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Glen Haasdyk Posted - 01/02/2021 : 5:40:48 PM
Joining the Choices and challenge and taking a break from layout building, I've decided to build the new station for my small town of Blackwater. I got this small Portable station kit from Darryl at Interaction hobbies.

It's a very nice little kit. At the same time I also got the optional detailing kit:

The detail kit comes with the interior parts like the furniture, wainscoting, benches, and a basic lighting kit.

I'll start the build in the next post.
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robert goslin Posted - 02/14/2021 : 12:14:33 AM
Excellent Glen. Nice way to finish it off.
Lighted night scenes, always look good, when done well, as yours is.
George D Posted - 02/13/2021 : 11:11:09 PM
Your lighting looks good, Glen.

Michael Hohn Posted - 02/13/2021 : 9:26:16 PM
Very nice, Glen.
Glen Haasdyk Posted - 02/13/2021 : 6:53:14 PM
Thanks you everyone.
Just a quick post to wrap everything up. I gat my replacement lighting system in the mail the other day:

It has the same 3 LED's that the original kit that came with the station did, but this is battery powered with a magnetic reed switch to turn it on and off. The kit sells for about 16$ on Ebay.
I used double-sided tape to secure it and I also had to cut the inner wall between the waiting room and bedroom so it would clear. It's just short enough to fit length-wise in the model.

On the layout with both the interior lights and the layout room lights on.

And with the layout room lights off. It creates a nice glow from the building without overpowering.
CNE1899 Posted - 02/05/2021 : 8:19:10 PM
The station looks swell! I like your roof job, and thanks for showing your deck work.

Dutchman Posted - 02/04/2021 : 09:46:01 AM
Nicely done, Glen!
Michael Hohn Posted - 02/04/2021 : 09:14:01 AM

Very nice. You did a great job.

George D Posted - 02/04/2021 : 08:33:49 AM
Great looking station, Glen.

mikethetrainman Posted - 02/03/2021 : 11:17:58 PM
Glen great job on the station. The shingles and platform look very good.
robert goslin Posted - 02/03/2021 : 9:05:49 PM
Nice work Glen. The roof looks especially nice.
And the deck is also nice.
Looks a good spot for it. I guess you'll be back working on the new layout again soon.
Glen Haasdyk Posted - 02/03/2021 : 08:44:01 AM
Thanks David.

I pretty much finished off the project. All I needed to do was to build the front platform.

The kit comes with some stripwood and a template for it. I pinned it to a small piece of foam with some wax paper over it.

Then I pinned and assembled the platform on top of it. I stained the wood with Micro-Mark's Brown weather-it stain.

and then it was done.

I placed it on the layout where it will eventually go. I haven't done any real scenery in this area yet but you get the idea. I am thinking of shortening the width of the platform to 2/3 of it's size as it seems a bit wide for the area I'm chosen.

I do have a lighting kit coming yet. I'll update this thread when that arrives.
Guff Posted - 01/31/2021 : 8:10:27 PM
Glen, Very nice! You did a beautiful job on the interior and exterior!
Glen Haasdyk Posted - 01/31/2021 : 1:49:30 PM
Thanks everyone.

I've almost completed the station in the past week, starting with the interior:

I painted and added the 3-d printed stove, typewriter and telegraph equipment. The telegraph parts were very fragile and I broke them a bit but it's not very noticeable. I also installed the furniture and bed in the bedroom. The mattress for the bed comes as a laser-cut wood part. I made the blanket using some double-ply tissue and glued it to the mattress. I then painting it with an off-white and airbrushed the stripes to make it into a Hudson's Bay Blanket. (What could be more Canadian than that?)

I then used some photo-reduced copies of magazines and papers to populate the waiting room and office space. I'll probably add some figures in later.

I also finished off the roof. I sheeted the top and added the fascia boards to the ends

Then I added the shingles. I used Scotch double-sided tape to stick them down.

It takes a bit of finesse to get the shingles around the chimney, but they look pretty good when completed. I used some weathering powder around the chimney.

And then I installed the roof. The roof is designed to be removable so it's a friction fit with the rafters fitting into the slots on the top of the walls. I did have to trim some of the slots to get a proper fit but it went together fairly easy. It was a this time that the instructions tell you to add the kit's LED lighting but I have a different plan so I'll do that later when some parts show up.

mikethetrainman Posted - 01/27/2021 : 5:31:28 PM
Glen very nice build. I like all the interior detail. Having a removable roof will be great to show all the inside detail. Very nice.
Michael Hohn Posted - 01/24/2021 : 08:25:20 AM
The benches are spiffy indeed.

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