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kebmo
Fireman

USA
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Posted - 10/27/2019 :  2:02:26 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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".




Edited by - kebmo on 10/27/2019 2:21:29 PM

BurleyJim
Fireman

USA
5368 Posts

Posted - 10/27/2019 :  3:35:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Kevin,

Are you going to do it with foamboard, styrene, or wood? It'll take up some real estate. [:-thumbu]

Mystery solved....

The Kamikaze helmets held their headphones to receive their directions to the target.

Take the red pill
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hairball
Engine Wiper

Canada
157 Posts

Posted - 10/27/2019 :  4:33:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
do you have the measurements of the Idaho hotel to go by or going to guess ?

mike.........HAIRBALL
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Carl B
Fireman

USA
3757 Posts

Posted - 10/27/2019 :  5:22:01 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm ready for this one.
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Michael Hohn
Fireman

USA
6223 Posts

Posted - 10/27/2019 :  7:32:01 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Itís going to be an impressive structure.
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Ensign
Fireman

Canada
8774 Posts

Posted - 10/27/2019 :  7:43:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Kevin, I'll be happy to check in, with this one.

Greg Shinnie
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Pennman
Fireman

USA
4566 Posts

Posted - 10/28/2019 :  05:17:23 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Kevin,
Count me in for a first row seat too, especially since you did such a great build of the Railroad Camp, this is surely going to be a winner !!

Rich
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kebmo
Fireman

USA
1733 Posts

Posted - 10/28/2019 :  07:30:24 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
my intention is to use clapboard siding, applying the boards on top of it, much like the railroad camp upper level. i will probably use the foam board as a template (but that remmains to be seen). i'll be placing a large lumber order from northeast on payday, and then the following payday i'll order the doors and windows from grandt line. since my version is going to be a swinging waterfront tourist type joint, i'm thinking of not extending the roof all the way over the veranda on the right end, and making that a sort of outdoor lounge type facility. but again....that remains to be seen.
i will probably build the balcony and lower porch as a single unit, building the posts and railings and attaching them to the structure later. in fact, i may start there.

mike-michael hohn was kind enough to send me elevation drawings of the front and sides with ho rulers lining the edges of the pics, so i actually do have a source for the dimensions, and that's going to make it a little easier to figure out. i've wanted to build this structure since my n scale days, in fact, the idaho hotel and depot are the only two n scale structures from bar mills that i didn't build.

Edited by - kebmo on 10/28/2019 07:34:32 AM
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hon3_rr
Fireman

USA
7237 Posts

Posted - 10/28/2019 :  1:00:10 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'll be hiding out but watching this build for sure!

-- KP --
Life is to short to build all of the models I want to.
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mabloodhound
Fireman

USA
6702 Posts

Posted - 10/28/2019 :  2:13:28 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That's one I always wanted to build but I've got too many other big buildings already.
Going to be nice to follow.
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kebmo
Fireman

USA
1733 Posts

Posted - 10/28/2019 :  5:30:58 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
thanks for following along gentlemen. it'll be a little while before i can get started on this project, but i sincerely appreciate you fellas following along. I am liable to need some serious advise on this project, and i couldn't think of a better place to solicit it.
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kebmo
Fireman

USA
1733 Posts

Posted - 10/28/2019 :  9:47:44 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
i couldn't wait for a lumber order, i had to start something. so....according to another thread on this structure (that was just revived from 2008) there is a base, and according to the drawings, it's 2 scale feet. so i ran to ace hardware and bought a couple of 1/2" x 1/2" sticks, and cut em on the miter box.





they haven't been glued up yet because i am going to clad them with scale 1" x 6". i grained a bunch of 'em and stained them with silverwood. once dried completely i will damp brush with a white of some kind. keep in mind this joint was built in 1863, so i'm sure wood has seen better days. i spilled some silverwood on the glass top (cuz i'm a clutz), so i pushed the boards into the spill and let them sit there for about 15 minutes.





once dry and damp brushed, they will be glued to the face of the base to replicate the wood foundation on the original.
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Carl B
Fireman

USA
3757 Posts

Posted - 10/29/2019 :  07:31:35 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
How about posting a shot of the actual hotel here Kevin?
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kebmo
Fireman

USA
1733 Posts

Posted - 10/29/2019 :  08:35:13 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
carl,
i've tried, but the pics i saved from google images won't work for some reason. here's a pic of the bar mills model:


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Michael Hohn
Fireman

USA
6223 Posts

Posted - 10/29/2019 :  09:33:17 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
This site has some history and photos:

http://www.kristinholt.com/archives/6148


Edited by - Michael Hohn on 10/29/2019 09:37:28 AM
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kebmo
Fireman

USA
1733 Posts

Posted - 10/29/2019 :  10:19:57 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
very cool, thanks mike. the exterior shots are the same one's i found in google images.
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