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railman28
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Posted - 12/20/2015 :  6:08:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice progress Mike and looking good. Neat idea on the chimney support.

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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 12/20/2015 :  8:11:10 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by railman28

Nice progress Mike and looking good. Neat idea on the chimney support.


Thank you, Bob. I'll probably get back to the schoolhouse over lunch tomorrow.

Meanwhile, I completed the inside of the machine shop end walls:



I have to do the battens on the outside next. I'll need to figure out what the boiler room adjoining the two-window end will look like. I haven't decided if it will be a lean-to or a gabled building. I'm also putting off decisions regarding the door between boiler room and machine shop but I expect it will be near the left-hand edge.
Mike
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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 12/25/2015 :  11:13:16 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I realized tonight I have not posted photos of my schoolhouse project for a while. Since my last photos I painted it a raw sienna color, appropriate for an old building like this. Once it was really dry, I used Bragdon powder ("Ash") in wet water to represent mortar. I added enough powder to water to a milk-like consistency, then painted it on. Before it dried I blotted off much of it on the faces of the brick. Once dry, it looked pretty good, but still too much powder on the brick, so I rubbed a wet finger on the surface, rather firmly, working small areas at a time.

I decided I did not want the ubiquitous white for trim, and settled on a gray-green Floquil color that looks old and Victorian to me.



The kit included the cupola but pictures of mid- to late 19th Century schools in New York State do not have them, so even though I built and painted it I might not use the cupola on this model.



I've also been adding the windows. They were a fairly tight fit in the openings so instead I pieced in some stop moldings and mounting the windows behind the openings.
Mike
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railman28
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Posted - 12/26/2015 :  1:42:23 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I really like the shop walls and the school is looking good too. I agree about the bell tower.

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Bill Gill
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Posted - 12/26/2015 :  3:22:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yeah, looks right without the cupola. Have seen them like yours in New England too. Nice school.


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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 12/26/2015 :  10:00:12 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Bob, Bill,

Thank you. I took a vote among family members over lunch and they like the cupola. I'm still inclined towards no cupola. I'm going to continue searching my library and the web for photos since I need ideas for details. In most of the photos I've seen schools are very plain, no-nonsense structures with not much complication. It won't win any contests but in this case I'm trying to stay true to a life with few frills and the schoolteacher keeping everything neat and picked up. After all, she had lots of help.

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masonamerican
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Posted - 12/29/2015 :  01:25:47 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The school looks very nice. I would pick the tower as it looks so nice but then I'm more for the flamboyant. A friend of mine builds a American layout set in the Midwest and he try to keep everything as ordinary as possible. I have the habit when I find something I like to prove to myself that it is plausible.

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robert goslin
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Posted - 12/29/2015 :  01:36:37 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Mike. Just catching up on a lot of you builds. You're doing fantastic work here, and plenty of variety.
Brick structures, wooden structures and box cars. Certainly a good way to keep motivated.


Regards Rob

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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 12/29/2015 :  01:40:32 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by masonamerican

The school looks very nice. I would pick the tower as it looks so nice but then I'm more for the flamboyant. A friend of mine builds a American layout set in the Midwest and he try to keep everything as ordinary as possible. I have the habit when I find something I like to prove to myself that it is plausible.

Håkan


Håkan,
Thank you for your kind words.

Today I did a lot of searching on the web for pictures of one-room schoolhouses. Many in Ohio where this one was built had the cupola, about half of them. I'm going to try to find more pictures of ones in New York State and then decide. I'm leaning towards installing the cupola but maybe with some alterations to the kit.
Mike
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deemery
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Posted - 12/29/2015 :  11:22:45 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If no cupola, you can figure out an alternate way to hang the bell, either from the wall of the school, or via a small wood structure.

dave


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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 12/31/2015 :  11:05:50 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The schoolhouse progressed today with all windows installed as well as the stone sills and lintels.



Rather than the wood parts supplied I decided to avoid the possibility of the wood grain destroying the look of stone by using styrene. I cut them to size, painted them a gray color from a spray can, adjusted them with gray Bragdon powders and glued them in place.

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masonamerican
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Posted - 01/01/2016 :  08:30:54 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That was a good solution. They look very nice. So do the tower.

Håkan



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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 01/01/2016 :  09:06:36 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by masonamerican

That was a good solution. They look very nice. So do the tower.

Håkan


Håkan,

Thank you. The cupola is not glued down yet. That's fortunate because I notice it's not straight in the photo.

Mike
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Pennman
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Posted - 01/01/2016 :  09:31:45 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mike,
Since I had a few minutes this morning to look over some of the build threads I have missed all year, you have done a nice job on this. It also occurred to me after seeing your build, that the Bradford Historical Society wanted an HO scale old school house for a display, and I never started that project. I guess I will have to get it underway. I have a picture of their school house, and it is similar to the one you have built here. Nice construction overall. Keep up the good work.
Rich



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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 01/01/2016 :  12:33:15 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Rich,

Thank you. I've really enjoyed working on it but want to finish up now so I can get going on my project for the KiSS Challenge.

Is the one you will do (someday) also a brick structure? I searched for schoolhouses in Bradford, PA and came up with a frame example.

Mike
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