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Mike Hamer
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Posted - 07/04/2009 :  10:00:06 PM  Show Profile  Visit Mike Hamer's Homepage  Reply with Quote


Last week, I got together with Chris (LVN) and Ron (ElwoodBlues) where Chris and I gave Ron a hand working on four of his modules that he wants ready for a show coming up in mid August. Chris was doing his magic with scenery and Ron was completing a bridge while I worked on the ballasting of the track.

We took a break and Ron showed me some of the structures that he had for the layout. He also showed me some that needed to be put together by his deadline date for the show. I quickly became interested in the Freight House & Supply offering from Full Steam Ahead, seeing as I had never built one of their kits. Ron saw the eagerness and anticipation in my eyes - and... before Ron could ask, I had already opened my mouth to offer to build this kit for him.



Here are some of the images on the front and back cover of the instruction manual. I asked Ron what colours he would like for the building and he replied with an "off yellow" tint.

"Perfect!" was my reply...I can paint the structure in Boston and Maine's depot buff colour with maroon trim!"



Ron wanted a slightly more heavily weathered appearance for the freight shed, so I quickly referenced some of my Morning Sun books on the B&M. I found this image in my most recent book on Railroads of New Hampshire. The weathering is darn good looking and the trim is brown on these two structures - a nice alternative.



I'm impressed with the way Joe at Full Steam Ahead has labelled the wall sections, in this case W2. It makes it a lot easier to determine each piece in front of you with the instruction sheet! It's the little extra things like this that we modellers are appreciative of!



Time for bracing. Because there is a floor section that the walls will surround, the lower horizontal bracing has to be elevated to accomodate the flooring.



I've test fit one wall section to determine exactly where this lower bracing will go.
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
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Posted - 07/04/2009 :  10:12:39 PM  Show Profile  Visit Mike Hamer's Homepage  Reply with Quote


The wall sections have been primed, painted, adorned with signage and weathered slightly. For priming, I drybrushed grey across the bare boards leaving some areas without priming. This resulted in an interesting effect when I later used sandpaper to weather the painted walls - some weathered areas offered a hint of primer paint while others offered a hint of bare wood! The interior walls (on the backside of each section) are painted a light green colour.

Because of the strong lighting, the sanding and the A&I wash does not show up as well as it appears in person...rest assured, the effect is there.

Not only is Ron a brilliant modeller, he is one of the most giving persons I know. Many of you will recall the N-scale coffee table layout we made for our local children's hospital. Ron donated many a structure to this cause and asked for no monetary compensation in return. It is most certainly a joy for me to be able to help Ron out with his four modules by doing some ballasting of track (which I find relaxing) and building a fine structure for him!

Alas, I must put Ron's structure on hold for a couple of weeks as I head to Toronto to do some work for the Ministry of Education.


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

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LVN
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Posted - 07/04/2009 :  10:17:45 PM  Show Profile  Visit LVN's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Looks great Mike. Have fun in TO. Give me a call when you get back.

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

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railmus
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Posted - 07/04/2009 :  11:25:03 PM  Show Profile  Visit railmus's Homepage  Reply with Quote
A great build on the way!

Joe does nice work!

With two girls (and his wife), I don't know how he finds the time to do all he does!



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elwoodblues
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Posted - 07/05/2009 :  12:01:53 AM  Show Profile  Visit elwoodblues's Homepage  Send elwoodblues a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Mike,

It's looking great, can't wait to see it finished and installed on my modules. Have a great trip to Toronto and I'll see you when you get back.


Ron Newby
General Manager
Clearwater Valley Railway Co.
http://cvry.ca

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Peterpools
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Posted - 07/05/2009 :  05:33:49 AM  Show Profile  Visit Peterpools's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Mike
You're of the a running start on The freight house. The walls and light weathering looks great and are right up my alley ... used but not abused. Be careful ... O scale can be addictive!
Peter
BCT



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LVN
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Posted - 07/05/2009 :  09:47:09 AM  Show Profile  Visit LVN's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Mike it is but this is HO so at times even Ron dabbles in the half size.

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

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PaulS
Crew Chief



Posted - 07/05/2009 :  10:17:33 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mike,

Looking very nice thus far, looks like Ron picked the right guy for the job! What colors/paints are you using for your "buff and maroon" scheme, inquiring minds want to know?

Thanks and looking forward to following your progress on this build.



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simon1966
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Posted - 07/05/2009 :  10:36:17 AM  Show Profile  Visit simon1966's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Chris, MIKE (oops sorry giving credit to the wrong Canadian!) great start. I don't have many models sitting on the shelf awaiting attention, but this is one of them. I will follow along with interest to see how it comes out in your hands.


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Mike Hamer
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Posted - 07/05/2009 :  10:58:12 AM  Show Profile  Visit Mike Hamer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks, guys! Paul, I used those acrylics found at Michaels stores. For the depot buff light colour I used Americana's "sand". I then painted the doors and windows Delta Ceramcoat "Maroon" first then added a light coat of Folk Art "Coffee Bean". Later sanding revealed some of the maroon beneath the brown as well as some of the grey I used to prime the windows and doors.

Yup, as Chris mentinoed, although Ron is into a new scale these days...his modules are still HO and marry with those of his group of friends who set up an incredible display at local shows.

Off to Toronto shortly! Have a great couple of weeks all!


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

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northern6400
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Posted - 07/05/2009 :  12:07:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mike looks like another promising build.Joe has a great nack for design and is extremely helpful.

Chuck Faist
Burlington, Ontario
Enjoy yourself it is later than you think!

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Frederic Testard
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Posted - 07/05/2009 :  6:25:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great start, Mike. Besides the opportunity to build a fine looking model, this is also an opportunity to share this great fellowship you've developed in your area.


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PaulS
Crew Chief



Posted - 07/05/2009 :  6:48:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Mike very much for the reply on the colors and sharing with us your technique for laying the colors on the trim. I'll have to look for those colors next time I'm in Michaels.

Enjoy your trip to Toronto and look forward to more progress upon your return.

Thanks again,




Edited by - PaulS on 07/05/2009 7:49:28 PM

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bdamon
Engine Wiper



Posted - 07/06/2009 :  8:28:33 PM  Show Profile  Visit bdamon's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Looks like it's off to a great start Mike!

http://gande.net

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Joe Rutter
Engine Wiper

Posted - 07/06/2009 :  10:41:52 PM  Show Profile  Visit Joe Rutter's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi Mike:

I think I have seen this kit somewhere before??? Your approach to the kit and research photos for colours is to be admired. I am honoured to have your version being constructed ... I have watched your past builds with great interest. Thanks for such a genunine building thread.

Good luck in Toronto with the the Ministry ... it sounds like a great Professional Development opportunity.

Yes, John I often look in the mirror and wonder how I do what I do with young children (my daughter just had her 1st birthday today ... where did the year go???) Full Steam Ahead has been so much fun for me. The one aspect I never would have predicted are the great people I have had the pleasure to meet. Many of the people I have come to know personally are on this forum!

Joe
Full Steam Ahead



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railphotog
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Posted - 07/07/2009 :  06:27:02 AM  Show Profile  Visit railphotog's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I assume the walls of the kit are made of the thin plywood? If so, is there really a need to apply the bracing on the inside? I've only assembled two laser cut wood kits, and the stiffness of the plywood seemed to preclude the need for interior bracing as I had done on structures made from scribed basswood. Just curious!



Bob Boudreau
My model railroad photography website:
http://sites.google.com/site/railphotog/

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