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  • jbvb
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    The frame and subroof are styrene, I just find it easy to do roll roofing with newsprint, yellow glue and grimy black paint. I described this to Kanthima and showed her a couple of roofs I'd done that way. Then she did this one.

  • CNE1899
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    James,

    Nice details on 113 Merrimack. Why did you use newspaper for the canopy?

    Scott

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  • jbvb
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    Thanks, Bruce, Mike, Pete. Until fairly recently, 113 Merrimac had a store on the ground floor; in 1957 it was Currier's Market. The canopy in front and a shed addition on the left side were removed later.

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  • Orionvp17
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    Nice additions! Keep going!

    Pete
    in Michigan

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  • Michael_Hohn
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    The awnings give the houses that lived-in appearance.

    She's good with those details.

    Mike

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  • Dutchman
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    Those details are nice additions, James.

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  • jbvb
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    Thanks, Scott, Bill, Mike, Pete & Ray. Kanthima recently got a close look at Tom Oxnard's structures and has tried adding more detail. Here's Strong St. with 113 Merrimack St. in place at the downhill corner.

    Strong St. houses with 113 Merrimack St.

    The front canopy is styrene with a newspaper roof, the awnings are styrene covered with real cloth with a fine pattern. I'll re-photograph 113 Merrimack after I get to its foundation.

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  • Ray Dunakin
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    Great buildings and scene!

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  • Orionvp17
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    WOW!!!

    Very nicely done indeed. Great team!

    Pete
    in Michigan

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  • Michael_Hohn
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    That's a fantastic collection of beautiful buildings. The various paint schemes look authentic.

    Mike

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  • Bill_Gill
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    That is a terrific "neighborhood"! And every building is one of a kind, not a single one is a 'recognizable' craftsman kit or Walthers kitbash. Super!

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  • CNE1899
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    James and Kanthima,

    Wow! Nice shots and beautiful buildings! Lynches Pharmacy is one of my favorites.

    Scott

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  • jbvb
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    View towards High St. from depot site.

    View from the future depot site towards High St. : from left 40 Washington, 181 High, 182 High, 184 High, 33-35 Washington (pumpkin), 42 Washington (yellow), 15-17 Strong St. (old Floquil antique white). Kanthima built everything except 184 High.

    View east from High St. along the tracks

    None of these have final foundations yet: 33-35 Washington St., 42 Washington, 17-19 Strong St., 7 Strong St. 5 Strong St. (my scratchbuild, others by Kanthima).

    View up Strong St. from Merrimack to Washington

    A view no human can get at: Up Strong St. from Merrimack to Washington, featuring my friend Ron's anachronistic Lotus: 5 Strong (my scratchbuild), 7 Strong St., 17-19 Strong St. and 33-35 Washington St. (remainder scratchbuit by Kanthima.

    View from rear platform of eastbound train

    As one might see from the rear platform of a train departing towards Portsmouth and Portland: From left, 24 Winter St. (Flying Yankee bar), roof of 38 Washington, 40 Washington with 180 High St. behind it, 181 High, 182 High, the roof of 184 High, 33-35 Washington St., and 42 Washington.

    The Washington St. grade crossing had automatic gates in my era, some of the parts are on hand. Kanthima says if I build the Newburyport depot's enormous roof, she will do the brick/stone ticket office/waiting room/baggage room that kind of huddled underneath it. I actually think the roof is the easiest part, except there will be many, many, many strips of 'slate' shingles. Rowley has a roof at least 1/3 the size...

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  • jbvb
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    As of this afternoon, all 13 of Kanthima's structures (since April) are painted, but one still needs its windows and doors installed. While waiting for scenery glue to dry this evening, I shot some photos.

    West side of High St. at Winter St.

    The west side of High St.: 171-3 (Lynch's Pharmacy), 181 High, 183 High. All scratchbuilt by Kanthima.

    East side of High St. at Winter St.

    The east side of High St. at Winter St.: #180 (Pettengill-Fowler House), #182 (Wood-Moseley-Foley-Nason House), #184 (B.E.S.T kit I built).


    Up Winter St. to High from Washington.

    Looking up Winter St. from Washington St. to High St.: 180 High St., 34 Winter St. (my scratchbuild), 28 Winter St. (my scratchbuild).

    East side of Washington St. from Winter.

    East side of Washington St., all scratchbuilt by Kanthima: Closest is #38 (Canepa Brothers Fruit), #40 (Rite Price Gen'l Merchandise), #42 past the tracks.

    Four photos seems to be the limit. Continued below.

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  • jbvb
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    IN a number of Asian, Central and South American countries, you see rebar sticking up from the columns of a one or two story building for the same reason. Provision for an extra floor someday is a lower tax bill until someday comes.
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