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  • Clements House

    The Tidewater Division of the NMRA is building a diorama that will be located in the restored C&O station in Lee Hall, Virginia. Last year I built a building, Clement's General Merchandise, for the diorama and posted the build here: Clements General Merchandise - Railroad Line Forums (

    There still are a couple structures that need to be built before the diorama is complete. One of them is the house that Clement family lived in. I agreed to build it. It's still standing, and I was given photos of all four sides to work with. You might notice that a couple pictures have lost the correct ratio are too narrow. Click image for larger version

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    I looked at a Google satellite photo, and the building is square. I was also able to come up with a guess to it's size based on the known gauge of the nearby railroad tracks. The main thing I want is to have a building where the windows and doors are in their correct location and the ratios looked good.

    The diorama is set in the 1930's, so I deleted a what looks like an addition on the west side and made the porch on the east side smaller.

    Here's a screen shot of some of the planning I did.

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    I developed a set of drawings and made a mock up to show to the chairman of the diorama committee. I wanted to make sure it fit the space he had allotted.

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    The mock up also showed me where I had made some small drawing errors.


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  • #2
    I'll be looking in on this project as it progresses. I'm always amazed at somebody that can do this type modeling.

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    • #3
      Looks like you got the size and configuration down pretty good.
      Nice work.
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      • #4

        Great job on the mock up. I'll be following with much interest.

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        • #5
          You couldn't pay me to build that thing! Wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy to much going on. Makes for a real eyecatcher of course but a real pain to build. But I'm sure you will do a great job on it George.


          • #6
            Well you have pulled it off before George. But, I just have to say again, you really show your talents with these type of builds, and with what you have to work with besides.
            Looking forward to your progress George.
            I have to agree with Mike, "You couldn't get me to do that build".

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            • #7
              Thanks for the comments, everyone. Yes, this is a challenge. I'm spend far more time at the drawing board than the workbench, but it's fun. The mock up helped me think about some of the construction problems I need to sort out.

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              • #8
                Nice architectural subject. I like your planning, drawing and mock-up!
                Looks to be a good build.



                • #9
                  Looking forward to seeing this come together.


                  • #10

                    It looks like a challenge, but what an interesting project!

                    are you going to back date a little to eliminate changes to the back?


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                    • #11
                      When was this house built? I'm wondering if the "porte-cochere" (carriage porch) was original, or added later in the 19th/early 20th century. I tend to associate those with 1890-1910 rather than, for example, 1860s. Either way, that tended to be a high-end architectural feature. On the other hand, I'm pretty sure the closed-in porch was added later in the 20th century.

                      What scale will the model be, by the way?

                      Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)


                      • #12
                        Cool project!


                        • #13
                          Interesting looking building George. Lots of character. I'm sure you'll do an excellent job replicating it.
                          I really like the attic windows, so hope you're including those.
                          Doing the mock-up first is a great idea.
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                          • #14
                            Excellent project, your math "looks right" and proportioning is fun!

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                            • #15
                              Great project, George!