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Scratchbuilding / Re: Building an REA Freight House
« on: May 05, 2021, 05:36:19 PM »
With it being such a big, dominating structure I think your placement is perfect!

Looks great.

Cheers, Mark.

Hello Mark, I'm glad you like my scratch-build. It is a large structures but I already had a Walthers plastic freight house in that location, so I had the space for it. I like my wood building much better than the plastic one it replaced.


It looks great in that location on your layout.  Thank you for sharing this build with us, I enjoyed following your thread.

Hello John, I'm glad that you enjoyed my build thread. I've learned quite a bit from members of the forum and it gave me the confidence to attempt this project.

Scratchbuilding / Re: Building an REA Freight House
« on: May 04, 2021, 04:41:12 PM »
Hello Tom, thank you for the nice comments, they mean a lot coming from you. I'm certainly pleased with the build and I'm sure that yours will also look very much at home on your layout when you get around to building it.

Scratchbuilding / Re: Building an REA Freight House
« on: May 04, 2021, 12:16:59 PM »
Continuing on...

A view of the street side

I'm really happy with how the large roof-top sign turned out.

A street level view

This finishes off my REA freight house scratch-build thread. This was my largest scratch-build to date by far and it was a lot of work with many different sub-assemblies, but by taking things one step at a time I was able to get through it without to much weeping and gnashing of teeth. My thanks to Doug at Foscale for the great kit that he put out that was my inspiration for this build. Now it's on to the next one. Thanks to everyone who looked in and for the nice comments along the way.

Scratchbuilding / Re: Building an REA Freight House
« on: May 04, 2021, 12:05:51 PM »
Hello John, thank you for the nice words.

I have placed the build on my layout, so...

A trackside view

The drone view

More in a minute

Layout Tours / Re: nycjeff layout
« on: May 03, 2021, 08:11:43 PM »
Your Honor, thanks for stopping by and for the nice comments. Working on a shelf style layout presents many different challenges, but a narrow shelf does accurately represent a real railroad right-of-way.

Scratchbuilding / Re: Building an REA Freight House
« on: May 03, 2021, 08:08:16 PM »
Really nice work Jeff!  That's quite a project.   :o

Hello Bob, thanks for the kind words. I wanted to attempt a large scratch-build and this freight house worked out very well for me.

Beautiful structure Jeff.....well done.  8)

Hey Greg, appreciate you stopping by. I'm very pleased with how my build came out

Scratchbuilding / Re: Scranton - N Washington Avenue Project
« on: May 03, 2021, 12:13:10 AM »
Hello Eric, it just keeps getting better. Great job on the roof and chimney.   Jeff

Layout Tours / Re: The Atlantic & Southern Saturday Report
« on: May 03, 2021, 12:10:50 AM »
Your Honor, sorry to hear that you couldn't make the latest get together, but remember that you are in it for the long haul, don't worry about a minor setback.   Jeff

Scratchbuilding / Re: Clearfield Cheese Clinton Mo
« on: May 03, 2021, 12:08:42 AM »
Hello Bob, great job on the roof so far, can't wait to see the finished product.   Jeff

Scratchbuilding / Re: Building an REA Freight House
« on: May 03, 2021, 12:06:10 AM »
That really looks great.

Hello Bob, thanks for the kind words.

Hey Jeff:

What can I say but WOWWIE!!!!! Just gorgeous.


Hey Karl, I'm glad that you liked my scratch-build. This was the largest one that I have done and I had a great time building it.

Great job on the sign and the whole kit and caboodle.  :)


Hello Jeff, the sign was one of the features from the great Foscale kit that served as my inspiration for this build and I'm really pleased with how it came out.

Scratchbuilding / Re: Building an REA Freight House
« on: May 01, 2021, 12:29:42 AM »

I then stained the sign support system with my AI solution and glued the sign to it. I bent some brass wire to a gooseneck shape and glued some Tichy lamps to the ends.

Another view of the sign with the lights.

A better view of the rear horizontal support pieces.

As an aiside, the picture in the background is one of my bride standing on the old track right-of-way near Killbuck, Ohio where the track has been removed and has been turned into a hiking trail.

I then glued the sign onto the warehouse roof. I was very pleased with how it came out. This was the first time that I have tried a sign of this size with this complicated a support system. This roof-top sign is the ninth sub-assembly for this build and except for some roof details and some more casting details around the building I am nearing the end of this scratch-build. I will include a few pictures after I plant the building on my layout. That's it for now, more later.

Scratchbuilding / Re: Building an REA Freight House
« on: May 01, 2021, 12:14:36 AM »
Hello Mark, thanks for looking in and for the nice comment

Continuing on...

One of the nice features of the Foscale REA freight house kit that I am using for the inspiration for my scratch-build is the large Fast Freight sign on the warehouse roof. Since I am modeling the New York Central and their fast freight system was their Pacemaker system, my sign had to reflect that fact. I played around on my computer and came up with the sign pictured above.

I cut out the sign into the shape seen above.

I then traced the cutout sign onto some thin styrene and painted both sides with my red trim color.

Then I started to build the sign support system. First I used some cardboard to cut a shape that reflected the slope of the roof and a straight front. I then used the cardboard to draw out a template for the sign supports. I used 1/16 strip-wood for the supports.

I made five supports using the template and then glued three horizontal pieces across the front for a gluing surface for the sign. I also glued horizontal pieces across the back of the diagonal parts of the supports and across the bottom of the supports. This gave me a nice strong system for the sign. More in a minute.

Scratchbuilding / Re: Clearfield Cheese Clinton Mo
« on: April 30, 2021, 01:24:16 PM »
Hello Bob, I really like how the roof is coming together. We don't see many of that type of roof here on the forum and you are doing a great job explaining how you are doing it.   Jeff

Kit Building / Re: FOS Marshall's Boat and Gas
« on: April 30, 2021, 01:20:30 PM »
Hello Bob, another great start to a very informative build thread. I always learn some additional tips and techniques from you. I really hope that someday you can get started on a layout for all of the terrific builds that you produce.   Jeff

Scratchbuilding / Re: Building an REA Freight House
« on: April 30, 2021, 01:13:39 PM »

A start on the ground cover material has been added

A roof-top view, I still need to add some roof details- chimneys, vent pipes and the large sign for the warehouse roof. That's it for now, more later.

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