Don finds a use for some spare HO building kits

“Al,

I have a staging area under my main line.

Well I went to Baltimore to the B&O Museum and Fort McHenry. When I came back I had too much time on my hands.

First, I spray painted the tracks. I had extra ballast from the coal mine, so, I added that. I had some kits that I had no use for. The roundhouse had 15 degree stalls. It did not fit with larger turntables.

I cut up the floor pieces I cut 7.5 deree pieces from the third stall and added them to the other stalls. This gave me 90 degree side walls. i turned this into Blaine Mfg. after a friend of mine.

I also took a 4X2 cement plant kit and made it a 1X8 by cutting the top and bottom sections. Lehigh Cement is across the bay from Fort McHenry (Star Spangled Banner). The office is from the roundhouse kit.

The loading ramp is from a HobbyLobby pack of 300 sticks. I soaked the sticks in dilute India Ink.

Finally the road is 100 grit sandpaper on styrene sheet with contact cement. To summarize, gray spray paint, pastel chalks. and fine line markers. There is more but I’ll quit for now.

Don”

model railroad start

HO model railroad building

HO model railroad roundhouse

HO model railroad scratch build

HO model railroad factory

HO model railroad factory

HO model railroad side building

HO model railroad loading platform

HO model railroad kit bash

A huge thanks to Don, and it just goes to show (yet again), it really does pay to hang on to stuff. You can bet the shirt on your back, the day after you throw something out, the next day you find a use for it.

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

And if you want to get started on your own layout, stop dreaming, start doing, and get stuck in to the Beginner’s Guide.

Best

Al

PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here. Still going strong.


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8 responses to “Don finds a use for some spare HO building kits”

  1. Bill Sterling says:

    Really cool work. I don’t understand the blue cross pieces over the track. I may be dense. 🙂 Can you explain them for me? Thanks

  2. Cary B says:

    Very nice post about details on the layout, looking good

  3. Malcolm Hodgson says:

    Nice work don. Nice to see some otherwise surplus bits being put to good use.

    Mal
    North Wales

  4. Franco428 says:

    Will somebody please tell my wife that all that HO Train “stuff” is valuable and could be very useful someday…just not today!

  5. Ron McCauley says:

    Very good models. Big industry, but with a low profile. Every modeler can use these.

  6. Dan Hulitt says:

    Very nice work, Don, and you are so right not to throw something out, as it can be repurposed. I have a Walthers 3 bay roundhouse that I may end up doing something similar with…they do take up lots of real estate. And a note to anyone who uses Hobby Lobby, be sure to take advantage of their 40% discount. Of late I have used it when buying rolls of the plaster cloth. Saves $4 when you use the discount. Only applies to 1 item.

    HO trains certainly can have value, but save the box!

    The ATSF caboose in Al’s ad for his beautiful buildings I just repurposed to the D & H.

  7. Wm althaus says:

    Really impressive kit bashing. Really like what you created from those old kits. Are you adding another level on top? I’d like to see more pictures of your full layout.

    Thx – Bill in Virginia

  8. Guy godios says:

    I believe the blue crosses are the support for the main line above. He is showing us the staging area below…..course I may be wrong

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