Need advice on 2 Buildings

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by Starman, Apr 8, 2008.

  1. Starman

    Starman Member

    I have 2 building's that i need to start on but i ran into some problems last night while trying to put them together.The first one is the ADM GRAIN ELEVATOR and the next is the Red Wing Milling Company.When i went to look at the instuctions on how to put these together i was lost right off the bat.Not only do they not tell you how to put these together but it just show's a bunch of numbers and i just don't understand what to do.Is there some way of getting instuctions for these that tells you where all of the parts go or do you have to follow the picture that is on the front of the boxes.The numbers for these are 933-3022 Grain Elevator and 933-3026 for the Red wing Milling Company.If i could get some help with this or if someone could tell me what i need to do in order to get these started i would appreciate it greatly.
    Thank you
  2. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    I think these are Walthers Kits. They most likely have an "exploded view" rather than a step-by-step instruction sheet.

    The key is to look carefully about where they seem to suggest the parts fit. Locate the numbers of the parts, and look for them on the sprues - there should be a moulded number somewhere near (but not on) the part.

    Cut it away carefully, and then test fit it without glue in the spot you think it should go. If it fits, glue it in place. If not, remember what number it is, and go back and get the right part from the sprue.

    Generally, there is some written instruction on how the kit goes together overall, but if not, you can follow the general rule of assembling all the parts of a wall first (i.e. put in all windows and doors), then joining the walls, then putting on the roof.

    Good luck!

  3. Starman

    Starman Member

    Thank you MasonJar for that info,i just thought that the kits would have better info about how to put them together and yes these are Walthers kits but i will take your advice and see what i can do.
  4. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Some kits number the parts in the order they should go together; others don't. Make sure you don't assemble something that will interfere with something else.
    Even with written instructions, I've had kits where they said to glue the last wall on, then on the back of the page described building the interior.
    And there's one guy who won't provide instructions. He feels that if you need them, you're not experienced enough to build his kit!
  5. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    Yeah, the instructions threw me, too. I built both of those kits, and look what I ended up with :eek::



    I like to assemble the shell of the building first, then paint it, also painting the doors and windows, and other details while they're still on the sprues. I find that it's also easiest to install the window "glass" on the frames, then install the completed units into the structure. You can do a "dry run" assembly using short pieces of masking tape at the corners to hold stuff together, just to give you an idea of how things are supposed to fit.

  6. I have heard these kits can be a real pain to put together,I have heard that you have to sand the silos to get them to fit,same thing for the Medusa Cement Plant.
  7. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    I don't know if it is true of the Walther's kits or not. I have the ADM Grain Elevator on my shelf to build when I get a chance to do some modeling instead of remodeling the house. I found that when I built some p2k boxcars that often the pins for things like grab irons are bigger than the holes in the car that they are supposed to go into. Easy fix is to keep your small drill set handy and gradually open up the holes so that the part just slips in, then use liquid glue from inside the model to secure those parts.
  8. Starman

    Starman Member

    Thanks guys for your imput now i will take what i have learned from you guys and see if i can't put these buildings together and when i do get them done i will post some pics of them but i want to warn you that it may take me all summer to get them done as i am really slow when it comes to things like this.I really will need to take my time and not rush so i can get them right and paint and weathered before i put them on the layout.Thank you all for your help and docwayne thanks for the pics of what you have done.So again thank you all.
  9. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    Taking your time to get them right is one way to stretch your hobby $$. One of my complaints with the tendency to make everything r-t-r is that you spend money, put it on the layout, spend money put it on the layout, etc. I have seen the argument made that a craftsman kit that is difficult enough to require you to spend a week or two to build is really a bargain when you compare the time to build it verses the cost to buy it.
  10. Starman

    Starman Member

    I hope it does only take a couple of weeks to do this but i guess what i should have said was with the way i work it will take some time to do these buildings,but i just ran into a friend of mine here at work and he has done these before and he is willing to come and help me get started so maybe i will get them done sooner.
  11. Jim Krause

    Jim Krause Active Member

    I built a Walthers double track bridge a couple of years ago and found that it takes some research to get an idea of where all of the parts go. Keep a sharp hobby knife and sanding sticks (nail file boards) available for the pieces that need adjustment.
  12. One thing if for sure,every structure you build,you will improve not only your skills but your speed.

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