Keith Hayes - A side benefit of this scene was the opportunity to build some neat laser cut kits in HO and N scale. So, back to the hobby shop in search of appropriate kits. I found a couple small home kits and neat industries from LaserKit and Bar Mills. I started building models and mocking them up along the street to see what worked. I already had a Banta Silver Plume Bakery kit. The prototype bakery is on a corner, and has a great false front with a complicated cornice. This kit was to anchor one corner. For the opposite corner, I went back to the photo—there was a great, simple commercial building right there in the middle screaming to be modeled.
The building form was simple, and Grandt had a number of castings that fit the bill. I used Evergreen styrene lap siding to make the front, side and rear. The cornice is built up from strip stock and dowel. I was pondering how to build the walk in front of the building, and I spotted a web article published by Tom Troughton. Tom recommended building loading docks on a piece of hardboard. You drill holes for the posts, and glue stripwood to the top—perfect!
The building in the photo has no sign to indicate its use, though it has a large black patch above the door for a sign. A grocery seemed the ticket at the end of the residential street, and extending the platform to the track provided a nice opportunity for rail service. Bar Mills has a neat kit, Four-Fingered Tony’s, which provided the window signs, and many castings to fill out the platform with vegetables. Our friend Tom Carleno obliged us with his name and Carleno’s Grocery was complete.
Laying out the front wall using Evergreen lap siding and Grandt Line windows. Being in the foreground, this building is built full scale; 1:64.
I use spare parts as gussets to square the inside corners. There is a large door on the track side. The rear wall faces away from the viewer, so there was no need to add any openings. It will be on the lot line anyway.
Modeling Leadville in Sn3