New (but weathered) green paint for the side walls. Heavy rust and assorted stains added to the roof and porch. Some available and appropriate advertising signage and finally a custom printed sign to advertise this Road House to its’ customers. ~ Duffy’s Tavern!
This one is a combination of three plastic kits all from the local hobbyshop’s junk bin.
Read here; “Bought for Pennies on the Dollar!”
Of course I started off with the basic nice little red barn. Then the stripping shed is a repurposed crossing gate shanty from another RR kit and finally that big roof top ventilator is off some German factory kit with the rest of that structure being long lost to history. The brick chimney is again from the shop’s parts bin. I cut the top off the chimney (this went to another kit rebuild that was missing its’ chimney) and instead, added that metal (plastic actually) smoke jack extension to perhaps improve the draw on the little pot bellied stove inside. Added a few other simple details plus that horse sticking his head out of the stall and there you have it.
As you can no doubt tell I gave the red plastic a coat of paint to lose that tell-tail plastic “look” and then gave the entire structure a heavy coating of a grimy black wash to age the structure and give it a lot of weathered character.
Lots of weathering went into this one plus some added detailing.
First a black wash over most all the structure. Then both sepia and rust washes for the iron roofs.
I always thought something was missing on this model as none of the many cat-walks and stair cases were braced nor supported in any way ~ as they would be in real life!
So all the many stairs and walkways got underpinnings added.
Often these towers would have some sort of roof protecting the coaling chute and its’ mechanisms so again a piece of corrugated roofing from the shop’s junk box. Finally I painted the tower’s foundation a lite gray/buff to represent concrete.
This one was totally out of the scrap bin - Two old and broken oil tanks already up on stilts and some ladders, cat-walks and staircases from an old broken down Tyco coaling tower. Plus a small Atlas “shanty” for the phone/office.
I joined the two sets of stilts together to form one solid unit and also reworked the ground bases so they could be joined as well.
Some custom paint and lettering plus extra detailing (assorted junk) and . . . . Voila!
Here is the artwork for that Magnolia Oil signage - in case anyone would want to make use of it.
One mistake I made was printing out the sign on regular typing paper rather than photographic paper.
I wish now that I had because the photo quality paper replicates almost perfectly the old style shinny enameled signs.
Water based Shaders for easy clean-up. Permanent when dry.
Brush on. Want it darker - add more coats.
The entire upper portion of the steeple was cast in the same gray/green plastic as the base. The very dark clock tower section was achieved using multiple coats of both the Black and the Sepia washes. Then the upper dome and spire was given two coats of the Sepia. Hopefully this takes on some similarity to a very faded and tarnished Copper tone.
Chama Sandhouse by Tyco, AHM & Bachmann ~ I think:
The hobbyshop where I volunteer, already had two very broken versions of this kit in their “junk” bin. I was able to create one good one out of the remains. And of course I gave it the usual treatment of new paints, washes and weathering.
The plastic structure kits today offer a far better starting place than did any of the off-the-shelf kits from my younger days.
Sorry but not too many “Craftsman” style kits have ever visited my railroad. I am a “kit-basher” at heart, through and through!
Though I have built a few of them. (The dance hall seen in the very first post being one of them.)
Derelict flatcar used as railroad end loading ramp. (I have seen this done in the US so I am guessing the Europeans thought of it first.)
To take an aging flatcar that is otherwise to be considered scrap. Remove the truck at one end and bury that end into the ground. Thus forming both an end-of-track bumper as well as an end-on loading ramp. Add some hinged “bridging ramps” * and you have it!
*Of course the AFV’s don’t need the bridging ramps but the soft skins do. (or at least a couple of wide planks to “mind the gap”.
On both car and ramp I replaced the model provided plastic, one piece, “wood” decking with individually distressed and stained Evergreen “boards”. I then used either Black or Sepia stain on each individual board - on some boards I used both stains while varying the intensity of the stains. When the boards were dry I mixed them all up in a big box and started “decking” the cars with a random selection of whatever color stained board came out of the box next.
Your memory serves you well Michael, . That is still the intention, I have two planked rail wagons, a vehicle, a crane to add, and a small boat (if I ever find one suitable and cheap enough, ), also some figures to give it a breath of life.
On this one I did heavy shaders all around on the brick work. Added a silver base to that large rooftop pediment plus rust and other shaders to make it appear more rich and detailed. I also reworked that Loew’s vertical marque to make it larger and more embellished adding a touch of deco to it. Of course there is also the added billboard.
*And before anyone says anything: The African Queen was shown in a limited Hollywood viewing in December, 1951 simply to qualify for that year’s film awards. The movie’s official grand opening was in New York, February of '52 with general distribution coming in the months following.
No, unfortunately no dios or finished scenes from layouts. And certainly nothing of the accomplishment level of your work seen here.
You could literally say I work in all scales.
I have a somewhat unusual arrangement in that I volunteer at a local “Mom & Pop” Hobbyshop. (All Trains) The fellow likes to have some built-up, ready to run structures in the shop and people just seem to sell / give him boxes and boxes of assorted broken model buildings. So I repair, repaint & restore some of them for resale. So get to test out differing modeling styles and modeling techniques as well.
That Gothic Church I did was in N Scale, the Rustic Cabin is O Scale. I get to jump all over the map! (Retired and living in an apartment so no room for a layout!
I will do the occasional “picture frame” vignette with my armor models: