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jbvb Posted - 01/31/2008 : 8:10:46 PM
I'm modeling the Boston & Maine's Eastern Route in HO standard gauge in my 207-year-old house's attic. The attic has its pluses and minuses - plenty of space, just up the stairs and finished, but the combination of the sloping ceiling and a 36" minimum radius meant I could only do an around-the-walls plan. Also, it can get a bit hot in the summer and cold in the winter.

The layout incorporates my Rowley MA modules, presently the only finished scenery, in the rural northern half of the attic. The southeast corner is where I'm building my compressed version of West Lynn, MA including the General Electric River works and the West Lynn creamery.

This photo shows the mainline curve passing the future creamery (spur under the file) and the Saugus Branch (long staging tracks) coming in from the left. I'm spiking rail on the branch, building the switch comes next. The flying plywood is actually pretty rigid with the flange below and the backdrop partially installed, it will get better when I bring the backdrop around to the left edge of the photo.
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jbvb Posted - 01/17/2021 : 10:50:33 PM
Thanks, Mike. Since my last post, 32 Winter St. has progressed a little more:

I've been working on the fit of the roof. I also applied a little 'dirt splash' weathering around the bottom edge while cleaning my airbrush. And I figured out how to hold the rather flimsy side door canopy. The roofing is a 3M tape I bought for its green tint - it's made many window shades for passenger cars and structures. But it's also got effective stickum. The upper 'rolled roofing' sheet extends under the shingles, like flashing, and is firmly stuck to the styrene underneath. The two 1x4 braces will require careful handling, but I hope not to lose the canopy itself.

I also picked up a 4' x 4' sheet of .060 styrene. I still have some of my 4x8 of .040, but that isn't rigid enough for long-span floors and large walls. The first application was Gorin Machine in Bexley, built in 2015 from Walthers modular walls:

I made separate floors so I can go back and light and/or detail if the mood strikes. But after the paint dries and I install them, visitors won't be able to see through the building in unrealistic directions. Some new techniques I tried worked out well:

Using a 4' drywall square to mark and scribe;

Using a 'hand seamer' (sheet metal tool) to break after scribing.

Using a hand plane to smooth broken edges and fine-tune the width of strips.

Tyson Rayles Posted - 01/11/2021 : 2:47:43 PM
jbvb Posted - 01/10/2021 : 10:15:40 PM
Thanks, Stuart. DigiCompuTron-A-Matics is waiting for color laser-printable transparency film to arrive. My NYC boxcar's elderly decals crumbled so it's waiting for a new set. So I worked on 32 Winter St.:

I haven't seen my picture resizing tool screw up that way before!

I remember rarely seeing daylight in the street side of that house - neighbors were close and passers-by were within a yard of those windows. So I modeled shades with tape. The kitchen addition has curtains made from red see-through Xmas ribbon, but nobody will see that unless it's picked up. No gutters IIRC. The model needs a little paint touch-up, then electric (visible) & gas (invisible) meters and the canopy over the front (side) door. Maybe tomorrow depending on deliveries.
SDB Posted - 01/05/2021 : 7:25:07 PM
James, thank you! Very interesting thread. I should browse the scratchbuilding forum more often. I now see how you did the portico. It's really a work of art.

jbvb Posted - 01/03/2021 : 4:28:30 PM
Thanks Mikes (2), Bror and Stuart. I agree that low angles are tough for any peel-and-stick shingles I've found. I've used Campbell shingles once, but I don't think they represent asphalt shingles well when viewed from high angles. I'll try asking B.E.S.T. if they can get thinner stock.

Stuart, 28 Winter St. is in Newburyport, MA at the corner of Washington St. I have an index on page one of this thread. Here's the link to the 28 Winter build thread:

SDB Posted - 01/03/2021 : 1:58:44 PM
Hi there --

I've been lurking on this thread for many years, but haven't said anything. I've also visited your layout during Tour du Chooch in past years. I really enjoy what you are doing. You're doing a great job capturing the feel of Boston's North Shore.

The Georgian style house (red house) is awesome. I'm not familiar with the exact prototype, but it certainly is a convincing example of a classic 18th c. New England house of its type. My question is, how did you make the portico? Is it a scratch build or is it a casting from somewhere? However you did it, it looks great!

Michael Hohn Posted - 01/03/2021 : 09:11:15 AM
The houses are looking great; I like the scene you are building. Wonderfully New England.
bror hultgren Posted - 01/03/2021 : 09:03:38 AM
I wonder if Lance Mindheim's photo wallpaper might be more appropriate. IIRC the shingles were ~1/8" (.0015 in 1/187) thick. What strikes me is the visual weight of the cast shadows
Tyson Rayles Posted - 01/03/2021 : 08:40:15 AM
Houses are looking good!
jbvb Posted - 01/02/2021 : 10:49:53 PM
Last week I spent some time on my Winter St. houses:

I tried Scalecoat Flat Grime for 28 Winter's lead flashing; better than BEST's shiny aluminum for my era, but needs a touch of gray. 32 Winter got a coat of Scalecoat E-L Light Gray which looked too dark. I went over it with a thin white wash and like the result. But neither made the shingles lay down enough to earn many 'Construction' points.

Windows await Northeastern Scale Lumber coming back from their 'inventory' and shipping my order. I only want some open, not most.

jbvb Posted - 12/27/2020 : 11:33:24 AM
Thanks, Pete. Airbrushing weather shifted my focus a bit. The Tichy NYC USRA rebuild (#4028D) is now waiting for the paint smell to dissipate:

This image is a Digikam/Enfuse focus stack experiment. I blended 4 images shot using a tripod but with different focus points. I like the fence being in focus. I don't like the halo around the CN boxcar's lettering. I spent a while browsing the web to get this far, I will look further.
Orionvp17 Posted - 12/17/2020 : 11:40:51 AM
Coating the building with Insulbrick was, as I understand it, like coating it with gasoline and waiting. Just waiting....

I like the way this is coming together, James. Keep going!

in Michigan
jbvb Posted - 12/17/2020 : 10:50:10 AM
34 Winter is covered with BEST's #3028 Self Adhesive Laser Cut Shingles "Asbestos - Natural". No color applied yet. I have another scratchbuilt structure I'll do in Clever Models 'Insulbrick' but I haven't gotten beyond its foundation.
deemery Posted - 12/17/2020 : 10:38:08 AM
I always hated Insulbrick, but I think your approach captures it quite well. It'll be interesting to see once painted. Perhaps some stippling with chalks will add that texture that I remember.

jbvb Posted - 12/16/2020 : 10:53:29 PM
I started 34 Winter St. (my childhood friend Mike's house) in 2013 (page 20). It became 3-dimensional in 2014 (p 30). Then it sat as I thought about how to do the asbestos cement shingle sheathing. This past April (p. 80) I did the roof and started applying paper self-adhesive shingles, but the results didn't satisfy me (or at least, the AP evaluators I had hoped to show it to).

Now that the 1:1 track work season is over, I decided that the layout needed Mike's house regardless of the AP program. So I sat down last night and got it to this stage:

The corners are rough, but they lie down for a while when I rub them with my fingers. I'm hoping I can hold them flat with a fairly heavy coat of an appropriate gray (probably E-L) and then go on with windows, gutters etc.

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