Workshop build

Brian’s been pressing on with his HO scale workshop build:

“When I built kits, I always study the instructions and phots to figure out how this kit will fit on my layout.

Usually I do not follow the sequence of the instructions and work from them in a way that I can change or modify it if needed.

In part 1 in the previous blog, I had to flip the wharf horizontally and mirror image it in order for it to fit the location on the layout.

From that I had to construct the workshop flipped horizontally to fit on the wharf as well as up against the main building.

Photo below is the construction of the elevated office on the opposite side of the main building. I have used weights to hold the legs down on the plan template.

workshop build

Below, the office has been flipped 180 degrees vertically in order to assemble the opposite side.

workshop build ho scale

Here it is temporary placed against the main building to ensure correct height and position.

scratch built workshop HO scale

Here, the workshop walls are in the process of being assembled.

harbor building ho scale

After the gray primer was done to smooth out the interior surface, it was sprayed an earth color to represent a wood finish.

The outside of the workshop walls were covered with shingles as can be seen in later photos.

scratch built walls

I used a Lego base as a jig to hold the 3 sided building together to make sure that it would assemble correctly on the wharf.

By placing one of my metal lathe kits (a Scale Structure one) here, I was able to judge whether it would fit inside.

Turns out that it was to long and a I found a shorter one which fitted a lot better. The shingles shown here are prior to being weathered.

scratch build jig

I used my Right Way magnetic corner clamps here to hold the building together while I started with the roof.

The front doors have been painted and weathered ready for placement once the workshop is in final position on the wharf.

The hatches have been glued onto the front above the door openings.

scratch build magenetic clamps

A test fit of the roof below for the workshop build. The shingles have now been aged and weathered.

workshop built roof

Making sure that the cupola is in the correct position. The corners have to be sorted out with painted and weathered masking tape to hide the gaps as seen in later photos.

workshop build roof

Another test fit against the main building (a card stock mock-up at the moment)

scratch build HO scale

The shorter lathe (SS kit) with a larger 4 jaw chuck on it shown here. It will be painted and weathered later.

adding detail HO scale workshop build

Below is where I saw that the longer lathe did not quite fit and it was longer than the one shown above.

adding detail HO scale workshop build

An interior view of the workshop shows temporary possible placement of the machines and the forge.

interior view work shop build HO scale

Another interior photo.

HO scale scratch build

Overhead photo proving that the longer lathe was not the right one for this area.

scratch build ho scale harbor work shop

Here the belt drive system can be seen to power the lathe.

interior view

This is the view that shows the detailed interior of the workshop from the front of the layout. The card stock floor I temporarily shown.

harbor workshop HO scale

Here it can be seen why the shorter lathe fits better allowing for the steps that lead up and into the main building.

harbor workshop ho scale

Painting the tar paper on the roof. (Masking tape for the correct texture)

scratch build HO scale

The battens in place on the roofs.

scratch build roof harbor workshop

Repair patches placed on the tarpaper roof where leaks were detected.

adding detail HO scale

Overhead view of the workshop roof. (Well weathered)

harbor workshop HO scale model railroad

The side/open end view shows the details inside and eventually it will butt up against the main building.

harbor workshop HO scale

In position on the wharf.

workshop build ho scale

The white card stock floor is only temporary to show the placement of the machines and will be removed in order for them to be placed on the wood deck. There will be lights inside to show the detailed interior.

This is the start of the crane next to the workshop to lift items off boats docked alongside the wharf.

harbor cran HO scale scratch build

This is as far as I am in the construction of this kit so far.

The continuing construction of this project will hopefully be in the next issue.

As explained previously, this is a long term project and I estimate it to be about 3 months, maybe more and as it is a foreground model, it will need to be extremely detailed.

Until then, keep modelling.

Brian the HOn3 guy in Knysna.”

Wow! A huge big thank you to Brian for his workshop build update.

If you missed the link to his previous post, it’s here.

In fact, if look at Brian’s last few posts, you really get an idea of how he works:

Brian’s kit bash.

Brian’s dock update.

Brian’s boat house update/

Brian’s boat house.

That’s all for today folks – but please do keep ’em coming, because I enjoy them as much as you.

And if today is the day you decide to build something, the Beginner’s Guide is here.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

17 Responses to Workshop build

  1. Hi Brian,
    The interior detailing is fantastic. Your modeling truly inspires.

  2. Florin says:

    Waw !!!

  3. Robert Brady says:

    what, No insulation and sheet rock for your walls ? Keep heat in cold out, Lol.
    Great job.
    The Critic

  4. Bill in Virginia says:

    Fantastic job there Brian!!

  5. Rob McCrain says:

    Great modeling and craftsmanship Brian. To be admired.
    Rob McCrain

  6. Mark T. Pianka says:

    Fantastic! Great Job, I like O scale and guys and gals do the same with their building and shops you would think they were real at first glance, Great job Brain!

  7. George Zaky says:

    This shows why you are the Master Modeler. There are many of us that need to be shown how to “do it” and we appreciate your time and effort to help us mortals.
    Many thanks
    Be safe

  8. Kevin McArdle says:

    Beautiful detailed craftsman modeling, thank you for sharing. We should all take a lesson.

  9. Erick says:

    That’s awesome workmanship. I hope mine comes out that good.

  10. MARKLIN ED. says:

    Well that’s a wonderful job. Great model, would like to see more of your layout.THANKS AGAIN.

  11. Wonderful work

  12. Bryan says:

    Truly enjoyed this post. Great Job! I would like to see how you weathered the building. Where did you get the tools/machines for the building?

  13. Keith Miller says:

    Nice work. The Lego base seems to be a good idea to help keeping things square while glue grabs. Think I will try that.

  14. welder dave says:

    Very nice machine shop !! with the great dock and boat repair facility’s Is this a harbor with a railroad or a railroad with a harbor ? not seen this much detail of a waterfront in a layout again super nice !

  15. Dave Anders says:

    Amazing craftsmanship. Oh, to have Brian’s talent!

  16. Brian Rockey says:

    Wonderfully detailed modelling Brian, master builder indeed.
    Brian, Wokingham, UK

  17. Brian Messenger says:

    Hi Bryan, the machines come from a company called Scale Structures limited, of which I have had quite a few of them for many years. Not sure if they are still available but try in the USA or eBay. They had a wide range of them available at the time.
    Brian – the HOn3 guy in Knysna RSA🇿🇦

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