John’s very kindly been back in touch – he’s shared this kit build for his HO scale mine layout:
This time he talks us through his excellent mine:
“Several recent articles have discussed the building of kit buildings, and scratch building. There’s another option I use for most of my industrial facilities, and that’s kit-bashing.
It’s fun to imagine the end result, and fit something into a logical group of added walls and buildings.
The first pictures are a couple of good, medium sized industries, only slightly related, the Walthers New River Mine, and the Glacier Gravel kits. One good point was that both had corrugated siding for some of their buildings, the gravel pit also had some conveyors that went well with moving coal around.
In order to aid in moving the module, and to assure the tracks that run under would not be prone to derailments, I decided to build them on a solid plywood base.
As this and all my models moved along, I started asking questions, like would they need a powerhouse? A source of compressed air and steam? Why would they run these inside an industrial building? Would they need light? Maybe skylights? Would there be walkways to connect the roofs of the buildings? How about electrical power?
The answers to these questions then became the “add-ons” to the base building. I also found the clearance height of the gravel pit tracks was less than the coal mine, so those parts of the building were raised and while I was at it decided to raise the clearance for the tracks for the coal mine.
I also re-arranged the various out-buildings, and connected them with walkways, pipes and ladders.
To explain my arrows, pipes and air lines are made from the sprues that the pieces of model kits come on. After a few kits there are plenty left and they are different sizes. I bend them by heating over a soldering pencil, flanges and valves are styrene discs cut out by a paper punch.
The transformer was an old pill bottle, and wiring is thick thread, painted for stiffness once glued to the insulators.
When I think the model is done, I paint it to look like it was built in the Jurassic period…OK, maybe not quite that old, but 30, 40 years old. Coal mining is a tough, dirty, and normally short-lived industry, as the mines play out on a few years, so building maintenance is not a top priority. I always add lots of “rust” to the sides.
Many fine modelers use airbrush to paint and weather, I use artist brush’s, dry brush, and acrylics. I have used chalk powder but find it’s hard to get the look I want, and spraying to set the powder often changes what I thought I had.
These are the box front pictures of the 2 model kits to be “bashed”:
Picture below is the combined kits before painting
I suggest to all our modeling friends, try kit-bashing. It’s fun, and opens up many possibilities that solve clearance and other problems, like, what can I do with that corner? I know, build a triangle shaped building by kit bashing some side walls of a barn!
Take care and as always keep modeling!
John from Baltimore”
A huge thanks to John for sharing his kit build, or is it kit bash? It’s fab to read his thought process – no wonder his layout looks so good.
That’s all for today folks.
Please do keep ’em coming.
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Remember, it’s the start that stops most people.
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