First Scratch Built Buildings

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by Strthoky, Apr 7, 2003.

  1. Strthoky

    Strthoky Member

    Well today I decided to go get some styrene and test my scratch building skills.... It is not finished yet.. I have to get some more styrene and modiy the layout so it fits right... but here is my first attempt... a trackside exchange
    Oh yeah I decided to name it after the inspiration :)

  2. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Hi Strthoky, That`s right nice:D
    I can see you are gonna build an Empire.

    Well named to .:p
  3. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Looking good, it's gonna make a nice addition to the layout!
  4. Catt

    Catt Guest

    Looks like your off to a great start.
  5. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    For a begining scratchbuilt building you are doing really well Strthoky. We hope to see many more posts from you as this Gauge Transportation building gets completed and other structures come along
  6. jkristia

    jkristia Member

    looks great. I'm sure that it will not be your last scratch build building :)

  7. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Very nice! And welcome to the Gauge!

    :D Val
  8. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    Thumbs Up!

    You're off to a roaring start! Can't wait for continued progress shots.:) Welcome aboard, and keep up the good work!:)
  9. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    We all started somewhere, and you're right there ! Great start !
  10. csxnscale

    csxnscale Member

    Looking nice.
    A great start.

  11. kettlestack

    kettlestack Member

    Strthoky, .... You're hooked!! :D :D Great start you've made.

    (Another "scratcher" joins our ranks) :) :D :D

  12. Strthoky

    Strthoky Member

    hehe... It is fun and Cheap!!! its me!!!

    I just bought some windows though... after a failed attempt at scratching them.. So I can fis the front end of that plain looking facade. Also I have to get some more styrene to dress up those garage doors..

    QUESTION: what do you all use to fill the windows... I was thinking clear styrene but wanted something a little more realistic window looking.. like tinted or mirrored..
  13. Strthoky

    Strthoky Member

    almost done
    added windows shrubs and a awning
    Worked on my mini scratch building OUCH MY EYES!!

  14. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Lookin' good Strthoky. The windows and shrubery gives the building a feel of realism
  15. Strthoky

    Strthoky Member

    well Here are my latest attempts... Getting frustrating.. and will probably be my last for a while.. I think I am better at weathering and detailing a kit that is already designed and cut... I am getting frustrated with my building skills...


  16. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Nothing wrong with your building skills my friend. We scratchbuilders tend to be our own worst critics and are never truly satisfied. Just place them on your layout and they will blend in very nicely. Then you will say to yourself that they look pretty darned good.
    Kits are fine but limiting as you can't find kits of buildings you really want or the kits get very expensive
  17. RailRon

    RailRon Active Member

    Hey Strthoky, what do you mean by 'frustrating'? I don't see anything wrong with that hot dog restaurant. Ok, you might add perhaps an interior if you wish to do so - but the building as such looks just fine.

    Or do you mean the irregularities along the roof boards and the base plate? I hope not - for me it looks like the front was somewhat damaged by weather. The decoration peeling off and hanging down looks outright great! And the slight warping of the base can easily be hidden by some gravel or sand of the parking lot in front of the building when you are planting it on the layout.

    You asked about filling windows: I use the thin glass slides which are used as object covers for microscoping. For modeling glass nothing looks better than glass!

  18. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member


    ...And I just happen to have two bucks in my pocket.:) :) Be right over.:) :)

    Nice job. Way better than what I've done lately.

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