HO scale farmhouse

Peter’s been in touch with his HO scale farmhouse:

“Hi Al,

Some revisions here and how to’s.

There was a gentleman that commented on the last post that I needed a fence so the animals wouldn’t trample through the garden…lol

Well, as I stated in that post, I wasn’t finished yet. I made the fence from northeastern strip wood products, then aged with a greying solution. India ink and alcohol. It’s getting real close now.

After the benchwork of a particular scene is complete, I grid it with 1 x 3’s to accommodate buildings, the rest is sectioned off with cardboard strips or metal light screen for the plaster cloth to adhere to.

After all plaster has been put on (1st the gauze then fill in with pre made plaster (mud) in tubs) It is all painted with a latex earth tone. When dry, texturing begins. I use a combination of a lot of things as you see.

Lot’s of ‘Wood scenic products, etc. grass tufts, many different shades of texture, rocks, sand for roads, and so on.

I scratch built the HO farm house and barn, though the barn was a spinoff from an old Campbell HO kit, I just built it up from scratch to 1/48 O scale that I model in.

Trees are mostly commercial, I just grab whatever, whenever it suits my aesthetic needs.

The water for the garden hose is woodland scenic products for water falls and still water combination.

The rest by viewing is self explanatory, sooo, if you could kindly post these pics of both the standard gauge & narrow gauge, it would be most appreciated.

Thank you,


HO scale farmhouse

HO scale farmhouse barn

HO scale farmhouse barn

HO scale farmhouse barn

HO scale freight

HO scale store

HO scale store

HO scale roundhouse

HO scale roundhouse

HO scale roundhouse

control panel

HO scale freight

HO scale loading platform

HO scale bridge

Now on to Ray:

“Hello Al,

Yesterday I received this Walthers Dairy Queen model from my grandsons.

I woke up this morning and planned on putting it together. As I do first thing every morning , I checked your email, and I see Jon’s post on how he detailed a roof on his model.

What a coincidence, the model he was working on was the very model I received yesterday, Dairy Queen.

So I followed his directions and loved the results.

Thanks Jon and, of course, thank you for all that you share.

I’ve attached a picture of the final project.



walthers dairy queen

(The post Ray mentions is at the bottom of this one: model railroad harbor.)

A big thanks to Peter for sharing his HO scale farmhouse pics (his last post is here).

His layout just gets better and better.

Ray really did put a smile on my face. I do love it when someone sends in a pic after they have seen how to do something on the site.

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.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

PPS More HO scale layouts here if that’s your thing.

25 Responses to HO scale farmhouse

  1. Ben Dickmann says:

    Very impressive. It is the perfect balance of a real world versus an ideal world. I found it difficult to look away from the pics for I felt as though I were there. Excellent work by a talented craftsman.

  2. Andy Spaulding says:

    Hello Al, Pete’s layout is great. You can tell by it that he has done alot of hard work.Thank you,Pete. I’ve been looking for the Hunt magnetic couplings and not having any luck finding them. Can anyone help direct me?

  3. george zaky says:

    Nice job
    Amazing! The level of accomplishment is sky high. To us mortals who wish we could do half as well- master show us the way.
    Many thanks
    Big Al
    George from NY

  4. Hemi says:

    VERY NICE work on that O scale Layout! Details is GREAT, workmanship is GREAT keep up the GREAT work, and have FUN doing it! ~Hemi

  5. James Marek says:

    Peter…It’s nice to see some excellent detail work! Many great ideas. Well done!


  6. Ruben Simon says:

    Marvelous! And water from the hose! Excellent!

  7. Jim Eaton says:

    That looks like The Galloping Goose on the turntable. Beautiful layout.

  8. Dan Hulitt says:

    Thanks to Jon and Ray I now know what the roof looks like on the Dairy Queen down the road.

    Nice job, Peter. I am sure the fuel island gets a lot of action with that scantily clad lady ‘gandy dancer” beside the tracks. haha Great scenes.

    MN Dan

  9. Rod Mackay says:

    Don’t think just a thong and a hard hat would meet the Network Rail standard for PPE, but I can’t deny its high-visibility!

  10. Tom Danza says:

    Absolutely stunning, I’m building my Midwest farm now and your photos are a godsend. Great work.

  11. Bernie Glynn from Australia says:

    It’s hard to look away from anywhere! So much beautiful attention to detail! Weeds, buckets, taps, realistic textures, so much to love about this level of artistry! A master craftsman shows his work to stunned and enthusiastic apprentices…

  12. Ray D. says:

    Just love it!!!……..Keep up the good work, I can just hear that tractor chugging along!!!!

  13. Hey Peter, those are prize-winning cabbages you’ve got growing there! Well done…

  14. Don says:

    Very, very realistic. Good colors, best backdrop, creative specific scenes. I am pleased to observe your work.

  15. Chris Sylvester says:

    Great job on the scenes i really like them and the pics of your layout !!! thanks for sharing Chris

  16. C.P. Treft says:

    I bought the same DQ last year and like an idiot, I painted the roof gray with a red trim. Now I regret not doing the Tar/Gravel Roof as it looks so much better.

  17. Ben Olson says:

    Ray, Nice job on the Dairy Queen!
    Peter, the farm scene is outstanding, what wonderful workmanship!
    Thanks to both of you for sharing!

  18. George Moffatt says:


    The mystery freight car vid doesn’t load


  19. Peter Theodore says:

    Thank you all, please enjoy your hobby, and I assure you, we all learn from each other. Peter

  20. Wow very nice

  21. Harold says:

    People on this site are so talented. I really enjoy looking at what they create.

  22. Jeff Jundt says:

    There’s a lot of fun and interesting things to see on your layout. Great job.

  23. Bob says:

    Every guy who has been at this awhile knows the details make the difference. Pete your details are amazing.. Beautiful work.

  24. Robert Kersten says:

    This is weird I also just received the dairy queen model and was looking at the roof for painting and detailing.
    Love the look and thanks for sharing it. Maybe we all wanted ice cream

  25. Ted Rothstein says:

    very nice work

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