My name is Robert …a 75 year old Ho scale modeler.
The intent of this email is to share an alternative method of building model railroad structures. I started modeling HO scale almost 50 years ago. Back then Campbell Scale Models was one of the key manufacturers of Ho scale kits. These kits…as well as…other manufacturers required a lot of time to build. Start to finish could be as much as a month depending on the complexity of the kit…ie: Fine Scale Miniatures. Fortunately…a number of major improvements have made the Ho scale scene. Pre-cut parts…plastic detail parts…and currently laser kits. Even the latest technology requires a lot of time to fabricate a kit. Specifically…reinforcing the cutouts with bracing…set aside to dry…and then assembling the various braced components into a basic structure…making certain that all is square and true.
At my age I am on the short end of the stick and time is valuable. I cannot afford to spend more than a day or two building a structure. Hence…I am sharing my process for speeding up the building process. I now build solid balsa cores that I veneer with the type of finishing materials required to complete the model. Attached are some photos of my process and I no longer have to anguish over bracing…drying time…combining components hoping that all is square and true.
The structures that are almost complete took me less than a day to build from start to finish.
My Word! A big thanks to Rob and his pics. Just goes to show there shouldn’t be anything stopping you rolling up your sleeves and getting stuck in – whether you haven’t laid a single bit of track of you’re on the finishing touches.
Don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide if you’re tired of being on the side lines.
That’s all this time folks. Please do keep ’em coming.
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