Don has been in touch. He’s been busy kitbashing HO scale structures:
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.
A huge thanks to Don, and it just goes to show (yet again), it really does pay to hang on to stuff.
Kitbashing HO scale structures – or any scale come to that – is fun and can save a small fortune too.
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 today is the day you get started on your layout, the Beginner’s Guide is here.
PPS More HO scale train layouts here if that’s your thing.