|The finished freight house diorama which will eventually be added to Gary Pembleton's layout.|
As mentioned earlier I did a swap with my friend Gary Pembleton. He gives me super trees and I get to go cross-eyed putting together a N scale craftsman kit. Not sure if N scale is for me. This whole project had to be done mostly with tweezers and a large magnifying glass. My fingers are just too big to handle all those tiny parts. And my eyes being 60 plus in age, do I have to say any more. I am pleased how the kit turned out being my first build in N scale. I did revamp an already built kit for Gary earlier this winter.
The Lyndonville. frt. house kit is a very basic kit and the price reflects that. The walls are nice, the windows are fine and a two part assembly. The doors are also nice. The freight doors, corner trim, roofing and chimney I did set aside replacing with what I though are better choices. The roofing is a solid styrene sheeting that was painted a mix of reefer gray with a touch of black added. It is dusted with dark rust Bragdon powder.
|Although it is N scale I did add a good amount of bracing. None is included with the kit.|
|I have a heavy weight laying on the added bracing to the platform. The photo I took back in 1994 was useful in adding the colour finishing.|
|The platform and base below is lined up to see how all will fit. I think they are now ready for some glue. I still need to add the roofing and pilings before that though.|
|The styrene roof is in place.|
|The windows, trim and doors are painted with white chalk using this fine applicator. The colour gives the white a really weathered look...more so than using paint.|
|The ice cream sign I copied and added from a photo I took of the structure. The building is currently used as an ice cream parlor. The Whiting and Hood's signs are reduced photocopies from decals I have.|