Fountain town elevator test build

Discussion in 'Architecture Models' started by Steve Shaw, Aug 20, 2007.

  1. Steve Shaw

    Steve Shaw Member

    This elevator has some tin loss and parts of the building are missing.
    I have no idea what they looked like, had to improvise.
    Starting out with 6 pages and 23 parts, it probably will require 1 more
    and a few extra parts.


    I don’t design tabs on my models, I just allow for them when cutting.


    With all parts cut out I start folding and gluing the roof pieces and
    weigh them down to help keep them flat.
    That’s all for tonight, it’s getting late and I have to go to work
  2. Steve Shaw

    Steve Shaw Member

    Fountain Town test build

    The rest of this model is pretty much folding boxes to be assembled later.


    I use the box design because of it’s simplicity and if I mess up or
    don’t like the looks of one I can print a new one and make it over.



    With all the sections finished they can now be assembled. I use
    the inside corner of a good square drawer to align the sections.



    Trying a new technique with the seam at a corner.


    Now that all the sections have been assembled the roof is applied
    and a few roof details.


    That’s all for tonight, more to come later.

  3. 72BMWR75/5

    72BMWR75/5 Member

    Looks good.
  4. Steve Shaw

    Steve Shaw Member

    Fountain Town test build

    The last of the detail consist of electrical boxes with conduit, wood walk way
    roof bracing, lifting apparatus and pipe to fill grain trucks.

  5. Art Decko

    Art Decko Member

    Always enjoy your builds! Well done!
  6. johnflys2

    johnflys2 Member

    Very nice structure

    I've been following this thread with interest. I am not familiar with the "Fountain town elevator". Is this something you designed? And what is the scale, looks to be be close to "N"? You did a very good job of construction and you should be proud of your finished model. John
  7. Steve Shaw

    Steve Shaw Member

    Fountain Town Elevator

    John; Fountain Town is a small rural Indiana town connected by the railway and like most rail towns it has a grain elevator. Most of these elevators suffered bankruptcy when the rail services changed and it became cheaper to hull by truck. Many have been abandoned, torn down, converted for other uses or inherited by local farmers and used as storage. I have been taking short trips along these routs and photographing as many of these fantastic buildings as possible before they are lost to time. They are an important part of the local history of these small towns. I do design models of some of them (N scale) depending on the integrity of the original structure.

    Thanks to all that replied, hope you enjoy this thread.

  8. Amazyah

    Amazyah Senior Member

    I think they are beautiful buildings myself and you have been doing an excellent job of capturing them!
    I enjoy your techniques, both building and design.
    The rusty roofs, pipes and other textures look very authentic. Are you using textures directly from your pictures or are you doing your own coloring?

    These would look fantastic on a train layout or a diorama! Looking forward to seeing more!

  9. Steve Shaw

    Steve Shaw Member

    textures and coloring

    Russell; I try to use photos or textures from photos of the building
    as much as possible. Some coloring was required, the pipes are
    made from paper stem Q-tips and painted. I pull off the cotton
    ends cut down length ways. After you get through 3 or 4 layers
    of the paper the stems can be unrolled to the desired diameter.
    Don’t forget to re-glue or they will unroll when painted.

  10. Tommybza

    Tommybza Member

    HI there I just happen to cross the tracks here,,your project looks great .the reason I started to look on this forum is I bought a kit from Faller it is a HO scale Gas werks building and it came with a Card model as a insert ,It is used to fill the inside of the building .now i see this great work I was wondering what else could i use to really give my new lay out that extra touch .are these card modles easy to come by I have found some for containers like you see on flat cars in sted of trucking them .just wondering
    Thank you Tommy B
  11. Elliott

    Elliott Senior Member

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