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This Ameritowne building was done just after the protocols hit in March.  I guess it's paying homage to ol' Wile E. Coyote....Acme Tool Company (got to get a sign done someday.)  I had no idea when I built it where I'd find space on the layout for it.  With all the doors...3 freight, a double and single pedestrian doors...and the small 6X6 footprint, I still have no idea whether it'll stand alone somewhere, be next to a track, two tracks, which side serviced, etc., etc..  So I decided to build it with options.

The front and back of the building are pretty fixed...everything is permanently fastened to the building's exterior....

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But in order to keep the two sides w/freight doors flexible...platform or not, one side but not both, etc...I decided to make an interchangeable canopy and two mirror-image platforms that would allow more placement options...

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To do this I simply added two fixed pins to the side canopy and drilled identical holes on both sides of the building (the identical brick pattern makes this a cinch!).  Then I fashioned a couple simulated cast iron wall anchors (star pattern) to insert in the empty holes...

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Substituted a smoke stack on the roof for the kit water tower...

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...and added front/rear/upstairs Woodland Scenics LED's...

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Of course, it needs some details.....freight, workers, da boss, vehicles, mascot, signage, etc.,etc., blah, blah...all of which will come with its placement......  Think I'll add a couple scuppers w/downpipes at the rear corners, too.

Meanwhile, as the wife sez, another dust collector.  

Oh well, the days are a lot more fun doing something like this.  Sort of like a DIY jigsaw puzzle.

KD (a.k.a., Lucas Gudinov)

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Just about everything here could have been tossed without being missed. Mostly leftovers outside of the few trees. Even the brown boulder is a re-purposed mud wasp nest. The roof is a damp soft wood sheet with only edges cut via strong,tight, sharp scissors and scores along the length between ends (that faded/swelled over time; hard to see here) There is a bulb inside but "offscreen". Off or on; light and reflections make photos of this a challenge. IMG_20181122_214632~2IMG_20181122_213023~2

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 WOW, WE'RE approaching 4 pages, lets keep going.  Rarely do we see the private collections of O Gaugers creations all in one place.  We have some extreme;y excellent builders on the forum and it is so nice to see everyone's contributions.  

Here's 2 fronts for DSL models, Dave Lull", Chicago.  They are models of real buildings in the city.  Of course these are my interpretations of them.. 😉

 

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@CPF3 posted:

Adriatic:  you must hold the record for World's Smallest 027 Layout!  Simply not possible to be any smaller without custom made track.  Neat!

Many of these photos and buildings exhibit excellent lighting effects, which add so much.

John

It's about 0-19" hand bent. At 0-17" there's too many gremlins to mod out of things. 0-21" was "best" (next time I post) It accepts up to about 11" cars and many more engines.

 WOW, WE'RE approaching 4 pages, lets keep going.  Rarely do we see the private collections of O Gaugers creations all in one place.  We have some extreme;y excellent builders on the forum and it is so nice to see everyone's contributions.  

Here's 2 fronts for DSL models, Dave Lull", Chicago.  They are models of real buildings in the city.  Of course these are my interpretations of them.. 😉

 

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Ted, awesome as usual.  You're "interpretive skills" are stunning..

I've been working on a particular industrial scene focusing on a Gantry Crane (TMCC).   I automated trackside movement and then decided to camouflage the drive shaft of the Gantry Crane hiding it under a platform. https://ogrforum.ogaugerr.com/...1#147972075011278941

The drive motor was still visible.

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 I thought a building covering it would be a good approach since I could easily lift it off to deal with any motor issues. Then Quarter Gauger 48 (Ted) introduced me to ModelBuilderSoftware and encouraged me to 'build my own'  With only about 2.5" in width to work with, no kit or prebuilt I could find would work. So with his mentoring I dived in and built this (Ted, sure hope I didn't embarrass you with these. ) :  

The first building (blue below)  fit over the motor and did the trick. The next morning, I decided I'd prefer a 2 story building.  Then, I found I had an EvansDesign welding light kit so, since it's a yard, it needed a welding shack as well.  

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@Joe Fauty posted:

Dewey - how are you guy?

Howdy Joe

Good to hear from you. I see your work often when I am able to log onto the Forum. And of course, I see all the many structures and features you made for my operation when I can ride the stairlift up to my little attic layout.

I am doing okay, just getting uglier and slower with age and ailments. I am now incapacitated as regards doing any train or layout work. In mid-February I spent my 88th birthday in the Hospital after a 1 a.m. faint and fall in the bathroom. Could not move even enough to reach the baths emergency buttons but fortunately had my ancient flip phone in my nightshirt pocket. When I regained some degree of sense I called my handicapped wife on the house landline who got 911( I dialed 10 digits ).

Anyway, I had 103.5 temp, got stitched (minor), swabbed, lectured by MD on not giving permission for chest compression and ventilator hookup (if necessary) but argued that my Living Will did not allow it. Fortunately, temp came down overnight and after being stuck, probed and lectured for 3 days I came home and haven't left since. 

Hope you are safe and well.

 

 

 

@ToledoEd posted:

I've been working on a particular industrial scene focusing on a Gantry Crane (TMCC).   I automated trackside movement and then decided to camouflage the drive shaft of the Gantry Crane hiding it under a platform. https://ogrforum.ogaugerr.com/...1#147972075011278941

The drive motor was still visible.

Gantry dock Motor

 I thought a building covering it would be a good approach since I could easily lift it off to deal with any motor issues. Then Quarter Gauger 48 (Ted) introduced me to ModelBuilderSoftware and encouraged me to 'build my own'  With only about 2.5" in width to work with, no kit or prebuilt I could find would work. So with his mentoring I dived in and built this (Ted, sure hope I didn't embarrass you with these. ) :  

The first building (blue below)  fit over the motor and did the trick. The next morning, I decided I'd prefer a 2 story building.  Then, I found I had an EvansDesign welding light kit so, since it's a yard, it needed a welding shack as well.  

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 Ed, you've done a fabulous job for first time using the MBS. Very good.  I really like the welders shed'... And I could never build that moving crane... Too technical for me'... Structures and lighting... is my thing... Not an animator at all'..... You're a very good electrical engineer..........   ⭐👍😀🙄⭐ 

@CPF3 posted:

this is just plain delightful!  What great work!!

How did you do the stone building and cobblestone street in the very last photo>

thanks so much,

John

HEY JOHN   Not quite sure what you are asking (how did you do the stone building). I"ll try a short response here. I've used a lot of styrofoam on my layout to create varying terrain levels. The stone building was designed to fit where there was an abrupt drop in the terrain. Always short on available space on the layout, my thinking was to create two different scenes in a 1' by 2' area.  The building is constructed out of wood, Luan for the walls/roof.  Grandt Line windows, doors, architectural features; Plastruct tile sheet for the roof; Scenic Express paper wall.  The brick street material was purchased from a company I believe is no longer in business unfortunately. The brick was embossed on a thin flexible rubber type material. A "brick" sheet (approximately  12" by 12") also included sidewalk pavers, curb,& man hole covers. That was cut and glued to the styrofoam. Hope this answered your inquiry. If not let me know. Thank you for your compliment!      This is a great thread, an opportunity for everyone to share their creativity. As you can tell I love scratch building. The trains are just an excuse. 

 Just completed this'.. A solicitation complaint being followed up at the Savoy'....🙄 This is for a build challenge on another forum.  But I posting a few shots here first''' as this is the main O scale forum and site'...

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Don't know why the motion shot is horizontal.  It shows the fluorescent lights in action. If someone knows how to get a GIF file to rotate, please inform me'...😉

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P8015048P8015050P8015051In the top photo I was trying to fill up wall space.  This takes a lot of windows. I went thru Lionel parts listings and found cheap windows for things like 445 switch towers and bought a couple hundred.  Might have cost me a dime apiece.

The dark brick building, lower right, shows a problem I had with seams using commercial brick paper.

Chimneys are hand carved from pine.

That B&M box car . . . a junker cut in half on the band saw.  Sort of a John Allen stunt.  Did not work in a mirror though.  

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Some time ago, I decided to replace the Lionel #113 station with a prototypical one for my town of Rock Springs.  By chance, on a trip to Tucson, I saw an office building that said to me, "I want to be a train station"  So, after some photos and measurements, I went to work and here is the result.

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