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Mike Hamer
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Posted - 06/28/2015 :  4:18:58 PM  Show Profile  Visit Mike Hamer's Homepage  Reply with Quote


I'm really excited to begin building this great looking kit from Mt. Albert Scale Models. This is their first foray into HO Scale kits. The company has a list of O scale structures and is well known for its quality supply of lumber for modellers.



It's always fun opening the box of a kit for the first time. I see that there is a CD which offers colour photos to correspond with the instruction manual. There is a separate file of 4x6 photos should the modeller decide to print them.



The scale lumber and castings are of top quality.



All the contents are well labelled. The instruction manual tells us that the original kit in O Scale was designed by Roger Malinowski from Stony Creek Designs. The O scale kit acted as a starting point for the design of the HO version.



Very nice elevation drawings for reference. The instructions for the HO kit are by our own forum member, Don Tanner. I believe Don also made the first HO version of the kit for the website. I really like Don's version of this limited run kit so I will follow his colour combination rather closely.

The kit is named in honour of the late Alex Northway, a lifelong resident of Toronto who was an engine mechanic and an avid model railroader. The kit was inspired by a similar prototype structure located in Mt. Morris, New York which was quite possibly a feed and grain dealer.

Feel free to check out Mt. Albert Scale Models at this link...

http://www.mtalbert.com/

Summer holidays for this school teacher are at hand, so I'm off to the races with this great looking kit now opened at my workbench!
Mike Hamer
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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http://www.craftsmanstructures.blogspot.ca
http://modelrailroadsivisit.blogspot.ca

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Carl B
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Posted - 06/28/2015 :  5:23:28 PM  Show Profile  Visit Carl B's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Congrats on having the summer off Mike!

I'll be watching...




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robert goslin
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Posted - 06/28/2015 :  5:53:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mike, Looking forward to what I'm sure will be another wonderful build from you.
The Mt. Albert O scale kits always look great, so I'm sure their HO version will be just a good.
Are you doing it as per the kit or will you adding anything more to it ?
Enjoy you summer break. We're just heading into winter down here, but so far it's been very mild.


Regards Rob

Despite the cost of living, it's still popular.

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Orionvp17
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Posted - 06/28/2015 :  6:35:57 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Have a great time with this, Mike! We're watching!

Pete
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RichBeau
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Posted - 06/28/2015 :  6:56:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Interesting architecture and looks like a fun build!

--Rich

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Ensign
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Posted - 06/28/2015 :  7:47:59 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mike, looks like another great kit & build to watch!

Greg Shinnie



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desertdrover
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Posted - 06/28/2015 :  8:22:37 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mike, as always I'm looking forward to your progress with this fine looking kit. Those castings appear to be clean and fine detailed. I've never done a kit from this company. I'm guessing there are other HO kits from them.

Louis
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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 06/28/2015 :  9:23:38 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Looks like a fun project and right up your line. It would be interesting to know what the original building looked like and when it was built. Having grown up in the Rochester area, I've been through Mt Morris a number of times but not in a while. I'm looking forward to looking over your shoulder.

Mike


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artvdw
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Posted - 06/29/2015 :  09:25:12 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Mike,

Roger always has a nice design up his sleeve and this one looks like it's going to be a winner also. I will be following along as you build. I know it will turn out great as your modelling skills are top notch.


Art VanDeWater
River Falls, Wisconsin



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hon3_rr
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Posted - 06/29/2015 :  11:29:19 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mike, great looking kit and a good introduction. Looking forward to your input and techniques as you construct this offering from Mt. Albert. I'm going to pull up a chair to watch the transformation from a box of sticks to gratifying structure.

-- KP --
Life is to short to build all of the models I want to.

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Bigdon
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Posted - 06/29/2015 :  3:54:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Mike! I think you'll enjoy building Northway ... fun kit. Since I built it twice, I am looking forward to someone else's build! LOL

BTW --- once you are done, I would really like to get your feedback/suggestions on the instructions and photos since it was my first time doing this. Thanks!

Have a great summer.

Don



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Drummer Boy
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Posted - 06/29/2015 :  4:24:43 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mike,

Looking forward to following your build. Should be a great looking structure when your finished.


Reg Shaffer
Pleasanton, Ca.

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Mike Hamer
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Posted - 06/30/2015 :  11:01:41 AM  Show Profile  Visit Mike Hamer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks, fellas for checking in on the beginning of what looks to be a fun build.
Rob, I'll pretty much build the kit as pictured on the boxtop. I want to place it on a diorama when done, so that'll be the modification I make.
Rich, I agree, the architecture of this building looks great. I can see why Roger designed it after a structure he had seen in up-state New York. Lots of interesting roof angles and the jut-out and cupola really set the model off beautifully.
Mike, that's great that you live near Mt. Morris...the place this structure is from. I wonder if it is still standing. It'd be awesome if you could find it!
Louis, the castings are marvelous. I hope Gerry at Mt. Albert Scale Models brings his other O scale structures over to HO as they all appear to be real winners in my books.
Art, I agree, Roger has a great imagination when it comes to designing realistic looking structures.
Kris, I'll be sure to share any of the techniques Don used while building the kit and I hope to share any of my own as I go along as well.
Don, the instructions look great and having the option of printing the photos from the CD is really good. For me, I just have my computer near my workbench and I will check the photos in colour as I go along.
Thanks Carl, Pete, Greg and Reg as well for checking in!


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 - 06/30/2015 :  11:12:26 AM  Show Profile  Visit Mike Hamer's Homepage  Reply with Quote


Before beginning my build, I like to place the wall sections on the template drawings to get a "sneak peak" at how the different elevations will appear.



I'll share with you the front and rear elevation photos I took. This image shows the front elevation. I really like how the cupola is not centered directly atop the roof peak. This adds great visual interest in my opinion. That's the office to the right.



The rear elevation. I love how the upper section to the right juts out and is supported by great timbers.



Note the office to the left now. It has a false front wall that is noticeable here as the back wall is shorter and angles with the roof line. I also like the fact that the office walls are board and batten while the rest of the structure walls are scribed lumber for the modeller.


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 - 06/30/2015 :  11:20:51 AM  Show Profile  Visit Mike Hamer's Homepage  Reply with Quote


Time to distress the wood. I like to use this tool my buddy, Ron Newby, made for me. I'm careful not to press too hard when running the tool along the wood. It distresses the wood grain beautifully.
In the instructions, Don used the "Eurotool" from Micro Mark which consists of a bundle of stainless steel brushes and requires a more moderate pressure when distressing.



While not really discerning in the photo, rest assured, the distress marks are there. They'll show up nicely when I paint and weather the walls.



I noticed in one of the photos Don took while he was building the first model of this kit, he wrote "bottom" on the reverse side of this office wall section.
Don, this is a great modeler's trick as it would be so easy to glue the entire office section together only to find that the window heights do not match...as the difference between "top" and "bottom" is very subtle.
This is not unlike the surgeon's team member using a sharpie to indicate the proper area of surgery in order to ensure no mess-ups!



I have to remember to add the back to the false front wall for the office area.
Don recommends making a mark to ensure you get your placement just right.



The mark is in.


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

Edited by - Mike Hamer on 06/30/2015 11:59:45 AM

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Mike Hamer
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Posted - 06/30/2015 :  11:42:39 AM  Show Profile  Visit Mike Hamer's Homepage  Reply with Quote


Once all wood distressing has taken place, it's time for bracing before painting and staining to prevent warping of the wood.
I like how Gerry has arranged the stripwood in well organized and labelled packages.



All wall sections are braced as per Don's images. The instructions are very clear as to how far to inset the bracing dependent on the needs of the adjoining walls.


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

Edited by - Mike Hamer on 06/30/2015 11:43:44 AM

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