Riverside packing house … kind of …

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by cnw1961, Nov 25, 2007.

  1. cnw1961

    cnw1961 Member

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    Oh man, I wanted to build the National Orange Company packing house in Riverside http://scph002.home.netcom.com/riverside_national1.jpg but somehow I got it wrong :oops: and ended up building this http://scph002.home.netcom.com/riverside_national2.jpg :mrgreen:.

    Seriously, I planned to build the front half of this really interesting and good looking structure, but then I thought that the backside would fit better on to my layout. The rear is not as beautiful as the front, but somehow I like it too. With the help of the scale drawings from the "Built in America" site, I could easily do HO scale drawings to build it perfectly to scale. The length of the HO model is 2 ft. I only made one major change to the structure as I mirrored it, because it will look better on my layout.

    BTW, Russ, thank you for the tip on the citrus modeling group a few days ago :wave:.

    I started by building the structure using .080" cardboard.

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    Then I started the tedious job of cutting nearly 300 little boards and gluing them to the walls.

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    287 (or 279??:mrgreen:) boards and several hours later, it looks like that. Now I have to decide on the roofing material I want to use. They changed it several times on the prototype during the long years this structure existed, so I have the choice.

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  2. bigsteel

    bigsteel Call me Mr.Tinkertrain

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    thats on great looking structure there kurt! those boards may have taken long but they were worth it :thumb:,they look so much better than scribed boards.ow do you plan to weather this structure?--josh
  3. cnw1961

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    Josh, thank you. The structure will be painted and weathered. It is still far from being finished.
  4. nachoman

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    Absolutely impressive start!

    Kevin
  5. scubadude

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    BAD TO THE BONE Kurt! :thumb:
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    Looking GREAT Kurt!:thumb:
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    WoW..!!! 287 pieces cut..?? Did you cut them from sheet stock, or was the cutting to length only..?? However you did it, it sure looks amazing..!! :eek:

    What kind of cardboard did you use to "frame" it up..?? Also, what material are the boards made of..??

    Look forward to seeing the finished product..!! :thumb:
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    Another question...What are the bushes in your pictures made of..??

    (Guess you can tell I intend to copy your work...):mrgreen:
  9. cnw1961

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    Kevin, Richard, Steve, Gus, thank you for your kind words :wave:.

    Gus, I had a 40" x 4" x .040" sheet of basswood that I cut into 12" x .120" strips. Then I cut the strips into pieces of 3". Must have been nearly 300 pieces.

    As I learned a few days ago, the type of cardboard I used is called chipboard in the US. The "bushes" are Silflor prairie grass tufts sold by Scenic Express.
  10. doctorwayne

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    Looks great, Kurt, and a nice addition to your layout. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished job. I also like the look of the tracks in those last two pictures.

    Wayne
  11. jesso

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    Wow Kurt!

    That looks great. :thumb: Not only do I wish I had your modeling skills, I wish I had your patience!
  12. MilesWestern

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    OH MY GOODNESS!! You're my hero kurt! :) Seriously, that's amazing! and you're modeling what I'm trying to model! FANTASTIC!!!
  13. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

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    WHOA Kurt, that is AWESOME!!!!!!. :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: I mean WOW!!!! Are you going to weather it too??
  14. Gary S.

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    Dang it, Kurt, you do such fantastic work. That is gorgeous!
  15. w8jy

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    I think it is a plot to give the rest of us an inferiority complex! That is truly great work, Kurt - the long hours you spent were really worthwhile. It sets a standard for the rest of us to try to achieve!
  16. Gary S.

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    Exactly! Kurt is giving me low self-esteem.:cool:
  17. tetters

    tetters Rail Spiking Fool!

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    Excellent as always Kurt! Can't wait to see the finished model. Is this going on your present shelf layout?
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    Thank you all for you very kind and encouraging comments. I really appreciate it. :wave:

    Tetters, yes, it is going on the right side of my shelf layout.

    No, not really. Jess, Gary, I hope this post will show you that it is nothing but a rumor. :mrgreen:

    Today I tried to find a way to model the roof vents (is it that, what these hut-like structures on the roofs are called? I would not even know how to call them in German :oops:). In pictures of models of the packing house I saw, that the roof vents were all built with solid wooden sides instead of louvers with single slates as on the prototype, so they did not help. Here is what I managed to do. I did not take any pictures while building it, because I was too curious to see if it would work out. But I still have two more left to do, so I can take some pictures then.

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  19. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    I believe that on the prototype, some vents can be opened or closed. So maybe the model is showing a closed vent...? ;)

    Andrew
  20. cnw1961

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    Andrew, you are right, but the closed vents on the prototype still look like vents and not like a solid wall :wave:.