A Walthers modulars building flat

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  1. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

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    I decided to try some of the Walthers modulars and just to get a feel for them I decided to keep the structure simple. I needed a long, low building behind the yard, so that's what I made.

    These parts are very easy to work with - a lot more so than the DPM modulars, and have the trademark Walthers perfect fit. The only thing I didn't like is that you have to buy the pilasters that connect the walls as a separate kit, but you do get cornices with them. This structure was made out of 3 kits - large walls, small walls, pilaster/cornices.

    Once it was together, the real fun begins. I created the mortar lines with spackle, which I scrape off immediately after applying, and it stays in the grooves between the bricks.

    Then I added some electrical conduit and junction boxes. I used brass wire for the pipes and E-Z line for the wiring. If you look closely you can see some stacked cardboard boxes against the windows on the first floor. That's the only interior detailing I plan to do.

    Val

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  2. cobra

    cobra Member

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    Looks good Val . That kit is something i may consider in the near furture as I need building flats for my club module .

    Neil
  3. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

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    That's neat!! Not too much going on :) :) Cool!!!
  4. Sir_Prize

    Sir_Prize Member

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    Swwwweeeetttttt!!!!
  5. TrainClown

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    That's a good idea for the grout, Val.

    A swell building!

    TrainClown ;)
  6. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

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    Looks Great, Great Idea as well. :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  7. spitfire

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    Well, Jim the fire inspector came today and told me that I need a fire escape for the building. I tried to tell him that it was around the side, but he wasn't buying it. So, I've added one. I kind of like this shot because the perspective looking up like that makes the whole thing look a little more real, especially with a Photoshop sky. :)

    Val

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  8. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Wow... again! Looks great. I love that wire(?) that sort of loops along the building. It's little details like that that really make a scene come to life...

    You need to get your work/layout into print!

    Andrew
  9. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

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    That is absolutely fantastic Val. I've got to look into that. I've got a couple of DPM's, but I'm not that impressed and never finished them. On the Walther's, are the windows separate or are they molded into the sidewalls?

    I really like the extra touches you've put on.:thumb::thumb:
  10. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    A neat but necessary structure Val. Your last photo shows it off well. That container in front of it next to the cars looks right at home too. I like your additions like the conduits . The simple interior makes it look like a well used facility. Nice modelling.
  11. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

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    Thanks for the kind comments everyone! :)

    Don, the windows are separate pieces, and come with rigid plastic "glass". They fit into slots on the backs of the walls. The pictures lead one to believe that the walls are 2 storeys tall - they are actually only one. The difference between the large and small walls is that the large walls are 4 windows wide, and the small ones are 2 windows wide. Doors are only provided with the small windows kit.

    Val
  12. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

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    Thanks Val, I'm going to look into those, and I hope they're available in N scale, since I'm going to expand my layout and have a great spot for some. I really dislike any model that has the windows molded with the walls, Bachmann is one that I can think of, DPM is another. It's hard enough to detail an N scale building as it is without having to paint the windows and frames while they're still attached to the walls.
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    Drew1125 Active Member

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    WOW!
    That is a fantastic piece of modeling, Val!
    I love the detailing, especially the wiring running along the walls!
    Excellent job!
    :thumb: :cool: :cool: :thumb:
  14. TomPM

    TomPM Another Fried Egg Fan

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    Great job, Val! :thumb: :thumb: :D :D
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    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

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    Val,
    Very nicely done! I haven't found a project yet to use the "modulars", but I just might have to start looking.
    :thumb: :thumb:
    Pete
  16. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    Val,
    Terrific building!!!! I wasn't aware of Walther's components. Beautiful work by you as usual!
    Ralph
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    :wave: Luv it Val and I luv that type of buildings. You did a super job on it. :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: Jim
  18. cabdriver

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    Val, what can I add to all the accolades other than say that I am going to pull up some of the buildings we have on our layout and try to add some of the detailing work that you have shown us all. :thumb: Your last shot is really great from a perspective as well as realism viepoint. :)
  19. CalFlash

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    Some of the Walther kits I've built present somewhat the same problem in that the mullions are cast into the window "glass". I had a friend with a vinyl cutter so laid out the window pattern(s) to cut vinyl masks for the individual panes. Short of access to a vinyl cutter, I think you could do the same with masking tape cut on a glass plate.
  20. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

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    Jerry I think that must be their older stuff. I know the Cornerstone Car Shop, which I picked up used, has those kind of windows. I am going to have to strip off the paint from the windows and re-do them, but had thought to use liquid frisket. Another idea I had was to use an ink roller and just go over the surface.

    I admire your patience, applying all those little masks!!!

    Val