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    Originally posted by slimrails


    What a great job, Mike! The entrance gate is a terrific detail. :up:


    Russ,
    Thank you. I wasn’t sure how the gate would turn out. I’m happy with the result. It helps to know others agree.

    Mike
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    Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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    • quote:


      Originally posted by Carl B


      Excellent work all around Mike. :up:


      Carl,
      It means a lot to me when you say that. Thank you.

      Mike
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      Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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      • Mike, I agree, the gate is a good detail. The scene is going to look great when you get a couple wagons in the yard.

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          Originally posted by Bill Gill


          Mike, I agree, the gate is a good detail. The scene is going to look great when you get a couple wagons in the yard.


          Bill,
          Thank you. I’ll go along with that; once the office is done wagons are next.

          Mike
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          Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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          • OK, since neither Bill, Greg nor Frank have taken the shot, I will....

            Great gate!

            Sorry, but it needed to be said. And I really do like the way this is coming out. Coal, grunge powders and wagons will all add to the ambience, but this is a winner right now.

            Pete

            in Michigan

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            • The gate looks great, and period-appropriate!

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

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              • quote:


                Originally posted by Orionvp17


                OK, since neither Bill, Greg nor Frank have taken the shot, I will....

                Great gate!

                Sorry, but it needed to be said. And I really do like the way this is coming out. Coal, grunge powders and wagons will all add to the ambience, but this is a winner right now.

                Pete

                in Michigan


                Thanks, Pete. I know it’s hard to hold these things back, to be a gatekeeper on a witty comment, so to speak.
                Ambiance, yes. Bit by bit.

                Mike
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                Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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                • quote:


                  Originally posted by deemery


                  The gate looks great, and period-appropriate!

                  dave


                  As you know, period-appropriateness is what I’m after. Thank you.
                  Mike
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                  Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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                  • I patterned dimensions of an office after the stand-in structure, but the detailing--while period-appropriate--will be simpler, more commercial. The walls cut out and painted:



                    I later repainted the body color to a darker gray.

                    The walls repainted, trim applied, weathered a little, and assembled:



                    I see I have some paint touch-up to do on the castings.

                    The roof is on . . .



                    . . . and shingles applied:



                    Shingles are a light card product from Bar Mills. Unfortunately, like so many similar products, the edges of these shingles are irregular, I guess to give them a rustic look. In real life, that would not be; photos show nice uniform rows of shingles. The irregular ones I'll leave to the backwoods. I trimmed the edges that would show, brushed some stain on the raw edge, and glued the strips down as uniformly as possible. I left a little irregularity, but much less than the product as bought.

                    I need to add glass to the windows and I'll be done with the office.

                    Mike
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                    Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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                    • What Happen to that nice office you had?!! I guess this one is more appropriate fir a coal yard. It's well executed. I understand your frustration with the shingles too, though it's not a problem for my more rural setting.

                      Bob
                      It's only make-believe

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                      • The office looks good, Mike. Would the door be on the long wall facing inside the fenced yard? Or perhaps a door on each long wall?

                        What about the possibility of adding a couple of fence planks between the office and the edge of the layout if you don't think that would be too fragile?

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                        • quote:


                          Originally posted by railman28


                          What Happen to that nice office you had?!! I guess this one is more appropriate fir a coal yard. It's well executed. I understand your frustration with the shingles too, though it's not a problem for my more rural setting.

                          Bob


                          Bob,

                          Thank you. The first building will return to being a doctor’s office in a residential yet to be built.
                          Yes, the rustic shingles are indeed appropriate to your setting. I do understand that most modelers are creating more rustic scenes than mine and there’s more market demand for the down-home look.

                          Mike
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                          Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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                          • quote:


                            Originally posted by Bill Gill


                            The office looks good, Mike. Would the door be on the long wall facing inside the fenced yard? Or perhaps a door on each long wall?

                            What about the possibility of adding a couple of fence planks between the office and the edge of the layout if you don't think that would be too fragile?


                            Bill, thank you for the kind words, questions and suggestions.
                            Interesting question about doors. I designed the building to actually sit 90 degrees to what you see in the last photo, the end wall with two windows facing out to the street, the door facing into the yard. (i.e. the way it sits in the next to last photo.) Then I turned the building and liked what I saw, but now there’s no door into the yard and I’m not sure I want to cut an opening for a new one. I can picture disaster. I’ll probably go back to the original plan. The windows next to the door would look out on a set of scales. I’ve little idea what they would look like, so I’ll need to go to an article I recall being in MR. Any ideas?

                            I like your suggestion of a short length of fence to the edge of the layout.

                            Mike
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                            Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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                            • Mike,

                              For whatever it's worth, I'll vote for rotating the building 90 degrees to the right, leaving the door and two windows facing the yard, and extending the fence from the building to the fascia. That should also allow you to put a fence post at the fascia and have a strong(ish) and credible fence.

                              Observe Rule One.

                              Pete

                              in Michigan

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                              • Pete,

                                I’m more and more inclined to agree.

                                And thanks for the suggestion.

                                Mike
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                                Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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