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Larryc Posted - 05/13/2020 : 2:50:53 PM
Over the past few months I've been thinking about starting a new project; with this in mind I decided to model my Grandparents farm as it appeared in the 1940's. Because of the sheer size of the buildings modeling in Gn15 would have produced a very large layout. So I decided to drop down a scale or two to keep this project in a reasonable sized area; On30 seemed like a good fit. Even though this takes me to "the dark side" of modeling; thought that I would give it a go.

The farm was purchased around the mid 1920's for $1000 with a yearly mortgage of $100 paid once for that year. When the Great Depression struck they had to save every penny possible in order to make that yearly mortgage payment or loose the farm. Gratefully they were able to make every payment until the farm was paid-off. About 1950, with no interest from their grown children in farming, my Grandparents sold the farm and moved into town.

Fortunately I have a few photos of the Farm, including the house, barn, and outbuildings:

Not sure how large this project will end up being. I'm going to make the buildings first, then figure out how large it will be. Also this is going to be more of a diorama than a layout with a siding coming into the Farm to pickup the milk; even though it never actually existed. It's called "modeling license".

The Cy Mining Co. mini layout has been put on the "back burner", for now, so that I can start this new project. Thought that it would be fun to recreate some of my families history with pictures to model by.

More to follow.
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Larryc Posted - 12/01/2020 : 3:48:43 PM
Carl thank you for your comment, much appreciated.
Carl B Posted - 12/01/2020 : 09:39:30 AM
Looking better all the time Larry.
Larryc Posted - 12/01/2020 : 09:31:33 AM
Mike thank you for your comment. I'll be doing a little ay a time along with my new build.
friscomike Posted - 12/01/2020 : 05:31:58 AM

I like the details. They add so much to the layout. Keep at it and have fun.

Larryc Posted - 11/23/2020 : 11:13:32 AM
Jerry and Rick thank you for your kind words. Yup a little bit at a time until it's finished.
Rick Posted - 11/23/2020 : 03:10:30 AM
Larry, good job on the details.
TRAINS1941 Posted - 11/23/2020 : 12:41:13 AM
Larry great details. Every day it looks more like the farms I've seen.
Larryc Posted - 11/22/2020 : 4:57:40 PM
Philip thank you. Most farm cats can smell milk a mile away and this one is no exception. Of course out of the photo the dog is standing not too far way so the cat is on red Alert.
Philip Posted - 11/22/2020 : 2:27:24 PM
Kitty is on red Alert! Dairy farmers rule!

Keep it up!

Larryc Posted - 11/22/2020 : 2:15:09 PM
Starting to add some of the details to the farm, along with the Climax A build, so here is an update.

These are some white metal casting tires that I ordered from Crow River. They were sprayed painted with flat black and weathered with a 50/50 mixture of raw sienna and water.

The milk cans are resin castings from San Juan Miniatures. After a little sanding they were spray painted with flat gray then hit with a coat of A&I to make them look as close to metal as possible. I'll be adding details like this, a little at a time, for quite awhile until I'm satisfied with the look of the Farm.
That's where I'm at for now. Any comments/suggestions welcome. Thanks for stopping by.
Larryc Posted - 11/18/2020 : 11:14:46 AM
Ted thanks for the compliment and for stopping by.

Mike thank you for your words of encouragement; it's been a lot of fun building this.
friscomike Posted - 11/18/2020 : 07:45:48 AM
Larry, the farm is progressing well. Now the animals and critters will have a place to stay this winter. Keep up the good work and most of all, have fun!

quartergauger48 Posted - 11/17/2020 : 9:21:54 PM
Nice progress Larry'.. the farm is looking good'...
Larryc Posted - 11/17/2020 : 10:23:17 AM
Rick thank you. It will slowly be coming to an end before too long. I have found a place in the room that will be it's permanent home soon.

Michael thank you for your kind words. It's been a fun build as well as helping me to improve my skills.

Jerry thank you. If I can find the plants I just may "plant" some veggies latter on.
TRAINS1941 Posted - 11/17/2020 : 09:05:45 AM
Nice job on the garden dirt and the dog & cat.

Are going to throw in some plants in the garden??

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