I have been a diehard HO Scale modeler for over 40 years. I have amassed a large collection of HO Scale kits and detail parts. But I have finally gone to the dark side! After seeing O'Neills in O Scale at the recent Narrow Gauge Convention, and seeing the amount of detail that can be incorporated into it, I decided to purchase the O Scale Dueling Shacks.
Brett touts on the website about honing skills and learning new techniques possible in O Scale so I jumped in and purchased the kit. Brett promptly sent it. Anyway I decided to build this kit and share my results with the group. This is not a follow along build, but a progress report after completing various components.
I have deviated a little from the instructions however. Instead for staining the wood with chalks as described in the manual, I use A/I. I like the look I can achieve with it and it is for me a simple method to get the silvery-grey look of aged wood I see living in the Midwest.
Also I didn't like the look of the laser board window and door trim as described in the instructions. I did follow the staining technique described in the manual for these components, and the color did work out nicely. I just didn't like the texture. It was too smooth for the aged look I was going for. So I removed it and added my own weathered strip wood trim. Also on the single door, the rails and stiles are also too smooth compared to the panels, or the panels should also be a smooth texture as well and it might have looked better in my mind, but I left them.
The right double door is slightly open. It is an added interest in other SW builds I have completed and I find it adds to the model.
In following other builds, I was particularly intrigued by adding knots to the wood. I don't believe this would be practical in HO Scale as the knots would be too large, but I like the added texture and look of the wood in O Scale, and it was a fun component to add to this build.
Thus far I have completed the walls for the wood shack. I have not added details such as signs etc. but they are ready for those parts.