Show us your scratch buildings

phantom Oct 2, 2006

  1. r_i_straw

    r_i_straw Mostly N Scale Staff Member

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  2. MasonJar

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    Russell -

    WOW! :D:D

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  3. mdrzycimski

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    Yes. It was in Kalmbach's book
    The Model Railroader's Guide to Intermodal Equipment & Operations (Model Railroader) by Jeff Wilson. I liked the structure a lot so I decided to build one for my intermodal yard (the yard is still under construction).
     
  4. Kenneth L. Anthony

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    Only a handful of scratch projects in my new railimages gallery since I dumped the old pictures.

    Johnston High School, home of the Lumberjacks. Based on a plan in RMC.
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    First State Bank, Johnston, TX, loosely following an MR article
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    Farm machinery loading platform, adapted from Santa Fe System Standard Plans to fit my space.
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    The ramp is cut off at the front layout edge before it reaches ground level!
     
  5. Kenneth L. Anthony

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    Scratchbuilt buildings for my N scale US Navy blimp base railroad.

    First, a vehicle maintenance building, based on visiting ruins of real building at Hitchcock, TX. Model is one-half length of real structure.
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    Second, a WWII emergency design water tower, built of CONCRETE to save steel for the war effort. Copied from real structure on abandoned base in Hitchcock.
    Third, a fuel dump: tankcar to tank, then tank to truck to fuel the blimps' engines. Naval air version of kind of facility used in private industry as a bulk oil dealer. Built partly from photos in WWII era Naval Air yearbook.
     
  6. JCater

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    Here are Mine

    Here are a few of ours. All are built from scratch, mainly from junk we had laying around and a lot of scale wood. We believe in board-on-board at C & S !! Here we have "Terrapin Station" a small branchline station built mainly from an old Atlas Turn Table shed, a branchline water tower of scale wood and a drinking straw, a mainline water tower of scale wood over a nut can, card stock roof and ladder, paper funnel. Finally the roundhouse which we have been working on all year, and a scratch turntable. Enjoy!!
    John
     

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  7. r_i_straw

    r_i_straw Mostly N Scale Staff Member

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    I see the blimp hanger painted on the backdrop. The four concrete hanger door towers are all that remain after Hurrican Carla wrecked the place in 1961. Here is a photo of the same type hanger still existing up in Oregon.
     
  8. Mark Smith

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    The Davis house is an incredible job. The painting detail alone would have driven most people crazy. Great work.
     
  9. StickyMonk

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  10. Thirdrail

    Thirdrail In Memoriam

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    Scratchbuilt building and cars:

    Here are two of each:

    Oil depot:
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    Lisa's cafe:
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    IRC 61781:
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    IRPCo. 201:
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    There are more, but IIRC, one can only post 4 photos at once.
     
  11. JCater

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    Rolling Stock

    Well, if we are including rolling stock too...

    The two on the left are my son's first scratch build; a nice little flat car (not bad for a nine-year old!! The two on the right are of my latest project: a little water car to pull behind my Porter.
     

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  12. JCater

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    Oops...forgot the gon...
     

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  13. Kenneth L. Anthony

    Kenneth L. Anthony TrainBoard Member

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    The original question, from a G scaler, was how many scratch their own buildings. I scratch many of my own buildings, and I ALSO scratch buildings for other people, often as a surprise gift.

    For a friend who railroads in G scale, I built a model of a tiny station-- based on Oil Junction, probably the smallest building to serve on a station on the Santa Fe. Original preserved at Orange Empire Railroad Museum in Perris, California.

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    I named station "Laguna" because my friend lives on Laguna Shores Road.

    This is not exactly for a railroad but it is still modeling.
    I really surprised my cousin Rhonda when I gave her a dollhouse (1/12 actual size, 1" = 1') of her own house, one that has been in her family three generations.

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    Some standard dollhouse door and window parts, some modified and some fixtures scratchbuilt to duplicate the original. A slightly different modeling experience for an N scaler, yes?
     
  14. MP333

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    Kenneth, gorgeous work! (as usual)
    Thirdail, cool little oil facility.
     
  15. Rasputen

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    Here are some small N scale houses I scratch built, based on an MR
    article titled "Frame houses for your town". Sorry I can't get the
    camera any further away to focus on them.



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    The green / gray one is also scratch built from wood and plastic.
    The porch on the front of the white farmhouse was also built from
    wood and plastic.
     
  16. Rasputen

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    I built this one from wood to fit a particular spot. It has a complete
    interior but I can't photograph it with my equipment.


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    The track side is full of loading doors -
     
  17. Rasputen

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    This N scale freight house is the first building I ever scratch built. To give you an idea of how long ago that was, I remember finding the small strip wood in 1977 while on vacation in Durango CO.
     
  18. Rasputen

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    I've posted these before, but my brother built this N scale barn for me, board by board. The prototype stood along I-69 in Indiana but has long since collapsed.

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    I still haven't permanently attached it to the layout.

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    This close-up shows the nail holes he made in the siding. The doors have paper hinges.

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    Part of the building was left exposed so that the interior can be appreciated.
     
  19. Rasputen

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    This one has been posted before too. This N scale Mobil gas station is about 1 x 2 inches overall, but it took me over a year to plan and build it. It is based on a photograph I found in a book, but I had to shrink it down even more to fit the space available and still allow room for cars to re-fill.

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    The original plastic floor warped so I got the idea to use brass sheet instead. I simply beveled the edge for the service bays to make it appear thinner.


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    The office has a scratch built counter, folded up from clear styrene. The oil cans are made from stretched plastic sprue, with individually applied decals. The shelving at the back is a resin casting.

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    A mechanic uses a cutting torch to remove the exhaust system from a 1940 Ford. The oxy-acetylene hoses are the wires that feed the flickering bulb.
     
  20. Ed M

    Ed M Passed away May 2012 In Memoriam

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    Rasputen,

    That's some gorgeous work, especially in N scale. Very impressive.

    Regards

    Ed
     

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