Category Archives: Buildings

More Castle Progress

This is cumulative from the last four days…

Here’s the gatehouse

Progress on fitting the roof curve ot the turret 

A different view

The arcade

Progress on the main building

Arcade windows and door

And Done

The Pola windmill is now complete. Lights added and the whole thing put together, here it is on the workbench.

pola-windmill-complete1  pola-windmill-complete2

I expect it to make a big impression on the layout.

All that’s left is to motorize the blades and it’ll be ready to go outside.

Refurbishing / Upgrading Buildings

I really should have done it this winter, but I was busy building new buildings and finishing up the track work. So it’s time to drag in a few buildings that sat outside all winter and work on them. First up was my kitbashed CMS main street building. While the front windows still look good and the lights in them are fine, I realized that I’d put no lights on the loading doc. This turned out to be a mistake, since that’s the side that faces the house. So I added three LED lights to the loading doc which really added to the look of the town at night.

Laser cut houses

One really nice thing about laser cutting styrene structures is that once the file is created, you can cut as many as you want with (almost) no additional effort. This one has a different roof (made from a CMS shingle pattern section) and I tried out some laser cut windows and doors. But the walls are cut from the same file as the other one.
So I built this house for around $10 in materials: half of a $4 sheet of 6mm sintra, $3 worth of Plastruct strips, $4 for the roof panel, and some paint. And (IMO) it looks as good as a more expensive kit-built structure–for sure from 10 feet away.
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Laser cut window panes

I tend to buy used G scale stuff, because my railroad is on a shoestring budget. A couple months back I bought a couple of Piko shops that were badly in need of repair. One thing they needed was new windows. The old plastic was brittle and opaque, so I thought about casting new panes and using acrylic for the glass. But getting a good casting for something so fine turned out to be harder than I thought. So I decided to laser cut a set.

Factory outside

I’ve completed the factory interior and put it out on the layout. It’s set above the level of the terrain so that the loading dock is at the correct height for flat or boxcars to load the motorcycles.

Shop Window Details

Here’s how various interior parts were made…

The book spines are a mix of sizes of styrene glued together and painted, and some images printed and stuck to styrene and sprayed with UV resistant spray. The books where you can see the covers are also styrene with images attached. I tried to find images of older books (the 1920’s E.R.B Tarzan books for example, in German) and posters to use. The open book in the center was cast from a HistArts set of molds that I bought to create dining car and warehouse interiors

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Sand house

Locomotives increase their traction by applying sand to the rails. The sand is carried in tanks on the loco and directed to the wheels through a series of tubes. In order for the system to work (not clod) the sand must be dry. Thus the sand house, a building where sand is dried before being pumped into the sand tower for loading on the trains.

I saw this online:

and really wanted one.
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Garden RR Progress

Here are two additional bits of progress.

The first is the pad for my factory and warehouse. I’ll put the buildings out once it’s dry, possibly tomorrow.
Factory pad

And here’s a dirt/gravel road idea I’ve been wanting to try:
Gravel road

That’s two pieces of plastic door trim, painted with exterior paint to protect from UV, buried in the soil. Then I dug out between them and added rough sand to serve as gravel. I hope that these edges will help keep the sand in place so the road doesn’t disappear in the first rain.