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  • #16
    Just a quick update on this thread to show where I'm at.

    Since I was doing a 'do-over', and I now have access to some additional materials like sheet wood, I decided to just follow Denny's excellent instructions on his web site. I did add some curtains, and have upgraded the structure a bit, but pretty much stayed with the construction as explained.

    While going through my paper bin drawer looking for some tar paper, I found a old porch overhang from a prior kit, the Rusty Stumps Tobacco shop I think, and I discovered that it was a perfect fit, and I do mean perfect. So... now is the time to use it. Since the porch overhang was shingled, I decided to shingle the entire roof, which is shown. I used Rusty Stumps shingles. I did run out of shingles which I had weathered earlier with about 2 strips to go at the roof peak, so you can see where I have a bit of a color change as I had to weather a new package of shingles.

    I'm going to carve a stone foundation from some POP (Plaster of Paris) blanks which I poured. The foundation will be about 1/4 of an actual inch, with stairs on the front porch and for the back door. Still looking for the smoke jack, but I'll be adding a soil pipe to the roof for some added visuals.

    I also plan to add a electrical connection and meter box on the side of the structure along with some 'posters'. We'll see how this turns out soon.

    As always, comments to the good, bad and ugly are always welcome.












    -- KP --

    Life is to short to build all of the models I want to.

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    • #17
      Kris,

      Nice recovery on this project. It’s always nice to see how others build the same structure.


      I thought I would let you know that since you restarted this project and revived the thread, though it had been somewhat dormant for a few months, 37 people have downloaded the plans from my WEB site so apparently some folks are paying attention. Nice job!

      So what's next?

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      • #18
        Denny,

        Thanks for the comments. I'm glad to hear that others may be taking advantage of what your web site has to offer. With luck, maybe we'll see some other builds here.

        Just another quick update on the build. As one can see, I've added the smoke jack and soil pipe. I've carved the stone foundation and I'm in the process of constructing the front deck.

        The pictures don't really show off the stone foundation carving as I've just added the Silverwood wash. Also, the smoke-soot stain around the smoke jack is really not as pronounced as it appears in the pictures. But, one can get a clue on where I'm at.

        Next up.... Hummm.... trying to decide if I should do a small diorama using this and a couple of other structures.




        -- KP --

        Life is to short to build all of the models I want to.

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        • #19
          OK... how about a few pictures which now show the carved foundation and decked front porch? Things are still wet, so the colors are a bit deep.

          For those folks who have followed my 'sandbox' threads, you know the next step in coloring the foundation will blend the foundation stones, resulting in better looking stones and will remove the speckle effect.

          So.. waiting for things to dry.








          -- KP --

          Life is to short to build all of the models I want to.

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          • #20
            Nice recovery kris....

            When you hit 73, they're all quickies.....;-)

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            • #21
              Well, as I'm not sure how I'm going to place this in a diorama, I'm going to wait to add the stairs and signs. Thus, I'm feeling like this project is ready to return to the file shelf for the time being.

              As you can see, the stones in the foundation are now blending and looking better, I have added the 'mud' line between the foundation and structure base, included a power connection and added some stuff for the LP's to look over.

              This has been a fun build, and I do hope that you have enjoyed the short, brief journey.

              I want to thank Denny for making the plans available. I strongly recommend that readers of this thread take a bit of time and explore Denny's web site. Lots of good modeling stuff to be found.

              As always, comments to the good, bad and ugly are always welcome.








              -- KP --

              Life is to short to build all of the models I want to.

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              • #22
                Kris,

                The weathering and addition of the details really brings the character out in this little structure. The color makes the stones pop. Now all you need is a set of steps up to the front platform and to the back door and your set. As you noted, this would be a good beginning for a small diorama. Maybe sloping ground with the back door at grade and sloping down toward the front. So many possibilities for such little cost. This is what scratchbuilding is all about. Thanks for sharing your progress and reviving this thread.

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                • #23
                  Just a short update on this model's performance in a contest setting.

                  Please keep in mind that this structure was not built to be entered into contests. I entered the model into the contest to obtain feedback on the structure.

                  CONTEST:

                  Rocky Mountain Region NMRA

                  October 2016

                  -- 1st Place Off-Line Structure 2016 NMRA Model Contest

                  -- 2nd Place Off-Line Structure 2016 Popular Vote Contest

                  -- NMRA AP Merit Award Points: 85 (87.5 points required for award)

                  Judging Comments:

                  1) Extra points for neater, straighter roof cap.

                  2) Extra points for tighter seam on left front corner.

                  3) Front trimboard on left lacked stain.

                  4) Addition of "Post Office" sign would be a nice addition.

                  I suspect that this structure would have earned the AP award if I had selected the "Scratch Built - Complete" instead of a 'partial' scratching and included back stairs. But, this still was a fun project and served it's purpose.

                  Thanks again Denny for providing the plans and inspiration.
                  -- KP --

                  Life is to short to build all of the models I want to.

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                  • #24
                    Congratulations on your award. Good to see that another modeler has put our plans to good use. Seeing what others do with our plans and information supplied on our CWRailman WEB site is what motivates us to do other projects and develop content for the site.

                    Thanks for sharing your success with us.

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                    • #25
                      Karl,

                      Thank you for posting your contest experience with your model. And congratulations on your awards.

                      Regarding your coming close to the achievement merit level, you did pretty good with such a small structure. There is a point where size and complexity does make a difference.

                      That's a cool building. You used a lot of techniques building it, which counts for a lot in my mind.

                      Mike
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                      • #26
                        Well done Kris!!

                        Congrats on the awards, well deserved.

                        Dave
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