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GreggW Posted - 01/31/2010 : 1:52:34 PM
The scene is similar in most every small town, where the road from forested hills and wilderness meets civilization. Here you will always find a garage or gas station, a market, a restaurant, a barn and perhaps a few other commercial buildings, those bare essentials necessary to support the needs of the locals and seasonal visitors. And so it is along this road. Come and enjoy a tour of Jim Lucas' and my latest build, which we call Butcher's Way at Highway 20, a Fine Scale Miniatures kit-bash, our version of one of those small towns, back in the day when hunting was a greater part of everyday life.

Up the hill from the highway sits Butcher's Way Auto Repair. (This it the kit Wolcott Meat Co. structure, stripped to the base building and sunk into the base to make the pre-cut doors align with the sloping ground. Gas pumps and awning, as well as a garage pit and in-door repair area were added.)

Business is always brisk and today is no different. In fact, a tow truck just brought in another car for Joe to repair. Based on the leaking water, looks like itís time for a new water pump.

Across the street and uphill sits The Treasure Chest Antiques, (the barn looking half of the kit butcher shop, dressed up to meet the needs of an antique shop). Not much activity on a weekday morning.

Directly across the street from the auto repair is Ma Magdalina's Luncheonette (built per the kit, but sitting on the Meat Co. butcher shop platform, which also makes a great outdoor deck and eating area).

Next door, on the downhill side, sits Bucksnort Taxidermy (the other half of the kit butcher shop, modified as needed for a stand-alone commercial establishment, with living quarters upstairs. Business will soon be brisk, now that deer season has opened. The highway location always helps to draw new customers.

Across the way and also on the highway is The Butcher's Market (a scratch-built structure, loosely based of several western prototype country markets, with the kit meat locker added to the back.) Business is always good for Bob, being the only market for miles, but even better since those gas pumps were installed. Joe, the auto shop owner, still isn't happy about loosing a good share of customers. Their wives still are not talking.

A deer hunter just pulled in to offload a deer at the back meat locker. The deer carcass is on the meat hook and the deer bag is already being removed. Yep, that's Bob inside with the apron, making sure they keep that carcus well away from his beef and pork.

His partner is happy to tell the hunting story to anyone and everyone who will listen, although that rack in is hand isn't worth too long a listen.

Speaking of deer, the hunters are always rolling into town asking which mountain has the big deer herds. The locals will never tell, that the biggest bucks are usually found hiding in town. It just would not be right to put the "local pets" at risk.

Across the highway is the pride of the town, a majestic structure simply called The Barn (a scratch-built structure based on a prototype barn near Fort Ann, NY. The kit stock pens were used here on the left side and expanded around back and to the right.) Not just a barn, this is The Barn, known as such by everyone in five counties because of its size and beauty. Built nearly a hundred years ago, it is sagging some and showing it's age, but still serving it's original purpose. Looks like the cattle have been driven in and should ship to market by train soon.

This Butcher's Way kit-bash, was built as a reminder of my childhood hunting days and as a personal challenge, to make something completely different than was initially intended. It was also another exercise in westernizing structures and creating a town scene on a slope where differing elevations could be used to better showcase the individual buildings.

We should all remember to look beyond the kit mfg's picture, to not look at what a kit is, but what it can become. Thanks to George Sellios for providing a kit that can be modified to almost anything the builder wishes. Jim and I hope you like the resultant diorama as much as we do.


Photos of my layout, as well as links to other structure builds, can be found by visiting the following link:

C&DRR Layout Thread: http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=22998

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GreggW Posted - 01/21/2012 : 11:24:45 PM
Originally posted by Frederic Testard

It's always good to see more shots of your work, Gregg. Hope you'll have more to share soon...

Wood details. Got to love 'em.

CBryars2 Posted - 01/20/2012 : 2:55:53 PM
Truly inspiring!

May I ask a couple of technical questions? Your trees and dirt roads are some of the best I have ever seen. I have a need to model alot of those. Can you pass on any how-tos?

Mike Engler Posted - 01/20/2012 : 10:22:31 AM
Gregg- Some really impressive work, but even better was your generous gesture. Hats off to you, sir!
Frederic Testard Posted - 01/19/2012 : 6:43:23 PM
It's always good to see more shots of your work, Gregg. Hope you'll have more to share soon...
GreggW Posted - 01/19/2012 : 6:39:41 PM
Mario and Elliott,

Thanks. It's kind of fun to revisit this build. Here are a couple shots not previously shared.


ETinBH Posted - 01/13/2012 : 6:55:59 PM
a-1 - first class
Mario Rapinett Posted - 01/13/2012 : 4:53:42 PM
excellent all round
Peterpools Posted - 02/27/2010 : 12:14:51 PM
A grand gesture of generously and humanity. A well worthy cause.
GreggW Posted - 02/27/2010 : 11:32:59 AM
Thanks to everyone for your many kind words and auction support. Because of your efforts we were able to raise a good chunk of money for the folks in Haiti. The barn and Butcher's Way are now on their way to their new homes.

Thanks again,

Frederic Testard Posted - 02/20/2010 : 1:00:28 PM
Very interesting fate for this diorama, Gregg. And it has already reached an impressive level.
Mike Hamer Posted - 02/20/2010 : 09:49:55 AM
Hi Gregg, kudos to you for offering this diorama as a fundraiser for the people of Haiti. Two more questions...what are the dimensions of the overall diorama...what material are you using for stucco on the walls of a couple of the buildings? Thanks in advance!
Locoman Posted - 02/20/2010 : 05:30:04 AM
Gregg, I admire you for sell this and giving part of the proceeds to the Haitia Fund. But, considering all the caring and effort you put into it, I don't know how you can part with it though.
GreggW Posted - 02/19/2010 : 9:15:54 PM
Originally posted by Dutchman


Fantastic mini-scenes every where you look. Great job on the models, too.

BTW, who makes the tractor that is in front of the stock pens?

Thanks Bruce. There are scenes and little things here, there and everywhere on this build. The tractor is a built Jordan 1920 farm tractor, kit #218.


GreggW Posted - 02/19/2010 : 8:23:24 PM
Originally posted by Ensign

Hi Gregg, not only is this a fantastic diorama,I love the barn. You are making it even better by offering it too a great cause,helping the people of Haiti by auctioning it off.My friend Joe Rutter[Full Steam Ahead] and his daughter have done the same with great results, This shows how compassionate you are towards those that are less fortunate then ourselves.

Best of luck with your endeavor.

Greg Shinnie

Thanks Greg for your kind words. The barn is very special and would be a focal point on any layout, or can be displayed under glass as a wonderful piece of artwork.


GreggW Posted - 02/19/2010 : 7:58:47 PM
Originally posted by simon1966

Greg I see that you are a man of your words..... http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=170447380465

Thanks for the note about EZ-line, I like the way you let it sag, most times I have seen it in use, it has been pulled too tight.


Yes, it's a good cause and I wanted to help a little. Regarding the power lines, varying the wire tension gives more realistic results.


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