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    Hello all. Returning from several years overseas and I've decided to get back to my modeling. I'm working off of Darryl Huffman's DVD tutorial Easy Scratchbuilding in Wood.

    I actually started this project about five years ago, but military deployments and divorce forced me to packed it up for a while. I thought I started a post about my work, but couldn't find it. Anyway, here's where I'm at so far. The pics don't do the stain justice. The pics looks easily twice as dark as they really are.

    One thing I've noticed that I think I'd do different is, after framing everything up, I installed the windows, then I installed the siding. The result is the windows look recessed. This is how it was done on the DVD, but I think it would look a little better if the window sash stood out over the siding. Thoughts?

    I haven't started the siding yet on the from and rear of the structure. The doors and windows are fixed in place yet. I'm debating whether to apply the siding first, or do what I did with the side walls. I'm leaning towards siding first.

    So the journey continues. I appreciate any feedback and suggestions y'all might have. Cheers.

  • #2
    Nice looking walls, Brett. You're off to a fine start.

    The sky is not my limit, it's my playground.


    • #3
      Nice neat framing, Brett.


      • #4

        Nice coloring on the walls. I think the window trim should extend past the siding but being an old miners shed they could be recessed just like the DVD photo shows.

        Welcome back from overseas.



        • #5
          Informative DVD, and a great start with your structure.

          Louis L&R Western Railroad
          Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast


          • #6
            Brett, Good stuff man. Darryl has some excellent DVD'D. I own many.



            • #7
              Welcome home Brett'. Your build is looking very good'. I would finish it up with the same technique and keep it uniform'. Do the next one your way'..



              • #8
                Thank you for the feedback, fellas. I'm pretty happy with the progress so far, though re-creating the stain I used when I first got started has proven quite difficult. I figured it doesn't matter too much, seeing as this is going to be a rundown shack out in the woods; it's going to have patches and guck all over. The inconsistency in stain will simply add to the distressed appearance of the model.

                I've decided to stick with "pre-installing" the windows and doors, to match those I've already build. This will keep the construction consistent. Next time, I'll try installing them after the siding is on. My question for that method is: what do you do about the gaps created but the lapped siding? Every couple of scale inches, there will be a triangular gap between the window/door frame and the siding. I'm thinking this will be very small, so perhaps do nothing. But I'm anal retentive about things like that, and am often struck by paralysis through analysis, so figured I'd ask.

                I really dig the full frame-up of this project; just like a real building. But holy smoke is it labor and time intensive. I don't think I'll be doing this again, unless I plan to feature the inside of the building, like Brian Nolan's machine shops or the like. I'm a bit concerned about warping over time. I wonder if this method will last for 10+ years, or will it sag and droop (which of course will add to the look of the dilapidated shed). I think my next project, I'll try using foam board as the base for my walls, and put my time and energy into "wrapping" it with materials to created the exterior look I'm going for.


                • #9
                  I love the idea of building the interiors but unless you will have a visible interior, it seems pointless (other than the pleasure of building, of course). I can't see your configuration warping, but I guess that depends on how much humidity is in the air at your place as well. I think that your build is coming along nicely - colouring is great.




                  • #10

                    Originally posted by David Clark

                    I love the idea of building the interiors but unless you will have a visible interior, it seems pointless (other than the pleasure of building, of course). I can't see your configuration warping, but I guess that depends on how much humidity is in the air at your place as well. I think that your build is coming along nicely - colouring is great.



                    Thanks Dave. I live deep, deep, deep in southern Arizona. The humidity here is very mild right now, due to monsoon season, but otherwise it is very dry. I think with the bracing of the construction, it'll be OK. Time will tell.

                    I'm using this as a significant test run on building, painting, and diorama design techniques. As I mentioned, I've been gone a very long time, so I'm not only building from scratch - I'm learning from scratch as well. I plan to build a base interior scene, and make the roof removable so you can look closely inside. I also want to light the model somehow (I haven't come up with a design for interior or lighting yet). Once I'm done with construction, I plan to build a small scenic diorama to place it on, so I can plan around with putting together scenery as well. Grand ideas for such a simple starter project!


                    • #11
                      I am kind of in the same boat. I was away from the hobby for a while, my paints have dried up, I am no longer as sure as I used to be about how I used to do stuff, and it takes ages to find stuff that was "safely stored away" years ago. I think it will all come back quickly.




                      • #12

                        I was surprised to see the cover of my DVD collection on scratchbuilding in wood.

                        Thanks for sharing that photo.

                        I have gone to several conventions where someone has brought in their first scratchbuilding effort to show me.

                        Like any teacher, I feel a sense of satisfaction knowing someone has benefited from my efforts.

                        The reason I built my model with the windows not being over the siding was simple....the house I lived in had the siding and windows done as in the video. I just copied the prototype.

                        You can notice the windows more on the model as the scale siding is thicker than the actual siding on my house.

                        Any time I build walls with flat siding, instead of overlapping, I install the windows over the siding. I think the front wall of this structure is like this.

                        As far as warping goes, one of the great advantages of building board by board is that you actually avoid the problem of warping.

                        My models have survived decades without warping.

                        I look forward to the rest of your build.

                        Thanks for sharing.


                        • #13
                          Holy Smokes! Thanks for the response, Darryl. Feels pretty awesome to have the original builder/teacher scoping out my work. I've thoroughly enjoyed watching the DVD (I've poured over it numerous times, trying to catch all the details and nuances of construction). I like the board by board construction. My interested started with wooden model sailing ships, which often requires similar level of detail in the construction method (I had carving a block of wood for a hull, preferring board on frame construction). I've always wanted to build a diorama of a doghouse schooner on the California coast taking on lumber from local mill. I figured I ought to start practicing some land based modeling, so did some research and came across your video. It's been perfect, as I am very much a monkey-see-monkey-do learner. So, thanks for the putting out this DVD. Cheers!


                          • #14
                            Hi Brett, welcome back home, and welcome back to RRLines forums!

                            What you have built so far looks excellent.

                            Your thread title is a bit confusing though, this is not a Log Cabin.

                            It could turn into a cabin log, if you keep posting all of your steps until completion. [:-angel]

                            Greg Shinnie


                            • #15
                              Brett, your thoughts about the triangular gaps left by overlaying door and window trim are accurate.

                              Working in construction for many years the windows and trim that I have seen are always installed first and then the lapped siding is added last and cut to fit. This produces a clean finish, as you are showing.

                              I'm sure some people will post pics of it done siding first, and that's fine.

                              As Daryl says with flat siding the trim can be added afterwards and still create a clean finish with 'weather proofing'

                              I wouldn't worry about warping, true building of the frame and then board by board siding as you are doing will eliminate (minimize, because I don't claim to be absolute) this due to grain running in different directions.

                              Check out some of the SierraWest structures, the framing is laser cut for you so that you can spend your modeling time detailing and working on the visible part of the model, but, you still get the benefit of a framed structure, a great innovation by Brett at SWSM.

                              Brians Machine shop that you mentioned was slamed full of SWSM parts, and Brians Tractor Repair Shed walls for the the SierraWest kit were built using the laser cut framing, definitely an avenue and manufacturer you should look into further with your style and preference of modeling.