Gibson's Hall

Discussion in 'Architecture Models' started by Steve Shaw, Jul 14, 2007.


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  1. Steve Shaw

    Steve Shaw Member

    This is my latest project; Gibson’s Hall built around 1880.
    It has been used for many different things, grocery, granary,
    Farm implement supply, apartments and a meeting place of
    sorts. It has changed over the years with wooden structures
    attached to the sides and back however those are gone now
    leaving only marks on the building where they once stood.
    I have plenty of pictures of the build if anyone is interested
    I could do a build thread; there is nothing spectacular about
    the design, pretty much just a box with a roof and porch.
    Now on to the next project.


  2. Elliott

    Elliott Senior Member

    I'd be interested in both the pictures and a build thread. There's always something to learn from one. Besides, your work is amazing and I like looking at it. So...please?

  3. I'd be interested in well. Amazingly lifelike, especially in such a small scale. Looks to be just under 4 inches long including the porch. Was this built from scratch? I'd have heard of software that takes your photos of buildings and opens them up for 3D modelling purposes. Very nice job!
  4. Steve Shaw

    Steve Shaw Member

    Gibson's Hall Build

    The first thing I do is find a worthy subject to work with, some thing
    old with history and character. I design in PhotoShop so the next thing
    is taking photos, lots of pictures. The secret is to capture all details not
    in one photo, zoom in on each point of interest and assemble them later,
    and remember to get a measurement for scale, I use N scale because it
    saves space and it works out close to the resolution of my camera.
    Now I am ready to lay out the sides of the building to scale, edit the
    photos and scale to fit. This model required two 8 ½ X 11 sheets.


    Ready for cutting.


    As you can see from the photo above I use tabs for two reasons, when
    folded they add stiffness to the sides and help keep it straight and
    easier to glue, even at this simplicity I have managed to mess a few of
    these up.


    I had trouble making the concert slab as a box so I laminated 8
    layers of 67lbs. Stock, cut and painted the sides, also had the same
    problem with the post, used 4 layers, this made them closer to scale.


    With the sides attached I add the 3 formers, these help keep the sides
    straight when adding the roof and closing the bottom.


    The roof is of two layers for stiffness and graphics. I was unable to
    obtain a good photo of the slate roof so with a little surfing, found
    one that is very close.


    The concert slab is attached to bottom edge of front. The post and
    awning are the last to be added finishing this project.


    I want to thank all of you and this forum for sharing your techniques,
    time and knowledge, all of my ideas have come from with in your post.
    I now see the time and effort it takes to do even a small thread like this.
    My hat goes off to.

  5. Amazyah

    Amazyah Senior Member

    That is a very nice looking model Steve!
    A good looking design and a darn good looking build!

  6. Art Decko

    Art Decko Member

    Very fine work once again, Steve!
  7. Elliott

    Elliott Senior Member

    Thanks for posting the pictures and a quick tutorial, Steve. 2 questions:

    1 - When photographing the prototype, you need to be at right angles to the subject, correct? Could you or one of the photography gurus go into more specifics on this? I ask because I used to interpret aerial photography and whenever I see anything about using photographs to actually model something, my mind fills up with angles, nadir points, distance to photographed object, etc. does N scale relate to the resolution of the camera?

    2 - Regarding front porch posts -after you laminated them and cut them out, did you cover the laminated edges or just leave them uncovered? Couldn't tell from the pictures.

    Hmm...that was 4 questions. :oops:


    Elliott :thumb:
  8. Steve Shaw

    Steve Shaw Member

    Elliott, I am no expert at photography, PhotoShop or model design,
    this is an idea I had, tried it and it seems to work. I have found that
    right angles would be the best but not all ways possible that’s when
    PhotoShop comes in handy for rotate, distort, prospective and etc.
    Resolution = my camera is old, most pics are 50 – 90 KB and when I
    scale them to fit my layout it usually requires less pixel stretching
    for N scale, some layouts require multiple pics assembled in PhotoShop
    resulting in scaling down instead of up.
    The post are cut and painted no covering on sides.
    Hope this answers all your questions. Maybe we could get an expert’s
    view on this?
  9. leleux

    leleux New Member

    this looks very nice!

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