Saturday, September 6, 2014

New Haven Interlocking Tower


My friend, Doug, asked me to build a couple New Haven Interlocking Towers for his layout.
He models a Canadian based road, but he liked the look of the towers along the NH.


I varied the two identical towers slightly to give each one their own appearance.


One tower has the original concrete chimney while I placed a brick one on the other tower.


I also changed up the end wall where the outside ladder meets the ground.  One of these walls has the door while the other has the two windows.


I used an interesting technique to achieve the concrete look I wanted.  You will see the method later.


I've simply placed the tower on my layout for fun.  Of course, it is not officially planted as it will be going over to Doug's place.


It certainly is a handsome looking structure with that pagoda style roof.


An aerial view.


The kit comes from Railway Heritage Models.


This colour image from a research book helped provide prototype information.


You can see the horizontal lines in the concrete showcasing the wood planking forms that were used during the construction of the tower.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Foscale Radio Station Built By Chris


I have just purchased this gorgeous model made by my good friend, Chris Lyon.
It is the FOS Scale Limited Radio WKLO and Malcolm's House of Music offering.
Chris opted to re-letter the station to read KLWO.


Chris recently dismantled his model railroad as he prepares for a move.  All items on the layout were for sale, so I couldn't pass up this great opportunity.


I had wanted to purchase this building, but left it too late and it was a limited run kit which sold out fairly quickly. 


Chris and I both play guitar together and perform, so it is fitting that I have this wonderful model made by him now residing in my home.


KLWO is now a Christian Rock station, but on my layout, any style of music will be heard over the airwaves around that big antenna.


The little red Beetle has always been on my wish list but I never could find one.


Thanks to Chris for throwing it in with the radio station.


This "at level" view shows the unique lines of the structure.


A side view with all those great signs.


Chris tells me that he sprayed the signs first with Dullcoat then wet them so that they would fit nicely into all of the grooves along the clapboard siding.


A view from the rear when Chris brought the structure out to OVAR.


The brown structure to the left is one I built for my friend, John and it just so happened that I brought it out at the same OVAR meeting.


Chris snapped this great shot on his layout.  The building hadn't been officially planted as of yet.


It sure looks nice near the shores of the lake Chris made.


Chris tells me that he used a white wash of Saman Stains and Olive Stain for most of the colouring of the building.  He made use of A/I and Bragdon powders to weather everything.  Some of his details were painted using Velejo paints.


Chris used canopy glue and tacky glue to assemble the structure.  He roughed up the siding and lifted each line of clapboard to increase depth.  To create stucco, he sifted fine sand over AppleBarrel acrylics while the paint was still wet.


Here's an "in-progress" shot.


Thanks so much for giving me the opportunity to own this structure, Chris.  All the best in your future move!
Have a great day!  Mike Hamer