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kebmo Posted - 10/27/2019 : 2:02:26 PM
i decided i would attempt to scratchbuild an o scale version of the idaho hotel.
i put together a mockup of it to get a sense of the size. it's big. 17 1/2" by 7 7/16".

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kebmo Posted - 01/15/2020 : 12:47:12 PM
thank you jerry.
TRAINS1941 Posted - 01/15/2020 : 09:42:48 AM
Kevin it looks great. Nice weathering on those boards.
kebmo Posted - 01/15/2020 : 07:28:47 AM
thanks rich.
Pennman Posted - 01/15/2020 : 06:23:46 AM

You are coming along great with the siding. I like the personal detailed look to the board spaces and their ends. Excellent!

kebmo Posted - 01/14/2020 : 11:23:08 PM
boy i tellya....it's backbreaking work.
Terry823 Posted - 01/14/2020 : 8:34:17 PM
Kevin, preparing all of that siding and then having to install it makes me weak to think about it. That place is sure going to hold lots of little people! Great job.
kebmo Posted - 01/14/2020 : 4:58:55 PM
while watching the national championship game last night (great game!) i came up with this little detail for the veranda.

like most bars i've patronized...the cue sticks need tips.
kebmo Posted - 01/13/2020 : 5:19:20 PM
it's tedious as hell, but it's going together nicely.
Ensign Posted - 01/13/2020 : 5:01:13 PM
Kevin, that is indeed a lot of siding to do on those BIG walls.
I thought shingling was a pain to do.
from what I can see it's all going and looking great!

Greg Shinnie
kebmo Posted - 01/13/2020 : 4:59:52 PM
i couldn't resist showin' you a guys a teaser about my plan for the veranda.

i know there really isn't enough room for a pool table, but hey, its a fishing lodge not a pool hall, and i've played in tighter spots than that.....
throw a quarter in the juke box and hit on crankbait mary.....
kebmo Posted - 01/13/2020 : 4:24:23 PM
front wall is about half sided.
i can't believe how this thing eats 1x8s.

i'll try to take a couple of closeups when the siding is finished.
kebmo Posted - 01/12/2020 : 7:17:53 PM
now that's funny..
Carl B Posted - 01/12/2020 : 7:01:38 PM
Why don't use just open a business account with Northeastern Scale Lumber?
Michael Hohn Posted - 01/12/2020 : 3:46:47 PM
Thatís a smart way to do the corners. Youíre checking off lots of boxes for successful scratchbuilding: plan ahead; use lots of bracing; build-in substantial glue points.

kebmo Posted - 01/12/2020 : 11:52:34 AM
i received my order of 5 packages of o scale 1x8s, cut the boards roughly in half (the come 16 5/8" long). i ended up with about 124 8" boards and grained, stained and detailed them and damp brushed them with white wash. i immediately ordered 10 more packages. i'll have some left over i'm sure, but i didn't want to risk running out again.
i also ordered 10 more pieces of .020 x .200 lumber that i am using for the bracing. i braced the front wall yesterday and started siding the monster.

it needs a bit more bracing.

there's no point in showing the siding progress because i only got about 3/4" up the wall. i'm heading down to the bench now to do some more siding.
here's how i decided to engineer the corners:

so far so good, the bracing will be the glue points.

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