edge that it was readable at 1/2" square. But for the Ritchie-Gilbert house, I'm considering either the "house roof over board" style or the "stylized open book" type. Searching images for "historic house sign massachusetts" shows many of both types.
Orionvp17 Posted - 11/17/2019 : 10:09:04 AM
Excellent news, James! I think Dave may be on to something....

And I vote for the brick pathway, with just a hint of grass between two bricks. Only.

in Michigan
deemery Posted - 11/17/2019 : 10:00:04 AM

jbvb Posted - 11/17/2019 : 09:52:33 AM
As a proper New England Historic House, it will have a flower garden with a gravel or brick path through it, and a tasteful sign on a post giving the name, date and organization responsible.
Orionvp17 Posted - 11/16/2019 : 8:58:35 PM
Like! You gonna add a swing set, too? Or is that the sort of place that has a rose arbor and a flower garden along the back fence?

in Michigan

jbvb Posted - 11/16/2019 : 8:54:29 PM
Thanks, Pete and Mike. Since I was starting with copper, I thought to make real verdigris. I scraped the self-stick strip to get through any coating. Then, remembering my chemistry, I thought of copper sulfate and tried dilute sulfuric acid. No joy. Then I actually looked up verdigris and now I'm trying vinegar (acetic acid). Meanwhile, I worked on the property fences:

The back fence is Tichy's, the front is the old standby Atlas picket fence. Both need a lot of weathering. Then I'll dismount them and apply a lawn etc.
Michael Hohn Posted - 11/13/2019 : 4:47:43 PM
The chimney story is certainly credible with the obviously modern top and the urban setting.

Nice job on the slate roof. I love these early buildings.

Orionvp17 Posted - 11/13/2019 : 12:07:52 PM

Please let us know how the flashing issues work out. Copper sounds wonderful, but will go either green or, more likely, dark grey very quickly in that environment.

As to the mason's chimney advice, he's a professional. I'd take the advice!

in Michigan
jbvb Posted - 11/13/2019 : 11:32:18 AM
Some more work on the Ritchie - Gilbert house:

I decided to keep the tall chimney; old New England houses I'm familiar with all had simple chimney tops. This style of cap seems to represent later rebuilds. So I'll explain it as "In the '20s, the chimney was showing its age, and had to be rebuilt above the attic floor. The Colonial Dames' kitchen reenactments had been troubled by downdrafts and the mason recommended raising it and adding a capstone."

It still needs roof flashing, the door, more weathering and finally glazing. But I'm undecided about the ridge & flashing. BEST provides adhesive copper foil, but in a coal fired city next to a railroad yard, it wouldn't have stayed 'fresh copper' for even a couple of weeks. I'll see if I can get the protective coating off.

Here it and its back fence are visible behind evening traffic on Franklin St.
jbvb Posted - 11/07/2019 : 5:38:09 PM
Earlier this year there were a few write-ups about a new lighting/interior product line called 'Roomettes'. I've tried one 'pictures from the internet' interior, but will need many more for night-time operations. So I signed up for a Roomettes make-n-take clinic at the NER Syracuse convention.

I chose the interior for the City Classics 'Crafton Ave. Gas Station', which I'd started a few years ago. The kit came with a printed cardboard 'office' interior. Roomettes provided both 'office' and 'garage bay' interiors, plus 3D fold-up counters, tool boxes etc. The clinician/founder also provided Gem-Tac glue, a quick-setting tacky PVA product. Mine went together pretty well at the clinic.

Because I'd already built my building, I had to trim the interiors a bit to get them through the floor opening. Wiring them was a bit harder. The provided LED-on-a-tiny-board is compatible with Woodland Scenics 'Just Plug' system, which uses 12 VDC and JST 2.5 mm connectors. I got some 'male' connectors on-line (Just Plug lights have 'female' connectors with metal sockets inside a plastic housing that looks kind of 'male) and connected them up:

This blurred shot (sorry) is with my 'walk around' LED strip lighting on. The Roomettes lights are too bright for me at 12V. I haven't decided whether to buy one of the W-S dimming hubs, or just add a resistor to the circuit.

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