Goods Shed III

Spent a few hours making some ad hoc drain pipes, because the out-of-the-box pipes fit poorly and looked even worse.

These were made with Ratio’s “Gutters and Drainpipes” kit, which really only contain straight drain pipes. I used a hobby knife to cut beveled lengths, then used Testors plastic cement to tack them together before reinforcing each joint with superglue. Then, I superglued them into place.

I must have been distracted toward the session’s end, because I accidentally glued the drainpipe meant for the rear awning onto the front of the structure. It took me a few seconds before realizing my mistake, and in the process I damaged the structure a little by ripping up the pipe and leaving some superglue behind. It isn’t very noticeable due to the heavy weathering, but I might wind up putting an advert sign over the affected area (luckily, I considered doing that anyhow… and almost exactly where the damage is).

Here’s the damaged section:

You probably can’t even tell anything is amiss, which is great, but I’m just a tad bit disappointed in the fact that I messed up on the very last piece to be added! Oh, well…

After the glue had set, I used acrylic black to touch up some of the pipes and weathered them with acrylic “Steel Gray.”

Goods Shed II

Some progress on the goods shed interior and roof. The roof has a couple of skylights, hence my detailing of the interior.

Normal scrutiny:

Extreme scrutiny or harsh lighting (photos taken with flash):

The doors in the back of the interior are actually a photo of the doors on the back of the model, which I printed on cardstock. Here’s the backside of the model:

I still need to add drainpipes, then spray some Dullcote over the whole thing, but I’m happy with how it’s turning out so far.

I didn’t do a great job lining up the roof sections; superglue only offers about 0.5 seconds before it sets. To cover a gap, I cut a thin strip of card and glued it across the apex of the each roof section, then painted it to match. This is standard procedure for laser-cut kits anyhow, so it looks pretty good (except I glued the card crookedly across the smaller roof!)

Edit: I started on the gutters and drainpipes, which seemed pretty straightforward. I painted them with black acrylic, then glued the gutters to the eaves. This is finicky work, requiring tweezers, a small file, and a sharp hobby knife. One of the gutters was very stubborn; due to the poorly aligned roof there was virtually no overhang, so I had to cut down the width of the gutter and glue it to the wall instead.

This same roofing issue meant that the drainpipe wouldn’t fit, either, as it stretched from the eaves on the larger roof to the down-spout beneath the botched gutter.

I spent two hours building two failed drainpipes before finally succeeding:

Good thing I have a box of spare Ratio gutters and drainpipes!

Carriage Shed I

I started kit-bashing the Ratio carriage shed, transforming it from a double- to a single-track width, and doubling the length. The kit was made to lengthen easily, by simply putting two short kits back-to-back, but I wanted to remove the odd legs and the gap that would have been between them. Nothing a razor-saw and some superglue can’t fix. I sanded the tops of the arches into shape; just eyeballed it, really.

And together, painted, but roofless:

I need to add some interior bracing near the middle, just to strengthen it a bit, before adding the roof. The roof will require some additional kit-bashing to fit the thinner (and thus steeper) roof… maybe sometime this week.

Goods Shed I

Got rid of the unsightly hole in the goods shed floor (why did Peco put it there?) and painted it:

Added walls, windows, etc. and painted all with spray paint, then thinner, then more spray paint, and more thinner. Then I hit it all with washes of black acrylic, and followed up with dry-brushed black and white acrylics:

As an afterthought, I painted the interior walls with black acrylic. When the roof is on, it gives a nice effect of a dark space. I received some miniature crate-stacks and barrel-stacks, and intend to paint a couple and put them inside so that they are barely visible when peeking through the doors.