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darrylhuffman
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Posted - 02/02/2020 :  8:42:56 PM  Show Profile  Visit darrylhuffman's Homepage  Reply with Quote
My lovely bride found a photo of an old Barrel House in Tonopah, Nevada. So naturally I decided to build a model of a barrel house.




Knotts Berry Farm also has a barrel house.





I ordered some barrels from Model Expo and some crates and boxes from Downtown Deco.




I just stacked them in a basic box form and added planks and boards into order to level the top of the cabin.



The barrels were spaced on the front so that a Grandt Line door would fit between them.




I saw the Barrel House at Tonopah had barrels on the front half and crates on the back half. So I just added crates until everything was pretty even.



At this point I realized this would make a great model with an interior. A planked floor, a wood stove, a bed, table and chairs, plus a work bench, shelving an junk.

Then common sense got the better of my an I realized my roof would hide all that work so I skipped the interior.
Darryl Huffman
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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 02/02/2020 :  9:06:33 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thatís very cool, Darryl. Iím glad you decided to model the rustic version. The Knotts Berry Farm version is a little too perfect.


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Dutchman
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Posted - 02/02/2020 :  9:06:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Neat project, Darryl.



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desertdrover
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Posted - 02/02/2020 :  10:29:01 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've been around a long time, and this is the first I've seen of a structure like that. I'm the first to say, "don't ever say it hasn't been done". And here is the proof.
A great idea you have there Darryl, it is a unique build for sure.
What is used for the mud/mortar in-between the barrels, in the prototype, and being used in your model version? (Curious minds need to know).



Louis
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darrylhuffman
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Posted - 02/02/2020 :  10:55:00 PM  Show Profile  Visit darrylhuffman's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Louis,

I used the finest dirt I could find and mixed it with Canopy Glue.

I had hoped tp squeeze it in place with a hypodermic syringe but I ended up spooning it in place with a toothpick.

I then used the rounded end of a small paint brush to push it into place.

I kept dipping the end of the paintbrush in water so the "adobe" would not stick to it.

I would have preferred to have finer dirt. But I went with what I have on hand.


Darryl Huffman
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darrylhuffman
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Posted - 02/02/2020 :  11:00:09 PM  Show Profile  Visit darrylhuffman's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Louis,

In the prototype, an adobe mud mixture was used.

The was also a bottle house in Tonopah which used adobe mud.

A few years back the decided to restore the bottle house and used concrete.

They later removed the concrete and went back to adobe as the concrete was breaking the bottles.

Chinking with adobe mud is good for 20 to 50 years, depending on the weather.


Darryl Huffman
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darrylhuffman
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Posted - 02/02/2020 :  11:37:18 PM  Show Profile  Visit darrylhuffman's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I still need to add a smoke stack and some scenery, but here is what the finished model is going to look like.













Darryl Huffman
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railman28
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Posted - 02/02/2020 :  11:41:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I like it. Good Show there.

Bob


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k9wrangler
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Posted - 02/02/2020 :  11:44:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
There is a house here in MI in a small town Kaleva that is made out of bottles, much more conventional looking than the barrels, link:https://www.midwestguest.com/2010/10/visiting-the-kaleva-bottle-house-in-northern-michigan.html

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robert goslin
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Posted - 02/03/2020 :  01:06:13 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great build Darryl, on what must be one of the weirdest things to make a house from.
I guess those old time miners would just use what was available, and lying around.

Original recyclers.


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Rob Goslin

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desertdrover
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Posted - 02/03/2020 :  10:05:01 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Fantastic looking little structure for a deep backwoods area. I've got lots of those spots for one of my own.
Thanks for the added information Darryl, and also your link to your blog. Great place for me to visit. Saw your murals on your structures. I lived in a town next to Toppenish, a small city in Washington State, and their whole town has all the structures with some outstanding wall murals painted on them. Called the City of Murals. Fantastic work there!



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Ensign
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Posted - 02/03/2020 :  10:19:24 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Darryl, looks like you had barrels of fun with this project.
Are you going to paint up the banding on the barrels?

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darrylhuffman
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Posted - 02/03/2020 :  10:19:59 AM  Show Profile  Visit darrylhuffman's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Louis,

I searched for Toppenish murals and found lots of photos of them.

Beautiful artwork on most of them.

Thanks for the tip.


Darryl Huffman
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George D
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Posted - 02/03/2020 :  11:42:23 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Darryl, you did a great job of building a very unique structure.

George



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Bill Gill
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Posted - 02/03/2020 :  1:05:26 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Darryl. Neat build. Looks like you were up to the Cask of modeling it :)


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darrylhuffman
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Posted - 02/03/2020 :  1:35:44 PM  Show Profile  Visit darrylhuffman's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Greg,

I painted the banding on a few and decided to skip it for the rest.

I also tried painting some of the barrels different shades of brown and skipped the rest.

I would make the wood pieces on the front and rear with smaller pieces if I were to do it again.


Darryl Huffman
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