Ice House

During my Christmas break, I spent a couple of afternoons painting and building the Branchline Laser-Art Ice House. Some of the fittings were a bit fiddly, and I had to do some trimming and shaping with my hobby knife. Overall, though, the kit went together much more quickly than I expected. I didn’t take too many pictures, but here are a few:


I started with this particular kit because it has fewer pieces than the Laser-Art Creamery, so seemed like the easier of the two.


After masking the few pieces that I didn’t need to paint, I sprayed a gray primer on the front of each sheet. In retrospect, I should have sprayed primer on the backs of the sheets as well, because applying paint really warped the sheets, and I spent half-an-hour straightening them by hand.


I used Testors Model Master acrylic paints on most of the pieces. The colors I used for this kit were Caboose Red, Signal Green, and Reefer White. Signal Green needed only one coat, but the other two colors required 3-4 coats of paint. I used a Testors spray can of Wood Brown on the loading platform and the trestles underneath it.


Here you can see one of the basswood supports I cut to fit beneath the roof. This was probably overkill, but I wanted to prevent warping as much as possible. After I glued these in place, I decided to spray the underside of the roof with primer.


Test-fitting the roof. This was the point at which I realized that this was going to be a pretty good-looking model.


After the exterior was painted and assembled, but before the roof was glued down, I masked the exterior with painter’s tape and gave the interior a spritz of primer to seal it. I figured this would help to prevent any warping due to humidity. The roof (which had already been primed on both sides) was then glued down.


Here is the mostly finished product. I plan on taking some weathering powders to all of my buildings at the same time, and then I will spray them all with a layer of Testors Dullcote to preserve the weathering.

All in all, this was a fun kit to build, and I look forward to starting on the creamery. I hope I will have time for that next week. I consider both of these buildings to be exercises in laser-cut modelling, and the much larger (and apparently more complicated) N Scale Architect foundry is the marathon that I am training for.

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