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George D Posted - 02/07/2005 : 09:50:53 AM
A couple days ago the Dutchman posted a picture of a welding shop in the Prototype Structures for Modeling topic. Well, it looked interesting and I have a place on my module where it will work, so I made a drawing of it using QuickCAD. The more I got into it, the more I liked it and with a little encouragement from Bruce I decided to build one and Bruce is going to build one too.

Here are the pictures that Bruce posted:

Here's a scanned copy of the drawings. If you want a copy, I can email anyone the original CAD documents or JPEG scans if you can't open CAD files. The JPEG will not be to scale, but I have a version that has all the key dimensions.

I'm assuming the side walls are identical and the back only has a back door. Bruce is going to see if he can get a picture of the back. He's confirmed that the roof is corrugated steel and front awning is metal. The window I chose for the side walls is a Grandt Line # 5009, which is a 12 pane window just like the prototype. However, they have three panes across and the prototype has four panes across. After searching for front door ideas, Bruce suggested using Tichy door 8053. It seems to be the closest of any commercial door that we can find, so I ordered a set. I picked a Tichy door, #8032, which is a four panel wood door, for the back.

I still have a few sheets of Holgate & Reynolds brick sheeting, so that's what I'll use for the walls. At this point I think I'll back the brick sheet with 0.030 styrene.

I drew the plans based on the shape of the building and guessed at all the dimensions. When it came time to lay out the side walls on the brick sheet, the dimensions didn't work. The dimensions have to be in brick size - 36 bricks long (22' 9") not 24' as I show in the plans. By using a number divisible by 4, the centerline of each window is easy to figure - 9 bricks apart. The same applies to the number of courses between the ground and the base of the windows (12). Of course, this is based on Holgate & Reynolds; another brand of brick sheeting may be different.

The first problem I'm running into is what to do about the window sills. They aren't clear in the pictures, but I assume they are a row bricks on edge. I need ideas on how to handle this?

I'll post some pictures of the side walls when I finish cutting them.


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PaulS Posted - 09/23/2008 : 12:38:45 PM
Bruce and George,

I just had the opportunity to go through this thread for the first time. Great job on both of your welding shops, I also really liked the interior detail on both !!

What a wonderful collaboration and this thread clearly speaks to the environment, helpfulness and mutual respect found here on RRL.

Thanks to both of you for your efforts in sharing this with all of us, lots of great tips and techniques to use on future projects,
Peterpools Posted - 05/29/2006 : 05:36:01 AM
Simply a terrific project from start to finish
Much was learned by following how you thought out and solved each segment of the welding shop. Thanks for taking all the extra time in sharing the project with us. Picked up some nice ideas to incorporate into my gas station.
wvrr Posted - 04/18/2005 : 8:39:04 PM
Great job, Bruce!!!

Marken Posted - 04/18/2005 : 7:57:50 PM
Nice job Bruce

The building came out great. Nice feeling when you can say finis to another project.

What's next?
Dutchman Posted - 04/18/2005 : 7:46:44 PM
Originally posted by George D

Great job Bruce. I like the paint job on the roof. What did you use around the chimney?

George, it is a mixture of white glue and Polyscale Tarnished Black paint. I put it on with a toothpick.
George D Posted - 04/18/2005 : 7:41:30 PM
Great job Bruce. I like the paint job on the roof. What did you use around the chimney?

I enjoyed doing a joint project with you - it's one of the few I have seemed to have finished in a while.

Dutchman Posted - 04/18/2005 : 7:24:09 PM
Well, it is time to call this project complete! George, you're the man! I simply would not have built the model if you hadn't jumped in with the drawings and the comment that you might build the Welding Shop. It was fun doing a joint scratchbuild!

Rick Posted - 04/18/2005 : 07:54:20 AM
Good job Bruce. You're making good progress.
mikethetrainman Posted - 04/17/2005 : 8:19:26 PM
The welding shop is looking great! I like the look of the two different metal roofing types. Are you going to try to weather the rest of the roof like the first row or is it going to be more rusty?
wvrr Posted - 04/17/2005 : 07:28:24 AM
That looks good, Bruce. Almost there!

Dutchman Posted - 04/16/2005 : 11:23:09 PM
Thanks, guys.

Nelson, I had begun weathering the bottom row of roofing, but still have the rest to do. I like the way that the bottom row came, so I will try to duplicate it.

George, I used the Instant Grip on this roof. It held the foil to the styrene subroof just fine. I tend to reach for it whenever I am gluing two different mediums together.
George D Posted - 04/16/2005 : 10:09:45 PM
Bruce, it's looking about finished. It's turning out great.

Yesterday, I checked the H&R brick that I glued to the styrene with the Bond Instant Grip White Craft Cement and it's stuck fast. I had also tried gluing a scrap of corrugated roofing to styrene with the same results - a good strong bond. Thanks for the information, I now have another glue in my mrring toolbox.

Bbags Posted - 04/16/2005 : 9:28:03 PM
Looks good Bruce,
I like the metal roofing you have done and it does capture the look of the real thing very well.
nalmeida Posted - 04/16/2005 : 9:15:52 PM
Great progress, that roof looks weathered already!
Dutchman Posted - 04/16/2005 : 9:09:05 PM
Finally some progress worth a photo or two. Today I glued the front doors on, finished gluing the foil onto the sub-roof, glued the roof in place, and glued the chimney cap on.

Now, all I have to do is paint/weather the roof!

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