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jaynjay
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Posted - 08/30/2020 :  09:26:28 AM  Show Profile  Visit jaynjay's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I think I bought this on eBay; don't remember. It is The Crystal Ice Platform by Frenchie Gratts. Never heard of Frenchie Gratts; but I have definitely bought one of his kits years ago. It's a nice looking kit, complete with precut pieces of wood, glass inserts for the windows, etc. The main reason I would have liked to have purchased this kit years ago is the instructions. Included with the kit is a 62-page, spiral bound, hold-your-hand walkthrough of the complete construction, with color photos of every step taken. This would have certainly built my confidence level up earlier so I could have taken on the "yellow boxes" much earlier than I did. Frenchie Gratts kits are hard to find; but they would make an excellent gift to anyone wanting to build a basswood kit.

John

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jaynjay
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Posted - 08/30/2020 :  10:56:48 AM  Show Profile  Visit jaynjay's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Looks like Frenchie Gratts kits were taken over by Built Rite models


John

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BurleyJim
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Posted - 08/30/2020 :  4:22:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What brought this on? Getting ready for cooler weather? That instruction book looks excellent. Keep us posted on your progress.

Jim


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jaynjay
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Posted - 08/30/2020 :  6:05:20 PM  Show Profile  Visit jaynjay's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I needed an ice house for my Campbell Brett's Brewery that will replace the FOS Red Hook Pier... nice kit; but didn't really fit my layout...a little too bland

John

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TRAINS1941
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Posted - 08/30/2020 :  11:23:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice start John. Keep on posting progress.

Jerry

"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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Dutchman
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Posted - 08/31/2020 :  08:42:36 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Off to a nice start, John.


Bruce

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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 08/31/2020 :  09:08:10 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
John, the instructions appear to be the piece de resistance of the kit.

Iíll be following along.

Mike



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Philip
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Posted - 08/31/2020 :  11:40:08 AM  Show Profile  Visit Philip's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Off and running! Small kits are the best! Following!

Philip



Edited by - Philip on 08/31/2020 10:27:39 PM

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jaynjay
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Posted - 08/31/2020 :  2:18:22 PM  Show Profile  Visit jaynjay's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by jaynjay

I needed an ice house for my Campbell Brett's Brewery that will replace the FOS Red Hook Pier... nice kit; but didn't really fit my layout...a little too bland



I have never seen a kit with such a thorough set of instructions. Literally every step has a color photo showing it. Included also is a spacing diagram for the posts holding up the platform, zip-lock small parts packets (small thing; but much needed in all kits), the list goes on and on with the extras included. With all the pre-cut wood, laser-cut windows, and extras; I would rate this kit an excellent entry level kit. Much better than Campbells and not as difficult. I found a few different kits available from Frenchie and Built Rite models.


John

Edited by - jaynjay on 08/31/2020 2:20:07 PM

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kebmo1
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Posted - 08/31/2020 :  6:13:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
i never heard of frenchie or built rite models. i went to their website, and the models look good but the descriptions of the models consist of the footprint.
that's it. can't do it.


diplomacy is the art of saying 'nice doggie', until you can find a rock.

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jaynjay
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Posted - 10/25/2020 :  5:04:19 PM  Show Profile  Visit jaynjay's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Well; it's been a while since I posted about this kit. The kit is a great kit with great instructions and almost everything is included, even a staircase jig. . Anyway here is my updated shots. Just finished gluing on the dock chains and hour ago. I screwed up on the roof sign big time. Off center, and frame work is too thick; no big deal; I just make a new copy of the Union Ice icons and build another sign. Here's some pics:












I would build another Frenchie kit again; if I could find any.


John

Edited by - jaynjay on 10/26/2020 12:06:55 AM

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George D
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Posted - 10/26/2020 :  08:32:05 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good looking icehouse, John.

George


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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 10/26/2020 :  08:52:31 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
John,

You did a fine job building the icehouse. Itís an interesting building and packs a lot of character into a small space. As regards the sign, your willingness to do it over is part of why youíre a good modeler.

Mike



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George D
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Posted - 10/26/2020 :  10:00:59 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Michael Hohn

John,

As regards the sign, your willingness to do it over is part of why youíre a good modeler.

Mike


Not only that, but to admit to it too.

George


Fly Army

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BurleyJim
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Posted - 10/26/2020 :  11:10:54 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It looks real good John, it would look even better on my layout.

Well done!

Jim



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k9wrangler
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Posted - 10/26/2020 :  11:31:28 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice structure John, compact for an ice house but sure looks Ďrightí without being 5í long like some icing platforms Iíve seen elsewhere.



Karl Scribner
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Kentucky Southern Railway
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