Saturday, July 24, 2021

Kimball Print Shop by FOS

A little detour in my FSM journey, but influenced by my last build. The FOS monthly club kits are small structures that don't require a lot of effort. Nonetheless, the majority of them are fairly interesting. Others would possibly disagree with me, but I found the Kimball Print Shop lacking the spark so I modified it.
The changes I made weren't big, but quite significant for a structure of such size. I replaced the clapboard siding of the first floor with stucco. I glued the windows inside out to make them look more like masonry. Also, I moved one because after removing the bump it was in an odd spot. The bump ended up on the second floor. Finally, I covered the roof with "tin sheets" instead of the tarpaper.
I hate to be patting myself on the back, but I think the resulting structure has more character than the original.

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Westside Auto by FSM

 Here is yet another FSM build. This time Westside Auto. I made a few changes when building my version. George painted the main building in buff and red. However, after having just done the Brownsville Station exactly the same way I was weary of this color scheme. I used off white and green instead. I think it has worked out quite well.
Because of the main building color change I felt that the patina colored roof over the back shed was going to add too much green. I still wanted the same texture though so I used the same roofing material, but painted it as tin instead of the oxidized copper.
I could have possibly also changed the appearance of the storage shed, but I wanted to try George's method of painting and weathering. Therefore, I did it per instructions.
Overall I am happy with the way the diorama has turned out. Not the number one on my list of favorites, but fairy close. 


Friday, April 30, 2021

Building FSM Tribute Kit #1 by Bar Mills Pt.2

This is the last installment of the Bar Mills FS&M Tribute kit #1 build. I didn't use the colors of the pilot for the remaining two building. I painted the walls of the engineering building in greenish yellow. It was the first time I used that paint although it had been sitting on the shelf for good 9-10 years. I've been hesitant to try it. To my surprise it lost all green though. I also used a gear charm as a sign. I bought a bag of these thinking I could use them as a clutter, but they are just too big for the HO scale.
I used green/green painting scheme for the link and chain company. It had been so long since I painted another building that way. I had to invert the colors of the "painted" sign though to make it noticeable. The black background with white letters would have drowned in the green.
I thought I did a better job on the engineering building, but the FB crowd favorite was the link and chain company. Surprise!


Thursday, April 29, 2021

The Brownsville Depot by FSM

The Brownsville Depot by FSM was one of the newer builds. The pilot had the earth color walls, green trim and red roof. I switched the colors around a little. I went with the buff walls, red trim, and green roof. Sounds familiar? I used similar color scheme quite often in the past year or so. Here is why. Correct me if I am wrong, but my understanding is that the railroads used to paint their structures in the same colors. I had the same person in mind when I built the railroad structures. This is my excuse. I built The Brownsville Depot for a different person though. I just thought it would be nice to make it somewhat unique by changing the color scheme. I don't know about you, but I like it.


Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Buckley Station by FOS

Buckley Station was one of the free FOS kits. I wanted to paint it using the same buff and red combo to match the other trackside structures I built recently, but the pilot model had the same painting scheme. I wanted something different. I didn't go very far though. I only changed the trim color to green. Also, the pilot had a tarpaper roof. No surprise there. It was free kit after all! To me the roof was lacking some character so I upgraded it with the Bar Mills asphalt shingles. I think it looks better that way.


Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Foster's Milk by FOS

FOS Mothly Club kits. The reason for picking it as the next build was it being a trackside structure. If I had a layout it would have been a wonderful addition. However, I don't have one and building a diorama with a section of the track isn't what I often do. While some might acquire my builds to display, but I think the majority intend to use the structures on their layouts. That 6-8 inch section of track would be  nuisance. I bet it would get cut off or at least it is what I would do. Then why would I spend time adding it? Perhaps I could do a diorama without the track i.e. with the imaginary track that starts where the diorama ends. I may try that some day, but Foster's Milk project was just that, the structure build. 


Monday, April 26, 2021

The Crossing Sheds by FOS

Finishing where I left off right before Christmas. Things just didn't go as planned...
As I sometimes do I got these sheds to get over the threshold for a FOS free kit although I could have scratch built them with ease. Looking back, I probably should have bought some castings instead or something that comes out way better when cut with a laser than a knife. Anyway, I was looking for a quick project and I had these sheds so I built them. One as is and the other with corrugated metal roofing.