Woods Warehouse is a craftsman model kit by Banta Modelworks that I am building for an OGR Forum friend. I plan to show the construction step-by-step in this thread. The kit is composed of a laser-cut MDF core to be overlaid with laser-cut strip wood siding. The manufacturer describes the kit as enjoyable and quite easy to build. Although assembling the pieces may be easy, the quality of the finished product still depends upon the builder’s patience and experience. Several modifications are planned and will be discussed later on. The model is 8 inches wide and 6 inches deep. These first two pictures show the packaged kit parts, instruction sheets, and parts for initial assembly of the main floor, foundation walls, inner walls, and some of the loading dock parts.

MELGAR

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Interesting. Just called The Warehouse on their web site. Unfortunately, and like most vendors of such kits you only get 1 view of the structure - no idea what the other 2 walls look like which might really influence one buying the kit as well as where it might be placed on the layout.  From the parts, I can get a pretty decent feel for what those other walls are going to be on this structure.


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Love wood structures and the ability to make them “your own”, as old and weathered as you want, or not at all. Banta makes some nice ones, pretty straightforward, good instructions and end result. With your experience, this will undoubtedly be a really nice build. Looking forward to seeing the modifications. 

I began assembly with the warehouse floor, foundation and inner wall pieces which are made of 1/8-inch-thick laser-cut MDF. This material is pretty stiff and did not seem to require the internal bracing that I usually add to prevent warpage when paint is applied. I also felt that bracing was unnecessary because basswood strips will be applied to the exterior of the walls and will further strengthen them. I drilled two holes in the floor to allow for installation of wires and LEDs to light the interior.  I also added 3/8-inch square basswood strips to the inside top of the gable-end walls that would improve support of the roof, especially if I decide to make it removable for access to the interior lighting. I checked the fit between the four foundation walls and the floor and did some very light cleanup before gluing them together with yellow carpenter’s glue. I then placed the assembly on my flat construction board and placed weights atop the floor to ensure that the assembly dried flat. After the glue dried, I checked the fit between the four inner walls and the floor, again did some slight cleanup, and attached them. The interlocking fit between the floor, foundation pieces and inner walls was so precise that the entire assembly turned out absolutely square.

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Fendermain posted:

I am also interested in your approach. ... Fendermain

I thought about adding the exterior siding to the inner wall pieces before assembling them but decided to put the inner walls together first.

MELGAR

MELGAR posted:
Fendermain posted:

I am also interested in your approach. ... Fendermain

I thought about adding the exterior siding to the inner wall pieces before assembling them but decided to put the inner walls together first.

MELGAR

I believe I completed inner walls first.  Everything was quite square.

Fendermain

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Will be interested in your "bash" modifications.  Mostly build structures now as l await interesting prototypes from loco builders. Just exchanged emails with NG&SLG editors about "one hit wonder" (one off, or few) structure kit offerers in HO and O. Did recently track down one seen 20+ years ago.  Have not found the one for a creosote plant.

??Another one of THOSE!!??  What you want to sell is not what I want to buy!

Mel, I think you will really like Bill's kits.  I have a number of them in both Sn3 and O scale.  His instructions are very well done and the parts go together with a good fit.(at least the ones I've built have)  Like the other's on this thread, I too am looking forward to your build.  I'm interested in following along as you do the construction and also how you modify the kit and paint and weather it.  Thanks for starting this thread, I'm sure it will be a good one.

JEM

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I reviewed the instructions and began applying the exterior vertical siding boards to the lower part of the right-side wall. The siding is board-by-board. This approach allows each board to be stained individually before assembly, which produces realistic-looking color variations when the boards are unpainted and weathered. This model will have a painted exterior as per preference of recipient, so the color of all the siding boards will be the same and the board-by-board siding won’t have its most visible effect. Instead, it could have been done with less effort by using scribed basswood sheets, but I stayed with what came in the kit and will paint it after applying it to the inner walls. The thin (1/32-inch-thick) siding strips tended to curl when glue was applied and were held flat against the inner walls with a wood block and a weight (heavy section of full-sized rail…) on top until the glue dried. At this point, siding has been applied to the lower two end walls and I’ll be getting back to work on the rear wall.

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Woods Warehouse Craftsman Kit Build – Post 4

I installed the planked exterior siding on all four walls and also on the loading doors. The siding took me about nine hours.

Provision is being made for interior lighting to be added after the model is finished. The large front and rear loading doors will be movable so that LEDs can be installed through the opened doors, the wires passed through the nearby openings in the floor, and the doors then repositioned. This involves installing framing to provide tracks for the loading doors. The attached photos show the siding, loading doors and some of the door track framing. Construction time to date about sixteen hours.

Next steps will be:

1) Paint the exterior walls gray

2) Paint and install brick foundation

3) Paint and weather loading dock wood, build loading dock

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