TAM&L: One-A-Days and Updates: BONUS- Stauffer Biscuit Co. Lettering- How We Do It 2 of 2

I am finally getting unburied from the TCA York Meet backlog and a couple of family & friend health care obligations. If you spoke to me at York, we are efforting it all and will be spending extra hours in the coming weeks to complete all of the commitments.

The D.F. Stauffer Biscuit Co. project has been a lot of fun. We have received some very nice compliments and I even had a very lenghty conversation with a 5th generation member of the family. We are into the third run of 10 shadowboxes and 5 buildings right now. They will be done by the end of this week.

For our first One-A-Day, I’ll share a recently completed project. We’re finding that it is not too hard to semi-customize shadowbox orders. We received an order asking for the UP Trackside Warehouse on one side and the plain warehouse on the back. Why did we not think of this?!  A great idea from a customer with a viusal need. This shadowbox is 1” deep. The canopy above the loading dock is an extra. Contact me at the shop for your needs!

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It seems as though the world wants a sale this weekend and a bargain the rest of the time. I can assure you that there is very little margin in the production of our models. We have set up a Coupon Code for website orders placed through the end of November. Enter in THANKSGIVING10%OFF when you check out to get 10% off of your purchase.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families!!!

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The 10-story (as-built) version of the Corrigan Station Walnut Street elevation. Only after getting the United States Postal Service as a tenant on the first floor of their originally designed speculative 5-story building to honor their father, Thomas Corrigan, did the Corrigan sisters alter the design to 10-stories. 

We designed the model based upon the original design drawings for this historic building in Kansas City. Look for a 3 bay by 3 bay building in about 10 days! You may order 5- or 10-story shadowbox versions of both Walnut and 19th Street from the website. There are a couple of 5-story versions ready to ship. The 10-story versions are in production along with the custom-ordered building. The other two elevations will also be available as shadowboxes.

Call the shop directly if you are interested in a building as they asre special order items. They are made with the Walnut Street elevation serving as the front, a little over 12” wide. The depth of the building can be about 4”, 8”, 12” or 16”, each depth a window bay along the 19th Street elevation.

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We have developed our construction method to be able to create multiple heights of shadow boxes of original designs. The method has also led to multiple height variable depth buildings. The first building in our CityScape series, Cameron Apartments (CS0-01 in product ID lingo) is a good example. The original 5-story elevation is modeled after an urban townhouse project in Washington, DC. We have built the elevation in 1” deep shadowbox format in 5-, 6, 7- and 8- stories. A 6” deep building was released at the October York TCA meet in 5-, 6- and 7-stories. We are currently working on a 13-story variation custom order building.

The buildings can have a choice of stucco, brick or windowed parting (side) walls and are a special order. We do have several available that are ready to ship. You may call the shop to specify clear or translucent windows, and to confirm that the parting wall configuration conforms to your need. All buildings are lit individually by floor.

1” deep shadowboxes may be ordered off the website and you have the option of clear or translucent glazing. Lighting of shadowboxes is additional at the rate of $7 plus $3.00 per lit floor.

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Going on the theme of variations of shadowboxes, we are able to produce offset versions for the Union Pacific Trackside Warehouse with either 1/2" or 1" depth changes per 12" long piece. The offset can be left-to-right or right-to-left. The idea is to create the additional illusion of depth changes on your layout. Here is a 3-piece set, offset 1/2" per section from left-to-right, that we produced in Lehigh University coloring. It is available for $175.00. We'll add LED lighting for an additional charge: $7 per 12" section plus $3.00 per LED with 36" wire lead.

Just like our regular 1" deep shadowboxes, the offset variation can be produced in 2-, 3-, 4-, 5- and 6-stories (with individual floors and ceilings), with or without the loading dock and your choice of clear or translucent glazing. As with all unlit shadowboxes, we will add LED lighting for an additional charge: $7 per 12" section plus $3.00 per LED with 36" wire lead.

Call us at the shop to discuss your needs!

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Laser cut letters. We have them in various sizes and a couple of fonts. Each package has about 150 pieces in a distribution that is common usage in the English language. Use them for direct lettering of your project or as masking for non-raised letter signs.

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This morning we added the D.F. Stauffer Biscuit Co. windows to the Laser Cut Window & Doors category in the Shop section of the website. Each window kit contains sashes and frames to make ten windows. There are three different windows used in the D.F. Stauffer models.

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Here's one that was met with crickets!  An oldie but goodie that we developed from original design drawings. The PRR Standard Tool House was set up to be our first kit. Both the standing seam and clapboard siding versions were made. Complete with sliding windows on the end, interior stud and framing and scored flooring to represent the rock maple wood block floor. 1/4" = 1'-0" scale.  Any interest to reinvestigate?

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Todds Architectural Models posted:

Here's one that was met with crickets!  An oldie but goodie that we developed from original design drawings. The PRR Standard Tool House was set up to be our first kit. Both the standing seam and clapboard siding versions were made. Complete with sliding windows on the end, interior stud and framing and scored flooring to represent the rock maple wood block floor. 1/4" = 1'-0" scale.  Any interest to reinvestigate?

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Doug;

That looks quite interesting. I could never build that, but that's just me. From spending way too much time on this forum, I can’t remember any pics of people having scooters that would require a “garage” like this, but if you were to add doors, and loose the tracks, I think it would be a nice addition to almost any layout.

Paul

Techno-Peasant of the First Order

Provisionary Member - Brotherhood of the Crappy Basement Layout

 

Paul- We can build them out also, with or without 2- or 3-rail tracks. I had them at several TCA York shows and brought them all home. Based upon the lukewarm response to the UP Trackside Warehouse Shadowbox kit, I don't think that I will be doing any more kits. We also designed the front doors so that they slide like the rear windows. According to the design drawings, the side windows hinged at the bottom, inward. 

Today is National Train Day and we will celebrate by offering free canopy additions to all Union Pacific Trackside Warehouse shadowbox orders placed today. The value is $15.00 per 12" shadowbox section. The offer is applicable for all options: 2-, 3-, 4-, 5- and 6-story versions in 12", 24", 36", 48" and 60" lengths. I cleaned up the website a bit and added the 5-story versions this morning.

We also now offer to light the trackside warehouse shadowboxes with 5050 LED's that come with 36" wire leads. The extra charge is $7.00 (for the slotted styrene tube) plus $3.00 per LED. Each ceiling of each windowed floor of the UP Trackside Warehouse has holes for two LED's.

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.......gets you parts for the next run of D.F. Stauffer Biscuit Co. J.B. manned the Trotec from Friday morning to Sunday night. The result- parts for five shadowboxes, five buildings and two flats  to ship by the end of the week.

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Doug;

I hope one of those 6” versions is mine… 

There is also the matter of the REA sign for my two 12” shadowboxes. I’ve sent you a couple of emails over the last few weeks if you need to refresh you memory on the sign.

Thanks.

Paul

Techno-Peasant of the First Order

Provisionary Member - Brotherhood of the Crappy Basement Layout

 

Sneak peak of a new letter font: Northern Pacific. Here's the first letter at 1" tall.....and 2-13/16" long! Will post the rest of the alphabet and numerals when they are done. Would you be interested in this letter set and, if so, what height?

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First five letters, 1/4" tall.

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Hey Doug.

I hope that (2) story UP 48" warehouse shown above is mine!

Looking forward to receiving it.

Donald

"If two rails are good, than three rails has got to be better."

 

"Give a person a toy train and watch them play for a day. Teach a person to fill their basement with trains and give them a lifetime hobby."

Excellent. Thanks Doug. Hopefully it will be just in time for the weekend open house!!

Donald

"If two rails are good, than three rails has got to be better."

 

"Give a person a toy train and watch them play for a day. Teach a person to fill their basement with trains and give them a lifetime hobby."

Todds Architectural Models posted:

That's it! Packed and heading out in tomorrow's USPS.

 

If I understand the news correctly, the USPS is closed tomorrow, Wednesday (National Day of Mourning) - the report said there might be limited package DELIVERY. You may want to give them a call in the A.M. before you schlep everything over.

Paul

Techno-Peasant of the First Order

Provisionary Member - Brotherhood of the Crappy Basement Layout

 

I bought some great Menards vehicles online and have received a Merchandise Credit Check in the amount of $22.85. It is valid only for in-store purchases and I live in New Jersey. I offer the Credit Check as a bonus to any purchase of over $100 from our store. Since I only have one Credit Check, please call the shop first to confirm that you are placing an order to qualify to receive it.

Lettering on the D.F. Stauffer Biscuit Co. building- here is how we do it- the first half of the process. Basically it is a 3-step process of using the laser to cut the masking. First for the red band, and second for the letters. A template is cut in the laser bed to match the elevation piece. Note the masking tape on the edges of the elevation. We do that to make up for the laser beam width so the piece to be recut fits exactly in the same place in the bed. This is how we get the red band to lineup on a brick course. The elevation is put in the laser with the masking and the red band is cut. It is then painted and let to dry. The masking is removed and a fresh piece is put on. The next step is to cut the letters. That is the last picture in this group. The next step for us is to paint the letters white.

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D.F. Stauffer Biscuit Co. lettering to completion. Peal of the used masking from the letters and remask. Put back in the laser and cut the masking around the letters and inner line of the red brick band. Peal and paint black background. Peal masking and Viola!

 

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Todds Architectural Models posted:

That's it! Packed and heading out in tomorrow's USPS.

 

Hey Doug....did this get shipped as promised? It has not arrived as of last evening. I understand the PO was closed last Wednesday but a (3) day shipped would have been delivered yesterday.

Please advise.

Thanks.

Donald

"If two rails are good, than three rails has got to be better."

 

"Give a person a toy train and watch them play for a day. Teach a person to fill their basement with trains and give them a lifetime hobby."

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