Fire station or We can't burn the house down!

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Patrick

GNRR Mechanic always fixing stuff
Well, As I posted the first picture in the coffee shop (June 2020), I'll still repost it here:
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I changed my mind to start on the more delicate kit and started with something a bit easier. in the early 1990's I exchanged all my Lionel stuff for new HO stuff. This is one of the 3-4 building I got and actually started painting the mortar on one panel before putting it away for the past nearly 30 years. (and I kid about picking up model kits at auctions that have receipts form the 70's and had never been built). This is actually the first model I've worked on since a year or so pout of high school.

I separated the building walls and completed the mortar work.

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Then I didn't care for the way I had dome it, so mixed a red to rewash over the bricks. I then painted and set the window frames into the walls.

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More to do. I did decide that it will be a flat roofed building as there are accommodations for it in the inside wall tops. I just don't like the Victorian style of the original roof. I'm still tossing whether to paint the doors white or some other shade. I also painted the "cement" base for the building. I also need to figure out the roof color. I'm assuming a post war flat roof would be grey (faded asphalt) instead of a white or pure black. The plastic fire trucks won't be used. I'm tossing some sort of interior before I completely enclose the building. More to come!
 

Jim 68cuda

Active Member
Always kind of liked that basic kit. There have been alot of variations of the same structure over the years. The rear and side walls are shred by all the kits, while the front wall and in some cases, the roof is different. I have the restaurant and the newspaper office on my layout.

Herald Star Newspaper
Luigi's Restaurant
Store Front Apartment
Last Stop Funeral Home
Society Hill Town House

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Patrick

GNRR Mechanic always fixing stuff
Always kind of liked that basic kit. There have been alot of variations of the same structure over the years. The rear and side walls are shred by all the kits, while the front wall and in some cases, the roof is different. I have the restaurant and the newspaper office on my layout.

Herald Star Newspaper
Luigi's Restaurant
Store Front Apartment
Last Stop Funeral Home
Society Hill Town House

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Seeing these related kits, explains the "brickwork" at the top of the inside walls. It also explains the doors on the 2nd and 3rd floors without a fire escape. I've got to get that brick mortared and then get the acetate windows cut and glued. I am still tossing if I want to attempt an interior. I did get some Evergreen polystyrene sheeting (.020) to create the roof.

I have about 15-20 of these type of kits, that I may modify as well. I just didn't like the thought of simply gluing them up as they are and sticking them on the layout. Even when I had my Lionel stuff, I never liked the "Plasticville" kits as they were. I was even building my own buildings from scratch, although none have survived the years.
 

Patrick

GNRR Mechanic always fixing stuff
Few more of the work I had in the hour I had last night. Mostly waiting for paint to dry.

As you see the brick that would have been under the roof provided in the kit. I got it mortared.

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The new roof slab in initial paint along with the side and back doors. While in a primer, the red front doors. The thinned acrylic doesn't play nice over the white plastic.

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I went and got another pack of the Evergreen polystyrene at a .040 for the roof as the .020 was just a little thin. The roof color may need to be taken down a notch as I may have it darker than I wanted.
 

Patrick

GNRR Mechanic always fixing stuff
Well, more work completed over the weekend.

2 walls up:
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Then remembered I forgot to put the glass in for assembling the walls, so that was delayed while I did all the windows.

Front wall added:

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Front Doors complete:

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Roof test fitted:

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Final views:

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I painted the inside of the chimney black so as to hide the red brick color of the plastic. The little slop on the brick on the roof is deliberate as there's always tar material on the sidewalls of these type of buildings. Had I been paying attention, the model had fill pieces for 4 of the windows, so I could have some "bricked" over, which I think may have looked better. I still want to add a ladder to the roof, still thinking some sort of fire escape on one side. It may be an abandoned building, but for a first model in over 40 years, I think I'll keep it. 🤣
 

Sirfoldalot

Curse You, Red Baron!
Staff member
Looks great -- if you can "brick out" a few of the windows!
I like the slop! If you can place a couple guys up there with a mop, bucket of "slop", and broom?
Then it won't look like you messed up with the painting?
 




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