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  • In-ko-pah RR: New project

    Last year I got kind of burned out on the railroad stuff, plus had a lot of other things going on. So I took a break from it that lasted over a year. In October I finally got started on a new project for the railroad. I'm building a new structure to replace one of the oldest buildings on the layout. Unfortunately I'm having some bad tendonitis in my right arm which has slowed my progress considerably, but here's a look at what I've done so far...

    The bakery building in Dos Manos built ten years ago. A decade of constant exposure to the elements has taken a toll on the structure:

    The biggest issues were due to the materials and methods I was using at the time. The windows were glazed with thin polycarbonate plastic which has yellowed and fogged. The second story windows were built so that they could actually be opened, which made them very flimsy and subject to warping, for a feature I never used.

    The false front was too thin, and made of styrene. It warped, creating a gap that allowed water into the building. The roof and second story were both removable to provide access to the interior, but this also caused problems with gaps, leakage, and fit:

    The new building will be made using Sintra PVC board for walls and other major structural components, with styrene details. Access will be via removable rear walls which will be secured with stainless steel screws. All windows will be permanently closed, and glazed with real glass. The design will be basically the same but with a few changes.

    I started with the frames for the second story windows, building them up from various strips of styrene. I lightly scribed each strip with simulated wood grain:

    The walls were cut from a sheet of 6mm Sintra. The exterior sides of the walls were scribed with grooves and wood grain, and then I began assembly:

    The storefront features lots of windows and a recessed doorway. I built this entire assembly a section at a time using styrene strips. I used steel machinist's blocks to keep everything square. (I didn't have those when I built the original structure, and as a result the storefront was slightly off-square.)

    When I tried to fit the storefront assembly to the structure, I found that I had made an error in that portion of the structure. So I had to tear out a section of the wall and overhang. Then I rebuilt it to correctly fit the storefront assembly:

    That's all for now, more later.


  • #2
    WOW!!! What a fine Christmas present seeing you back at work on the railroad, Ray.

    Your workmanship is as good as ever, that storefront is outstanding.

    Merry Christmas


    PS, I have been at downtime too.


    • #3
      I’m excited to see you back, building your wonderful structures.


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


      • #4
        What they said! It's interesting to learn from what went wrong with the original building.

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


        • #5
          Ray off to a great start.

          Looking forward to the progress. An hope the arm is getting better!

          "And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." A. Lincoln


          • #6
            Ray, it's nice to see you here again baking up something new for us!

            Looks like your off to a great start!

            Greg Shinnie


            • #7
              Looking good !! I kind of like the naturally weathered one, too.


              • #8
                Ray, glad your back!


                • #9
                  Thanks guys. I forgot to mention that I used strips of .005" and .010" styrene to make a few of the boards stand out, so it looks like they're coming loose.


                  • #10

                    I always come back for more of your fine building.

                    I especially like the builds you do, because you are thorough in showing everything down to the finest of details. And like Fred mentioned, the original one doesn't look too bad either !



                    • #11
                      looks good, that tendonitis is a bad deal, I have the same thing going on, it is really hard to get rid of and keep it gone. every time it gets better I just flare it back up again. good luck with it.


                      • #12
                        Nice to see you back in action Ray'. I always find your work fascinating'... Good luck with the hand'. And all the best to you for a productive and healthy 2020'...



                        • #13
                          Time for an update...

                          Here's a look at the removable rear walls. The lower wall has an opening for a door which will only be visible when looking through the front windows -- giving the illusion that there is more to the building:

                          I glued styrene strips around the top of the interior walls to support the ceiling. The ceiling will be removable for access:

                          Here's the ceiling. I was able to salvage the light fixture from the old building. They were made from two different types of fancy buttons. The two eyelets are for recessed lighting over the window displays:

                          There are two more "recessed" lights in the overhang in front of the store:

                          I decided to make the false front taller, and also thicker. I added this piece of 3mm Sintra to the rear, after scribing boards and wood grain onto it:

                          Then I added a 3/4" strip of 6mm Sintra to the front, at the top. Next I built up the decorative elements using some 1mm Sintra and various strips of styrene. The corbels were salvaged from the old structure:

                          I also added a sloped and angled section to the roof, because it will be up against a taller building with a sloped roof:

                          In progress:

                          I used Evergreen V-groove siding to make the wooden sidewalk, and scribed woodgrain into it. I also glued the roof onto the storefront and finished adding a few bits of trim:

                          Next I built the two pillars that support the overhang. I wanted them to be a little fancier than the originals. I used .188" square styrene strips, and built up the details using various widths of .020" styrene:

                          Now for some paint! I started with the exterior side door and the second story windows. I sprayed them with white primer, then used house paint thinned with water to give them a dark, weathered wood color. I built up the color a little at a time, beginning with a lighter brown, letting it dry, then adding additional layers of color until I had the effect I wanted:

                          That gave me a base over which I would apply the final colors, which will be white with blue trim. On the original building I had used maroon for the trim, but it quickly faded and turned brown. I think the blue stands out better and may last longer. As with the base colors, the white and blue were applied in thin layers until the desired look was achieved:

                          That's all for now, more later. Enjoy!



                          • #14
                            It is Coming out excellent, Ray. :up: :up:

                            Take the red pill


                            • #15
                              Great job on the weathered paint look, detailing on the false front, and the windows.


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