Engineer Kyle's Entry/Winter '07 Contest

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  1. EngineerKyle

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    Notes regarding the “Alabaster Bible Church” kitbash

    11/7/2007



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    This project came about as I headed up a Model RR forum challenge. First, I felt a cardboard mock up was in order to consider all the possibilities.


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    I made some free standing modules that were about the size and shape of the 4 quarters of the building and considered a hotel.


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    I liked this best. The cross shape reminded me of a gothic church layout.


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    So I sketched out the Alabaster Bible Church.


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    Now it was time to get it home and get to work. My design was based partly on the fact that I didn’t want to fuss with modifying all of those little soffets, and this plan keeps most of them intact. I will only have to cut away one of the roof angles, and a few passes with a scalpel took care of that.


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    I find I use a lot of cardboard and tape during this stage of development. Here I’m making a longer roof.


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    Thankfully, I had a snap together church that was cannibalized for a steeple, walls and such. A framework was needed to mount the styrene addition to. I used cardboard for this.


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    That nice big window, along with proper lighting, will allow for a good interior view. The tile floors are “Crackle Paint” sample cards. A couple lead pews and some HO figures should be a nice added touch when viewing the completed piece.


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    Let’s take it outside for a coat of primer.


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    Now it’s time to find a place for the church on the layout. There was a playground and ballgame going on here, but I’ve decided to strip that and freshen the whole area up with the church.


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    I’ll take a rubbing of the track and cut a template. During this stage of the project, I’ll place the structure on the template facing many different directions, trying to choose the most realistic and aesthetic orientation.


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    That looks about right.


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    A little tracing will get me the right sized base for the project.


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    The piece has a second coat of paint now, and it’s time for some mud. I use tinted stucco patch for this. It’s a good time to embed some details.


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    Those little rocks are from the auto parts store. It is the material used to sop up oil spills.


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    This project is just about done, It will need some trees, figures, signage and more vehicles to bring it to life. All and all, a neat, peaceful scene for an HO model railroad.


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  2. EngineerKyle

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    Winter Building Competition 2007



    Engineer Kyle’ Entry

    The Alabaster Bible Church


    This piece may be more than 25 percent kit, so if it's disqualified, I'll do a sanding tower out of a tube and a pizza tripod.

    Thanks again for heading this up!

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  3. scubadude

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    Bad-to-the-Bone!! :thumb:
  4. EngineerKyle

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    Thanks Richard.... * Bump *
  5. Go Big1

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    That's a great looking church Kyle! You blended the elements of the kit with scratch work very nicely.
  6. steamhead

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    ...Makes me wanna grab my Bible and go a-running to service..!!! :mrgreen:

    Good job..!!:thumb: