Nice job Don, well done.
Hard to choose...l have several bashed country store/gas station buildings. Now for bigger buildings, l also have several each of grain elevators, mining stamp mills, and water mills, and, yes, railroad stations. I just like rustic structures.
Plasticville small town station. Attractive, easy to build or modify, typical structure and the first station I ever got in about 1950.
"Small" depends on your perspective- I like the way my "Lionel Power Station" kit turned out as "Tri-State Machining". Mine is to the left of pic- the other is a different OGR Forum post of the kit built and weathered.
This kit has tons of charm- skylights, an office entrance and could be almost any small manufacturer.
ANYTHING SKILLFULLY SCRATCH BUILT
I like the Lionel building that Mike Wyatt posted. I bought them by the dozen and would kitbash them into all kinds of different things.
Hartman, I bought the same A&W kit and it looked so easy. Yours came out better than mine. Mine never made the cut to go on the layout. Don
Thanks Scale rail for starting this thread. Among my favorite modeling railroad projects are assembling bldg kits, bashing them sometimes; using ready made structures with a little weathering; and scratch bldg. It's just a lot of fun for me.
Five of my scratch medium bldgs are 4w x 6L x 2,5 inches in different color schemes and various window and door placements. I made 5 crossing watch shacks based on PRR drawings. The barber shop has charm. As previously noted, the Lionel Electrical building and the City hall bldgs are nice just stock and painted, and super for kitbashing. And the atlas station and switch tower and the MTH corner bldgs are classic and classy IMO. Too many pics to upload so here a few.
Lionel Hindenburger Cafe
I like it so much I have two.
After paying full retail + shipping for the first one.
I got the second cafe for almost nothing in a large lot of Lionel Train goodies.
If you wait, you almost always find the items you want for less.
The problem is most of us can't wait.
Great pics everyone and super modeling. Mike CT, as usual, lots of patient and skillful detail.
Here are some more I worked on this past spring. I enjoy making these small structures and they can be put almost anywhere on the layout. Dennis.
Now that I look at it, I don't like the green brick so I am going to replace those with red brick or stone. The picture inside started out to be a calendar but was too big so it became just a poster.
I bought the hoist & chain & built the A-frame lift set-up to go with the garage.
It is actually more difficult (for me) to make a sagging roof then a straight one.
I cannot for the life of me get my brick work to turn out as nicely as the first two photos as well as others. Even using Robert's I still cannot get that level of new brick consistency.. #frustratedmason.
Thanks Dave (Scale Rail). I spray the base coat of the brick, seal it with Krylon matt clear, stir the Roberts and then apply with a brush. I let it dry the same day then wipe off with a moist wet teeshirt rag in a diagonal manner but seem to wipe away some of the mortar in the joints and end up with an uneven look.
If you want to stick with Robert's then do what you normally do. Use joint compound with your fingers to fix up the spots where the mortar is missing. The white color is a little different but it disappears with the India ink wash.
I used to do this until I decided it was a lot easier and less expensive just to use the joint compound by it self. Below is the latest front I am working on.