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Mike Hamer
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Posted - 07/27/2006 :  11:43:38 AM  Show Profile  Visit Mike Hamer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
My good friend, Chris Lyon, presented me with an interesting challenge recently. He had purchased the Alder Models Canadian Northern/Canadian National "Pollockville" station quite a while back and when he was still living in Alberta, he had a friend begin construction on it for him. Chris then moved here to Ontario, and had to bring the unfinished station with him where he offered me the challenge of finishing it.

The reason I use the word "challenge" is the fact that all walls of the station had been ACC'd already as well as some of the fascia under the eaves of the roof section, but they weren't perfectly square! No offence meant to Chris's friend who began work on the project...I just like to ensure all things are perfectly square before glueing...or as perfect as can be achieved.

I chose not to attempt any dismantling of the already-done work in the fear of demolishing the resin walls in the process. I knew, however, that down the road I would encounter challenges fitting all roof sections and making them appear to be as square as possible!

Chris models western Canada and he asked me to match the colours of CN's "new look" for western stations in 1961 after the railroad introduced the new orange-grey-black diesel scheme that year. He pointed out a picture of the Erickson, Manitoba station in the book "Canadian National's Western Stations" and I had that picture to go by when purchasing the paints for the project.

The station's siding is grey with public access doors CN red/orange and freight and service doors Cobalt Blue. Door frames, window frames, under eaves fascia and support brackets are white. Chris wanted a black roof as evidenced in the photograph of the Erickson station.

While working within the parameters of the already built-up walls, the anticipated problem of placing specifically shaped roof pieces "reared its ugly head" just as I had anticipated it would. It was at that final moment when I had to ACC all roof sections to the structure and attempt the squaring off that almighty heck broke loose! Much groaning and grunting resulted in the resin beginning to tear on the largest individual roof section, the main squar peaked roof area. I had to work fast to prevent a disaster, and with ACC at the ready, I was able to correct for this error (in the nick of time)and I managed to complete the structure with a lot of determination and sweat...not to mention a few choice words I normally am not heard to utter.

Over the course of time in Chris's move, a couple of smaller roof sections went missing from the kit and had to be scratchbuilt. I chose not to "weather" the structure as yet...as weathering is a personal thing and I want Chris beside me when I undertake that process. The instructions advise for some browns to be used near the base of the structure and on the doors to represent normal "wear and tear". The roof, of course, requires weathering to help bring out the superb details Alder is known for.

All in all, this restoration..or should I say "resurrection"...(as the structure was almost lost)...was a rewarding challenge. The station construction certainly would have been a lot easier if I began with a fresh kit with all pieces flat in the box...but sometimes "ya gotta do what ya gotta do!"

My accolades go out to Alder models for creating fabulous kits, switchstands and detail parts. (I'll leave the station platform, benches and details for Chris to complete!)



This is what I began with. The walls were already glued together. I placed the roof section on the main part of the station...which fit fairly well...for the purposes of this photograph...it was the other roof sections which would prove a hindrance.



This is the image of the Erickson, Manitoba station...not the same station I'm modelling here...the picture was used simply for paint colour matching and reference. You should've seen the stares I got from a couple of customers at Michael's in the art supplies section as I was comparing bottles of paint to the photograph as I brought the book along with me for the paint purchase! Ha!



A three-quarter angle view of the finished station with the roof intact...luckily! Chris's friend had glued some of the fascia below the eaves on already and I felt they could've been recessed under the roofline just a tad more...but I had to match-up with what had been started...looks okay.



Here's a look down the back of the station. I chose not to add the second exterior red door on the shed just for variety as I had already added this extra door on the front section of the station.

When I take the station over to Chris's place and weather it and plant it on the layout with surrounding platform and details, I'll snap another photograph of this very fortunate "station that almost wasn't!"
Mike Hamer
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
http://www.bostonandmaine.blogspot.ca
http://www.craftsmanstructures.blogspot.ca
http://modelrailroadsivisit.blogspot.ca

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leeflan
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Posted - 07/27/2006 :  1:17:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It's nice that you were able to salvage the station, Mike, and it looks great so far. I once scored a FSM freight station that had been started, but it was so badly done that I could only salvage the castings and stripwood for use on future projects. And I'm still using them.


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kay4pacific
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Posted - 07/27/2006 :  1:22:59 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mike, I'm not familiar with the Alder kits, but it looks like you did a great salvage of this kit. I like the look of the station. If they have a web site, I will check out thier kits.Beautiful work Mike


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jknapp
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Posted - 07/27/2006 :  1:56:47 PM  Show Profile  Visit jknapp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi Mike.....real nice job on the "restoration"! I never heard of Alder...??? Do you have any other info on them?

Thanks!



John Knapp
Sellersville, PA

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Mike Hamer
Engineer



Posted - 07/27/2006 :  1:58:15 PM  Show Profile  Visit Mike Hamer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi Steve, Bill and John. Yeah, because the kit was resin, I was limited in what I could do to the already built-up wall structure. But, as I said, Alder Models builds some fine looking resin kits.

That's great, Steve, that you are still using parts of that FSM salvaged kit. I know George's castings are great...and the wood definitely goes a long way!

Bill and John, our fellow forum member Karl Fasolino who owns and operates the company Surrey Custom Models from his home in British Columbia purchased Alder Models of Deep River, Ontario back in 2004. The complete product line of Alder Models is apparently still available through Karl as well as the many other fabulous kits he sells. The switch stands (both low and high variety) originally produced by Alder Models are fabulous. I know Karl has temporarily shut down business as he has moved into a new home but feel free to check out his website at www.surreycustommodels.com on the net.


Mike Hamer
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
http://www.bostonandmaine.blogspot.ca
http://www.craftsmanstructures.blogspot.ca
http://modelrailroadsivisit.blogspot.ca

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wvrr
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Posted - 07/27/2006 :  3:55:24 PM  Show Profile  Visit wvrr's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Great job, Mike! I used to look at the barn kits made by Alder, especially the silos. But, I have no place on the layout for a farm. Looks like they make nice kits.

Chuck



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Mike Hamer
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Posted - 07/27/2006 :  5:26:53 PM  Show Profile  Visit Mike Hamer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi Chuck,

Yes, their barns are spectacular as well! In fact, my fellow Friday Nighter, Bill Meek, has put together a number of the Alder Model kits including the barn. The only photograph I have of Bill's barn is a close-up shot taken during an ops session earlier this year.



A small portion of the Alder Model barn (and silo) is pictured to the left in this shot taken on Bill Meek's Ontario L'Orignal layout. The railroad tracks are out of sight in a dip behind the barn and farmhouse and before the distant trees. (I believe my good buddy Chris Lyon may have taken this photograph.)

Bill lives just two streets over from me here in Ottawa, so I get to walk to his operating sessions! I've enjoyed helping Bill with the scenery on his developing layout seeing as how my layout is now complete!


Mike Hamer
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
http://www.bostonandmaine.blogspot.ca
http://www.craftsmanstructures.blogspot.ca
http://modelrailroadsivisit.blogspot.ca

Edited by - Mike Hamer on 07/27/2006 5:32:03 PM

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Dutchman
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Posted - 07/27/2006 :  6:14:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mike,

It is noble, indeed, to salvage a great kit like this.

I bought a few of the Alder models, including a barn, from a local dealer before Karl took over the line. I later bought one of the great silos from Karl. Now, I just need to get to the location on the layout where I need a barn.


Bruce

Modeling the railroads of the Jersey Highlands in HO and the logging railroads of Pennsylvania in HOn3

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Chester
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Posted - 07/27/2006 :  8:15:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very nice job Mike, that a smart looking building in the colors you used. I appreciate all the info on the Alder kits too. I have never seen one up close and it's nice to know they represent high quality when I go looking for that next kit. Please let us see it after the weathering.

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Tabooma County Rwy
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Posted - 07/27/2006 :  8:18:58 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice "save", Mike! That's a right-handsome station!


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Bbags
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Posted - 07/27/2006 :  8:22:54 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very nice Mike,
I like the looks of the kit.
I guess I will have to pay a visit to Karl's site to see what he has to offer in this line.



John Bagley
Modeling the Alaska Railroad in HO in Wildwood Georgia.

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Mike Hamer
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Posted - 07/28/2006 :  12:05:25 PM  Show Profile  Visit Mike Hamer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks Bruce, Chester, Al and John. Yes, it was fun taking on this challenge. Now Chris will have a very special station on his layout that was constructed by two of his good friends. That's what the hobby is all about...the sharing of ideas and the sharing of time for each other.

Mike Hamer
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
http://www.bostonandmaine.blogspot.ca
http://www.craftsmanstructures.blogspot.ca
http://modelrailroadsivisit.blogspot.ca

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Will Robinson
Section Hand



Posted - 07/28/2006 :  1:06:17 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Mike,
Great work on the Alder "Pollockville" Station. I have a number of Alder kits and hope to do some of my own as I now have a train room (empty currently)having just moved. Looking forward to Karl getting back into things as I always puchase from his great selection of items at SCM.
thanks,
Will.



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LVN
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Posted - 07/28/2006 :  1:33:03 PM  Show Profile  Visit LVN's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi Mike.. I went back into my files to see if I could find more details on the Alder Models Barn. All I had other than the one you posted was a barnyard shot with the barn in the background. Since the barn was in pretty good focus, I zoomed in a bit on the foundation, door and barn siding boards so folks could appreciate the details of the castings. Bill did a great job with the choice of paint as well.




Chris Lyon
http://www.lyonvalleynorthern.blogspot.com

Edited by - LVN on 07/29/2006 1:48:04 PM

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MikeC
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Posted - 07/28/2006 :  2:54:58 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice salvage job, Mike.




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Mike Hamer
Engineer



Posted - 07/28/2006 :  5:18:18 PM  Show Profile  Visit Mike Hamer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks Mike (C) for the compliment...it is a lovely kit. Hey Mike...I continue to recommend your site to all my buddies...especially now that you've begun to take on all those fabulous updates!

And thanks to Chris for posting a close-up of Bill's barn...those Alder kits certainly offer highly detailed kits. Hey Chris...cool avatar!

Hey Will, you'll have to tell me all about your layout plans...I see you live in Newmarket, north of Toronto. We'll have to get together someday to run trains and play some music! I know you'll enjoy building those Alder models you've got in storage.


Mike Hamer
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
http://www.bostonandmaine.blogspot.ca
http://www.craftsmanstructures.blogspot.ca
http://modelrailroadsivisit.blogspot.ca

Edited by - Mike Hamer on 07/28/2006 5:21:21 PM

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