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    Looking for a small station to include on my layout. The theme is mining and old west style. How would this Branchline kit look? Also how hard are these kits to build? It is small but my whole layout is 8x4 for now.

    http://www.branchline-trains.com/las...flagstop_o.jpg

  • #2
    Would look good for a small branch line RR.

    The kits are relatively easy to build, just take your time.

    Looking forward to seeing something added to your layout.

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    • #3
      The On30 Annual 2014 extra has plans for a small depot...http://on30annual.com/extra/on30_ext...cetonplans.php.

      Good looking building and easily built with styrene and GrandtLine windows and door.
      Cheers, Heath.

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      • #4
        This will be the first model of a building for me. I think I will go with the kit and see how that goes. The one in the annual looks nice too though.

        Thanks Mark

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        • #5
          Dependent on your desires to work with wood, another possible kit would be the Campbell Skull Valley Station. Campbell kits are some of the best kits to start your 'craftsman modeling career'. The kit can be viewed here: http://www.campbellscalemodels.com/product_p/0367.htm

          Another suggestion would be consider our own forum member cwrailman, who's website has downloadable plans of a station which might work. You can see how to scratchbuild the station-frighthouse at very little cost. See the site at:

          http://www.cwrailman.com/
          -- KP --

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

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          • #6
            Skull station looks nice. Too bad it is in HO scale. Its not available in O scale?

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            • #7
              If this is your first structure build, You may want to go small. Look at some of the BarMills kits

              in O scale. They are a good starter.....and reasonable. Campbell kits are not in O scale.

              There are plenty of O scale kits on the market.

              Take a look at this web site...

              http://oscaleguys.com/sites/catalog/...uctures-o.html


              Ted

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              • #8
                Ted,

                FYI, Campbell Models sells kit # 127 Freight House. The only O scale kit they make. Neat little kit. I built one a few years ago and sided it with wood. The kit includes tin siding.

                Philip
                Philip

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                • #9
                  Additional FYI, call Campbell and you can order their plans, they will sell them individually, pretty neat I think! Russ

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                  • #10
                    Phillip, Thanks. I have looked several times at the Campbell site and never saw any O scale

                    kits. So I assumed they only came in HO. I also like the plans idea. It's amazing'. I learn something

                    NEW everyday here on the forum...I am heading right now to their site'....Thanks very much guys' for the

                    FYI. Just call me dummy'...[:-mummy]


                    Ted

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                    • #11
                      Thanks for the help guys. I ordered the kit from Branchline. It looks good for what I want. Question though is the kit painted already or do I paint it on my own? Would like to do a westhered beat up look to it.

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                      • #12
                        Mark, I believe that you have made a good decision for your entry into the world of craftsman kits. I have never personally built a Branchline kit, but I suspect that you will find that the kit is unpainted, requiring you to provide your own finish.

                        As you appear to have a finish you would like to obtain, I would like to suggest that you review the site to find the finish you have in mind. Find about three different build threads with the finish you like and contain a description of the materials and techniques used to achieve the effect. Review the threads to determine the various techniques used to obtain the finish you are after. You will discover that there are various techniques/materials used to obtain different weathering effects. Try the described techniques on some practice scrap wood, then use the materials and techniques you are most comfortable with on your model. You will have cleaner lines and better weathering effects if you mostly complete the coloring/weathering process prior to the construction of the model. You will also probably find coloring/weathering suggestions included in the kit's instructions.

                        I can point you to one series of weathering techniques described in detail, including various techniques with brushes. Although described for board-by-board construction, you may find some of the techniques of value. See http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/t...25&whichpage=1 for a description and links to the builds.

                        Finally, post your build here on the forum. You will discover that there are many highly skilled craftsman who will be more than happy to assist you. Taking your time on the construction and finish of your structure will allow you to fully enjoy the modeling process and provide you with a higher quality end product.
                        -- KP --

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

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                        • #13
                          Thanks for the link and advice. I love the look in this link here. This is exactly the look I am after.

                          http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/t...rms=weathering

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                          • #14
                            quote:


                            Originally posted by ChiloquinRuss


                            Additional FYI, call Campbell and you can order their plans, they will sell them individually, pretty neat I think! Russ


                            id="size3"> This is the response I received from Tom/Campbell models:

                            TD,

                            I'm sorry we only have one kit in O scale, all others are HO or N scale. As for plans, we only supply missing kit documents if you own a kit that is missing some or all of the paperwork.

                            Regards,

                            Tom Miller, CSMO


                            Ted

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                            • #15
                              The Branchline station should arrive tomorrow in the mail. However lots more to do before I get to that part of the build. Just laid the final track this afternoon. Had to redo a couple of small sections to include insulated rail joiners near the switches. Works great now.

                              Going to start making a trestle/bridge out of logs similar to this.

                              http://www.model-train-secrets.com/0.../chapter10.htm

                              Looks great for the theme I am going for.

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