New Palestine Library

Discussion in 'Architecture Models' started by Steve Shaw, Oct 17, 2011.

  1. Steve Shaw

    Steve Shaw Member

    Apr 30, 2007
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    I found this building on highway 52 east of Indianapolis.
    The mural painted on the side caught my eye, if I where
    traveling the opposite direction it would have been missed.
    Photos where taken mid summer of 2007 on an overcast
    day with the clouds moving fast enough that
    every picture had a different tint. This wouldn’t have
    been a problem if I had taken one photo of the whole
    side instead of three and matching them up in Photoshop.

    I made a rough design of the front and side with the mural.
    Couldn’t get a good photo of the opposite side so I edited
    a copy of the first and flipped it horizontally. The back had
    what looked like a window and door filled in with concrete
    blocks. To fix these areas I used an edited copy of a front
    window and door.
    I tried a little layering to give it some depth, at this scale
    I’m not sure if it’s worth the extra effort, maybe more or thicker layers?
    The front has some tin molding at the top that is in very
    good shape. For this area I roll formed the paper between
    two bamboo skewers and added ends to maintain the shape.
    I tried to mix paint and match the color to finish the edges.
    This detail did add some three-D effect to the front.
    I’m not sure how the roof is constructed on this building,
    probably slops to the center with drains built in support
    columns. I made mine flat and afterwards I changed the
    design to set it in a little.
    It would be nice to know the history of this building.
    Maybe I’ll go back and see if there’s a local historian
    that can fill me in.
  2. Zathros

    Zathros Guest

    I personally find that very interesting, and I thin your building is excellent. If is so small that I think it is fin the way it is. Recessing the windows and doors would add a tremendous amount of depth. I wish I had one of these buildings. I really like this model! :)


    Oct 3, 2009
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    very nice build and I love the subject!
  4. Vermin_King

    Vermin_King Member

    Oct 1, 2010
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    Love the concept. I have often wanted to take pics of some interesting and historic buildings around my area and convert to a model, but have a reasonable doubt as to my abilities to do so.

    I'd love to move the parts around on your pages and have a slightly larger build of your model. It would fit in well with my Illinois Main Street models, even though it is from Indiana.