Lyon Valley Northern

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Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


Saturday, February 18, 2012

Sierra West Railroad Camp: Truck Repair Shop

My latest modelling project is to work on structures for my freemo module st.  This Truck repair shop comes as part of the Sierra West Railroad Camp in HO Scale.

 The Building is board on board construction.  First you cut and assemble the frame boards for each side.  Then you cut and glue on the boards.  Finally you add the batons
 On one end there is a covered ramp where outdoor repairs can be carried out under some shelter..
 There are many detail parts to be painted on this kit.  This view of the backside shows a work bench on tires as well as a cabinet full of bottles cans and boxes.  Even the sides of the shelving units have tools. 
 The metal castings were blackened using a solution I found at a jewelry supply store here in Ottawa.  The acrylic was Vellejo.  I really like the details and it is important to weather them with powders and A/I after.
 I glued the building and external details down with "household Goop" as I wanted them to hold when the modules are moved about.  The upside down bump test is then applied.
 I really like all the tools on this bench as well as the details in the open drawer.
 The desk is a resin casting with details in it.  The legs and supports are individual cut to fit boards.i
 This side will face the public.  I will leave the roof off so the folks can see inside easily.  There will be a truck under repair out front as well as fencing and gate around the complex.
 The base is gator board.  This is strong, light and waterproof.  The shape is cut to fit into the module.
 The nice thing about Sierra West kits is that they are so detailed on all sides.  Ideal for the freemo module concept.


Blogger jgotts said...

Exquisite Chris, simply exquisite.

6:59 PM  
Blogger Chris Lyon said...

Thanks. Today I am working on fencing. There is about three feet to build. This will create the compound and isolate this business from the tracks and street.

7:34 AM  
Blogger Wayne Woodland said...

Awesome job two SW O scale kits are still sitting on the shelf in my valid excuse, but a can think of lots of lame ones!!

6:03 PM  
Blogger Chris Lyon said...

You know, I go throught this all the time. I guess there has to be a reason to build it. A specific scene or location to be built. I find getting the wood out of the box, staining it and reading the instructions helps. Take some dowels and put some two sided tape on them and mount the doodads. Next thing you know you will get the urge to work on it. You do not have to do it all at once. One building side a day maybe. I have been building three feet of fence for the compound and now I am motivated to put a small fuel facility together. I just painted the tanks and now will build the platform. lots of fun. Just do it:)

10:00 AM  
Blogger Snaggletooth River Railway said...

Great stuff. What did you use to take the photo's? Very clear showing off your detail work.

1:23 PM  
Blogger Chris Lyon said...

Hi Peter. I used the Sony Cybershot. A small point and shoot with 14 megapix. The same one I used to shoot the movies. It has a macro feature and uses multiple focus points to extrapolate the best focus..

3:33 PM  

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