Model grain silo kitbash

Brian’s been back in touch with his model grain silo kitbash:

“Hi Alastair,

Been on holiday in Cape Town for 14 days and now back home and working on a building kit bash – The Grain Silos.

Below is how it would look as built according to the instructions.

Model grain silo kitbash

Photo off the box lid. Unfortunately it did not suit the position if built this way as shown in the above photo.

Model grain silo kitbash

Same again showing assembled as per instructions.

Model grain silo kitbash

I hade to do a back to front and mirror image of it to fit the real estate. The tower was not a problem but the smaller building had to be cut narrower including the roof.

Model grain silo kitbash

Here the roof was painted a gun metal colour to make the rust weathering easier. The feeder pipe was given the same treatment.

HOn3 tower kitbash

The tower and building was sprayed white and will be weathered later. The Silos were sprayed with a concrete colour and will also get the weathered look later.

HOn3 model railway

Floors were added as well as roller doors – 2 open and 1 closed. Details and lights will also be added.

HO scale grain elevator

A view looking east down the tracks towards the Silos.

HOn3 shelf model railroad

Another view closer to the milling company dock. Track work still needs to be fixed down and once happy with the layout of it then ground cover will be added.

HOn3 shelf model railroad

Just trying a different brick industry to see if it improves the format. I may still add a point to take a spur to the Silos as seen on the right hand side.

HOn3 shelf model railroad

A HUGE thank you to Alistair for keeping this site up with all modelers fantastic contributions.

Brian – the HOn3 guy in Knysna RSA”

A big thanks to Brian for sharing his model grain silo kitbash.

I do love the way he changes all of his models to suit his layout – I think that’s why it has so much character.

Over the years, Brian has done so many posts, you reall get a feel of why it’s worthwhile to try your hand at kitbashing.

Have a look at some of his previous posts and you’ll see what I mean:

harbor kit bash

Kitbash how to.

Building kitbashmodel railway side building

Building kitbash

model railway harbor

Model railway water scene

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.

And if you are bored of everybody else having all the fun, the Beginner’s Guide is here.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

7 Responses to Model grain silo kitbash

  1. robert dale tiemann says:

    very nice. the lighting is cool nice grain silo.

  2. george zaky says:

    When I realize it’s the Brian from SA my eyes light up and like Pavlov’s dogs drool waiting for some outstanding treats and sure enough I was thrown a great article to chew on. You saw that the kit was not quite right for the space and my approach would be to squeeze & compromise never thinking that bashing would provide the better answer. Your talents, eye, and abilities are so above the average modeler’s abilities and so your result was by far the superior one.
    I so hope you keep making stuff and show us mortals how to make an average thing a Brian quality thing. Many thanks
    Big Al
    My java and a Brian how to- Its a great morning.😁

  3. Marklin ed. says:

    Great to see Brian again, makes wonderful improvements to Kits. Thinking out of the box helps us all to be more creative.

  4. Bill in Virginia says:

    Great kit bash! Yes never be afraid of trying something new and change things up.

  5. Gary M from Long Island says:

    Brian……. interesing…..nice job

  6. Princeton Jct. Yardmaster says:

    I like your layout, and you’ve done a great job of kitbashing. There is one thing that bothers me though. That grain silo in real life would hold a heck of a lot of grain. on your layout how does the grain get in the silos? The addition of a siding behind the silos would simulate the unloading from rail cars to the silos to represent the large amount of grain that those silos would hold.

  7. Gerald Edgar says:

    Having been by the Red Wing Mill several times (Red Wing, MN on the Mississippi & served by CP (former Milw Rd) this is a great job!

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