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Crew Chief

Posted - 11/17/2020 :  07:31:26 AM  Show Profile  Visit darrylhuffman's Homepage  Reply with Quote
When I asked John Allen about buildings, he suggested they be small and tall. I have always tried to follow his ideas and look for small buildings.

One of my favorite buildings on the FS&M is the REA Depot shown here. This photo is a recent one taken by Dave Kruiswyk of George Sellios's orignal. The lower photo is of the new kit from Bar Mills Models which is patterned off of the FSM original.

Bar Mills Models offers this kit in both O scale and HO scale. I am going to build the HO version. This little building is about 5 inches wide and 3 inches deep. It is small but offers lots of opportunities for details.

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Crew Chief

Posted - 11/17/2020 :  07:49:58 AM  Show Profile  Visit darrylhuffman's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Railway Express Agency used to be a common method of shipping packages. When I opened my first hobby shop in 1973, I used Railway Express for most of my shipments. I did this mainly to support them but my efforts failed and REA went out of business in 1975. Their delivery trucks were a dark green with a red sign on them. I could not find a common color of their depots so I just went with my standard colors for most of my railroad structures.

These two colors are light enough to show up in my dark train room.

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Crew Chief

Posted - 11/17/2020 :  08:00:15 AM  Show Profile  Visit darrylhuffman's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I stain all my wood parts with Builders In Scale Silver Wood. I brush the stain on the front of the walls, flip them over and stain the back sides.

I then use 1-2-3 weights to hold the walls flat until the stain dries completely.

I find this is a great time to look at the instructions.

Bar Mills Models instructions are some of the best in the hobby. Their drawings are detailed and very helpful.

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Posted - 11/17/2020 :  08:46:20 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice little kit Darryl.

I'll be looking in on your progress.


"And in the end, itís not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." A. Lincoln

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Posted - 11/17/2020 :  09:17:47 AM  Show Profile  Visit Bernd's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I'll be following along also. Always love to see how the kit's are painted, weathered and assembled.



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Posted - 11/17/2020 :  10:52:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
To avoid surface rust on my blocks, I usually put wax paper between the freshly painted walls and the steel weights.


Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)

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Posted - 11/17/2020 :  11:34:30 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Your last build with 'Jerry's Engine Shop' actually had me buy my first kit in 40 years. You should get a little kickback.


Take the red pill

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Michael Hohn

Posted - 11/17/2020 :  11:38:41 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Very cool looking building. Iíll be following along.


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Frank Palmer

Posted - 11/18/2020 :  09:23:59 AM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage  Reply with Quote

INSTRUCTIONS, we don't need no instructions.

It's definitely a charming little building with lots of visual goodies.


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