Ezdays scratchbuild #1

Discussion in 'Competitions & Challenges' started by ezdays, Jun 28, 2006.

  1. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

    Don know the fealing on one of my layouts was going to build a modest tank fabrication shop in Ho it was 4 city blocks long and 2 wide.do the math :)
  2. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    WOW DONjawdrop That sounds like it will be a pretty sweet church. I myself have also been there and I must say, I loved it. A model of it would be cool.
  3. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    The next step was to make a paper mock-up to see how it would look on my layout. Here are three shots of it in 1:212 scale. I'm still not sure if it's not too overpowering. I plan on putting it about where it sits, I could go down just one level smaller, say 1:225, but any smaller and I'm not going to get in some details I would like to have there.

    Any comments about the scale would be appreciated.

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  4. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    I think it might be still a little to big but you sure will have one heck of a view of the layout from up there. sign1 sign1 Maybe 1:225 would be a little better? On a building that big, I think you could still get in some nice detail.

    I cant wait to see some more progress.:thumb: :thumb:
  5. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    Don, maybe you should consider not using it on the layout, but instead build a diorama, pick a scale which allows the level of detail you want. Might be nice on a shelf in the den, etc. No trains needed, or even appropriate, right?
  6. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    I thought a bit about using a larger scale and creating a a diorama, but I really wanted it to be on my layout and I have a place for it there. I went with the 1:212 scale, although it looks a bit too large now, it will be surrounded by red rocks and should look OK. Plus, I had to find some styrene that would work in the scale I was using. I found some .030 Evergreen HO car siding that when I double it up on the ends to hide the edges of the glass, it works out good. The walls are actually 12" thick and that equates to .056 at my scale. Besides, the lines in the plastic made it real easy to cut those small windows out.:thumb:

    Here is my inital cutouts of the main parts. I got a long ways to go, but a journey always starts with the first step.:D

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  7. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    Hey Don,

    Great idea! It doesn't have to "railroady" to be on a layout, and if it means a lot to you & your wife, so much the better!!

    Also, I've been trying like mad to get my bluffs to look like those in your pictures, and I think I'm having some success-never actually having seen any...!!

    Good luck & keep us posted!:thumb:

    Gus (LC&P).
  8. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Thanks Gus. Just a few things I did to make those formations. You can see the start of the hill here in this thread. Once I got the basic shape, I took strips of balsawood and poked them into holes I made. I used joint compound and a putty knife to sculpture the rocks and spires. You can do wonders with joint compound since it takes a lot longer to set up that plaster. Just let it set up for a couple of hours after you get your initial shapes, then poke, prod and push the stuff around until it looks like you want it. It remains somewhat plyable and workable for a good eight to ten hours.
  9. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

    Looking good Don. Changed your mind about being a "Background" building. Good choice.
  10. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    I got some basic interior detailing done on the sanctuary. Unfortunately, at this scale it was difficult to get much, besides, I'm not too sure how much will be seen once I get the walls and windows in. I used a textured sand spray for the walls. I'll go back and lighten it up to get closer to the proto color, but I'm pleased with the texture anyway. I still have some work to do on the sanctuary so I'm going to have to take it apart again, but at this point I had to do some temporary assembly so I can size the windows. There's no way I'm going to be able to get the rear windows in after I have the two walls in place.:rolleyes:

    Here are a few shots taken of the inside of the chapel, and my meger attempt at representing it at 1:212 scale. :D

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  11. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    That's neat!! Yeah - I can see where you might not see too much interior details from the outside :(
    maybe make the last wall "clear plastic"?????
  12. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member


    You're rocking right along...I looked at your thread on the red bluffs, and I recalled seeing it back when you started it. A great laugh was had by one and all (including the LGM...).:)

    Gus (LC&P).
  13. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Got most of the main chapel assembled and painted. Here are a couple of shots of the real and similar shots of my 1:212 scale. I'm sure you'll be able to tell which ones are which. The next step is going to be to do the promanade deck and walkway, then the rocks.

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  14. cnw1961

    cnw1961 Member

    How could you build your model (first pic) when the real chapel is still under construction (lower pics), or do they take your model as a sample? Or did I get it wrong :D ? Very good job so far. The front view is very impressive. Looking forward to see it finished.
  15. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Wow Don! Nice work! :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :D

  16. Scoobie

    Scoobie Member

    Wow!! EZDAYS, that is really nice. I can't wait to see the finished product:thumb:
  17. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    :thumb: :thumb: :cool: :cool: :cool: I'm watchin', this is coming along well!
  18. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Thanks guys, it's more fun than I expected. I'm just a bit concerned that I'm not going to do the project justice. This is only my second scratchbuilt anything.

    Today is blue foam day. I got my hill shape started and the chapel sitting where it should be. I've got to decide which way the walk is going up to the deck.

    Oh, I tood a little modeler's liberty when I wasn't sure what I was going to do with that siding. Well, my chapel will have a tunnel going underneith. I think it's going to some secret mine and that they're mining gold, but they're not showing it. Look in the lower left of the third shot. :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

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  19. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Real progress, I replaced the chapel with cardboard and paper and started on forming the rocks. Here is step one, a bit more blue foam, then some plaster-soaked paper towels:

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  20. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    The next step was to cover everything in a layer of joint compound. I let it dry a bit and started working it over a period of several hours adding compound where needed. The stiffer it gets, the better it is to work with. It was still workable in spots early this morning, some ten hours later. My biggest fear was that the chapel wouldn't fit afterwards, but a bit of trimming and it slides in just fine.

    The last picture shows the tools I used to do the shaping.

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