An Old-School Craftsman Kit

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twforeman

Certified Great Northern Nut
I started building this old kit that I have. I think my mother-in-law gave it to me in the early 90's. It's for a 1930's gas station. Since I'm modeling 1958 I bought some new gas pumps to update it a little bit, but the rest of the building should be about the same.

It's an Evergreen Hill Design kit - and surprisingly they seem to still be around. Here is the kit I'm building.

Anyway, it's some scribed, die cut sheets and a bunch of strip wood. Step one is to build the wall framing on the four walls.



Should be a neat model when I'm done.
 

CM-Fan

Well-Known Member
That's a great kit and I'm glad to see it being built after a 30-year nap on the shelf!
Keep up the fine work and don't forget to take pictures.

Myself, I love those old kits - Timberline kits are my favorites.
 

Espeefan

Well-Known Member

NH Mike

CEO & Wheel Cleaner
I built that kit. Added a few parts here and there.
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Gas2b.JPG
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twforeman

Certified Great Northern Nut
Making some slow progress. I spray painted the walls white inside and out and then put a wash on the outside to pop the seams.

Starting to glue up the four walls.


I also painted the windows, doors and the 1x6 trim strips black.

The kit came with a bunch of cast metal parts so while the paint was drying I started cleaning the flash off them.


If you look really closely you can see a pair of pliers, a monkey wrench and a rack of screw drivers. Tiny little castings.
 

twforeman

Certified Great Northern Nut
A little more progress. Just whittling away at this kit.

I glued the second wall on and then decided I needed a calendar on the wall. For fun I found a high-resolution copy of a 1958 Great Northern wall calendar. I know gas stations would probably have girly calendars, but I though it would be fun to use a GN calendar. So I scaled it down and printed it out.

I also went through some printed signs that I had previously purchased and cut out some gas station related ones to put on the outside.
 

twforeman

Certified Great Northern Nut
I installed the windows and doors last night only to discover I'm missing a window! I don't know if it was originally missing from the kit, or if I managed to lose it on my workbench, but I can't find it.

Oh well, it's a Grant Line so I just ordered some more.


That's all I got done because I decided to fire up the laser to start something new. (Man, I don't know how I get anything finished when I'm starting new things all the time!) But that will be a different thread later.
 

CM-Fan

Well-Known Member
That station is looking great, dang the luck on the window though.
What do you do with a laser? Im looking forward to seeing what you master up next time.
 

twforeman

Certified Great Northern Nut
That station is looking great, dang the luck on the window though.
What do you do with a laser? Im looking forward to seeing what you master up next time.
I bought a Glowforge when they first came out. I don't use it nearly enough but I want to start making kits to sell I think.
 

twforeman

Certified Great Northern Nut
I decided to try glazing the windows with Kristal Kleer. It works well enough, but now I guess I don't need to worry too much about the interior.


I'll probably still install a light inside just to have it shine through the windows.

On the plus side I found the missing window frame on the floor under my workbench, so that's good.
 




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