Community Build Ideas

Thank you to all who chimed in on the previous thread gauging interest on the idea of a buddy build and for the kind words concerning the good old days of the Token Build and Blog.  With Vulcan's help I hope to be able to get that site up and running and once again use it as an archive for these community showcases of talent and hard work.

I'm starting this new thread in the hopes of giving interested builders an opportunity to post their top three ideas for the upcoming project.  Keep in mind the following when considering your choices:

1)  Build has to be completed in a month's timeframe

2) Structure or scenic project must be generic enough in nature that it could be adapted to fit any layout,          theme or time period

3) The majority of the build has to be scratchbuilt, meaning aftermarket parts preferably at the minimum

4) Choice of project is something of a skill level that is reasonable enough so that no "special" talent (electrical) ,equipment (soldering), or second job ($$$) is required to complete 

Sound reasonable?  Please feel free to discuss any other possible considerations to the mix.

So after ten years of consideration here are my three ideas for a February Token Build.  I like to use the "Goldilocks Rule" when making picks ... one that's small, one that's big, and one that's just right  

1) small: a kiosk 

2) big: a rural farm house

3) just right: a small barn

 

Original Post

Maybe substitute outhouse for kiosk?


A good deal of strategic planning is like a ritual rain dance.

It has no effect on the weather that follows, but those who engage in it think it does. 

Furthermore, much of the advice related to strategic planning is directed at improving the

dancing, not the weather.

 

 

bfishma1 posted:

Cant take a dump on that idea Martin  

Same size and shape proves one of the enduring points of the build ... as long as you're willing to sign up, there's a whole lot of crap you can pull off 

Clever lad,

I've not got any space on my bench for quite a while, and almost everything I build now goes into print elsewhere (   ).  Somewhere I probably have a photo of a farmhouse that I wanted to build once upon a time.  Problem for me is once done, I have no further use of a structure - the layout is full!


A good deal of strategic planning is like a ritual rain dance.

It has no effect on the weather that follows, but those who engage in it think it does. 

Furthermore, much of the advice related to strategic planning is directed at improving the

dancing, not the weather.

 

 

mwb posted:
Somewhere I probably have a photo of a farmhouse that I wanted to build once upon a time. 

Seriously, though, I recommend starting with something modest, at least at first. That way the beginners won't be intimidated and the experts might find the time.

--pete

 

 

My heart is warm with the friends I make, 

And better friends I'll not be knowing;

Yet there isn't a train I wouldn't take,

No matter where it's going.

                        Edna St. Vincent Millay

 

Thanks to those who have added their input so far.  All jokes aside, it seems as if the interest expressed is leaning towards the kiosk/outhouse angle.  I found this interesting example on Shorpy I'm thinking about using as a template if the build ends up going that route.  Still hoping for more votes for the barn though ... need something to compliment that darn corn crib I built  

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bfishma1 posted:

 Still hoping for more votes for the barn though ... need something to compliment that darn corn crib I built 

 

Basic farmhouse.  Found one that I can use as a starting template and "improvise" with from there,


A good deal of strategic planning is like a ritual rain dance.

It has no effect on the weather that follows, but those who engage in it think it does. 

Furthermore, much of the advice related to strategic planning is directed at improving the

dancing, not the weather.

 

 

Shameless bump to bring this post back to the top so it doesn't drown in the weeds (thanks Vulcan)

So based on my clever accounting skills, it seems as if we have a possibility of four participants in the upcoming February Token Build.  Martin (mwb), Pete (avanti), Mark, and some jerk named bfishma.  

Votes seem to be up in the air but in agreement that the build should be relatively simple, nothing too fancy or difficult as many seem to have other projects that they are currently working on.

I'm still up for a modest barn as perhaps Martin.  Not ruling out the kiosk.  Still got plenty of time for others that are interested to sign up and weigh in with build ideas!

If we are going to do a barn, I suggest that it specifically be a ramshackle/abandoned barn. IMO, this would add to the interest and also make for a more forgiving project for beginners. I suppose, though, that that could be left as an option to the builder.

BTW: I am going to be traveling for the first two weeks of February, so I may have a late start.

--pete

 

 

My heart is warm with the friends I make, 

And better friends I'll not be knowing;

Yet there isn't a train I wouldn't take,

No matter where it's going.

                        Edna St. Vincent Millay

 

pete & mark:

build is in the eye of the beholder.  thats the beauty.  as long as its a "barn" you're in the clear.  heck could be a train barn!

i plan on roughing mine up a bit too.  one of the advantages to scratchbuilding as opposed to kits or preassembled buildings.  not knocking them, just pointing out the obvious

and no worries on time ... its starting thats the important part.   

Here's a nice house that was a construction article in an old Mainline Modeler Magazine. I scaled it for O'scale and intended on scratch-building it sometime, but might as well put it out there for this group build. I'm sorry, but I'm booked solid re: joining in.

Bay WindowEnd View 1End View 2Front ElevPlan ViewRear ElevSide Door

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bfishma1 posted:

pete & mark:

build is in the eye of the beholder.  thats the beauty.  as long as its a "barn" you're in the clear.  heck could be a train barn!

i plan on roughing mine up a bit too.  one of the advantages to scratchbuilding as opposed to kits or preassembled buildings.  not knocking them, just pointing out the obvious

and no worries on time ... its starting thats the important part.   

Well, that's good because I had a few ideas I was kicking around in my head. So if we're doing this, then when does all this start?

Mark

The build will officially begin February 1st with the first thread focusing on completing the frame of the structure.

In the meantime I would suggest doing some research on possible templates to use.  As I mentioned before Shorpy is a great site to get lost in searching for reference photos.  Also I find previous builds by modelers whose work I admire offer great inspiration as well.  

You may also want to start staining wood as I have found that that seems to be one of the most time consuming parts of my builds.  Any prep work you can go ahead and get a heard start on will help in being able to focus your time on the build itself.

With February fast approaching and this Community Build on the horizon, I thought it might be a good idea to start browsing the InterWebs for some ideas and inspiration.  Looks like the "barn" will be the agreed upon structure and I want to try and model a well worn structure.  I also am interested in attempting to model the "traditional" barn look of a gambrel or "dutch roof" with my build.  Here are a few of the examples I found pleasing ... oddly enough they are computer generated 3D models created for use in the graphic software used to generate movies and video games:

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