Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by Play-Doh, Oct 18, 2006.

  1. Play-Doh

    Play-Doh Member

    Hey folks

    I would like to build a courthouse, and I have been gathering ideas from different buildings. Do any of you folks have a courthouse in your layout? I would love to see some pics!
  2. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    At one time, Heljan or Concor offered a model of a courthouse. I believe that there was also a series of buildings to go with it called "Courthouse Square". You might be able to find one at a train show, or perhaps on e-bay.

  3. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Modern or traditional? we have the most ghastly modern courthouse in town; replaced some older modern buildings that had some style but were falling apart.
  4. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    I checked in my 1995 Walthers catalogue, which shows the Heljan courthouse (same as the old ConCor version). It's a stately-looking two-storey brick building, apparently "tee" shaped, with a "Federal-style" sloped roof and a central cupola/tower. The same catalogue also shows a courthouse from IHC. They call it a county court house: it's a smaller building with three large arched windows along each side, a gable roof, and tall pillars and multiple doors on the front. In toe 2005 catalogue, the same IHC structure is shown as both a court house and as a colonial church. Both versions have sprouted a tower on the roof. The church has a bell tower/steeple, while the courthouse sports a clock tower. Surprisingly, the Heljan courthouse is also shown. The Walthers number for it is 322-906 and the 2005 price is $42.98. They list the size as 15 3/4"x11 3/8"x10 13/32". I suggest that you pick up a copy of the latest Walthers catalogue. It's an anniversary year for them, and the price, for a change, is very reasonable, around ten or twelve bucks. There are lots of other neat goodies shown, too.

  5. Play-Doh

    Play-Doh Member

    Thanks guys, ill pick up a catalogue so I can stop bother you folks with my silly questions sign1
    Im gonna model somethin more traditional...brick, moderately small, and with columns. Ill keep you posted on my scratchbuilding results.
  6. mojo

    mojo Member

    I purchased this replica of the Montgomery County courthouse located in Red Oak Iowa for my courthouse. Size is good for N scale. Looks like a small town courthouse. I did not change a thing to mine. Got some civil war cannons to place on the lawn. It was $40 plus shipping.

  7. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

    There is a Haljan Court House square building kit on Ebay RIGHT NOW..just searcj for it, and It should have some great parts for it.
  8. TrainNut

    TrainNut Ditat Deus

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  9. LongIslandTom

    LongIslandTom Member

  10. Play-Doh

    Play-Doh Member

    Thanks for all those links guys! Ill let you know what I decide to do!
  11. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Any building in the appropriate style (Federal or Greek revival, or what you prefer) could be used. As well as the bank, look at railroad stations and post offices. Something with a string of columns and a lot of steps up the front would be suitable.
  12. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    I think robin built one in n-scale out of cereal boxes. If he did it will be in "Robin At His Best" in The Academy.
  13. Play-Doh

    Play-Doh Member

    After carefully considering all the suggestions I took a stab at scratchbuilding one!. Tonight I finished it by adding the collumns. What do you think?

  14. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    You did a Great Job on the courthouse.:thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  15. MadModeler

    MadModeler Member

  16. MadModeler

    MadModeler Member

    Agreed!:thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  17. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    Looks like a great small town or small county courthouse. Too small for a big city, but perfect for a small town.
  18. stripes

    stripes Member

    Great Job!! How about adding a weathervane?

  19. cnw1961

    cnw1961 Member

    I agree, great job. You learned a lot since your first attempt on scratch building a few months ago. Keep on going :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: .
  20. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday Member

    Her's the prototype of the courthouse I plan for the BAD Western.

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