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Michael Hohn Posted - 01/01/2021 : 12:19:24 PM
A friend asked if I were willing to built an old kit he bought off the Internet. It's an old Alexander kit of a B&O tower that sat in Indiana.

Here is the box:

The instructions:

The contents:

This will be a challenge to build, as I will explain in future posts.


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Guff Posted - 01/31/2021 : 8:15:24 PM
Old style kit or new style, you'll turn it into a showpiece!
Michael Hohn Posted - 01/31/2021 : 10:16:20 AM
Originally posted by postalkarl

Hey Mike:

There's an oldie but goodie. Built one years ago. Looing great so far.


Thank you, Karl. Itís fun building one of these oldies. It sure makes me appreciate kits of today.

Michael Hohn Posted - 01/31/2021 : 10:13:56 AM
Originally posted by mikethetrainman

Mike great start on the tower. All those windows beg for interior detail. Very nice work. Looking forward to more.


Thank you. Iím thinking of doing at least a minimal interior. We will see.

postalkarl Posted - 01/31/2021 : 03:34:17 AM
Hey Mike:

There's an oldie but goodie. Built one years ago. Looing great so far.

mikethetrainman Posted - 01/29/2021 : 3:05:35 PM
Mike great start on the tower. All those windows beg for interior detail. Very nice work. Looking forward to more.
Michael Hohn Posted - 01/11/2021 : 7:19:46 PM
Thank you, Greg. It does seem to be going quickly. The weatherís been cold so Iím spending more time indoors modeling. Plus, Iíve done the easy steps. The roof and trim will slow me down.

Ensign Posted - 01/11/2021 : 7:14:10 PM
Mike, were on page 2 and you already have it almost built!
Good call on painting the interior, it's all looking wonderful so far.

Greg Shinnie
Michael Hohn Posted - 01/11/2021 : 5:06:03 PM
Thank you James, Larry, Mike, Rob and Scott.

I painted the walls inside and out, figuring that with the numerous large windows I should use green for the interior. The windows and doors are primed and painted. And, Iím working on the roof.

Iíll be working on the roof and glazing the windows.

CNE1899 Posted - 01/11/2021 : 1:40:19 PM
I have no experience with RR building kits!
But I do like to watch your Build threads.
Looks like a neat building!

robert goslin Posted - 01/07/2021 : 6:36:02 PM
Mike. It's not called a Challenge for nothing.
I'm sure you'll have no worries sorting out this rough kit.
I guess for some manufacturers, the quality just wasn't as high years ago.
mikethetrainman Posted - 01/07/2021 : 1:01:13 PM
Mike: looks like you have a handle on this kit. I sure that it will be great when your finished. Looking forward to following along.
Larryc Posted - 01/07/2021 : 11:11:23 AM
Michael looks like you've got your work cut out for you. If anyone can pull this off you can. Keep going.
jbvb Posted - 01/05/2021 : 7:04:10 PM
I'll be following along. I see what Vic was talking about - the instructions show the 2nd floor door almost directly above the 1st floor window; in the pre-cut wood the offset is larger.
Michael Hohn Posted - 01/05/2021 : 6:39:31 PM
Originally posted by Ensign

Mike, this old kit looks like a lot of fun!
Made even better by offering your talent & skills for your friend, by building it for him.
Best of luck with it!

Greg Shinnie

Thank you. Youíre very generous in your praise. I enjoy building for other people, especially when as deserving as this particular friend.
Michael Hohn Posted - 01/05/2021 : 5:25:43 PM

Thank you! It is indeed somewhat a challenge, but so far Iím winning (I think), so Iím having fun.


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