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Kit Building / Re: Carolina Craftsman kit Rural Post Office.
« on: Today at 05:53:13 PM »
Beautiful modeling Tom. Another top notch building for the A&S.


Curt,

Thank you my friend. I'm happy you like it and I'm glad you got a chance to see it in person this past Saturday.

Tom ;D

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Kit Building / Re: Carolina Craftsman kit Rural Post Office.
« on: Today at 05:51:43 PM »
Another excellent build Tom.....well done.  8)


Greg,

Thank you Butty, much appreciated. It was sure a fun build.

Tom ;D

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Kit Building / Re: Carolina Craftsman kit Rural Post Office.
« on: Today at 05:50:19 PM »
First rate job! 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻


Dave,

Thank you for the very nice compliment on the build. Honestly, I just trying to keep up with your excellent modeling.

Tom ;D

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Kit Building / Re: Carolina Craftsman kit Rural Post Office.
« on: Today at 05:47:13 PM »
If you choose to follow the original instructions, you will end up with a great looking country store/post office.

The kit has so many possibilities and I tried to include them all in my build.

I spent a great amount of time studying the picture and made as many changes to the kit to resemble the original structure.

I added the horizontal bead board on the front of the store wall, the ban boards on the bottom of each of the four walls. I also added the full exterior rafters next to the peaked front and rear walls, full exterior rafters to the edge of the roof and 38 rafter tails.

The chimneys were modified to represent the original chimneys by drilling a 9/64 hole in the brick columns and then shaped and sanded at the top. I added two roof vent stacks and a repair patch on the roof.

The front doors were modified and recessed into the front wall to accommodate the screen doors. The screen doors were framed with scale 2x2's and fit over the recessed doors.

Jeff will send the screen doors if the modeler wants to go that route. Actually the store and post office need the screen doors to look like the picture.

All the other stuff I mentioned is fluff I added to my model but makes all the difference. All the changes I made can be accomplished a little added expense. The screen material is cheap and the goose neck light is an extra. BTW, I didn't get the goose neck from Slim, I used his parts to make mine.

Anyway, this is a kit you can't loose on. It is simple yet elegant. Character just doesn't describe the look when finished.

This kit is a must if you like a well designed little country post office. Jeff hit this one out of the park.

I certainly appreciate Jeff letting me build this one for the forum.

Now call Jeff and get yours.

Tom ;D

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Kit Building / Re: Carolina Craftsman kit Rural Post Office.
« on: Today at 05:21:42 PM »
Okay, back.

The kit is very simple and straight forward as to the build. The instructions are clear and unambiguous. The walls were all cut squarely and the doors and windows fit without me having to make any corrections.

Of course you saw where I removed the battens over/under/around the windows and doors. However, this isn't required.

Jeff did include a small Coke machine and a box for coal. I used the Coke machine but not the coal bin.

In Jeff's version of the kit, four pieces of white material was included as a foundation. Or, maybe this was included so the modeler could glue the vertical exterior boards to it.



If you refer to the original photo below, you can see the vertical boards probably go all the way around the structure.



I opted for the brick piers as this gave me a better look as a southern style building.



More in a few.

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Kit Building / Re: Carolina Craftsman kit Rural Post Office.
« on: Today at 04:38:57 PM »
I was on the phone a few weeks ago with Groovy Jeff. He mentioned that he had a new kit of a country post office and thought it would be a building I'd be interested in. He sent me the picture, the one at the front of this thread.

I called him, or maybe I emailed him and said I love it. Gotta have one. He said he would send one and I said I'd do a thread on the build. He graciously sent one at no charge - Yes, I did offer to pay. He also said I didn't have to do a thread, I said yea, I do.

What appealed to me about the kit was the fact it was an old country store/post office and had many many possibilities. I love putting my own spin on the kits I build.

The Babe is calling. My braun is needed and not my brain thank God.


Back in a few.

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Kit Building / Re: Carolina Craftsman kit Rural Post Office.
« on: Today at 04:29:32 PM »
Here is a good look at the roof, the chimneys and the two vent stacks.




Here is a better look at the box frame I made for the front deck. You can see the original 5 ft. deck and the extra 3 ft. addition.



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Kit Building / Re: Carolina Craftsman kit Rural Post Office.
« on: Today at 04:26:39 PM »


I said the model was 99.9% finished. As you can see I need to make a set of stairs for the rear door of the store.






More in a few.

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Kit Building / Re: Carolina Craftsman kit Rural Post Office.
« on: Today at 04:22:35 PM »
Here are a few photos of the finished model.






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Kit Building / Re: Carolina Craftsman kit Rural Post Office.
« on: Today at 04:21:01 PM »
Nice job.


Karl,

Thank you. BTW, the issue with the CD was in my software. Should have it fixed soon. ::)

Tom ;D

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Kit Building / Re: Carolina Craftsman kit Rural Post Office.
« on: Today at 04:13:20 PM »
The LED was a little bright for the era I'm modeling. I used Tamiya clear Yellow and using a toothpick, applied a little clear yellow to the business end of the LED.





The light isn't as bright as seen in the photo. Trust me, I'm a professional electrician. :-X :-X

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Kit Building / Re: Carolina Craftsman kit Rural Post Office.
« on: Today at 04:07:07 PM »
I used one of Slim's LEDs and made a goose neck light. Hopefully, this time he sold me some that won't catch on fire.

For the goose neck I used .025" OD (outside diameter) stainless tubing.

I painted the top of the shade with green and the underside with white. The goose neck was painted with weathered black and the rust colored Bragdon chalk powder was added while the paint was still wet.



The coke machine came with the kit and was painted red.

The goose neck light was glued in place over the Coke sign.



Back in a few.

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Kit Building / Re: Carolina Craftsman kit Rural Post Office.
« on: Today at 03:58:37 PM »
I used Gallery Glass Liquid Leading for the tar pitch around the vents and both chimneys.





Continued in a few.

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Kit Building / Re: Carolina Craftsman kit Rural Post Office.
« on: Today at 03:56:43 PM »
I wanted both chimneys to be at the same height. The post office chimney was set so I used an level to adjust the other one to that same height. I then glued both in place.



I'm sure when this building was built, out houses were in use. The town of Tahope added a sewer system so the folks here added indoor plumbing.

I used a punch to "punch" " ;D ;D  a hole in the roof.  I cut a small piece of brass tube for the vent stack.



I painted the brass tubing with Floquil Gunmetal and while the paint was still wet, added some powdered rust colored chalk from Bragdon to the vent stack.

More in a few.

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Kit Building / Re: Carolina Craftsman kit Rural Post Office.
« on: Today at 03:46:37 PM »
I forgot to mention in measuring the frame, take into account the thickness of the top deck boards. In this case I used 2 X 8's for the top boards as well. You want the top boards to just fit under the front wall.



This deck is 8 HO scale feet in width and the same length as the front wall. I originally made the deck 5 scale feet in width but didn't like the look so I added the three extra feet.

I made the front steps like the ones I remember as a boy. There was a lot of activity at these old stores and post office so the stairs give the customers plenty of room to come and go.



More in a few, Diet Pepsi time.

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