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    Where's your bracing , never can have too much bracing .

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    I was following the kit's directions, no mention of bracing
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    Bracing is a must for any wood kit. Tape peeling technique looks good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave68124 View Post
    Bracing is a must for any wood kit. Tape peeling technique looks good.
    I am learning that. I am thinking about making a styrene floor for the second story, and painting the interior
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bremner View Post
    I am learning that. I am thinking about making a styrene floor for the second story, and painting the interior
    The problem with mixing wood and styrene is glue suitable for both mediums. Suggest wood bracing and if you want a floor no issues but don’t rely on it to true up or provide significant structural integrity.

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    One more tip for wood kits. If you like building them, then an investment in a bag of O scale and HO scale ties, is a pretty cheap and easy way to get relatively square bracing for corners, etc. I personally like wood kits over plastic, but they take a couple of extra steps due to the warp factor and cheaper kits usually come with fairly thin wood which don’t react well to paint without wanting to warp.

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    I wound up removing the end wall with windows, and the upper long wall.I trimmed a little bit off of the end wall and glued them back together, made sure it lined up, and I am much happier with the appearance.





    While trimming the holes for the upper windows on the long, tall wall, half of the area between the windows near the upper door snapped out. These walls are extremely brittle and I have never had this much trouble with a Micro Trains laser kit. As soon as I got the windows and the piece of wall that popped out back into place, I decided that it was a great time to go to bed.







    The roof is ready for installation and the roof beam is already prepped. After I get the rest of the doors and windows in, I am going to start on the trim, paint the interior and install the “glass” using the plastic sheet that Micro Trains puts in their jewel cases.


    Once that is done, on to the roof and I will build a dock for both sides.


    I am waffling back and forth about building the 2 out croppings due do the pieces just snapping in half.
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    I have shared this build on multiple forums, and all of them have had people tell me the same thing, wood kits need additional bracing. I looked in the kit and realized that I didn’t see any extra lumber. A few nights ago at work, I looked over at the coffee station and I remembered what Railroad Model Craftsman’s Harry Wong suggested…use coffee stirs!

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    The coffee stirs will work better as bracing if you glue the thin side to the wall , prevents warping much more.
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    Honestly, designing and scratch building my freight station was easier than this kit
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bremner View Post
    Honestly, designing and scratch building my freight station was easier than this kit
    When I scratchbuild I brace as much as possible too, when wood is involved , warping isn't far away. So next time just brace first and ( unless you have to cut out windows and doors ) and then paint , wash or whatever .You'll get the hang of it , and maybe even get to like kits.

    Have a look at my site especially the structures , numerous kit builds there . http://janbouli.com/?p=structures.html&title=STRUCTURES
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    Wow, Jan! That's a lot of buildings! I particularly like the Ag Press building in Manhattan. I lived in Manhattan for 5 years. After 12 years and 5 different colleges, I finally earned a BA in history from Kansas State in 1980.
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    I was originally planning on naming it Petty Crate and Barrel, in memory of Bruce Petty who recently passed away. His modeling of the Southern Pacific through the San Fernando Valley was influential to me. His close friend Joe D’Amato informed me that naming a model after him made Bruce uncomfortable. So now, the yet to be named Crate and Barrel company is sitting next to D’amato Lumber.

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    Nice looking building and nice job to go with it
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