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Mike Hamer
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Posted - 01/02/2008 :  7:49:14 PM  Show Profile  Visit Mike Hamer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The shortline I am planning for my crew lounge area will require at least a depot or two. My good friend, Rob Kazakoff, offered me this Bar Mills kit, a perfect specimen with its ornate appearance that is so typical of many a New England depot. After returning from my Christmas vacation to Walt Disney world and having a few days off before school begins for the new year...well, I felt there was no better time than now to kick in modelling for 2008!



Here is the kit as it appears in Bar Mills' well known little plastic boxes.

I've learned from Bruce (Dutchman) that he had built this kit a couple of years back...long before I joined the forum. Bruce built a lovely interior as part of one of the forum diorama contests and I welcome Bruce to share some of the fabulous images of his version of the station as the thread develops. If anyone else has built this kit, feel free to post pics of your modelling.

With a whole slew of structures to build over the next couple of years before I can get the shortline up and running, I will not be going that far into interior detailing, but you must see Bruce's fine efforts!
Mike Hamer
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
http://www.bostonandmaine.blogspot.ca
http://www.craftsmanstructures.blogspot.ca
http://modelrailroadsivisit.blogspot.ca

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Mike Hamer
Engineer



Posted - 01/02/2008 :  8:02:23 PM  Show Profile  Visit Mike Hamer's Homepage  Reply with Quote


Here we see all the contents of the kit...laser cut sections so well known from Bar Mills.



After bracing the backs of each section it was time to apply the paint...in my case two tones...reminiscent of the Boston and Maine. I searched through my research books and saw some depot pics of Pinsley's New England shortline operations where they used similar colours to the B&M. Other photos from this shortline depicted grey and green tones as well, but I elected to choose the classic maroon and depot buff colours of my original railroad.

While I've primed other models I built from Bar Mills, a couple of friends don't always follow this advice, so I went straight ahead with the maroon and depot buff. Recalling an ealier modelling experience where I used a paint colour labelled 'depot buff' that turned out too yellow, I selected a tone of paint called 'sand' that matches the B&M colours very nicely.


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

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Peterpools
Engineer



Posted - 01/02/2008 :  8:05:49 PM  Show Profile  Visit Peterpools's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Mike
Looking forward to your build of Whistlestop Junction with it's classical small town look. One thing for sure, there is always room for one more small depot.
Peter



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Mike Hamer
Engineer



Posted - 01/02/2008 :  8:11:00 PM  Show Profile  Visit Mike Hamer's Homepage  Reply with Quote


While the paint was setting on the walls, I painted the windows and doors as well as all the trim areas...those 'peel and stick' finicky details that Bar Mills has created to make our lives so easy. (Thanks Art!)

When all walls, door, window and trim sections were dry, it was a simple matter of glueing in the windows and doors and applying the peel and stick trim to the walls...bringing the wall sections more to life! Oh yes, I added the window glazing at the same time.



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

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Mike Hamer
Engineer



Posted - 01/02/2008 :  8:16:40 PM  Show Profile  Visit Mike Hamer's Homepage  Reply with Quote


Here's a close-up of one end wall section, the one with the service door.



And the other end wall section with the windows. Yes, I'll be adding some blinds in behind.

While some of my earlier depots on my existing layout are a little cleaner, I want this depot to look much more weathered, so I will be adding more dirt and grime on this little puppy.


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

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time2play
Fireman



Posted - 01/02/2008 :  8:23:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Way to go Mike...Keep up the good work...

Bob



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PaulS
Crew Chief



Posted - 01/02/2008 :  8:35:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Looking good Mike !!

I'll be following along your build of this kit and also your progress on your shortline. And you just gotta love that maroon and buff ...




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JohnJ
Fireman

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Posted - 01/02/2008 :  8:36:10 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Looks good Mike.

John Johnson

"I'm right 98% of the time. Who cares about the other 3%."

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Bbags
Administrator

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Posted - 01/02/2008 :  9:29:57 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Looks good Mike.
At the rate of speed at which you are going you should have this finished by the time school starts again.

I remember well Bruce's build and the interior is one of the best I have ever seen.



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

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Eddie Landreth
Fireman

Posted - 01/02/2008 :  10:14:40 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Looks great, Mike. Looking forward to following your progress on this one. It's turning out real nice already.


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grlakeslogger
Crew Chief

Posted - 01/03/2008 :  12:11:05 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here is a link to my build of this kit a couple of years ago:

http://www.wisedivision.org/library/200503/contest.htm

The pic is copyrighted, so I have to do this with a link. I added a Scale Structures Limited Depot Details kit, kitbashed the train order signal, and added other details from BTS and from JL Innovative Designs. The figure is a BTS/Master Creations "Joe" (brass figure with posable arms). My station is in northern WI, so I put my agent to work sweeping the platform and painted him in a classic read and black plaid mackinaw. The train order signal used the SS Ltd. base, finial, and semaphore heads reshaped to match Soo Line blueprints. Other signal parts were scratchbuilt from brass to match the same blueprints.

It is a great kit and I hope you enjoy the build. The kit is a little pricey, but the nailholes Art added with the laser make it worth it. And you seem to be well on the way with it!

--Stu--


--Stu--
It's a great day whenever steam heads out into the timber!

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Jim T
Fireman



Posted - 01/03/2008 :  12:16:48 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Looks good, Mike. Are you using solvent based or acrylic paint?

Jim



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Larry Baker
Fireman

Posted - 01/03/2008 :  10:16:06 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good start, Mike. I will be following your build with interest.


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MikeC
Administrator

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Posted - 01/03/2008 :  10:36:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You're making good progress on this already, Mike. I know from both Bruce's photos and Stu's photo (linked above) the kit builds up into a great looking little station. I'm looking forward to seeing your version of it.





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George D
Moderator

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Posted - 01/03/2008 :  10:36:56 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great progress, Mike. What's your opinion of priming and not priming the walls?

Nice looking station, Stu. I'd like to see a larger picture.

George



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Dutchman
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Posted - 01/03/2008 :  12:07:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mike,

You are moving right along! I loved the job Art did on the nail holes on this kit - and I didn't miss making my own one bit.

When we get back home, I take you up on your invitation and post a picture or two.


Bruce

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

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