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Michael Hohn Posted - 10/25/2014 : 9:53:52 PM
With its shorter days and days off, this time of the year tempts the modelmaker to start new projects. I try to resist temptation by beginning the new year with fewer unfinished projects on my desk.

One that has gone unfinished for too long is my model of a Central of Vermont boxcar, actually a modified BTS laser kit of a PRR 28' boxcar. Today it went through the paint shop.

Next step: Art Griffin decals.
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bandman Posted - 09/15/2019 : 5:31:32 PM
Here is another kit that might work: http://www.builders-in-scale.com/bis/kit/610.html

Horton Monroe
Bill Gill Posted - 09/15/2019 : 3:48:35 PM
Looks really good, Mike, and having the office door inside the yard makes sense.
railman28 Posted - 09/15/2019 : 3:29:20 PM
I like the Fall tree..... In truth, I like it all. It's a great looking scene. A fabulous looking model. Too bad it's destined to serve as a backdrop to some fabulous wagons. Bu, at least it has a few moments as the Star.
deemery Posted - 09/15/2019 : 3:26:50 PM
This would work well as a scale house: http://besttrains.com/products_1047.html (I found one while cleaning up/organizing in the unfinished part of the basement. I had 2 of these kits, I used the other one as the gate house in my previous layout's mill canal scene.)

Orionvp17 Posted - 09/15/2019 : 3:09:18 PM

I was gonna suggest timber framing around a timber platform, but somebody beat me to it....

in Michigan
Michael Hohn Posted - 09/15/2019 : 2:43:21 PM
Thank you, Greg!

Yes, Iíd like to do a scale platform. Iím not sure exactly what they look like and I donít have any photos. For my period I could make a good guess: a platform of timbers framed by timbers. Iíd be happy for any suggestions.

Ensign Posted - 09/15/2019 : 11:29:55 AM
Mike, your coal shed scene just keeps getting better with each piece that you add.
Will you add a scale platform at the entrance?

Greg Shinnie
Michael Hohn Posted - 09/15/2019 : 11:25:33 AM
Thank you. Pete!
Orionvp17 Posted - 09/15/2019 : 10:52:35 AM
Very nicely done, Mike!

in Michigan
Michael Hohn Posted - 09/15/2019 : 10:20:58 AM
All structures comprising the coal shed are finished, including the main shed, office, fences and gate. My habit is to work on several projects simultaneously, so I'll build some wagons as a break from doing something like scenery. Anyway, here are some photos. First, an overall view:

The entrance end:

I need to work in more scenery: brush, weeds etc.

From the other end:

The name of the company is from a Sanborn insurance map of the period. "Loyalsock" is a coal region along the Lehigh Valley Railroad. Railroads and coal dealers often branded their product by mining region, for example "Scranton Coal" sold by the DL&W.

Again, I need to do more to work the structures into the scenery. Meanwhile I am doing some track planning for the other, Pennsylvania end of my layout, looking at getting another locomotive going, and generally improving the looks of the whole layout.

Michael Hohn Posted - 09/04/2019 : 8:48:31 PM

Iím more and more inclined to agree.

And thanks for the suggestion.


Orionvp17 Posted - 09/04/2019 : 8:24:36 PM

For whatever it's worth, I'll vote for rotating the building 90 degrees to the right, leaving the door and two windows facing the yard, and extending the fence from the building to the fascia. That should also allow you to put a fence post at the fascia and have a strong(ish) and credible fence.

Observe Rule One.

in Michigan
Michael Hohn Posted - 09/04/2019 : 8:16:20 PM
Originally posted by Bill Gill

The office looks good, Mike. Would the door be on the long wall facing inside the fenced yard? Or perhaps a door on each long wall?
What about the possibility of adding a couple of fence planks between the office and the edge of the layout if you don't think that would be too fragile?

Bill, thank you for the kind words, questions and suggestions.

Interesting question about doors. I designed the building to actually sit 90 degrees to what you see in the last photo, the end wall with two windows facing out to the street, the door facing into the yard. (i.e. the way it sits in the next to last photo.) Then I turned the building and liked what I saw, but now thereís no door into the yard and Iím not sure I want to cut an opening for a new one. I can picture disaster. Iíll probably go back to the original plan. The windows next to the door would look out on a set of scales. Iíve little idea what they would look like, so Iíll need to go to an article I recall being in MR. Any ideas?

I like your suggestion of a short length of fence to the edge of the layout.

Michael Hohn Posted - 09/04/2019 : 8:02:21 PM
Originally posted by railman28

What Happen to that nice office you had?!! I guess this one is more appropriate fir a coal yard. It's well executed. I understand your frustration with the shingles too, though it's not a problem for my more rural setting.


Thank you. The first building will return to being a doctorís office in a residential yet to be built.

Yes, the rustic shingles are indeed appropriate to your setting. I do understand that most modelers are creating more rustic scenes than mine and thereís more market demand for the down-home look.

Bill Gill Posted - 09/04/2019 : 4:11:11 PM
The office looks good, Mike. Would the door be on the long wall facing inside the fenced yard? Or perhaps a door on each long wall?
What about the possibility of adding a couple of fence planks between the office and the edge of the layout if you don't think that would be too fragile?

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