The PRR Chartiers Branch - Progress Report - 2012-08 Report
08/01/2012
08/01/2012
I built a structure that initially started off as a PRR section house. I then decided to finish the building as a steel and iron works structure. I think I have settled on flagging this as a one-man iron works machine shop. For information about the history of this small project and its construction, see this page. After finalizing the basic structure, I covered the area where the model was going to sit with Sculptamold. I decided to just "bury" the building's base into the Sculptamold while it was still wet. The next day I came back and give it this ugly ground color (oh, well,... motivation to make sure it is all covered up, right?).
2012-08 Report
And this is what it looks like with a bit of scenery covering the new area. Also details have been added to the structure itself, as well as an india-ink wash on the walls.
2012-08 Report
This is the same view, but the entire scene is now complete. I added many details to the exterior of the building. The shop owner is outside talking with a potential customer who just drove up in his yellow pick-up truck (notice the open truck door). The shop owner's truck is parked on the grass on the left (a wooden board protects his car from going off into the creek should he forget to set the handbrake one day. An external air-compressor tank can be seen near the back of the building. A collection of crates and barrels are found near the front corner of the building. A pile of junk is next to the door. Not quite visible in this photo is a collection of barrels around the other corner of the building near the track (probably not OSHA-approved, but this is 1950!). A box car is left on the spur to deliver some materials. The green shop sign above the door still needs the name, but that will come later. The structure itself and most of the exterior details, including the driveway, received one or more coats of weathering powders to age it all. The cars still need to be aged, too.
2012-08 Report
I bought this S-scale hot-rod vehicle on eBay. It was already stripped and weathered, so all I had to do was place it on the layout and plant a bush growing up through the engine bay!
2012-08 Report