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:

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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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