The green house on the right is Clever Models' "Small Chicago House" (S14). The other two are kitbashed versions of the same kit. The porch on the left uses fine cloth mesh for window screen.
Friday, May 7, 2021
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
The Wet Whistle Tavern and the tinshop will be part of the back scene at Scots' Landing -- a somewhat run down commercial street climbing the bluff. They are paper models, scratch built from photos. I don't have a spot for the produce co. yet. That is also a paper model scratch built from plans.
All three are HO scale (1/87) and built with texture papers from Clever Models, Paper Creek, and ScaleScences, and windows & doors from my digital parts box. The sheet-metal roof on the tinshop came from The Texture Library (texturelib.com).
The tinshop was a limited edition O-scale kit from Stoney Creek Designs in 2018. I scanned a photo from their ad in Narrow Gauge & Shortline Gazette to make mine in HO scale. The Wet Whistle was a 3D digital model from (I think) Turbosquid. L.Baker Produce is a FOS Scale Models kit.
One of the advantages of paper models is the ability to use photos, scans, and screen captures of real buildings and models -- plus Photoshop -- to create my own scratch-built models.
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Against the backdrop of my HO scale Scots' Landing module, I am planning a commercial street climbing a hill to the bluffs above the harbor. The businesses along the road have seen better days but they hang on, serving the river folk at Scots' Landing and people from the town up above. I recently finished three more structures for that street. Once in place, they will be 22 inches from the front edge of the layout.
The Caledonia Hotel is a scratchbuilt paper model, a compressed version of McGee's Hotel from Microscale Models. I used photographs of the kit from Villius Beleisis' amazing blog at viliussm.blogspot.com. Villius' scale models are masterpieces.
Sunday, February 21, 2021
This is a free download from ichiyama. The kit is 1/35 scale. I scaled it up to 1/24. It was a fun kit to build except for the tires. I had to build a dozen of them to get five I liked, and I am still not entirely happy with the results. But it looks good on the shelf.
Friday, December 11, 2020
I'm picking up this project again after letting it sit unfinished for about two years. I am not much for writing detailed build threads, but I will try to post updates now and then. Maybe that will help motivate me to finish the kit. It has lots and lots of greeblies.
For the uninitiated, "greeblies" are those tiny little parts that can drive you half crazy, especially when your tweezers go "boink" and the part flies somewhere over your shoulder. Greeblies that you think fell onto the floor between your feet will actually land in the shag carpet in the next room. No one knows why; it just happens.
Progress on the Gambier Bay
Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Sometimes I just need a break from building airplanes and model RR structures. This evil-looking piece of hardware was a free download and an evening's work. And, who knows, maybe it will come in handy when I go back to teaching at the college in January.
Saturday, November 28, 2020
Ceresco ("seh-RESS-koh") is one of two terminals on my Ceresco & Wolf River HO scale shelf layout. The other terminal, Scots' Landing, is nearing in progress -- track laid, some scenery done, some structures built. My requirements for Ceresco:
- Size, 9 feet x 2 feet
- A simple plan -- most space given to scenery and scratch built structures
- Varied elevations
- Industrial atmosphere but not "big city"
- Most tracks not parallel to the edge of the layout
- Drop-in Connection across the aisle for continuous running
- Some staging, not necessarily hidden
- Turntable & engine house