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Alan, moving is never easy.

That's what I call a Power Plant, and I know because I use to work for Exelon, formally PECO. The older turn of the century facilities were my favorite, though they were all mothballed in the 90s.

Here's a Railking building I dressed up and did some detailing. My living room is my workshop though of course I do the spray painting outside...thought about making a paint booth the other day.



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Alan-Glad to hear you're finishing up the move. I remember seeing that HUGE power plant in person. On the table it was taller than me. Great work again my friend.

Paul Kallus-Nice transformation! Some of us are not blessed to have a "designated" work area so we do what we can.  With results like you show, I would say you're just fine.


Best of luck with the move Alan.
I think I made a satisfactory garage door. Alan, I wasn’t able to stamp or emboss a pattern through 0.020 styrene sheet like you suggested, so I laminated some thin squares to the basic door. I also trimmed out each “window” to hide my rough window cuts. I’m generally satisfied with the effort.


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Alan, good luck with your move!

My new tavern is almost done. I have a few final details to attend to and I also need to make a base for it. I am still trying to decide on final arrangement of the neighboring buildings.

Norm, just unbelievable as always.  I see all the photos, I see all the progress and yet I still cannot believe the detail you bring to these buildings.  Incredible.

I've been working on some Boston city details for the streets and buildings - manhole covers and fire department connections (FDC).  The more I look at cities the more minor details I find. 

Manhole covers are 3d printed, purchased online, and the FDC are laser cut from 1/16 basswood.
Streets are still not secured down till I add all the switch machines underneath...



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Work continues on this classic Downtown Deco shallow relief structure. Being 3', it's very fragile. I am currently working on the roof. More to come...


O Scale hydrocal warehouse shallow relief building

Having built that, I’ll give you 2 suggestions to make it more sturdy.
1. Epoxy a pair of square dowels the full length of the loading dock doors. Home Depot sells em if you can find straight ones. 3/4” square or better.
2. Line the inside of the far side wall with plastic sheet before you break it and have to line it with plastic sheet to stabilize the broken pieces.

The bottom step of the stairs is another spot that’s pretty much guaranteed to get busted as you move it around. Pretty sure I just reformed it with joint compound and sanded it back into shape  



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Thank you guys.


The power plant is completely scratch built. All walls are styrene. I used .040 and .060 thick sheets.


I like the old plants also. There is so many more details to them compared to modern corrugated steel ones.


Your door came out very nice. Details like that take along time to complete.


back to unpacking my model stuff and doing a lot of organizing.

Alan the power plant looks phenomenal.  The Munoz Power Authority commissioning a new plant last summer leads me to believe Elliot is still plugging away at our hobby.  I haven't seen him post for quite a while and I know he dismantled the Munoz Line to head in a different direction and when he stopped posting about progress of the new layout I wasn't sure if he had lost interest.  I miss his posts.


Thank you for the tips and photos. Very helpful. Depending on what I think of the roof supports provided, I may have to steal your rafter idea.


I used the included roof supports on the side you see.  The directions may have suggested to make a center support out of cardboard or something. I cant remember. I probably also abandoned whatever roof material came in the kit and cut a 24x12 sheet of styrene into 2 strips that I glued together and braced.  You may even want to brace the roof more than I did... its probably the flimsiest part of the building.

@Andrew B. posted:

@Norm Charbonneau, I'm a newb when it comes to building kits/weathering/interiors/scale modeling. I'm coming from buying Woodland Scenics buildings and placing, but you inspire a great deal.

On an interior like that, what base are you building onto? Foam board? MDF?

Hoping to learn more as I go because people like you and others in this thread are absolute masters.

You can see the progress I posted the past few photo funs. The interior was 3D printed as a two piece insert to go inside this kit. I’m hoping to get the YouTube done sometime soon since I am almost done with this project.

You can see the progress I posted the past few photo funs. The interior was 3D printed as a two piece insert to go inside this kit. I’m hoping to get the YouTube done sometime soon since I am almost done with this project.

Yeah, the YouTube would be awesome. I was more referencing just the "floor" as a starting point for everything that gets printed. Unless that was part of the print, which would make sense, actually.

I'm going to have to get something other than a laptop with a trackpad to start doing some CAD work and printing.

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