I have started a new project. This is one of three HO scale kits I am building for a customer. This one is the Builders in Scale kit 615.



I have started on the ore house but need to stop till I know from the customer whether he is looking for stain only or paint. If stain I need to pre-stain all parts before any gluing. If paint I can choose to paint and glue or build sub-assemblies and paint.


Joe Fauty


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The customer wants the trestle on the opposite side of the ore bin. I assembled the ore house thinking I could just turn it around however forgot to take into account only one side wall has windows so they would be facing the wrong way. I pulled off the one end with the small window (came off in pieces). I built a new wall with wood stock I have and enlarged the hole on the opposite side.



The new window hole is not as good as laser cut but it will work.

Started working on the side posts for the bin superstructure. The photo may be misleading. The post structure on the left is not wider than that on the right.


Joe Fauty


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I put the bin house together. During the course of the build I decided to change from painting first then gluing to gluing a structure and painting. I can do this since the first coat of  enamel will cover any glue spots.




The kit came with a thin sheet of 'corrugated Al' roofing. I did not like it all mostly because it looked more O scale than HO scale. I opted for a 'tar paper' roof using a method I saw on a Jason Jenson Youtube video. It is black construction paper painted dark gray. I then sanded with 120 grit paper to remove spots of the gray and fray the edges. there are various shades of weathering powders applied.

The structure was painted dark gray then washes were applied using burnt umber, burnt sienna and raw sienna acrylic paints followed by weathering powders.

Next up is the trestle deck structure.


Gluing the individual post structures together was somewhat of a pain but it got done. The kit instructions called for board by board building of the ore bin. I opted for a  scribed sheet instead. As can be seen in the above photos it came out just fine.

Joe Fauty


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Started working on the trestle deck. Again I used double sided scotch tape to hold the two chords in place. I placed a piece of plywood on one side to act as a stop then used a spacer to place the deck ties. The kit plan calls for two HO rails to be glued in place however I have none so will ask the customer to glue once the structure is delivered. The rails are supposed to guide 3 or 4 ore cars that came with the kit.


Joe Fauty


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Joe, that is an excellent job you are doing, B&SC makes some terrific kits, I think you'll enjoy this build.  If I remember correctly, the guys who started B&SC were named Pete Smith and John Calin, really nice guys and both were tremendous Sn3 modelers.  I think they ended up selling the line to Bill Banta.  I have some of their Sn3 kits and really like them.



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I think that the building of models in 1:48 scale is enjoyable because most pieces are large enough to work with easily. Seems to me that working in 1:87 might be more difficult and not as enjoyable due to everything being smaller. But, I can't say for sure since I have never worked in 1:87.


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