MIke’s stunning HO scenery scratch build

“Good day Alastair:

Here are some HO scale buildings I scratch built.

I build furniture for a hobby and save every scrap of wood to use for other projects. I cut most of my “lumber” on my table saw. I cut my shingles from 1/64 or 1/32 plywood. My goal is to purchase the bare minimum to complete a project.

I buy windows from Grayline but make most of my doors. I start with a photo and render something that captures the feeling of the building. Hope you enjoy seeing these.

Mike
Clermont, FL. USA”

HO scenery

HO scale scenery

HO scale scenery

HO scale scenery

HO scale scenery

HO scale scenery

HO scale scenery

HO scale scenery

HO scale scenery

And hall of famer, Dangerous Dave, has sent in his latest update:

“Hi Al,

just downloaded part 8 of building my new layout, shows adding LED lights to buildings, and attempting to make some trees, along with a few other tips, all starting to come to gether, but 1001 things still to do.

Regards

Dave”



Latest ebay cheat sheet is here – still going strong.

A huge thanks to Mike and Dave.

I thought Mike’s scenery was wonderful – so much character!

That’s all this time folks, but please don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide if you’re tired of everybody else having all the fun.

Keep ’em coming.

Best

Al

28 Responses to MIke’s stunning HO scenery scratch build

  1. NJ Mark says:

    Mike, I hope you have a layout in which to incorporate those fantastic buildings. The detail is incredible. Thanks for sharing. Cheers! NJ Mark

  2. Robert Brady says:

    Mike great work,patients is a virtue.love to see the layout they’re going in.
    Robert

  3. Robert Brady says:

    Mike What and where is grayline,I’m in Florida too. What do they deal in?
    Robert

  4. Eric Rayner says:

    Mike great work on your buildings, especially like the water mill.

    Dave, you could try using the Woodland bushes for your foliage, much lighter and easy to manage when making trees, I use the same armatures and then lather in UHU as it sets quicker and grabs the bushes fast. Look forward to seeing it all running.

    Eric (Leeds).

  5. george from Long Island says:

    Mike

    Awesome. Your artistic talents are amazing, Please keep this up and do video how you progress on future work. Your artwork must be shared by us wanna bees

  6. Brian says:

    Incredible scratch-build buildings Mike – Excellent Work.
    Brian

  7. Don Jennings says:

    Mike
    I hope you are a member of the NMRA in Claremont, Florida.
    You could enter those building to earn a certificate.
    go for it.
    donjj cary, NC

  8. Don Jennings says:

    Mike
    I mis spelled your town CHermont.
    Sorry.
    Don

  9. paul vogel says:

    Mike…….Your buildings are amazingly real looking. Wonderful detail. You must be a professional artist. Thanks for sharing. Paul Ohio USA

  10. Brad says:

    I admit I know little about wiring,but have a question. When you have many multiple buildings lighted where do you gather them all and what do they tie into to power them? I mean say I have 50 buildings,and assuming 100 wires.I’m thinking you run 1 main wire underneath and tie them into that.But how do you how how much power to provide.I know nothing about amps or circuitry,Do you run these off a train transformer or is there another power source with a switchboard?Thanks

  11. Patrick Talley says:

    Mike; The new Lake County Model Railroad Club would love to feature your work on some of our layouts. Please contact me through Alistair…

  12. Hey Mike, Great job of building and detail! I especially love the Hawkeye sign on the side of your barn! Go Iowa!
    Roger

  13. Bob virnig says:

    Mike; I’m in St Cloud, Fl. I would enjoy showing you my scratch structures someday. My train layout was on the national convention tour last year.

  14. John F Down says:

    Mike, well done! Super realism!

  15. Dan Hulitt says:

    To Mike:
    As a woodworker myself, I can appreciate the effort in your wonderful buildings and scenes. Top notch to be sure, beautifully done.

    To Dave, have yet to finish the latest of many enjoyable vids, but wondered about the use of the stiff brush to clean your recycled rails. Unless the brush is softer than the rails, its use might scratch the rails leading to attracting dirt and impacting conductivity and adhesion. You probably have that covered, but was a question that came to mind.

    Thanks all.

    MN Dan

  16. Dale Popula says:

    Dave, I really like the Burlington building and water tower. I would love to have something like that. Your work is beautiful.
    Dale

  17. Robert says:

    Mike,
    Beautiful work! Better than some kits I’ve seen. Good to see people reuse, re-purpose and recycle!
    In the railroad hobby the three R’s really apply
    Rob, NJ/US

  18. Michael Ilkenhons says:

    Thank you all for such kind remarks. The buildings that Alastair posted are ones I built for my cousin’s layout. I was born in Iowa and modeled that barn after my grandfathers’s. The water mill was from a photo of a nitesble mill in Nebraska I believe. Truthfully I consider myself an armature at this. I have seen some amazing work by professional model builders. I really enjoy “crafting” my buildings. There are so many old buildings to model. I have three now for my layout which is just started. A very small one by comparison to some I have seen posted on Alastair’s site.

  19. More great work by talented people…
    I especially appreciate Dave’s updates!
    The rebuilt work seems to have a better “track to scenery” ratio for my taste…More realistic scenes.

  20. Robert Brady says:

    Mike Where’s Grayline I make models also but in the modern era . I need windows and doors and especially garage doors Is there a web site?
    I don’t see any harm in writing in on this site this info.
    or PM me on face book,robert brady

  21. Robert Brady says:

    Dave if u must make ur own trees use Gorilla glue adhesive !

  22. Also want info on Grayline. Can’t seem to find it online. Thanks

  23. Thank you for comments re my layout ..Dave`s model railway , the wire brush scratching the rails is something I had not thought of , so maybe I had better use a softer brush in the future , dirt being attracted to the rails is something we get enough of …as for how many lights can be added ..if you are using LED`s from one 12 volts sauce , (I have multiple Transformers ) you should be able to add up to about 50 or more , they use very little juice , I now use all LED`s and its not a problem , as the old Grain of trice or grain of wheat bulbs would only take about 7 , and would get very hot , so now I use resistors for street lights and have them all running at 12v ..I will try and cover this subject more next time ..Dangerous Dave

  24. Terry OSullivan says:

    Could you tell us a little more about the German LED strip lighting terminal connectors please? Are they available in the UK?

  25. I shall show the connectors in to nights video ..and where to buy …Dangerous Dave

  26. RogerBurcombe says:

    Dangerous dave showed some coach lighting complete with battery but I did not note the name of the supplier. Would it be possible to contact him to get the name of the firm th a t supplies these add ons. Your site is excellent for the model railwayer, keep it up. Roger Burcombe (aus Germany)

  27. These are awesome. Sure wish that I had the time and the talent.

  28. Ron Nelson says:

    Mike and Dave really enjoyed seeing your layouts. Sure is nice to have one that far along. Ron from sunny Flordia

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