Firstly, and most importantly, I’m very proud and honored to be sponsored by some of my favorite companies in the hobby. I couldn’t be more pleased to call FOS Scale Models, BEST Trains, KC’s Workshop and Monument Hobbies official friends! Nothing’s changing around these parts, it just means there’s going to be even more content! There’s lots planned for the near future, so I’ll be coming back with more details soon. Links to these guys can be found at the bottom of the blog.
In-between bigger builds I like to make some smaller structures. It’s a great way to manage output flow and get results quick (a much needed tonic sometimes!) This time, I made FOUR!
Apart from the elevated gate tower, all of these structures are scratchbuilt and are based on designs found on the F&SM — yes, all of these structures are for my tribute! I know, I know… this thing is growing out of control. But I love it. Let’s dive in.
JAGODA’S PAINT CO. INC:
Poor guy. He only wanted to return some paint, now he’s made a mess of his afternoon and the front steps!
This build took two evenings to complete. It’s a very simple build, with a low-pitch roof. The concrete foundation is pink foam coated with AK Interactive’s “Concrete”. I lightly sand it when dry for variation and then wash the whole thing in A&I. The lattice panels are from Tichy, and the details are from a variety of sources, including some 3D printed chimneys, lamp shade and paint pot.
Couldn’t be more of a simple little structure. Four walls and a roof. The door is an FSM casting, the chimney and lamp shade were 3D printed and the roof shingles are Northeastern Scale Lumber’s “Fish Scales”. Nothing much more to say on this one!
This is the office from Bailey’s Produce Co, but can also be seen outside the Emporium Seafood on the F&SM. Thus, I needed to build one, too! I used some scans of the office building to scratch build this one. The walls got a multi-layered stain of various Hunterline colors and A&I. The doors are FSM castings (well, molds of), the windows from Tichy and the chimney from FOS. The concrete base was done the exact same way I did the base for Jagoda’s. All the windows received my quick shade method.
FLETCHER ROAD ELEVATED GATE TOWER:
This is an Atlas kit. Cost me $5. This is what the box contents looked like:
The secret to these cheap plastic kits is making them look like wood. That can be achieved with using razor saw teeth to make a wood grain effect in the plastic and a decent paint job thereafter. As you can see from these photos, my grain effect isn’t perfect, but I think it helps sell the illusion of wood more-so than swathes of flat plastic.
Following an F&SM design, I discarded the plastic four-faced roof and created a standard pitch roof by just adding two small triangles of clapboard on either side of the tower (can be seen in the photos above as the white clapboards immediately under the roof). I used the rolled type shingles (love these) and added rafter tails. Before I sealed everything, I added a small desk, window shades and a uniformed Preiser (his full-story below). The tower was carefully aged and later the plastic base will be hidden into the ground work.