Brian’s latest building

“Hi Al

I have been busy with a new scratch built boat repair yard and will send a link to all the build so far. It is called Jacks Marine – boat builder and repairs.

The build is a a scratch built mirror image of Shelby’s Marine (Sierra West Model Kit) The reason for the mirror image build Is to fit the area on my layout with some modifications and extra detail.

The card roof will be covered in either tar paper or shingles. Still have to make that decision as I am still busy with the interior finishes. Don’t want to rush the roof and spoil a good model.

Btw, the siding on the walls is a sandwich of vertical siding on the inside and horizontal clapboard on the outside. The sandwich is stuck together with my favorite – double sided tape as this prevents warping when painting and staining and makes a very sturdy wall.

Keep ’em’ coming.



I enjoyed seeing how Brian creates his buildings. It’s a stunning layout in the making (his last post is here). Can’t wait for his next installment.

That’s all this time, folks.

Please do keep them coming – just hit reply to any of my mails to get in touch.

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35 Responses to Brian’s latest building

  1. Dear Al, l luck with your model Good loved Brians scratch build. That’s what I call a beautiful finished model. When I do mine I get more glue on me than on the model, and my fingers stick to the model and leave pieces of the model on my fingers. Well done Brian. Lets have some more with plenty of instructions. Being 84 years old the old brain wont keep up with me. Good luck with your layout.;

  2. Hello Al,
    What can anyone say that can do more justice to Brian’s scratch built buildings other than STUNNING, And Beautifully done and SUPERB!!, They are brilliant and actually look the part!.
    The love and patients it took to make them is tremendous and lik many reading your site, very much look forward to seeing more from chaps like Brian, John and all the other superb modellers……

    Sid from UK

  3. Beautiful work!

    Who makes those nice little corner clamps I see in your pics?

  4. Brian, great detail and realism!
    I do have one request to all those who send in those great pictures of their creations, please as a matter of course remind us of what scale you are working in.

  5. that is a work of art Brian , well done

  6. Brian,

    A building well done … the great detail gives it personality!

    looking forward to the next installment.



  7. The clamps are called right clamps and are available from Micro Mark on their website in the USA . They come 2 in a set. Extremely helpful. Brian

  8. What a fine looking building you have created! I am very very impressed with the harbor you have created! Superb! I would like to see more pictures of your layhout.

  9. Really impressive, Brian. But again, what scale are you modeling? If you’re in N scale, I’m even more impressed!!

  10. Hi Colin Pryce, the scale that I am working in is HO (3.5mm = 1ft, 1:87) and the track gauge is 3 scale feet – 10.5mm – ie: HOn3 – Brian

  11. The scale that I am working in is HO (3.5mm = 1ft, 1:87) and the track gauge is 3 scale feet – 10.5mm – ie: HOn3 – Brian

  12. Guess I need to get to work! Beautiful building!!! I built on a smaller scale some 30 years ago, but I would agree that a handcrafted building is very much better than any plastic kit you can buy

  13. great detail work. wish I had the time and patience to do this. Looks like you even finished off small details in the hidden upper areas! Most impressive

  14. For your roof, I would recommend shingles on the steep 12-12 pitch roof and tar paper on the flatter shed roof. That would meet prototype standards, (while allowing you to use two types of roofing on one model).
    Your steep roof suggests the potential for snow. Shingles on the steeper roof would provide excellent weather protection against rain and snow.
    Shingles on the flatter roof would allow wind-driven rain to get under the shingles leading to wood rot and thus leakage inside. In winter, snow melt on the flat roof would run down and freeze along the exposed edge beyond the wall, creating an ice dam, forcing water to run up under the shingles.

    Just my opinion on finishing a beautiful model.

  15. Great. That encourages me to move forward on my two layouts that have been just there. Love the idea of something that I can do. Thanks.

  16. Congrats. Brian. A masterwork, and fits perfectly
    on the layout. I love the combination of rail, auto,
    and water.
    jack (former “Marine”)

  17. What a great job Brian! A really detailed account of how you constructed the building. Your layour looks great and I hope you send in more photos and even a track plan. Thanks for sharing.

  18. stunning work, very impresssive

  19. Well done,where did you find the great boats

  20. 10 out of 11. Excellent use of Space.

  21. Great scratch built model. I love all the internal detail – well modeled.


  23. looks great, the detail will get everybody building one.the step by step is nice and easy, keep the progress coming.

  24. “horizontal clapboard” on the out side??? What is that? What do you use to make it look like real horizontal siding?

  25. I think that Brian is very clever at doing this construction. Good on yer Mate.

  26. Hi everyone, thanks for all the wonderful comments as well as the opinions from some of you. They are all greatly appreciated and inspires me to continue with what I am doing. Every building that I build is a learning curve, by this I mean that I learn new techniques all the time. I will always remember what one person told me a long time ago – “with time, comes patience” I have never lost sight of that.

  27. I use a wire distresser to weather and rough up the clapboard siding as well as other wood like the verticle siding inside the building – photo 9. The second photo from the top shows a yellow, and below it, a red pencil type of tool. The yellow one is a fibre-glass eraser (excellent for removing existing decals without removing paint or if you have touched a paint brush with paint against your model, use this to remove it) and the red one is the wire distresser. They are available from (here in Cape Town) a watchmaker supply company. This one here has some fantastic tools for the modeler. These are a few tips on how I achieve the look on my models. The boats come from a company called Rusty Rail in the USA.

  28. Brian, since good harbor scenes are uncommon, how about sharing more about yours? Not only how you built a structure, but why, for those of us that don’t know much about the topic.

  29. Marvelous layout! I love harbours and waterfront layouts, and when completed this is going to become a top notch layout in that category. What scale is this?

  30. Just beautiful. With weathering, one could not tell these from actual buildings. 1st class work. Congratulations!

  31. Brian, you have a gift.
    Thank you for your pictures.

  32. Excellent combination thanks for sharing.


  33. Great job Brian! I loved the water front. But one question, are you going to keep the water levels that low???? Is there not a way to bring up the water levels closer to the top of the dock???

  34. Your layout is truly a work of art. You are the “Michelangelo” of the model railroad world.

    Jim AZ

  35. Surgical gloves can keep the glue off your fingers.

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