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Carl B

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Posted - 06/12/2019 :  7:34:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I like that eave return trim. Nice touch by Dario.

Greg, what are the dimensions in scale feet of the house? Thanks in advance.

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Posted - 06/12/2019 :  8:09:46 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey Carl, thanks for your post!
The farmhouse in HO scale feet measures 39'feet on the front & back walls and 25' feet on the 2 end walls.
On those end walls, it measures from the bottom of the wall to the peak 33' feet in height.


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Michael Hohn

Posted - 06/12/2019 :  10:21:09 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote

Chesterís farmhouse looks very solidly built. It reminds me of driving through eastern Pennsylvania. Youíre doing a fine job as usual.


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Posted - 06/12/2019 :  10:34:00 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mike, thanks for your nice comments!
Having recently driven through parts of Pennsylvania on my visit to see Bob Santos, I can see where your coming from with your comparison to farmhouses down there.


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Posted - 06/13/2019 :  06:56:06 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Love the work on the farmhouse Greg.

How many hours would you guess you have into this build so far?

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Posted - 06/13/2019 :  09:17:58 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Wes!
I started this build on January, 22 and now it's June already, and their is still lots of stuff to build in this kit.
I don't really keep track of the hours that I spend on building stuff.
That was just time that I enjoyed while doing it!


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Posted - 06/13/2019 :  12:41:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Interestingly, with the roof finished, the chimney in place and the camera just a little further away, the stone size is no longer distracting.

It's only make-believe

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Posted - 06/13/2019 :  1:23:42 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey Bob, I think your right!
Once I get the front porch on, and the 2 other wooden buildings attached to this farmhouse, I think this will also distract from the stonework.
Thanks for your post!


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Posted - 06/13/2019 :  3:17:28 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
i agree. it looks completely normal now. great work!

i know the voices aren't real, but boy do they come up with great ideas...

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Posted - 06/24/2019 :  8:09:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by kebmo

i agree. it looks completely normal now. great work!

Thanks, Kevin!

Hi everyone, well between home repairs & cottage work, I haven't had a lot of modeling time lately.
I think this is how it's going to be, for the rest of the summer.
We didn't go to our cottage this past weekend, so I was able to do a little more work on Chester's farmhouse.
The front porch, and how it goes together is what I'll be covering with this post.
To begin this you need 7 pcs. of 2x8 and 3 pcs. of 6x6.
I stained mine with the "Hunterline" driftwood stain once again.
Then using the Fig.22A template and using the 6x6 wood, build the framework for the porch floor.

Here's a closer look at that porch framework built over the template.

Once that was completed you then cover this porch floor framework using the 2x8 wood.
As shown on the fig.22A template.

The backside showing the floor framework covered with 2x8 floor boards.

Next we are told to locate the laser cut wood labeled "Porch roof trim"
Shown below.

We are asked to now glue some 2x10 wood to the top of this laser cut porch roof trim.
So that the 2x10 material on top and flush with the back of the laser cut roof trim.
Leaving a little bit of the 2x10 hanging out over the front of the laser cut trim.
See photo below.

I also added a piece of 1/16" inch thick beaded board cut to fit inside of this laser cut roof trim.
I want to add a little porch swing and a LED to this extra piece that I'm adding.
I think it will also make this delicate assembly much stronger in the end.

I then located the roof card that has the porch roof cutout, that will eventually get glued to the top of this assembly.

I then spray painted this porch trim assembly with flat white paint, and put it aside to dry.

The instructions then tell us to locate the 5 turned porch posts and spindle railings.
I decided not to use the porch posts that come with this kit, and switch them out for some "Campbells" ones instead.
They look a little more beefier than the other ones.
I spray painted all of these with flat white paint.
After that had a chance to dry I then added some dark green paint to the bases of the posts.
And to the tops of the railings.
The porch posts need to be cut down a 1/4" inch as shown on the Fig.22A template.
I just had to cut the tops of my posts off to be this exact height.

I then drilled holes in the bottom & tops of my posts to accommodate small brass wire that is glued into the holes and cut of leaving about an 1/8" of an inch sticking out from the top & bottom of the posts.

I then will drill corresponding holes where the posts will make contact with the porch floor & the porch roof that these brass pins will fit into.
This allows me to assemble & unassembled the porch components with ease.
It will also give me a much stronger connection when they are finally glued into place.

After doing this I was now ready to start cutting and fitting the railings between these posts.
The fig.22B template shows us the post placement.
I used this as a guide for fitting my pieces together.

I discovered that it does not quite work out the way it is shown.
Due to the fact that the railings can only be cut a certain way to make the spindles all evenly spaced.
So that ends up making a slight variation from what's shown on that template.
I then took my completed post & railing assemblies and used them to mark where I would drill my holes in the floor to accommodate those.
You can then insert the posts into the holes and see how they look.

I then did the same thing with the porch roof.
Notice that I only have brass pins in the 2 end posts.
I find it easier to get each end post in place first, and then add the pins to the other posts after I have the 2 ends in the proper positions.

As I mentioned earlier, I wanted to add a porch swing to this front porch and also an overhead porch light.
This kind of assembly with the porch allowed me to figure out the porch swing, how high it had to be from the porch floor and how far away from the wall.
So I could put the porch together, then figure that stuff out without gluing it all together first and then trying to figure this stuff out.
The instructions suggested mounting the LED on the farmhouse wall right of the front door.
I decided to mount my LED in the ceiling of the porch.

I then finished off the shingles of the porch roof.

I then added a piece of 1/8" sq. bracing flush with the backside of the porch roof assembly.
So that I had more area to add glue to, when gluing this to the farmhouse wall.

I also had to drill a small hole through the front wall of the farmhouse, behind where this roof assembly will fit over.
For my LED wires to pass through.
I then glued down the roof assembly to the front wall, making certain that it was centered and sitting on square.
And also sitting up tight to the window sills that I added above.

I let this porch roof dry, and then I was able to finally glue the bottom half of the porch to the top half.

That's all I have for now!
Next time the small wooden additions that go on this farmhouse.


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Posted - 06/24/2019 :  8:12:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

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Bill Gill

Posted - 06/24/2019 :  8:25:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Greg, you're really getting in to the swing of this project. Looking good.

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Posted - 06/24/2019 :  8:44:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks! Pete & Bill.
It's nice to be working on this again!


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Posted - 06/24/2019 :  8:53:41 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Love that front porch, it gives that structure a lot of pizazz! Really nice progress Greg.

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Posted - 06/25/2019 :  12:10:14 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Greg great work. That porch is a great detail love it!


"And in the end, itís not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." A. Lincoln

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