Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Post-1850 New England Farmhouse

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Post-1850 New England Farmhouse

    This kit is by Mt. Blue Model Co. (www.mountbluemodelco.com). They make it in several scales, but mine is HO.



    So far the laser cut parts have all fit nicely. I used boxcar red for the laser-engraved brick foundations and NH Hunter Green (Scalecoat) for the trim.



    The doors are inset by design, so they'll need touch-up. But before I do that, I need to decide about the trim. Dark green was/is often used in New England for windows and doors on a white house. But painting the trim the same color as the windows is less common, and where I recall it is up-country, in western Maine and the White Mountains. But two nearby farmhouses (one scratchbuilt, one described here: http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/t...TOPIC_ID=24773) are plain white.

    Thoughts?
    James


  • #2
    Nicely done, James, but be careful! These little beasties are addictive.

    Ken has done a great job with this kit, the carriage house and all of the various permutations and combinations. The possibilities abound!

    Enjoy!

    Pete

    in Michigan

    Comment


    • #3
      White windows would have looked good to my eye. If you decide to do that, you should lightly sand the green paint off of the windows before spraying white, to prevent too much bleed-through.

      I love the look of this kit. It looks exactly like a house in Bristol RI that we once considered buying. Same style, same era. Lots of these all over New England. But it should sit on a fieldstone foundation.

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

      Comment


      • #4
        White windows would indeed look good on this. That said, I've seen all white, green with white, all green, black with white, all black, green windows on red houses and so on. As I mentioned earlier, the permutations and combinations abound!


        Pete

        in Michigan

        Comment


        • #5
          Hi James,I've never heard of this company before, so thanks for bringing them to my attention.Lots of great stuff,I love the "FIRE" pull boxes they make,cool detail.

          I would be tempted to paint the sashes for the windows with white, and the have the green trim around them.

          Greg Shinnie

          Comment


          • #6
            James, I'm glad you are doing this build. I have a couple of these and have been holding off till I had time to figure how I was going to approach the roof (I have the kits with "steel roof" which presented me with a new modeling challenge. Look forward to all the comments and as always, learn.

            David
            A Maine Expatriate living in the valley of Northern California - Modeling in HO.

            David Stickney

            Comment


            • #7
              James, Thanks for bring this company to my mind too. They have some very nice products.

              You don't want to scale down the green?

              As far as all the houses being white. Isn't that prototypical for many old neighborhoods?

              I will be following this build with great interest.
              It's only make-believe

              Comment


              • #8
                James, I like the green trim. It really sets off the house. But I have seen this identical prototype done in all white and all yellow also.

                8D
                Dave Mason
                On30Kits.com

                Comment


                • #9
                  Very nice James. I really like the design of these models. How do you like the laser cut brick. Is it like Jimmy Simmons re quality?
                  Chris Lyon

                  http://www.lyonvalleynorthern.blogspot.com

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    James,

                    I am on the side of doing the corner trim in white. Yes the window sash and doors were often painted in a contrasting colors. I don't recall pictures showing the color of the window and door trim. Also the corner trim seems very wide (what does it scale out to?) I am puzzled by the width (and use) of the trim board that is under the eave. I would have expected that corner boards would have been used on the corner above the one story addition,

                    I live in a ca 1850 half cape in Ipswich with a fieldstone foundation that is an open invitation to all of the neighborhood rodents,

                    Bror

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      James,

                      I am on the side of doing the corner trim in white. Yes the window sash and doors were often painted in a contrasting colors. I don't recall pictures showing the color of the window and door trim. Also the corner trim seems very wide (what does it scale out to?) I am puzzled by the width (and use) of the trim board that is under the eave. I would have expected that corner boards would have been used on the corner above the one story addition,

                      I live in a ca 1650 half cape in Ipswich with a fieldstone foundation that is an open invitation to all of the neighborhood rodents,

                      Bror

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        Thanks for the comments, everyone.

                        Bror, the vertical parts of the main house trim measure .108", about 9 HO scale inches. The trim under the eave is .203" wide, but in normal viewing almost all of it will be hidden by the eaves. I'm thinking it would only be an issue when viewed as if by an LP less than 15 scale feet from the house. And maybe they're following a prototype - wood was cheap in 2-footer territory in the 19th century. The closest local example I've noticed is next door to White Farm on 1A right at the Rowley - Ipswich line, but I haven't passed by in good enough light to photograph it. The kit has gable trim for the ends and eave returns yet to apply - I was just trying to get a feel for how it would come out by stopping where I did.

                        Chris, I don't have experience with Mr. Simmons, but the engraving on the brick seems reasonable for use of mortar paste on it. I will post pictures when I get that far.

                        Bob, all white was indeed very common in the 1960s and before, but there will be a lot of white houses in Newburyport (next town east) too. I'll probably get my hint of variety by putting shutters on some of them.

                        Dave (mecrr), the window sill strip visible on the ell is the same size as the metal roof ribs, just shorter. It seems to be sticking ok, but the instructions recommend backing up the pressure-sensitive adhesive with ACC on some parts. I haven't tried that yet. Of course, if you found applying them to be a nuisance, you could use ribbed styrene instead of the kit's plywood/PSA strips.

                        Dave E., there were a number of brick works in Essex and Rockingham counties, and the house is right by the railway. I've seen foundations that were mixed, stone (random, but with most exposed surfaces cut flat) below and brick above ground level, and others where one section was all stone, the newer part all brick. Fully-cut stone blocks were for business buildings and rich folks' houses, uncut fieldstone tended to be used in barns. The resin Sylvan barn I'm planning to use here has a fieldstone foundation.
                        James

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          Sorry about the lack of sunlight, but here goes:



                          I put the roof on temporarily, and decided I didn't like the green trim under the eaves of the main house.



                          But without that, though it does have a flavor of western Maine, I like the look. I'll just make it Gilbert Rice's farm (he was from Isleboro).

                          I also did a first application of Modeler's Mortar (paste) to the brick foundation. It doesn't have the wide mortar lines some plastic brick work has, but with a little weathering I think I'll be satisfied.
                          James

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            Mortar looks quite good, build making me homesick

                            David
                            A Maine Expatriate living in the valley of Northern California - Modeling in HO.

                            David Stickney

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              I haven't made any progress on the kit itself, but I did get a couple of photos of a house in Rowley, MA which is a close cousin:



                              It's even still got clapboards on it.



                              Though looking at the quantity of pine needles in the gutter, its future might not be bright. The concrete steps on the side have a '50s flavor, and would be easy to do in styrene...
                              James

                              Comment

                              Working...
                              X