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    My wife, Kanthima, was an architect in Thailand until the 2007-8 economic crash. Recently she put aside her painting and sewing to build a 'mass model' of a tropical house out of paper and wood. I asked her if she'd like to try some New England structures in HO for my Eastern Route layout, and she agreed. Looking over the materials, she chose to try styrene. Here are her first two, before she'd done roofs:





    The left one is 38 Washington St. in Newburyport, MA. The right is 24 Winter St., next door. My own models of 28 and 34 Winter St. are to the left in the lower photo.
    James


  • #2
    James,

    Your wife is obviously very talented. I really like the second-story bay window on the one. That's a neat variation. I'm going to guess it was a Victorian addition to a Federal-style house.

    Mike
    _________________________________________________

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

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    • #3
      James,

      Very nicely done, as I've mentioned before! Keep her going! I see a Structures certificate in her future!

      Pete

      in Michigan

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      • #4
        Those bay window roofs aren't easy to get right. Nice job!

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

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        • #5
          Well done.

          What thickness styrene is she using for the exterior walls James?
          Carl

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          • #6
            Thanks, Pete and Mike. Pete, can Family Members participate in the AP? Mike, 24 Winter (downhill) clearly started out as a center chimney colonial from before the War of 1812. I haven't found when 38 Washington was built (Newburyport's assessors are lazy, listing only rough, inaccurate dates for buildings with well known history). I think it dates from after the Eastern RR arrived in 1838, when what had been an outlying residential area got rapidly filled with dwellings and businesses. At any rate. here are recent photos:



            24 Winter from the uphill side. A center chimney is visible in 1930s photos. I've asked around, the Flying Yankee bar was downstairs and the owner & family lived upstairs through about 1960. And a photo shows light-colored clapboards at that time. We didn't have room for the whole El.



            38 Washington with 24 Winter behind it. 1930s photos show both dormers and bays, with two skinny chimneys suitable for cast iron wood/coal stove or coal furnace. This will be Berman's Variety or Canepa Fruit on my layout, the upstairs was also residential in the 1950s.



            Here's the scene as it is. 38 Washington's roof not being seated is my fault. I owe her a bunch of airbrushing, whereupon the windows get installed and she or I can do the roofs. And then I make scenery around them.
            James

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            • #7
              James, it looks like the only restriction to a 'Family Membership' is .....Family Members have no vote and cannot hold an office at any level of the NMRA, So it looks like you might get some stiff competition from Kanthima. Maybe she'll give you a few pointers. Looks awfully good from here!

              Jim
              Take the red pill

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              • #8
                James,

                I have posed the question, but in general here, agree with Jim. And I'd teach Madame to use the airbrush, so these beauties stay "hers" for "down the road" use....

                Pete

                in Michigan

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                • #9
                  We've had at least 1 husband and wife MMR team, I think. Weren't the Millers both MMRs?

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

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                  • #10
                    Yes, indeed. Not sure whether it was one member each or a Family membership, though.

                    Pete

                    in Michigan

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                    • #11
                      Your wife's off to a great start on the building, James.

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

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                      • #12
                        Thanks, George, Pete, Dave and Jim. Carl, so far the walls have been Evergreen 4041 .040 spacing clapboard siding, though if I'd warned her in time 38 Washington would be .050 spacing because it was built later when the larger exposure was standard.
                        James

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                        • #13
                          James asked about family members participating in the AP. The straight answer is Yes, Indeed. They cannot vote or hold office, but they can indeed participate in the AP.

                          Long version is that I asked and got the answer I expected.... Life is Good.

                          Pete

                          in Michigan

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                          • #14
                            James,

                            It's time to teach her to airbrush....

                            Pete

                            in Michigan

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                            • #15
                              These look great!

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