Kitbashing a laser-cut O scale warehouse

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Kitbashing a laser-cut O scale warehouse
Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Friday, March 09, 2018 9:26 PM

I am going to build my first O-scale kit my way. American Model Builders Elevated Warehouse Laser-Kit #484. First wall is being torn apart with a striking knife then each piece glued onto paper.

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Posted by wrmcclellan on Friday, March 09, 2018 9:55 PM

Looking forward to the finished project!

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Friday, March 09, 2018 10:25 PM

First wall reassembled and needs to dry overnight. Tomorrow the wall will be coated with a sandstone filler and sanded smooth. Second wall will start the same way.

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Saturday, March 10, 2018 4:25 AM

Two of my wife's heavy antique irons kept the wall under pressure all night. This morning I am using a striking knife to make small knots (holes) and cracks in the wood before applying a sandstone coating.

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Saturday, March 10, 2018 5:45 AM

I powderize red sandstone from Cape Blomidon, Nova Scotia and use it as a filler in quick drying wood glue. Using a metal spatula I coat the wooden wall, filling all the cracks and holes. When it dries I will lightly sand the wall to bring out the wall's details.

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Saturday, March 10, 2018 5:55 AM

A bit of sanding and now the wall has lots of character! Compare it to the perfect laser-cut wall.

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Saturday, March 10, 2018 7:27 AM

The beauty of the wall's exterior is "locked-in" with a coat of clear Varathane. I'll let it dry for a few hours then cut it out of the paper and work on the interior of the wall. I'll also start the second wall.

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Saturday, March 10, 2018 10:52 AM

The wall is cut out from the paper and now I can work on the wall's interior. The wallpaper is roughed up by sanding. Then, powdered gypsum that I make from real Windsor, Nova Scotia gypsum is used as a wood glue filler - basically plaster. The wallpaper is covered with a thin coat of gyprock and will be sanded and painted when dry.

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Saturday, March 10, 2018 11:26 AM

A heavy antique iron puts pressure on the wall so it doesn't bend excessively. In about an hour or so I will sand and paint the wall interior. This is my signature wall that I developed last year. There are seven layers. From outside to inside: urethane, sandstone, wood, glue, paper, gypsum and paint.

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Saturday, March 10, 2018 11:36 AM

After the wall is painted I will construct the inside timbers - not part of the kit. I bought this saw from the tool guy at the market this morning to cut timbers from the birch logs that I cut from my woodland property in Victoria Harbour on the Bay of Fundy. I sprayed a rust release penetrant on this old saw and after cleaning it up, will apply a water resistant silicone lubricant.

 

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Saturday, March 10, 2018 3:47 PM

Wall 1 interior painted and wall 2 reassembled.

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Saturday, March 10, 2018 4:45 PM

My new old saw works beautifully! I am cutting lumber from birch logs from my property in Victoria Harbour. This will make it easy to do the timber work inside the warehouse.

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Saturday, March 10, 2018 4:46 PM

Old School,

I have never scratch built anything in my life, and I doubt that I ever will.  My interest in the hobby is collecting, and researching the items that I add to my collection. That doesn't mean that I don't appreciate other aspects of the hobby and the interest that folks have in those other areas.  I just wanted to let you know that I am enjoying your approach to the hobby and this project. Your attention to detail is fantastic, particularly your desire to have stone, wood, and other materials from places that you have been, or would have been carried as loads in your cars.  Your displays obviously tell a story.   When I log in I make sure to check on your progress and what you have posted.  I appreciate being able to be a scratch builder vicariously through your work. Keep up the good work, its very entertaining.

Thanks,

Enjoying the World's Greatest Hobby

Northwoods Flyer

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Saturday, March 10, 2018 5:00 PM

In five minutes I can turn a log into five wonderful planks from which I can easily cut the timbers I need.

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Saturday, March 10, 2018 5:06 PM

Tomorrow I'll build a fence across the mitre box on the right hand side so that each plank is the same thickness as the others. By the way, the reason I cut the logs 4" in length is so they fit nicely across the mitre box.

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Saturday, March 10, 2018 5:10 PM

Northwoods Flyer

When I log in I make sure to check on your progress and what you have posted.  I appreciate being able to be a scratch builder vicariously through your work. Keep up the good work, its very entertaining.

Very kind words. Thank you so much Northwoods.

DJ

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Sunday, March 11, 2018 5:29 AM

Fence is finished. My set up is as follows: wood base with wood fence glued and nailed in place, two c-clamps holding the wood onto a plastic yellow mitre box, c-clamps also hold the base and yeoow mitre box onto the metal bed of the vintage mitre saw.

I have left about a 3/16" gap between the saw blade and fence so that the thickness of the sawn planks fits inside a u-shaped piece of zinc metal should I decide to use the zinc for braces to join the timbers together inside the warehouse. The zinc is used in stained glass work.

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Sunday, March 11, 2018 4:20 PM

Today's field trip included hiking on the Minas Basin beach at Walton. When the Bay of Fundy tide began to ebb I was able to collect wafer thin pieces of shale to use as roofing, flooring and landscaping on and around this warehouse. The shale in Walton is ideal for modelling since the pieces can be almost paper thin, lightweight, flat, and very easy to work with.

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Sunday, March 11, 2018 4:21 PM

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Sunday, March 11, 2018 7:35 PM

A little more wall work before I turn in. Been a long day.

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Monday, March 12, 2018 10:24 AM

Side walls are complete including interior paint. End walls are in progress.

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Monday, March 12, 2018 5:47 PM

One more wall interior to paint and then I work on the floor. I have a great idea for the floor so stay tuned ...

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 6:19 AM

Assembly begins.

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 7:23 AM

Metal recycling warehouse owned by F.E. Orr & Sons is coming along. Wall are up and working on flooring today.

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 7:41 AM

The fence for my vintage mitre saw works beautifully. Cutting birch logs from my property in Victoria Harbour very thin with a constant thickness for all planks. Another old school solution!

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Posted by wrmcclellan on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 7:06 PM

Argh! for some reason the latest photos are not coming though on the iPad. It is an iPad problem. If I mess around with it they will eventually show up.

Years ago on a previous house that was built in 1956, during a remodel I did I salvaged some 2x4s with the tighest grain pattern I have ever seen. I used that wood to make crossties for my layout (Lionel 031 tinplate track) - cut to the same dimensions as the metal ties and stained black to match. Came out great!

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 9:50 PM

wrmcclellan

Argh! for some reason the latest photos are not coming though on the iPad. It is an iPad problem. If I mess around with it they will eventually show up.

Years ago on a previous house that was built in 1956, during a remodel I did I salvaged some 2x4s with the tighest grain pattern I have ever seen. I used that wood to make crossties for my layout (Lionel 031 tinplate track) - cut to the same dimensions as the metal ties and stained black to match. Came out great!

 

Same thing happens on my iPad. Very frustrating!

I have made HO scale ties with my birch but it was not easy cutting this thin until I got this mitre saw. The sheer weight of the saw is very helpful.

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Thursday, March 15, 2018 2:48 AM

Starting the inside timber truss design using birch from my property and zinc metal joints.

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Friday, March 16, 2018 5:35 PM

Lots of Victoria Harbour birch cut at the mill today. Timber trusses being installed.

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Posted by wrmcclellan on Saturday, March 17, 2018 9:11 AM

Scratch - that pile of O scale lumber is pretty cool looking!

Regards, Roy

            

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