HO scale waterfront layout update

Brian’s been in touch again with his HO scale waterfront layout:

And it’s a good job too, because it’s all getting very thin on the ground this end (if you have anything to share, now would be a great time).

His last post (the barge) is here if you want to get up to speed.

There’s also these stunning pics of his waterfront.

“Hi Alastair

I found some suitable doors, windows and scraps of wood siding that was useful for building small buildings. I decided that they could be used for some small waterfront types of interesting industry along the waterfront (still to be cut out)

The blue one on the left will be a small boat rental Pier. The other one still to be decided what it will be, will find a place close by.

HO scale waterfront layout

This is the area below that I plan to put them once I have cut out the waterfront and lowered them to the correct level. They are still in the original wood color.

HO scale waterfront layout

Added a coat of thinned out paint to them.

HO scale waterfront layout

HO scale waterfront layout

Below, added some details from my “bits” boxes as well as some detail inside the building.

Below, I have added fuel pumps, bollards, oars and “marine paraphernalia” as well as a boat with outboard motor also from the “bits” box. The bottom of the boat was sanded flat as well as the outboard motor had the propeller section cut off at water level to give the impression that it is in the water. The deck has been roughed up a bit and weathered accordingly.

HO scale waterfront layout

The boat rental building on its pier completed and photographed with the boat in place(On a piece of “water” from a leak previously which I will not mention now).

Hoses added to the fuel pumps, the all important life jackets, tool trolley for minor repairs and the ‘big’ sign. The first customer is being given the rundown on the use of the boat and outboard motor.

HO scale waterfront layout

Next job is to cut out the next section for these buildings.

Everyone will have to be prepared for the earthquake that will happen once I start using the jigsaw for cutting both on the surface and the front edge.

That’s all for now.


The HOn3 guy – knysna RSA🇿🇦”

A huge thanks to Brian for sharing his HO scale waterfront layout. You can seem more of his posts in the Hall of fame.

That’s all for today folks, please do keep ’em coming.

And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide is here if today is the day you stop dreaming, and start doing.

It’s the start that stops most people… don’t let that be you.



PS Don’t forget the latest ebay cheat sheet is here. Still updated daily.

16 Responses to HO scale waterfront layout update

  1. Very impressive Brian , so lifelike ..Dangerous Dave

  2. Phyllis says:

    Very nice, but shouldn’t the water be blue?

  3. Bob Amling says:

    Excellent Brian, I like the way you bring it all together. Keep the pics coming.

    Bob in Colts Neck Crossing NJ

  4. Bob C says:

    Brian Such detail. Very Impressed.

    Question for Dangerous Dave. Are you or are you related to the author David Howarth? I have enjoyed several of his books.
    Bob C

  5. Robert Brady says:

    AH, Am I missing something? Oh the water front..sea walls, docks boats,.I’m sure you’ll get to it.I like that you’re keeping us in suspension.Carry on.
    The Critic

  6. Nice work Brian. Hope to visit you soon now that provincial travel is allowed. Cheers Mike

  7. Marcos Penna says:

    Parabéns pela montagem, está fantástico

  8. Malcolm Hodgson says:


    Really good work, fantastic tin roof effect. I would love to see a tutorial on how you achieved that level of realism.

    And for Phyllis,….. No the water should not be blue, rarely does water ever look blue except in children’s paintings. Water is usually brown in any form of industrial / dock yard setting or clear and reflecting it’s surroundings like a mirror in mountain stream type settings or lakes.

    I have to say that ‘blue’ water almost always makes a layout look toy like and unrealistic.


    North Wales

    In view of the Irish Sea which is currently a dark grey

  9. Verry beutiful buildings.
    HC Treintje Belgium Herman Crauwels.

  10. Looks great I almost want to pull up for fuel and see what bait he had abailable

  11. Erick says:

    That is something what is going like.

  12. Very nice buildings…
    Beautiful workmanship.

  13. I concur, nice buildings and beautiful workmanship! — great job!

  14. Mark T. Pianka says:

    Great Job well done!!

  15. Will in NM says:

    Beautiful work Brian. You’re a true artist in the way you can take a simple blue building and create a whole scene that tells a story out of it. I can’t wait to see what you do with the other little buildings.

  16. Mike Ilkenhons says:

    Bryan… really nice detailing of your structures. I do scratch building and have built a couple of buildings using Al’s techniques. My wife and I are artists, she the real pro, but you have that eye for detail. The accessories make that boat rental pop. What makes a layout interesting is details, things that please the eye. You have that ability my friend. Stay well.

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