So, yes, it is scratch built. I sat down and drew the front of the building. Trying to stay within the 1950/1960 time period. The structure is balsa wood. I want to stay true to realism and add as many features as I can to make it look as realistic as possible. I added personal touches naming buildings after my family. HO scale is fun I can’t imagine trying to recreate N scale. I use as many recycled products as possible which is the fun of construction and creation.
I have a strong building/construction background as I grew up with a father who is a building contractor. Though I work in the oilfield now I find that the layout is a big stress reliever.
I continuously read all your emails for tips and find lots of useful information. In fact the coffee ground ballist came from your site. Awesome tip. I color it and use it in lots of different ways.
Technology is awesome so yes I cheat a little and use the computer for signs and logos and different things to give my layout realistic features as well.
The TEXACO gas station is next on the agenda.
I’ll be sharing progression photos from time to time. Hope to see them on the site.
Enjoying the tips.
Here’s a cheap way of illuminating insides of buildings.
A set of 80 bulb Christmas tree lights uses 3v bulbs.
Disconnected from mains Cut into sets of 6, for 18v or 4 for 12v supply.
Only needs two end wires connected to suitable low voltage supply.
Picture shows interior of Bachmann village hall with 6 lights.
Big thanks to Tye and David. Please do keep ’em coming.
And the Ebay cheat sheet showing no signs of slowing down. It’s here.