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2021 Choices Challenge "Kate's Kitchen"
Posted by Dutchman On 01/21/2021 At 6:43:58 PM
There's often a story. This story starts in the fall of 2014. That fall, the Northeastern Region of the NMRA would have their annual convention in Palmer, Mass. Also in that fall we were having a discussion on the Forum about the Roundhouse 3-in-1 kits. I expressed my desire to get some more of them. Forum member Espen Marsh (trainmarsh) contacted me via PM to let me know that he had several - actually more than several. If I was going to Palmer, he lived not to far away. Plans were made, and I now have 11 of those kits on my shelf - some from Espen, some from shows, etc.

While there, Espen threw in a kit that he was making, I beleive, that consisted of laser cut clapboard walls, a laser cut roof of some terrific material, a package of Tichy door and window openings, and some stripwood. He apologetically mentioned that the instructions were not available, but optimistically said that I should have no trouble putting it together with my experience. We will see.

Looking at the wall pieces, I could see this becoming a small store - like a feed store. However, I need one more structure in my 'grandchild series' and it is for Kate. Hence Kate's Kitchen - a cafe.

This roof material is terrific. It is some type of thin cardstock with a hard-shell finish.



It shows the basic shape of the structure. One would guess a peaked roof structure with an addition off one side.
bar mills springfield depot
Posted by kebmo1 On 01/09/2021 At 5:08:28 PM
i need a depot for the train to bring fishermen to norton's, and the one i had was awesome but took up too much room, so i opted for a smaller depot.
here's the cover of the box:




and the contents of the box:



to eliminate the need for interior bracing art has decided to cut the walls out of thicker plywood. it's pretty thick. 1/8". there are a few castings that came with the kit. a chimney, some barrels and some pretty lame fake gooseneck lamps. a smokejack, a fuse panel/electric meter and a chimney round out the castings. the roofing is "slate". 've never done slate so that should be interesting.

here's the walls painted. i decided to go with traditional burnt umber for the windows, doors and trim, and cableknit gray for the walls.




and here are the walls all trimmed out.
i still have to weather them, add window treatments and back the windows and doors with black paper



the station comes with a prescribed self adhesive platform and base. i think i'm just going to hit it with silverwood, maybe two coats. i don't know.



Steam Era Structures Build (Organ Works)
Posted by Carl B On 01/06/2021 At 08:59:33 AM
Onto the next post....
Choices challenge. Interaction Portable Station
Posted by Glen Haasdyk On 01/02/2021 At 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.
"Choices" Challenge: B&O Tower Kit
Posted by Michael Hohn On 01/01/2021 At 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.

Mike




Mountaineer Precision Products Barn
Posted by Dutchman On 01/01/2021 At 09:48:54 AM
I chose this simple kit as the first project for the 2021 Challenge here on the Forum.

I picked this kit up at a swap meet some time in the past. The company is now long gone. I saw one of these kits sold on e-Bay last month by a modeler from Holland, MI. He got $18 plus shipping for the kit. It looks like I got a bargain.





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I came across the site by accident and was THRILLED to see the RR models for the Shirleysburg area. My Dad grew up in the Shirleysburd/ My Union area as did his dad and his dad befor that. My great-grandfather worked for EBT and the only picture I ever saw of him was of that of him standing by an engine. I love the work (though I've always loved model trains). Thanks you guys for bringing this all back to life!
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Stumbled on this site and saw my January 1989 RMC cover shot of Phil Chiavetta's layout. Haven't thought about that for a long time. Thanks for the memories!
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I look forward to making a contribution hopefully and learning a great deal in the process. A question: is there any information as to the steps to the installation of manual switch mechanisms? As a novice, I seem to be at aloss as to how to set them up. Paul
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i saw Dr. patti's layout and it is highly detailed and accurate. must have taken years to complete .
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Hi ya'all...
I have been reading the forums for quite some time, and am very impressed with everyone's entries here! So, I decided to join as a member. I will show you all what I am about, once I progress a little more on my current scratchbuild project.
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Very interesting.
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Up grading from H0 to On30. Eyes ain't what they used to be !
Any Kiwi's about?
Cheers.
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Can someone help? I have 2 full size wood box cars aprox 40' by 9'5" wide. How do I get rid of them or sell them?

Thanks,
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