Post a write up and pictures of Homemade or Kit-bashed Layout Buildings you have made or modified or scratch built. 

I will start with one of my first kit-bashed Plasticville buildings , the Bachmann Coal Station, number 1975.

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The project was to make a raised roof, (which had a conveyor to spread coal), on the the Coal Station to replace the 1975 flat roof.  I always liked the looks of that style coal station.  I used 1/8 inch tempered Masonite with one smooth side.  The smooth sides were scored with a knife to look like siding.  Windows were cut out and made and installed in the top section.  The parts were glued with Elmer's glue.   A sheet metal roof, obtained at a train show, was installed.

Finished Coaling Station

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View of the under side of the new roof.

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 Now let us see one of your homemade or kit-bashed layout building.

Charlie

 

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Three of the 4 buildings in this corner scene are kit bashed.  The Atlantic Ice and Cold storage was scratchbuilt.    The flat on the far left is Joe's Pickle factory kit from Korber,  next from the left is sections of the AHM 2 stall engine house kit sitting above the track from the yard, the largest multi-story building on the right is a kitbash using Ameritowne Wall sections sitting on top of a scratchbuild concrete foundation.

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My contribution is an rather amateur in comparison to the great work by you guys.

I found some foam core poster board material being thrown out at work. Being part vulture, I scooped it up with intentions of using it some how on the layout. I decided to make an old factory building made of brick. 

There is an old factory in St. Louis called the International Shoe Company that has really great brick work. I couldn’t find an image of the building as a whole, so I used google street view to capture some images of certain features. I then photoshopped the building facades together and printed them off. 

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With a small layout, the factory will also serve as a pass through tunnel.  Goal was to cover this front corner on the upper level.

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I cut and pasted the images onto the foam core board. Then I glued and taped the foam core images onto a cardboard box for support.

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I added roof pieces then added a small top floor area to give it a little more character.

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 I will be adding some pink foam tunnels/base of the building.

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Overall I was very happy with the result. $0 project that took a couple hours to build.

JD2035RR posted:

My contribution is an rather amateur in comparison to the great work by you guys.

I found some foam core poster board material being thrown out at work. Being part vulture, I scooped it up with intentions of using it some how on the layout. I decided to make an old factory building made of brick. 

There is an old factory in St. Louis called the International Shoe Company that has really great brick work. I couldn’t find an image of the building as a whole, so I used google street view to capture some images of certain features. I then photoshopped the building facades together and printed them off. 

 

 

With a small layout, the factory will also serve as a pass through tunnel.  Goal was to cover this front corner on the upper level.

 

I cut and pasted the images onto the foam core board. Then I glued and taped the foam core images onto a cardboard box for support.

 

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I added roof pieces then added a small top floor area to give it a little more character.

 

 

 

 I will be adding some pink foam tunnels/base of the building.

 

 

Overall I was very happy with the result. $0 project that took a couple hours to build.

 I like it! It actually turned out pretty cool!

Sean

 

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Great looking buildings Chris! One question though is where did you learn to paint the clouds?

JD, the building turned out nice! Nice work.

Here is all I have for scratch building. It started out as a sign board that I cut and painted.20190418_11363320190414_15382720190414_15534620190418_113642

Mike

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Hey Mike g:  My daughter and I painted the clouds using the "cloud stencils" made my New London Industries...   Saw them at a demo at a local train show year's ago....  I am pretty sure they are still available on line for about $15.00.   I used blue masking tape and attached my stencils to a 4 foot stick so I could hold them up and control them.   

If you're going to paint them with the layout in place.. you'll need to get some thin plastic sheeting to cover the layout as the overspray is hard to control, and a carbon filter mask is advisable as most of the spray can white paints are solvent based.   

The results are great and pretty easy to achieve,  and it goes pretty fast.... I'd probably recommend you get a 2 x 4 foot piece of cheap scrap plywood or masonite, paint it the same blue as your room and spray some test clouds to get the hang of it first...

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All scratch except for the powerhouse (Altoona Model Works) and switch tower(Plasticville).

I've seen this steel mill posted a few times, but I dont think I have ever commented on it.  It is absolutely one of my favorites.  

Wow most of you fellows are much more detailed and professional at building than my toy like creations.

Colorado Hauler -  I had to really look hard to see the Plasticville 1975 Coaling Station in your super creation.  Great job.

JD - That was quite an effort to create that International Shoe building.  The building turned out great.  My family is from St. Louis and my mother worked at International Shoe as a secretary before marrying my father.  Three of my fathers family worked for Western Supply Co., a privately owned business that made shoe dies for the several shoe making companies in St. Louis.  One uncle, a salesman,  showed and gave us samples of the first flip flops made from dies for the shoe companies in the early 1950's.  Little did we know flip flops would be made by the billions for 70 plus years.

I have a few more buildings to share but will hold off on this topic to see your buildings as mine are not near a good as almost all the contributions above.  Keep them coming and I am sure many will be encouraged to kit-bash or build a scratch building for their layout.

Charlie

First, a re-work of the Lionel Coaling Tower with some odds and ends.....inspired by an article written by the late Art Curran of Kalmbach.......

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......and the last 2 pictures lead you into my second kit-bash, MAX FOODS......from the Lionel Sub-Station and Municipal Building kits.

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Max is our nearly 13 year old golden doodle who lives with my son in Philadelphia.

Peter

By the way.....I am the owner of the MAX FOODS trademark.  

 

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MJCAT posted:
David Minarik posted:

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All scratch except for the powerhouse (Altoona Model Works) and switch tower(Plasticville).

I've seen this steel mill posted a few times, but I dont think I have ever commented on it.  It is absolutely one of my favorites.  

I totally agree. It is also an extremely good use of the space in a corner of a layout. Well done. 

Phil

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     All of the above pictures look really great and scratch building is my game for my layout.  I have over 13 scratch built buildings on my layout.  Here is a picture of my coaling tower I made in 1983.  It is constructed of 100%  cardboard, Popsicle sticks, and matchsticks.  Just to show my methods I am including 2 pictures of Stankus Pallets made in 1994 and one shows the cardboard inside of the building. Scratch building is something I have been doing since 1980 and all the building have held up quite well with no warping.

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Lary,   Very nice work with the cardboard and popsicle sticks !!

Peter,  Max Foods came out great,  I remember following this build, as I was doing a similar kitbash with the Lionel Municipal and Electrical Sub-Station kits at about the same time.  Photos below....

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