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    Since I've been up to my eyeballs in outdoor projects, the bench time has been at a premium, I decided to
    put the layout on the back burner until late Fall/Early Winter. So to have something to do at the bench every
    now and then I thought I would start something that I've been itching to do for awhile.

    So that being said here is my version of Brian Nolan's Repair Shed. His was used as inspiration only because
    I wanted to give it my own twist:

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    This is going to be a diorama which measures 11 inches deep by 15 inches wide being built on a piece of green 1" foam. I wanted to
    challenge myself so with that in mind I've added some contoured pink foam (for those of you who love pink foam) to have trees and
    overgrowth on the top flat area and weeds with junk thrown in on the hill. Also I hand laid a small section of track to hold a short
    flat car which will end up being a tool car.

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    This is the end view of the shed which was constructed from plans that I made on 1/4 inch graph paper. The barrels are from
    SW painted and weathered to support a scratch built bench which will be littered with tools and such. The floor goes all the
    way through the Shed and was made from scale 12x3's, colored with chalks, weathered, and put down in sections to appear
    with seams with nail holes added.

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    This is the back with scratch built dirty windows. The entire structure was built with scale 6x6's used for the frame along with
    scale 1x10's for the walls. All the wood used was grained, colored with chalks, some splits added, and also nail holes added.
    The doors were constructed using scale 1x1o's and 1x6's given the same treatment.

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    Just to prove this is a Tractor Repair Shed, here is the tractor that I borrowed from the layout which fits nicely through the doors.
    Also I left the doors open so down the road I can get some nice photos looking through the building.

    This is as far as I've done thus far. Lots of plans for this diorama that will be done as time permits or until I go back to the layout.
    Any thoughts or comments welcomed.
    Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad

  • #2
    Well look who's back from chores! Larry that is some nice work there.
    Great coloring.

    An the tractor in need of wheel fix of some sort!!

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


    • #3
      Chores ain't stoppin him! Pretty slick building.


      • #4
        What a great summer project, Larry. I love the coloring and distressing that you have done on the walls.


        • #5
          When I first saw the title, I thought you were building the Sierra West Models one, But your version is better. Looks like the building has been around for awhile, very well done.
          Ron Newby

          General Manager

          Clearwater Valley Railway Co.


          • #6
            Jerry thank you. I still have a bunch of outside projects to do this summer but this will give
            me something to do at the bench from time to time when I get the chance.

            Philip thanks; this is going to be a fun build.

            Bruce thank you and thanks for stopping by. I'm a big fan of the chalk, alcohol, and wire brush method.

            Ron thank you. As much as I like Brett's models I decided to go back to my scratch building roots and
            create my own version.
            Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad


            • #7
              Give me green over pink everytime…. Foam that is.

              Good start to an interesting project.
              Last edited by k9wrangler; 06-18-2022, 11:56 AM. Reason: Give me an “O” please, Vanna…
              Karl Scribner-Curmudgeon

              Cedar Swamp
              SW of Manistique, MI

              Avatar image by Savannah Lyn Burgess 7-15-2022


              • #8
                Terrific start, Larry.

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


                • #9
                  I was surprised when I saw this thread pop-up the other day.
                  Didn't know you were working on a new project.

                  Nice job of scratch building.
                  Neat construction and good colors.
                  I'm sure you have enough details left from the kit to detail this one.
                  Follow along as my dog and I travel the country in our van.
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                  • #10
                    Karl thanks and yes I much prefer the green foam myself.

                    Michael thanks you.

                    Rick thanks. I figured a small project like this would be good for the summer since my
                    bench time is at a premium. A lot of the detail parts will be from the Cutters Shack with
                    a few from the parts bin and maybe some ordered extras.
                    Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad


                    • #11

                      Nice job, on a project that will keep your hands and mind off those chores. Outdoor 'stuff' really eats up these days.

                      I Really like those doors.

                      Take the red pill


                      • #12
                        Larry, terrific project. I love they way you placed the tractor in the shed. This is going to be another star structure. ~mike
                        O scale builds: Choctaw Lumber Kitchen, Dining Room, and Buffalo Canyon RR Caboose


                        • #13
                          I was thinking, with that tractor inside, you might want to put a light or two inside.
                          Follow along as my dog and I travel the country in our van.
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                          • #14
                            Jim thank you and thanks for stopping by. The doors are my second attempt because the first one was just way to chunky.

                            Mike thank you, much appreciated. I may buy another tractor just for this build and keep the other one in the layout Garage.

                            Rick it's funny you mentioned lights. I said something to my wife about lights and she gave me 4 small strings of LED lights
                            that run on 2 AA batteries in a plastic case with an on/off switch. Of course I'll need to make it into a 4 light set and no resistors needed;
                            so I'm going to try that way to light both the shop and the shed. We'll see what happens.
                            Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad


                            • #15
                              Larry, I dig it!!! What a cool project, it's manageable timewise; and rewarding. Keep putin' out the good stuff ! Love it, love it, love it !

                              KYLE CREEL
                              SUPT., GM BCRR