This kit is advertised to be assembled in minutes. This is true for the main building as all you have to do is glue 2 sidewalls at the loading dock and then place the roof on the structure and secure from underneath with 4 Philips head screws and it is done. All that is left is all of the fine detail parts.
Now comes the tricky part. There are some areas that are pre-drilled in the structure for some of the details to fit in and glue. I found that on some of the real delicate pieces that flashing on the sprue surrounding these parts was excessive and hard to remove without doing some damage to the placement posts on the parts.
Consequently I'm going through and scratch building some replacements and modifying the structure somewhat since this is not going to be a functioning business but rather a "museum" in honor of my great-grandfather.
Once I have the modifications completed then I will do some weathering.
Project at hand: the Woodland Scenics O'Leary Dairy Distribution kit arrived today. I will start working on it this weekend and it should go pretty fast since it is a pre-fab kit.
First up will be to prime it and then paint the building and the detail parts. It looks like most of the work will be painting the details and putting the details in place.
Update on the single module that will be home to the Jantzen Creamery. For those who may not know, this module is in honor of my great-grandfather who owned the creamery in Hillsboro, KS from 1899-1903. He used to send workers to the train station to find out when the train would arrive so that the delivery of products to the train station would be as fresh as possible. Later he established a phone line (first in the area to do this) to the station so all he would have to do is call.
Today I took the opportunity to plant some trees. I am waiting for the arrival of the Woodland Scenics O'Leary Dairy Distribution kit to serve as the creamery. The kit will serve as a tribute only and will not be operational.
Once the kit is assembled and in place I'm pretty much going to call this module finished except maybe for some minor touch up and getting the ballast down.
I printed out the track plan in AnyRail for the depressed deck, double module and placed it on the module to get an idea of how things would look. Although not totally perfect because of how the paper is sometimes pulled through the printer it is close enough.
My placement of the courthouse on the plan and the ability to cover the cut out for access to the power receptacles is a little off. I do have some wriggle room in real life to adjust for that fact.
Gathering the materials for the project at hand for today. This is an experimental depressed deck double module that Terry from T-kits did. The deck sits 2 inches below the top in dadoes that were cut around the frames that make up the fascia. This way I can cut my river as deep as I want.
In the first picture of the module you can see a 2" piece of foam that Terry supplied as part of the packing material so that once assembled it is easy to check that the foam will be flush.
Two inch foam is not available in my immediate area; however, my local Home Depot has 1" x 24" x 24" Foamular Project panels, https://www.homedepot.com/p/Project-Panels-FOAMUL…/203553730. I will "sandwich" two panels together using Loctite PL300 adhesive for foamboard.
If you use these make sure you take your tape measure with you to measure the foamboard panel as all panels are not created equal despite the stated dimensions. In this case I made sure that each panel was as equal as possible before selecting them. You may have to pick through them for any imperfections from being stored on the shelf just as you would if selecting dimensional lumber.
You will have to trim the panels to fit the double module but don't throw away the excess. Save the excess for future landscaping applications.
Finally had a chance today to assemble the quad module from Terry at T-Kits.com. The assembly process went smoothly thanks to the excellent tutorial by Bruce Arbo of Coastal Alabama T-TRAK. You can view the pictorial here. The next steps will be to paint the fascia, the deck and start assembling and laying the track.
Back to the project at hand. After getting the feeders located where I wanted them and drilling the holes to pass them through, I have reassembled the track, relaid the road, painted some striping., added some shrubbery to the front edge and laid down some gravel in the back corner where the creamery will reside. I decided to place the creamery on a gravel lot for some contrast.
Was able to do some touch up with the scenery with this single module after I got the road laid. Since the extension track for the small yard that connects to the right of this module covers the holes to access the leveling bolts on the rear are covered by the track, I just planted trees to cover the holes on the front.
Got to get some ballast down now.
Going to work on a road today since it is kind of dreary outside. I will be using chipboard as described by Bruce Arbo in the T-TRAK Wiki under Tutorials.
It is hard to see the chipboard in the picture but I like to weight it down while the glue dries. I'm using my inexpensive weights: gallon milk containers filled with water which weigh about 8 pounds each.
After about an hour for the glue to dry some I added some spackling to help contour the shoulders of the road. Once it dries thoroughly I will sand it down and adjust accordingly. The spackling is the kind that goes on pink and turns white when dry.
I received the Woodland Scenics, BR4949, Feed Mill today. I was quite pleased with the detailing of this structure. Some may balk at the price of this piece but in my estimation it is well worth it.
This structure is going to be situated on a single module and part of a two part module set. It will be joined with a quad module that houses the Cooperative Grain complex. That module also includes a small yard for storage.
The feed mill also comes with the Just Plug LED light system. I still have to purchase the power supply and control hub for the system.
I have been involved with N Scale for a long time (not as long as some) but N Scale has always been my choice of scales. I have had different layouts over the years, mostly what some would call traditional layouts ranging from hollow core doors to starting on an around the room project.