A mill and a warehouse

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by cnw1961, Jan 9, 2007.

  1. cnw1961

    cnw1961 Member

    I need a structure to fill this spot on the left end of my layout to conceal the end of the world. I want to build a flour mill and a warehouse. The picture shows the outline of the buildings.


    To make it quick and easy, I decided to build a concrete flour mill. A mill does not need to have many windows and I can use plain .040 styrene to build the concrete structure. I started yesterday evening and this is how far I got.


  2. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    That was quick!

    Are you working from any sort of plan, or just building to fit as you go?

    Looking forward to more pictures as work progresses.

  3. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    Lookin' good, Kurt! :thumb: It reminds me of Walthers Red Wing Milling, only better, 'cause it fits perfectly in the space that you have available.

  4. Bill Pontin

    Bill Pontin Member

    Perfect choice Kurt, very nice and I admire your scratchbuilding style.
  5. cnw1961

    cnw1961 Member

    Andrew, I am really hummin’ along quite nicely :) . When I planned my layout, I found these pictures of a warehouse in Chicago: http://www.mannresearch.com/chicago...onid=2&locationname=Goose Island&articleid=75 . I liked the shape of the structure and thought something like that would look great on the layout. I don’t stick closely to this prototype. I made a cardstock mock-up to find the right dimension first, but I am not building to a special plan.
    Wayne, how did you know that I had a look at the Red Wing Milling? :D Thank you for your nice comment.
    Bill, I really appreciate your kind words :wave: .

    OK, here is the next pic. It shows the front wall (street side) of the warehouse that will be placed in front of the flour mill.

  6. 1320wrx

    1320wrx New Member

    looks great, cant wait to see it done
  7. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    That is looking AWSOME Kurt, Keepit up and I can't wait to see some more pics.:thumb:
  8. cnw1961

    cnw1961 Member

    1320wrx, Josh, thank you :wave: .

    Here is a short update. All the walls are up. Now I have to paint the structure before I can do the windows.




  9. Gary S.

    Gary S. Senior Member

    Wow! Superb modeling! Thank you for the inspiration.
  10. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    Great work...!!! I hadn't seen anyone do this sort of thing (& the turntable...) in styrene. Looks great...!!!

    I think we've seen that corner pawnshop elsewhere. I see you've added bits of trash to give it that "neighborhood" look. I also like that little dog...!!!

    Keep it coming...!!!:thumb:
  11. cnw1961

    cnw1961 Member

    Gary, thank you for your kind words. Gus, be careful, that little dog is a Great Dane :D . The pawnshop is a Downton Deco hydrocal kit, so you might know it.
  12. hiscopilot

    hiscopilot Member

    Wow! Thats fantastic and inspiring! Great great job!
  13. liven_letdie

    liven_letdie Member

    That's really neat, I liked watching it from inspiration to finish in such a short time. Well done! :thumb:
  14. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    You do really nice work Kurt! The loading dock in between the buildings in your last photo has such an industrial look to it. Dang that dog any way! :)

  15. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    The eye of an artist! :thumb: :thumb: (Good building skills, too!)

  16. cnw1961

    cnw1961 Member

    hiscopilot, liven_letdie, Ralp, thank you for your very nice comments. :wave:
    Wayne, only trying to carch up with you :) . Still a loooooooong way to go …
  17. tetters

    tetters Rail Spiking Fool!

    Awesome! Diffinately hitting you up for pointers when I start structure construction on my layout. I'll have need for something very similar. I've seen some really nice scratch built stuff, and it seems to be the way to go if you want a truely custom look. That last shot you posted showing the perspective, looking down into the corridor between the two buildings really shows depth and give the building a nice feel of size. Especially with the box car placed there. Is that the one you scratch built?

    Do you use styrene (sp?) entirely for your builds. (of course not)? How easy is it to work with and structurally how strong is it in terms of supporting its own weight? I've never even seen the stuff so I have a ton of questions. Most importantly, where do you buy yours?

    I will also add that I've seen that wood box car of yours and my jaw hit the floor.
  18. cnw1961

    cnw1961 Member

    Hi Shane, the boxcar in the picture is not my wood boxcar, it’s a Kadee. Thank you for your very kind words about my car anyway. If you want a custom look for your structures, you definitely have to scratch build them. Scratch building is one of the most enjoyable aspects of this hobby to me.

    I really like working with styrene. In a post on my turntable thread (page 4, post 59), I briefly summed up how I do it. For most of my projects I use .040 styrene. It’s strong enough to build even big structures, but still easy to handle (cutting small parts of .060 styrene is much harder). The structures easily support their own weight. If necessary, I glue strips to the inside of the walls to brace them.



    Plain styrene is quite inexpensive. A 10" x 20" sheet of .040 styrene is about 1,75 EUR (US$ 2,20) here in Germany. I buy it at an architectural model supply store in our town. If you don’t have a source for styrene in your area, have a look at Walthers. I ordered the red brick sheets I used for the warehouse at Walthers (#570-91605).

    If you have any further questions, please ask. :wave:
  19. Nazgul

    Nazgul Active Member

    Once again...It's another outstanding project!:thumb: I see now that I am going to have to keep one eye glued to this forum so I don't miss any of them!;)
    As other's have alluded to, your work has moved beyond craftsmanship to art:thumb: :thumb: :thumb: and I'm glad that you share the process with us. It's fun "hanging out" with you and watching:) .....Keep it up!:wave:
  20. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    You can buy sheet styrene at any plastics supply place, but usually only as 4'x8' sheets. My first sheet was .040", but all subsequent ones were .060", as most of my structures are quite large. The last time I bought it, it was about $28.00 (Canadian) per sheet. And don't worry if you don't own a pick-up truck: just ask them to roll and tape it.


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