The Fish Building

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by ocalicreek, Oct 29, 2008.

  1. ocalicreek

    ocalicreek Member

    Hello All! While I'm laid up (shingles...ugh) I decided I'd go through some old files on the computer and post a couple older projects. This structure was built in early 2004 and sold on ebay. It was a neat way to earn a little money, but now I kinda wish I hadn't sold it. Anyway, I suppose I could always do it again if I found the same kit.

    The basic four walls came from an old Magnusen kit I picked up at a GATS. Just the four walls, $5, if memory serves me right. The addition on the back is scratch from clapboard siding I had in stock. The base is foam with lightweight spackle for the ground and sidewalk, painted with acrylics and scenicked with WS products. The little fence, garbage cans and cats are WS metal details as is the stump. The stovepipe is from a Bar Mills kit, I believe.

    I call it the Fish Building because of the signs. The Beer ad painted on the wall came on the kit when I bought it. I added character to the brick with mortar and coloring a few bricks here and there for interest. The zig zag in the wall on that side was just a way to add interest as easy saw job requiring no additional walls, just additional bracing inside. I use bread clips for that, often.

    x front detail.JPG

    x front left.JPG

    x front right.JPG

    Three more pics in the next post...
  2. ocalicreek

    ocalicreek Member

    More pics

    If you look closely you'll see the rear addition is actually sagging to one side. I did this by cutting two of the walls at a slight angle, making more of a trapazoid than rectangle. The corner trim hides that fact, making it appear as if the footing hasn't been well laid. The inspiration for this addition came from old photos of a slum district in Philly.

    x rear left.JPG

    x rear right.JPG

    x rear detail.JPG

    Maybe there's fish bones in the trash cans, too, since those cats are all hanging around. And I bet the old woman with the broom is taking a break from her chores and lamenting the fact that that big old maple got cut down last year. Or perhaps she's enjoying the sun?

    It was a fun kitbash...I've got another from that same time to share eventually. I'd love to hear from the fellow who bought it to know if it found a home on a layout, or what.
  3. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Active Member

    Very realistic. Nice job. :thumb:
  4. cnw1961

    cnw1961 Member

    That’s fantastic :thumb::thumb:. A pity that you sold it!
  5. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    WOW love the building Galen!!! Nicely done :thumb: the weathering, pealing signs, different covered bricks here and there, the addition, and the trash in the yard REALLY bring it all together and make it look good!!! :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  6. ocalicreek

    ocalicreek Member

    Thanks, everybody! I can't remember exactly how well I did on the sale, but I know there was a bidding war to get it. I was flattered, naturally, but tinged with sadness that I had to pack it up and send it away.

    Some folks just pile on the details (a la Selios) and that's fine, but for me I prefer a restrained approach. Too much clutter shouldn't be everywhere on a layout but here and there is appropriate. I hope I acheived that balance here. What the buyer adds will be up to him or her.

    Not sure if you can see it, but there was a neat little cinderblock step detail I added on the back stoop. Fun.
  7. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    Galen, that's as fine a building as I've seen ANYWHERE....!!!
    Although that one is gone, I'm sure there are others still up your sleeve...:thumb:
  8. ocalicreek

    ocalicreek Member

    Gus - indeed, they are hibernating in the plastic tubs and boxes in the garage. I was out rummaging through them today. On the one hand, I feel confident I won't have to set foot in a hobby shop for years and I'd still have plenty to do. :rolleyes:

    On the other hand, I get a bit depressed thinking about all those lonely kits, waiting to be bashed.:cry:

    Oh well. They will have their day in the sun!
  9. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    Absolutely beautiful Galen! Great looking brick work, weathering, signs, and that addition on the back makes it even more interesting!

    Modeling that inspires us!

  10. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    Great looking kitbash, Galen. :thumb::thumb: The alteration and the addition make the original building much more interesting, while still looking prototypical. The restrained addition of details only contributes to the overall character, without overwhelming the structure: in my opinion, the best way to do it. ;):-D

  11. ocalicreek

    ocalicreek Member

    Thanks Ralph, & Wayne. I have been inspired over and over here at The Gauge and always want to give something back. Since I haven't been modeling as much as I have wanted to, I figured I'd pull something out of the barrel for now. There's another ebay kitbash waiting in the wings...mebbe I'll post it next week.
  12. tetters

    tetters Rail Spiking Fool!

    That is really nice. I like it a lot.
  13. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    WOW! What a great job. I really like it.
  14. Nazgul

    Nazgul Active Member

    It is not often enough that we get a chance to see your work...but it is always worth the wait! :thumb:
    It is a truely outstanding job!:thumb::thumb::thumb::thumb::thumb:
    That addition on the back really sets it apart (it gives it loads of character). I also agree that you have just the right amount of clutter. You have really pulled it all together, and it just looks......."right"!

    Great work, my friend! :winker:
  15. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Nicely done! I agree with your approach on the added details... :)

  16. modelsof1900

    modelsof1900 Member


    a very good modelled house!! Great detailing, aging and weathering! Nice to see such fine and realistic models.

    Congratulation !!!!! :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:

  17. sgtcarl

    sgtcarl Member

    Great modeling, Galen!! :thumb::thumb::thumb::thumb::thumb:
    I only hope that some of my work turns out half as good as yours!!

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