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    So I am going to start painting and assembling some structures shortly, and this has prompted curiosity.
    Do I weather or not? Paint first or build first?
    So what have you done? Have you got any particular build you are most proud of?
    Kitbash? Scratch build? Regular kit?
    Show us some pics and even a brief description of what you did!!
    Let's see those buildings!!!
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    Paint or build really depends on the sort of kit. For something like a DPM kit that's just a few walls and then details you carefully paint I find it best to assemble first.
    But for a detailed european kit where every single detail is a separate part? You're supposed to paint first to get crisp painting between all the parts.
    Weathering is absolutely essential for a building, even a simple wash will make a building look much better. Just make sure to put the glass in LAST.
    Bash, scratch, or follow kit instructions to the letter, depends on your skills and needs. If a kit fits you needs perfectly then buy it and build it. If a kit is close but not quite, modify it to fit what you need. If nothing comes close, well then maybe try scratch building.

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    This is a kitbash of two of the same freight depots from Pola/Model Power, more than doubling the depot size. It was intended for a MRR magazine kitbash contest but I missed the deadline. My goal was to reverse the idea of "selective compression" to create a rail served industry worthy of a siding.

    I made color copies of the walls and roofs and glued them to matte board to play around and created a mock-up that was satisfying.
    It took some additional planning to cut and refit, match and join the walls to create the plan. Because two kits gave me extra end walls, I took 3 of them to create a freight office. Had to customize the gabled roof to look right. The depot walls allowed me to extend the freight house from 3 doors to 5 doors. The unexpected part was that the original kit had a truck dock on the other side 4 scale feet below the railroad dock side and I needed to raise that side to create a fully level depot interior.
    I like to assemble like-painted pieces together to eliminate gaps, keep square and cement cleanly and then paint as a sub-assembly. Painting before the sub-assembly tends to create the need to scrape paint and makes gaps more difficult to fill - for me. The goal here was to experiment with color and create a sandstone type of stone/brick look. There is some dry-brushing for color layering and weathering.
    Overall, it met most of my goals although I need to do a bit more painting, some decals and dock details like boxes, crates, etc.

    Hopefully, I have not already posted about this... my memory is getting bad...

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    This is one I did some time ago. This was a bash of two of the same building I got used on eBay. I added a few parts to change the roof line. Ordinarily I paint most pieces before assembly. As these were already built, both rather sloppily I might add, I finished the kit bash first, then painted it. That was a real chore, especially since the two buildings were not painted in the same colors to begin with. The hardest part was repainting the window frames to match.
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    My two best scratchbuilds

    Nabisco Kansas City




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    Two mines. The first is a wooden rebuild of that old standby mine kit. I used the roofs and steps from the kit, everything else is made by hand. The second is made from a photo I saw. I am sorry the picture quality is not that good - I am putting my energy into trains, not photography.

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    You guys are all so talented......
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    Here is one that I scratch built from a photo off the internet. I had a friend keep asking me where the Hooter's was on my layout so I made one.







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    I know this is a family-friendly forum and all, but maybe some interior detailing would be appropriate?

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    My 5 best kits so far

    Earl Smallshaw's tenement row


    RSLaser Keystone Mill


    Inter Action Hobbies Jacobs Welding


    American Model Builders Hinkle Mill


    Carolina Craftsman Kits Round Barn


    And the one I am most proud of, but not for sale yet.
    Inter Action Hobbies Janbouli's Golftees


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    I thought I'd share some before and after photos:

    Canada Flooring (Walthers Modulars):






    Whyte Paper (Walthers Red Wing Milling + scratchbuilt):






    Industry TBD (DPM Gripps Luggage):





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    They all look great but the Canada Flooring is spectacular!
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    One of my favorite kit bashes is the Kurt Laidlaw Federal Office Building.

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    Fabulous structure modeling whether kit built, kit bashed or scratch built. A feast for the eyes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmi View Post
    One of my favorite kit bashes is the Kurt Laidlaw Federal Office Building.
    Hmmmmm...
    Trying to figure out if that is a kit, bash, scratch or what... Whatever, it has taken on the persona of Fed office building amazingly well.

    In general, there is some great structure building displayed here. Inspiring.
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    My turn for contribution, these are all out of the Woodland scenics town pack
    DSC01878.jpg This is the newly built Otto's Parts

    DSC01880.jpg The hardware corner store

    DSC01889.jpg The bank!!! Quickly, rob it now while it has loads of money!!!
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    More!!
    DSC01890.jpg The General store (Because the commander had left him in charge :P )

    DSC01892.jpg Guns and tackle store!!

    DSC01883.jpg DSC01884.jpgThe cafe' is the first airbrushed building, I have a lot to learn when it comes to taping but im happy with how it turned out

    DSC01893.jpg DSC01898.jpg Sonny's was all hand painted and dry transfer decals.
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    Thanks for asking.

    FWIW: Due to the fact that no-one in New Zealand produces models of local structures in N-scale, everything I model is scratch-built.

    Herewith a few Images which might be of interest...

    (If you want to see more of what I do, you may care to check-out 'Komata's Albums' in the 'Gallery' section)



    Station Master's House, Six-Mile Bush

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    Six-Mile Bush Railway Station and Settlement

    (Scale: 1:148)



    60-Stamp Battery (Reduction-works) Te Kereru Mining and Investment Co. Ltd.

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    Toi-Toi Shaft, Te Kereru Mining and Investment Co. Ltd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jugtown Modeler View Post
    Hmmmmm...
    Trying to figure out if that is a kit, bash, scratch or what... Whatever, it has taken on the persona of Fed office building amazingly well.

    In general, there is some great structure building displayed here. Inspiring.
    That's a kit bash using two Tomix "Tall Office Buildings". I added the upright strips across the window sections of the main structure and altered the entrance from a store front to an entrance similar to the one on the Federal Building in Harrisburg. The building wings are two story sections with scratch built roofs. The eagles at the entrance and at the top of the building are a set of used earrings I got on eBay.
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    I don't know if this is the right place for this, but this is something I created out of Walther's tank set and a scrap styrene base. This is really my first adventure into weathering that I was comfortable with. The first photo is an incomplete model.
    Fuel Dump 5.jpg
    The last two are the complete model. If you have any questions or comments, let me know.
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