HO Scale Brass & Iron Foundry Official Forum Build



  • Ken some fine work on the windows and doors.

  • Are you sleeping at all Ken ? Such a nice detailing . Wear on the right spots. It becomes hard sometimes to believe this is HO. This would be to small for me to work on so I am full of awe to see this. Good we have these photos because when one looks at a finished build, all those details get a little 'lost' just because they are so tiny.
    You are doing a super job Ken. Thanks for taking all that time in posting.
  • Beautiful as always! Makes me want to work on my stuff.... soon enough I can/will. Until then I will just continue to be awestruck!
  • Ken, Just a technique question about your roll-up door construction. Do you use a folded paper joint-reinforcement to keep the seams closed during the glue drying? (since the back side of these seams remain invisible in a closed building)
  • Hi Bill, the roll up style garage door is a two part door, as are the other doors on the Pattern Shop, with a base piece and the top piece. Both pieces are scored so the fold is easy and stays put. I folded the base first then the top piece and made sure the bend was the same then glued the two pieces together. They are staying put just fine.
  • Alan, the handle was a nice addition and easy to construct albeit small...Brett made the suggestion in the manual to fashion a handle out of flattened solder wire and it worked perfectly.

    Jerry, thanks much and next to the stripwood detailing, one of my favorite things to work on. So much you can do to individualize the build by working with the windows and doors.

    Appreciate that Robert and you have intuitive insight regarding the smaller details. As more and more small details come together they make a significant impact on the look and "feel" of the entire diorama. I love doing the details that are tucked in behind things that a viewer would only see if they peeked behind a barrel or behind a door, etc...

    Hey Mike, good point...this forum not only brings great modelers together but we motivate each other to do out best work. I'm the same way...I'll get a bit off modeling and then I'll see someones post and I'm all fired up again!
  • Ken, Thanks for providing the responses to all of the questions/ interruptions that that we raise. We are trying to absorb all of the construction details that you, Brett and so many others have already mastered. I was considering reworking a N scale grab iron but using thin solder from electronics is interesting.
    Now I'm wondering if I can use a thin copper strand from flex wire and a touch of solder to mimic a 1/87 padlock when we chain a set of doors closed.
  • Bill, I would like to echo your praises towards Ken for providing us his time in posting all of these valuable updates. Great modelling such as this itself takes time to accomplish.
    To keep stopping and take pictures and then share them with us takes even more time.
    As viewers we all appreciate that time taken and thrive on the images and descriptions.

    Stranded wire is indeed a great option for a HO padlock, and the touch of solder is a great idea for the lock itself. I have used 'squashed' tubing for the lock, but, that was in 'O', I think your idea of solder is great for HO because it can also be squashed, and, then easily sanded to shape/scale.

  • Great progress. Everything looks so natural.
  • Thanks much Bryan...
  • edited July 2018
    Rounding the corner on the Pattern Shop Walls. I have installed the right, left, and rear freight doors and both the rear windows (the tilt in lower sash on both windows not installed yet but must be before the walls go together). All that remains is some detailing and the Pattern Shop walls can be assembled. My next post will be the finished structure minus the roof. ( reviewing the post I realized I forgot to install the track stops on either end of the track beam...made em...just forgot em...)


    Here is the rear freight access with those wonderful split track doors. You will notice on all three doors I installed a false floor that can be seen when peeking through the door openings. I discussed making this addition with Brett and he had explored the idea but found once the various roofs are installed and the inside is dark, these false floors will not be readily seen or not at all. I decided to just throw them in as they make for nice pictures before the walls go together...I also installed some very tiny bolt heads here and there...



    Note the false floor...even though I figure these floors won't be seen, I still gave some consideration as to the logistics of the floor. Note the floor planking ends are meeting the the threshold. I designed the planking to run from front to back in the long dimension. The right and left doors will show the planking running parallel to the thresholds...


    A little scale perspective...


    The right freight door with the roll up "garage" style door.



    Once again, note the floor planking running parallel.


    Left freight door. This one is barely cracked open, didn't want to hide much of this beautifully designed door!


    Walls up and then the roof...more later...Ken
  • edited July 2018
    The false floor(s) are probably supported by blocking?....I think you might have talked about the hint of color earlier but is the coloring per the manual or your own thought process?
  • Now you just showing off Ken. Flippen hell man. Every time I think it cant get any better you go and push it up another notch. Well done
  • Simply stunning work, Ken! So well done.

    I love the floors. False or not, it draws the viewer into the structure. Little details like this are the type that sell the illusion--that every expected element is in place. They assume theres a 100% furnished interior.

    Couple questions:
    -Did you do any dry brushing on the walls (posted in today's update)?
    -where did you get that little tray (back on page 4)? Perfect little organizer!
  • Very nice Ken.
  • wow. i used to clean horse crap out of barn that looked just like that. awesome!
  • Ah man...don’t give Ken any ideas....he’ll start adding odors to the weathering process ;-))
  • The floor is a great addition. In the future you'll be experimenting with adding a stack of old boxes, etc.
  • Oh man, here we go with "poop' variations. Brett can we put a short ban on Kevin until Ken completes the build? He will not stop.
  • Terry, the coloring of the wood both in technique and color came straight out of Brett's manual. I did vary the percentage mix of the two colors on two of the doors for variety.

    Wess, hey buddy, nice hearing from you and appreciate the kinds words. Lots of new and innovative stuff in this kit...

    Bill, what up my good man?...thanks for your thoughts on things as you know how much I value your opinion. No dry brushing on the walls or doors. I picked up the tray, which came two to a package I believe, from Hobby Lobby. I liked it because it's really shallow and easy to pick little bits up with your fingers.

    Thanks Phil.

    Kevin...always a compliment when a model looks just like the real thing to someone, even if it is a barn full of manure!

    Thank BillR, easy enough to do...
  • Ken, those walls look super. Adding so much contrast in the boards makes them stay interesting and vivid. I'll keep on your track !! :smile:
  • You make sure you do that Robert...I appreciate you and your wisdom, thanks much.
  • edited July 2018
    As promised, I finished putting the walls together and they went up beautifully. As most of you know, Brett's walls, and particularly the corners, go up so well and seamlessly. It sits dead flat, dead straight, and dead square... I decided not to add the additional wall details yet as I want to see how the buildings will "feel" once staged together. This complex has the Pattern Shop you see here, attached Work Shop, which is my next project, and the Tempering Shed attached to the Work Shop. I'm working on the Pattern Shop roof as we speak...


    Niow that's a cool wall!...Has to be one of my favorite single walls I have ever done, the design is just wonderful. Note the addition of the tilt-in lower window sashes and the rail stops on the track, which I forgot to add in the previous post.


    And then the terrific roll-up style door, such a innovative design...


    The unsided portion is covered by the attached Work Shop.


    This is how the rotted area looks with the walls joined. This is the only area that you can easily see the wall all the way to the ground as the remainder of the lower walls are covered by the various concrete and wood docks.


    Back around to the large single freight door, another beautifully designed door...

    More Later...Ken
  • Your rendition of the Pattern Shop is looking great, Ken. It really brings out the age and re-purposing of the original blacksmith structure. Hopefully you can create a sufficiently different perception of structure age on the adjoining and much newer workshop addition while still making it merge into the overall scene.

    I also really like the various "personal" touches that you have added to this structure together with the associated "why and how to" descriptions.

    Looking forward to the next installment!

  • Those four walls combine into a wonderful "historic" building that yells that it probably is decades older than most of the latter "additions". There is one future part of this building that may be out of step so I'm waiting to see how Ken handles it. {It only occurred to me when I looked at Brett's colored photo where each building is labeled.} The ROOF intended for this rustic masterpiece seemed too clean and lacks the expected historic partially-shingled or rusted corrugated roofing effect that would now be expected on such a weathered building. It will be interesting to see how the "master" weaves it all together in his upcoming performances. Having seen parts of this magic show I'm sure he'll deliver!
  • "Stunning"

  • Outstanding work....I love the coloring of the wood and the distress that you always do so well. I too like to put in the false floors ( I did so on O'Neills) avoids that "oh floors" comment from someone that just might look really really close....makes waiting for the "O" scale version even harder....
  • Fantastic work Ken. I can look at these photo over and over. A true master.
  • Looks fantastic man!
  • I can only repeat what has been said by everybody already, just awesome... The more for me because it is HO .....

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