Northeastern Scale Models Inc.
STS Series Dairy Barn
My new addition for the White River Division is a third barn. As I like an open rural feel to my layout, farmland and farm structures dominate the White River Division. I picked up a Northeastern dairy barn at a train show I attended in January. It is a nice small laser kit. In N scale this barn would look great as a background scene. I recall seeing this done on Dick Elwell's layout a few years ago and it may have been the Northeastern kit. I guess in O scale a HO scale barn would do the same near the backdrop.
I did actually read the instructions before I began, but as usual I did not follow them all that closely. My model was going to have three of the 5 doors open so they were assembled and set aside till the structure was finished. I began the main structure by staining the floor and walls inside and out with Hunterline original (now Creosote) weathering mix. I did have to press the parts till they dried, as they began to curl up. I glued the main assembly together adding the windows and doors that were left closed. Everything was given a coat of weathering mix. I did leave the roof off till the walls were painted. White glue was used for most of the attachments during construction.
|The walls have a coat of Hunterline weathering stain applied and the roofing is painted black. I used the roof panels to keep the ends from warping by temporarily attaching a few. They came off while painting and adding interior details.|
|The corner bracing and door track was added but not yet stained.|
For the walls once the weather mix dried I added thin washes of Floquil caboose red, followed by grime and reefer white. I then did a little dry brushing of the red followed by some chalk weathering with red first, then white and Gray. The window trim got a wash of reefer white. When I say wash I mean I dip my brush in the paint only applying a little then dipping it into lacquer thinner. I then apply this to the trim or structure. If the wash is to strong I just dip the brush in more thinner and apply over the area I just brushed.
The Hunterline weathering mix alone looked good, even before I added any paint which could have worked for a really weathered barn. But I like some colour and two sides were done with a lot of colour showing or the shaded side of the building and two sides have just a hint of colour as the weather side of the structure.
I added the glaze to the windows before the roof was applied. I also added some interior details at this point also. Details are found just inside the doorways since one can not see all the way inside.
|The paint is applied and interior detail can be seen through the open doors.|
|The interior details can be seen at the other end of the barn when the doors are applied in the open position. The roll roofing still needs to be applied.|
The roof sections all got a coat of black paint before application. I was going to use my BEST black rolled tar paper but realised I did not have enough. I went with BEST 36" steel Gray #3036 rolled tar paper roofing. I needed almost two packs to complete the roof. Once applied I added some black chalk on the seams. I did also scribe some additional seams before chalking. The roof then got a very light spray of Floquil grimy black to blend it all together.
I added the doors that I wanted to leave in the open position. They are attached with Walthers Goo. At first I was not going to build the cupola since I liked the look of the barn without it on, but thought it would give the barn a more New England feel with one on. Once built I weathered and painted the cupola the same as the rest of the structure. I did give it more red then the wall since I wanted it to stand out. Included with the cupola is copper self adhesive roofing. This was cut into 8 triangles and applied. The copper roof was given a light dusting of Floquil grimy black and some chalk weathering. I have in other occasions sprayed a hint of green to reflect the effects of weathering in copper. This was done with Penn Central green. Walthers Goo holds the cupola on the roof.
|The cupola is underway and the roofing is partly applied.|
|The cupola is completed and weathering mix has been applied. The copper cupola cover is cut using the roofing cutouts. 8 triangles are needed.|
The last bit of chalk weathering is added with streaks of black, brown and white from the roof lines and windows and doors. Now I have to decide which area of the layout can handle another barn...to be continued in another blog post....George Dutka
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